Scarf Style

As we move into some cool crisp fall weather, I’m wondering why menswear retailers aren’t making a bigger deal about scarves. Especially in an economy that has customers hesitating about big-ticket purchases, it seems that upfront presentations of gorgeous hand-knit and woven scarves would be perfect for promoting into holiday. After all, a special scarf […]

Inspired in Philadelphia

Last week I spent a little time in Philadelphia, visiting with retailers, including the folks at Boyds for our Retailer of the Year profile to appear in the November issue of MR. I know you’ll be inspired by the many bold moves Ken Gushner, Jeff Glass and Ralph Yaffe are making, including investing in a […]

Dressing to Get the Girl

Advice To Young Men: Wear dark-wash, slim-cut jeans! And cool sneakers. Don’t forget designer shades with black plastic frames. And you might try a silver bracelet… Even more than writing, teaching has always been a passion of mine so it’s always a treat when I’m asked to guest lecture at one of NYC’s fashion colleges. […]

Top Ten Questions Asked at MAGIC (yet again…)

(With thanks to Jason Hochman, Steve Flick and the crew at Peerless Clothing, several of whom lost 20 to 25 pounds since viewing a photo of themselves at the pool at the Wynn in last year’s MR Schmoozing…) 1) When did you get in? 2) When are you leaving? 3) Did you fly Jet Blue? […]

A Cool Tie for a Cool Guy

What to get my favorite guy in the world for his 91st birthday? After much deliberation, I found it at MAGIC: an Ed Hardy (by MMG) Swarovsky crystal-studded tie with a sexy pin-up girl motif. (It’s also available in a “kick-ass dragon” design.) Now those of you who know my classy, always-tastefully-attired dad Mac Alberg […]

After the Storm

I’ve visited numerous factories over the years but few have touched me like Torino Leather. These amazing workers, a diverse group of talented artisans representing a microcosm of America itself, have survived Katrina and are re-building their lives. In the process, they’re making some of the most beautiful belts (leathers and exotics) in the world. […]

A Touch of Inspiration

I was so touched by a New York Cares breakfast presentation yesterday morning that I am now planning to personally volunteer my time. (Hopefully, I will stick to this resolution better than I do most others…) New York Cares is a wonderful organization established 21 years ago by Noah Gotbaum and a few friends (Ken […]

Signs of Spring

Several things have made me really happy lately (so happy that I’m almost ignoring the fact that I left my briefcase with my train pass, appointment book and numerous essential notebooks in a cab last Tuesday and still haven’t gotten it back…): 1) Stopping by Saks Fifth Avenue to visit Mimmo Spano in the custom […]

A Thoughtful Note

My friend Jim Mayer from Mayer Clothiers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana recently shared with me a letter that Tommy Bahama sent to its accounts. I liked it so much that I’m sharing it with you. It’s dated April 1st and it starts off with a quote: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; […]

Leave it to the Italians…

… to show their appreciation in style!! So at yesterday’s very elegant Italy-America Chamber of Commerce luncheon at The Rainbow Room in Manhattan, the honoree and recipient of the Business and Culture Award was none other than our industry’s own Jim Gold, President and CEO of Bergdorf Goodman. Gold was a charming and gracious honoree. […]