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. […]

Money Well Spent

As a member of the UJA Federation menswear division committee for many years, I try to occasionally visit some of the agencies that receive UJA funding. Last month, Stu and I and 2008 honoree Morris Goldfarb from G-III took a trip with UJA’s Marcy Fink and Lenore Bronstein to the Educational Alliance on the Lower […]

Remembering Clara Hancox (1917-2006)

Could it really be two years since she left us? Clara Hancox, DNR columnist and much loved menswear journalist, was a fixture in our industry for so many years; how many of us read her columns religiously, gaining much inspiration from her provocative insights, optimism and challenges. Toasting Clara: Philip Miller, Cecile Platovsky and Dan […]

Lace Cookies, Anyone?

If you want some terrific baked goods for the holidays, please go to Zaro’s in Grand Central Station. I was there Friday evening to buy a few canolis, gave the cashier a fifty dollar bill and shoved the change in my pocket without counting it. When I went to my next stop to purchase flowers, […]

Missed Opportunity

I’m back from five fabulous days in St. Maarten: perfect sunny weather (in the mid-80s), pale blue skies, magnificent mountains, beautiful beaches with sparkling turquoise waters, endless tropical drinks, upbeat calypso bands and truly nice people who smile and laugh at the slightest provocation (so that you never feel like you’re getting ripped off, even […]

IACDE: Tailored Clothing Futures

It was a wonderful 40th anniversary celebration of the New York chapter of the IACDE this past Saturday night at the Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club as the baton was passed to a new generation of clothing designers and executives. Clothing maker extraordinaire Martin Greenfield introduced host for the evening Derrill Osborn (of Neiman […]

Macy’s: Then and Now

Yesterday, in the executive offices of Macy’s Herald Square, I had one of the most delightful meetings I’ve had in quite some time. Learning that my father had been VP/GMM of Macy’s menswear back in the day, current Macy’s East chairman Ron Klein had graciously invited me, my dad (a Macy’s menswear exec circa 1940s, […]

Where are the Must-Haves for Guys?

I recently taught a market research class at FIT and decided to turn the tables and do a little market research on the students (mostly college-aged and headed for careers in the fashion industry). I decided to find out why they chose FIT, where they were headed after graduation, and what they thought they’d earn. […]