Strange Bedfellows

Only in Vegas might one expect to spot the most unlikely characters hanging out together. When Paul Wattenberg first spotted rap/reality star Flavor Flav at the SW Steakhouse at the Wynn, he had no clue who he was. When his wife Linda filled him in, Wattenberg immediately called his grandson to get the scoop. Although […]

Vineyard Style

They might not be following the latest fashions on Milan runways but guys in Martha’s Vineyard earlier this month were looking cool and comfortable, with their own unique island flair (New England style…)

Talking Points

It’s tough to be blogging when the sun is shining (finally!) and I’m supposed to be on vacation but couldn’t go because of a postponed business meeting! That said, there’s good news out there and I can’t resist sharing it. The news: business is picking up! It might not show up yet in monthly figures […]

Fabulous Fathers!

It’s Father’s Day and I’m just back from breakfast with my parents at their home in Teaneck, NJ: our typical Sunday morning bagels and lox, my mom’s freshly brewed coffee and home-made marble cake, served with love, laughter, and lots of shared wisdom. I am surely the luckiest girl in the world to have these […]

Henry Grethel Receives Icon of Style Award from Syracuse University

It was a wonderful evening this past Wednesday when Henry Grethel was honored by his alma mater with the Icon of Style award. Even for Grethel, who has been honored numerous times during his long career, this was a special one. “There have been only a handful of moments in my career that have touched […]

What You Can Still Buy for 20 Bucks

“Darling you just have to see these shirts,” said luxury lifestyle writer Donald Charles Richardson, pulling me over to a rack of beautifully colored plaid wovens at a press event yesterday for Wrangler. And I have to admit, these were really nice shirts! And they were all 20 bucks. Retail!! (And Donald Charles, who as […]

Getting in the (Shopping) Zone

Who knows what really motivates people to buy apparel, but enthusiastic sellers who “look the part” and a relaxed, no-pressure environment are certainly key to the formula. I recently attended a “shopping party” (a modern take on Tupperware parties ) at a friend’s home for a women’s clothing line. It was called CAbi, for Carol […]

Accessible Luxury

What to do if you’re an independent merchant competing with all the recent price-cutting on European designer brands? “Smart retailers still see the value in European brands,” insists Lou Bonnanzio, “but lesser-known brands, where you’re getting the design heritage and hand craftsmanship without having to pay for all the marketing…” Below: Gene Beola and Lou […]

Looking for a Home

I was not all that excited when I got a call yesterday from Steve Weiner of Hartmarx: something about finding framed material from the early 1900s, event programs, photos, newspaper articles, etc. But the enthusiasm in his voice convinced me to walk over and take a look. Am I glad I did! I ended up […]

What Matters Most

How easy to forget, especially in these troubled times when we’re all struggling to stay afloat financially, that what matters most is not making money but touching lives. To paraphrase the Talmud, he who rescues a single life is as praiseworthy as he who saves the entire world. Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with the […]