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Articles written by various members of the MRketplace staff.

Douglas Jakubowski Named President of FitFlop

Douglas Jakubowski, the former chief merchandising officer of Perry Ellis, has been named president of U.K.-based footwear company FitFlop’s North American business. Jakubowski had been with Perry Ellis since October 2011. Prior to that, he was chief merchant at Kenneth Cole Productions for nearly three years, and president of Kenneth Cole’s Reaction brand from 2005 […]

Guest Editorial: No Sane Retailer Would Ask a Customer for a Different Card

Jack Abelson-FEATURED

Jack Abelson questions the NRF’s premise that a court ruling would really lead to retailers asking customers to use a credit card with a lower swipe fee.

In Other News: Whistleblower Says JCPenney Overcharged Customers

Former JCPenney employee Robert Blatchford has filed a claim against the retailer under the State of Florida’s Private Whistleblower Act.

Fashion Week


Erik DeFruscio on menswear presentations from Bespoken, Gilded Age, Patrik Ervell and more.

Asaf Ganot Autumn/Winter 2015

Model walks runway in an outfit from Asaf Ganot Autumn Winter 2015 collection.

By Erik DeFruscio The definition of an Asaf Ganot man is refined, elemental and active. Asaf Ganot takes a sportswear approach for his autumn/winter 2015 collection, his second that has been shown. When Ganot was growing up, he was always around textiles and has always had an instinctive understanding for materials. After his basketball career, […]

Vince Camuto Fall 2015 Presentation

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By Erik DeFruscio Jewelry, handbags and small leather goods are all new categories being launched by Vince Camuto in the fall 2015 collection. Debuting bracelets, wallets, belts and cufflinks, the new categories will be a good fit for their dressed up sport style. The collection showed a mixture of quilted jackets, nylon blazers, and button […]

Gilded Age Men’s Presentation


By Erik DeFruscio Gilded Age debuted its Fall/Winter 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week at the Refinery Hotel Rooftop. This venue proved to be fitting for the collection with its original brick and reclaimed wood. Designer Stefan Miljanic pulled inspiration from Marlon Brando’s 1954 movie On the Waterfront. The dark, light and shadowed streets […]

Concept Korea Fall/Winter 2015


By Erik DeFruscio For the three Seoul-based designers in the Concept Korea presentation, there was a mix of both men’s and women’s wear designs. Beyond Closet, designed by Tae Young, and Resurrection by Juyoung Lee both focused on menswear for their fall/winter 2015 collections. Beyond Closet, above, started the show with a mixture of colors […]

Bespoken Fall/Winter 2015 Collection


Bespoken is pulling inspiration from what they are calling the greatest daily theater in London and New York: the morning commute.

Stone Fall 2015 Menswear Presentation


By Erik DeFruscio Dana Mason and Dakota Smith have put together a collection that attempts to break the conformity that takes place in day to day life. Specifically, Mason and Smith were moved by the defacto uniforms they noticed on the Singapore subway, each one not much different from the other. Trying to create a […]