Tommy Hilfiger to open European flagship in London


Tommy Hilfiger is preparing to launch a European flagship store in London in November, in a move that provides an additional opportunity to position the brand in the UK market and offers a launchpad for its new men’s tailoring line. The store on Bromp…

Gap Inc plans to open stores in Vietnam and Guam


The Gap Inc today (23 August) announced plans to open its first stores in Vietnam and Guam through franchises.
It said it will open its first Vietnam Gap stores in October, with the first Banana Republic outlet to open in 2012. The first Gap store will…

Alphi Apparel Group becomes North American licensee for Viyella


Alphi Apparel Group has signed a licensing agreement for the United States with Viyella, one of UK’s oldest apparel brands. Commencing in January 2012, Alphi will be distributing Viyella’s Fall 2012 Collection in both Canada and the United States. Since 1991, Alphi has been offering the Viyella brand exclusively in Canada and this agreement will […]

Casual Male Q2 profit up 17%

Casual Male Retail Group

CANTON, Mass.—Big & tall retailer Casual Male Retail Group reported second quarter earnings up 17.2 percent to $6.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, from $5.6 million, or $0.12 per diluted share. Same-store sales were up almost 5 percent and total sales were up 4 percent to $100.9 million.

Eisenberg International’s The Curious Man Launches Full Collection

The Curious Man's booth at Chicago Collective

“Veni, Vidi, Vestis!” This wry take on Julius Caesar’s famous Latin phrase means, of course, “I came, I saw…I wore!” It’s the motto for a new collection that Eisenberg International quietly launched last season called The Curious Man. It’s not often that I get to see a collection so early that I get to watch […]

Obituary: Lou Polsky


Lou Polsky, who owned Bonds Clothes and other retail stores, died earlier this month at the age of 93. The photo below shows a TV shoot from around 1980 in which Joe Torre, then Bonds’ celebrity sponsor, walks into an advertising meeting. Lou Polsky is seated in a suit and glasses at the end of […]

Connoisseur launches new shirt collection


It’s a fine line between “too much” and “not enough” in the current woven sport shirt world. Everybody plays with the hidden hits, the special details… “a reason to buy.” Even The New York Times wrote about the infamous “restaurant shirt” a few months ago. Enter Omi Pursnani and his new collection Connoisseur. The shirts […]

MRket Vanguards Gallery expands to Vegas


When the MRket show opens in Las Vegas on Sunday, August 21st it will include a couple of new touches to make it more interesting to buyers. The Vanguards Gallery, first introduced in New York in July, will now be in Las Vegas as well. It’s a small, juried installation curated by industry veteran Michael […]

Brooks Brothers launches Collegiate Collection


NEW YORK—Brooks Brothers is launching “The Collegiate Collection,” a collection of shirts, sweaters, polos and ties that feature logos and insignias from fifteen US schools, including Alabama, Auburn, Boston College, Cornell, Columbia, Georgetown, Naval Academy , Notre Dame, New York University, Ohio State University, Princeton, Stanford, Vanderbilt, University of Virginia and Yale. The dress shirts […]

Neckwear Notes: The New York market


Moore & Giles: This tie case ($185 retail), was designed in collaboration with the Minnesota-based neckwear brand Pierrepont Hicks, which supplies the silk tie fabric that serves as its lining (in some versions). The case, in Titan Toffee leather, holds four ties. Moore & Giles is hoping to continue with its collaboration series. The previous […]