Blake: The mayor

Blake Nieman-Davis

Elise Diamantini: Blake proves that loyalty is its own reward.

Badowers: The fashion center

Michael Chilton and Kevin Hansen

Harry Sheff: Badowers has evolved, proving to both its owner and the greater world of menswear that Des Moines has a fashion customer.

Industry icons: Harvey Shaps


Karen Alberg Grossman: About to retire, Harvey Shaps shares memories, and tricks of the trade.

Untying neckwear

Ties at Haberdash in Chicago

Harry Sheff: In better men’s contemporary stores, neckwear sales aren’t always tied to tailored clothing anymore.

Bracing for change

LBM 1911

Jillian LaRochelle: Good news in tailored clothing: retailers at both ends of the spectrum have proclaimed comebacks in the category.

Simons: Fashion passion

Richard and Peter Simons

Karen Alberg Grossman: La Maison Simons offers a compelling mix of cutting-edge fashion, art and architecture.

Editor’s picks: Three to see!


Karen Alberg Grossman: As you plan next week’s market coverage at trade shows all over town, cool down with these cool collections.

Mister clean

Tommy Bahama sunglasses, Report Collection shirt, Tommy Hilfiger bow tie, Corbin pants.

John Jones: Sport shirts may be too simple for their own good.

The bolder the better

Colored denim

Elise Diamantini: Retailers build off the momentum of colored denim for 2013.

Clothing king: Sid Shapiro

Sid Shapiro

Elise Diamantini: Chicago’s Syd Jerome has the deep dish on suits.