Letter to the Editor: Reminiscences from Greg Thomajan of Zareh


Greg Thomajan, owner of Zareh in Boston for more than 50 years, sent this letter to MR’s editor-in-chief Karen Alberg Grossman. If you’re a retailer, and you’ve got something to say, drop us a line! Either post or e-mail will do. Dear Karen, Now that I’m on the wrong side of 75 and starting my […]

Schmoozing: Chicago Collective party


The Chicago Collective trade show hosted a party for vendors and retailers. The images below are cropped thumbnails. Click on an image to expand. Roll over the image and click the arrows on the right to see the next image in the gallery.

MR Q: Ouigi Theodore, creative director of The Brooklyn Circus

Ouigi Theodore

The ringleader: Ouigi Theodore created his own kind of three-ring circus. “My dream is to see guys hanging on the corner in suits,” the energetic and famously bearded Ouigi Theodore told The New York Times in a profile last January. His store, The Brooklyn Circus, with locations in Brooklyn and San Francisco and a shop-in-shop […]

Editor’s Letter: Summertime Blues

Karen Alberg Grossman

There ain’t no cure, or is there? Maybe it’s the weather or the precarious state of the world (when isn’t the world in a precarious state?) but there seems to be an awful lot of complaining going on these days: a lot of yearning for the good old days and much dreaded anticipation of price […]

Next week’s Elements Showcase fragrance trade show

Jeff Lawson, Frederick Bouchardy and Ulrich Lang

When I went to the launch of the Elements Showcase fragrance trade show in January, I was struck by how different it was from other shows. It didn’t have straight aisles or walled booths, and the atmosphere seemed both more modern and more relaxed. As a fragrance aficionado, I was in heaven, discovering brands, some […]

Trade Show Tidbits: More from the New York trade shows

Bruce Levitt

**There’s nothing better than seeing great retailers do well again! Scouting the aisles at MRket, Bruce Levitt from MurLees (Long Island) graciously recognizes The Shaw Group for giving him the credit support and financial discipline needed to turn his business around. “Working with them allowed us to bring in new brands; we’re now seeing 20-25 […]

Schmoozing: 2011 Uptown/Downtown Awards Dinner


MR Magazine hosted the sixth annual Uptown/Downtown Awards dinner at the Four Seasons restaurant in Midtown Manhattan on Monday to honor two Menswear Hall of Fame inductees, Russ Patrick of Neiman Marcus and David Witman of Nordstrom, along with 12 retailers: Blackbird, The Claymore Shop, David Wood, Fred Segal Man, Godfry’s, Haberdash, Harley’s, Kositchek’s, Norton […]

Sid Mashburn: The Atlanta Spirit


Sid Mashburn brings Southern hospitality to menswear. Sid Mashburn waxes nostalgic for men’s stores of the past when asked about his approach to retailing. “You were taught how to feel comfortable in your own skin and introduced to skills that would serve you well for your entire life. This wasn’t just a shopping trip. These […]

Pitkin County Dry Goods: A store for all seasons


Pitkin County Dry Goods brings high fashion to Aspen. Entrepreneur Don Fleisher moved to Aspen in 1968 and quickly noticed that it lacked a suitable clothing store. It seems he was unimpressed with the town’s actual dry goods outpost, where you could buy rope and bed pillows as well as your Levi’s. On July 4th, […]

Perlis: Southern charm


Perlis is selling menswear with a side of crawfish. Imagine this scenario: you’re a menswear retailer in the South. You sell close to 5,000 Lacoste polo shirts a year, and then all of a sudden Lacoste drops your account, and Polo Ralph Lauren won’t sell you either. What is a merchant to do? That’s exactly […]