Dress furnishings: Invest in inventory!


Karen Alberg Grossman: In dress furnishings, retailers would do well to increase AURs rather than turn.

Dress to impress: 2012 dress shirt retail survey

Canali dress shirts

Harry Sheff: According to our 2012 survey of retailers, dress shirt business is strong, albeit inconsistent. Still, everyone seems to be planning the business up for fall.

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 […]

Furnishings: retailers enjoy slim styles, brace for rising costs


The general consensus among retailers large and small is that furnishings business is good, but not great. Macy’s, which reported a robust five-fold gain in first quarter profit in mid-May, credits some newness in both dress shirts (smaller collars, trimmer fit) and neckwear (slimmer ties) for growth in furnishings. Brooks Brothers says shirts and ties […]

Furnishings trim down

Van Heusen

Slim-fit fashion moves to the mainstream. Although Americas Health Rankings reports that nearly 27 percent of the U.S. population is obese, the trend towards slimmer-fitting dress shirts and skinnier ties just keeps growing. Durand Guion at Macy’s reports a solid return to dress up. “I see the slim-fit trend in tailored clothing and furnishings getting […]

Catching up with Mitchell Lechner, president, PVH dress shirts


One of those famous PVH “lifers,” Mitch Lechner is proud of his 27 years at the company, as well he should be. “I started out on the Macy’s training program but the opportunity arose to join PVH when they were launching The Designer Group. I had the chance to get in on the ground floor […]

Perry Ellis Names Shelly Fogel VP of Sales, Resumes Dress Shirt Business

MIAMI—Shelly Fogel has been named VP of sales at Perry Ellis International, responsible for rebuilding the Perry Ellis dress shirt business and managing other brands. Fogel left his position as president of sales and marketing at Oxford Industries in January this year. He was with Oxford since 1993. Fogel has held similar positions at Warnaco, […]