Will the Dress-Up Trend Last?

Brooks Brothers Red Fleece

Harry Sheff talks to Durand Guion at Macy’s and Glen Hoffs at Brooks Brothers about the tailored clothing boom.

Fountain of Youth

Greg Selkoe

Six leaders in the young men’s business, including Karmaloop’s Greg Selkoe, discuss the youth culture market. By Elise Diamantini

Putt it on

Travis Mathew

John Jones: Golf apparel adapts to appeal to a younger demographic.

Tailored clothing: Blurring the line

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John Jones: Consumers are shopping tailored like sportswear.

Retail rewind

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Elise Diamantini: A few factors are driving the high single-digit increases that contemporary merchants have achieved year to date: 1) a surge in non-denim bottoms; 2) more affordable pricepoints; 3) slimmer styling; and 4) a new focus on shorts and swimwear.

Accessories 2011: Belts and small leather goods

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Technically Speaking: What’s in your wallet? By Amy Sciaretta Consumers are saying goodbye to bulky wallets and hello to sleek and colorful styling. The category has taken a turn for the better with bold color and shape. Brights are taking the stage this season across price categories. Daring patterned linings add an element of surprise […]

Accessories 2011: Bags

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Fitting In: Today’s bags for men must work hard and look great. By Amy Sciaretta Messenger bags are a must-have for spring/summer 2012: iPods, iPads, laptops and other gadgets are all perfectly accommodated in a bag that can protect them and be fashion forward at the same time. Multipurpose bags in all-leather, leather/canvas or leather/fabric […]

Tailored Clothing: Suited for change

Kenneth Cole New York

After a modest but promising uptick in sales at retail, tailored clothing is bracing for another hurdle. It’s the same issue for tailored clothing as it is for every other apparel category: rising costs. Cotton is way up, so is wool and even synthetics. And Chinese manufacturers have ceded more of their capacity to their […]

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 […]

Sportswear Report: Knitting patterns

George Zaharoff sportcoat, Sal Cesarani tie, Agave shirt, Raffi linea uomo sweater.

Based on what retailed during the fall 2010 season, knitwear manufacturers are banking on novelty sweaters with retro styling to ride the pendulum swing from woven to knitwear into the fall 2011 season. “We sold sweaters early,” says Durand Guion at Macy’s. “Chunkier, loftier pieces with interesting design—shawl collars and metal buttons, all in the […]