Consumer insights: Men who shop

Men who shop -- Jason

We asked New York professionals what they’re buying — and not buying. Jason Age: 37 Occupation: President of a public relations agency Office dress code: We say “dress to the client,” but I encourage everyone to dress with a strong point of view. If you aren’t sure why you put something on that day, it […]

January Fashion: Chance Encounter

Fashion -- Chance Encounter

Fashion produced by John Jones, photographed by Steve Ciuccoli. Shot on location at the Hotel Plaza Athenee, New York City. Models: Fernando Diniz, Q; Rihannon, Orb. 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 […]

Arnold Brant Silverstone: Chapter Three

ArnoldBrantSilverstone

With not much excitement in the better men’s market these days, upscale merchants are flipping over the new Samuelsohn! Described by retailers who previewed the line as “gorgeous!” “a more affordable Cucinelli,” this is a sophisticated, but wearable luxury lifestyle collection of full canvas suits ($1,000 to $1,500 retail), beautiful softcoats ($795 to $1,295), sumptuous […]

Give ‘em the boot

J Shoes

Don’t miss out on this growing, best-selling category. Retail consultant Steve Pruitt advises that a missed opportunity for high-end men’s specialty stores for fall 2010 was the fashion boot. Collegefashionista.com, a blog focused on campus fashion at the Big Ten universities, polled 85 style writers from around the world during the fourth quarter of 2010, […]

Mervyn Mandelbaum: His way

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He built Superba into America’s number one tie company, selling it to PVH in 2006 for about $180 million. On his retirement, this widely admired industry icon shares a few success secrets. Are you really retiring? Why? Yes, it’s time. PVH neckwear has an amazing team of people in place and it’s their turn. That […]

Naples, Italy: A timeless tradition

Naples

I was recently invited to attend the Press/Opinion Makers tour of the fashion sector in Naples, Italy which was sponsored by The Provincial Council of Naples and IRVAT. We toured the exquisite Neapolitan coast and island of Ischia, making stops along the way at menswear shops and meeting with manufacturers (who all hand-make goods in […]

Contemporary trend forecast: Rugged revival

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Americana, heritage, workwear…those were the buzzwords in the contemporary market for 2010. Older brands reinvented themselves and became new again and all the downtown cool kids picked up on it (Barbour or Red Wing, anyone?). And look at all the collaborations between traditional brands and contemporary stores. It happened on all levels of retail, from […]

Luxury roundtable: Best of the best

Prada

Luxury vendors get back to business with special offerings and fine craftsmanship. Luxury business is back! We spoke to Antonio DeMatteis, CEO of Italian luxury goods company Kiton; Jim Shay of Neapolitan luxe maker Isaia, Tommy Fazio, president of emerging designer brand Simon Spurr, and Don Deisch, COO of custom tailoring legend Oxxford Clothes. Through […]

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 […]