Sportswear: Bottoms on top

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Jillian Sprague: Non-denim pants and shorts lead sportswear’s surge.

Banking on bow ties

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Elise Diamantini talks to a group of guys who started wearing bow ties as a way to thumb their noses at a new dress code, and then found themselves office trendsetters.

November Notebook: Wing of desire

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John Jones: Outdoor equipment manufacturer Kelty turns 60 in 2012, and to celebrate they’re rolling out the 60th Anniversary Wing Pack.

Furnishings: Change is good

Randa Accessories is starting to put QR codes on hang tags to direct younger customers to online videos that show how to tie a tie.

Harry Sheff: Shirts and ties have been evolving fast to meet the needs of a younger market.

Tailored clothing: Blurring the line

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John Jones: Consumers are shopping tailored like sportswear.

November Notebook: Goodbye, cash registers

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John Jones: Mobile point-of-sale units, developed in partnership with Apple, allow your sellers to ring up product anywhere in the store.

Brian Reaves: Operating on high

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Retailer of the Year coverage: As SVP of store sales and operations, Brian Reaves oversees all CMRG stores to make sure each delivers a consistent customer experience and meets operational standards.

Dennis Hernreich: Man with a plan

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Retailer of the Year coverage: If Casual Male’s David Levin is the creative visionary, Dennis Hernreich is the pragmatist who implements the plan and makes sure it’s workable.

Mark Albert: The Prince

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Retailer of the Year coverage: Mark Albert, VP of in-store branding and visuals, started in the late ’80s working on the sales floor at Casual Male while still in high school.

Ric Della Bernarda: Marketing maven

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Retailer of the Year coverage: There are few in the industry who know as much about marketing as Casual Male Retail Group’s Ric Della Bernarda.