Raffi’s Next Generation

Raffi Family

Although he’s not retiring, Raffi Shaya is a case study in successful succession.

State of the industry

Ron Wurtzburger

Karen Alberg Grossman speaks with a random sampling of top menswear execs for an overview of whatʼs selling, whatʼs changing, and what lies ahead.

Raffi: To Life!


Karen Alberg Grossman: At Raffi’s 39th Street showroom, you’ll see some of the most beautiful cashmere sweaters in the world and get a dose of Raffi’s wonderfully optimistic philosophy of life.

Catching up with Raffi Shaya

Raffi Shaya

The king of cashmere: Raffi Shaya on cycles of business, and cycles of life. It was a tough few years for Raffi Shaya but his optimism and resilience never wavered. Rather than fire employees when the economy fizzled mid-’08, Raffi closed his New York showroom (a tough decision but at $25,000 a month, a necessity), […]