Raffi’s Next Generation

Raffi Family

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

Spring 2014 Menswear: Wake Them Up!


Enough replenishment basics; enough count-and-fill: How about “out with the old, in with new” for a more exciting (and profitable) spring ‘14 season? After shopping numerous trade shows these past several months, it’s clear that there’s plenty of fabulous men’s fashion out there, much of it in new (slightly more subdued) colors, interesting patterns, and […]

Mixing it up in Los Angeles

Autumn Cashmere

Kelli Freeman reports from the West Coast Trend Show.

Vegas recap: The color of money

Karen in Wellensteyn

Karen Alberg Grossman: A retailer told me after the Vegas shows that he’s not about to risk anything new; I beg to differ.

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.

Knitwear comeback!


Karen Alberg Grossman: Among many great items that spoke to me at the January New York tradeshows, I was most excited about knitwear.

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), […]