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Elise Diamantini

Elise Diamantini

Managing Editor and Market Editor Elise Diamantini covers the contemporary menswear market for MR Magazine and MR-Mag.com. A former MR intern, Elise graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing communications. She resides in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a neighborhood perfect for people-watching and trend-spotting.Email: elised@MRketplace.com

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Paul Smith’s Art Exhibit Opens in London

In News by Elise Diamantini

Paul Smith’s latest art exhibition, “The Secret Life of the Pencil,” pays homage to the pencil. The exhibit will be held at his Albemarle Street store in London. A majority of the exhibit’s proceeds will benefit the British charity, Children in Crisis, supporting children suffering the effects of conflict and …

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H&M Launches National Recruiting Campaign

In News by Elise Diamantini

H&M recently announced the launch of a national recruiting campaign, “Place of Possible” geared to attract people who want to break into the fashion industry. Place of Possible will be promoted by national advertising across all mediums including online, outdoor, in-store displays, and a college tour complete with an H&M …

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JCPenney Hires Mary Beth West as New CMO

In News by Elise Diamantini

Mary Beth West, who served on JCPenney’s board of directors since 2005, will resign from that position to become the retailer’s latest EVP, chief customer and marketing officer, effective June 1. “Mary Beth’s contributions to the Board have been invaluable,” said Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, chief executive officer of …

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Holt Renfrew Expands Vancouver Flagship

In Features, News by Elise Diamantini

Luxury Canadian retailer Holt Renfrew announced its plans to expand its Vancouver store not just in space, but experience. The company will increase in size by 30 percent, adding 40,000 sq. ft. of retail space to total approximately 190,000 sq. ft. Construction is set to commence in August 2015 and …

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John Varvatos Brings It Home

In FASHION, Features by Elise Diamantini

John Varvatos celebrated his latest store opening in his hometown of Detroit last night, April 16. We all know it wouldn’t be a Varvatos event without a musical performance, so Detroit native Alice Cooper surprised guests with a live set of his classic hits. The event brought in over 600 …

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Catching Up With Helen Barbour

In Features, News by Elise Diamantini

Helen Barbour, vice chair of J. Barbour & Sons Ltd., chatted with me about what’s new, next and if collaborations are over last week while she was in town for New York’s Tartan Day Parade. As one of the parade sponsors, Barbour outfitted the Westie and Scottie dogs that “marched” …