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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

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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

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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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Silver Jeans Teams Up with Jose Bautista on Denim Collab

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Silver Jeans is coming to bat with its latest collaboration with Toronto Blue Jays star Jose Bautista (pictured above). The Joey Series will debut for fall 2015, offering two men’s fits–classic straight and loose–in a variety of washes. Bautista, who’s nicknamed Joey Bats, added a few signature details of his …

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JCPenney Hires Mary Beth West as New CMO

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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 …

Holt Renfrew Expands Vancouver Flagship

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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 …

HanesBrands 2015 Q1 Reports Increased Net Sales

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HanesBrands released its 2015 Q1 report today, April 24. The company attributes its 14% net sales increases (to $1.2 billion) to its acquisition and execution strategies. “We are off to a great start in 2015, once again delivering a double-digit increase in EPS, while tracking to our full-year growth plans,” …

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In Other News: Abercrombie & Fitch Puts its Shirt Back On

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Since Abercrombie & Fitch’s controversial chief executive Michael Jeffriesretired in December, the company has made lots of changes to the business, including nominating four women to its board. But the changes don’t stop there. Yesterday, Bloomberg Business reported that starting April 24, Abercrombie & Fitch is “retiring its ‘appearance and …

The North Face Grows “Clothes the Loop” Program

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The North Face announced today, April 20, that it will expand its “Clothes the Loop” recycling program from 10 locations to all 83 U.S. North Face retail and outlet stores. The program encourages consumers to bring in old goods and the company will “extend the life cycle of apparel and …

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John Varvatos Brings It Home

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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

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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” …