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Karen Alberg Grossman

Karen Alberg Grossman

Karen Alberg Grossman is editor in chief of MR Magazine, which she founded with Stu Nifoussi in 1990, and MR-Mag.com. She is also editor in chief of Forum magazine and Accent magazine, both luxury lifestyle publications custom-designed for upscale independent stores. She started her career as an executive trainee for Bloomingdale's and then as a market rep for May Merchandising. A frequent moderator of industry panels and seminars and guest lecturer at fashion schools, she is known for her insightful editorials, personality-revealing profiles and provocative industry roundtables. She also admits to spending hours studying men under the guise of “market research.”

Vegas Recap: Add Some Excitement!

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Reading through several notebooks filled with observations from the Vegas shows, I have to admit that I’m still loving woven shirts! I know it’s time for a knitwear resurgence but based on what I’ve seen out there, innovation in wovens (embellished, embroidered, sheer, gauzy, color-drenched) should keep the category going …

I Could Have Danced…

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Okay, I admit it: My favorite moment last week in Vegas did not involve discovering fabulous new lines (although I found several) or catching up with old friends or meeting retailers and brainstorming about business (all of which I did and loved). This time around, my favorite moment involved doing …

Retiring in Style

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Two of the industry’s finest had retirement parties in NYC this week: John Haller of Robert Talbott and Bob Sockolov of Rochester Big&Tall. Friends and colleagues couldn’t say enough about these two very classy guys. Haller was feted at Ben & Jack’s Steak House on Thursday evening July 19th for …

If You Have to Turn 60…

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…what better way to do it than with colleagues, cupcakes and curvaceous Playboy models? Wednesday’s lucky birthday boy was Dennis Abramczyk of Peebles, division of Stage Stores; his gift from his friends at Company 81 was the very beautiful Miss May. Needless to say, Dennis (just a little embarrassed) forced …

Behind the Scenes

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Since my main job is business writing and I have no real understanding of fashion (please don’t tell anyone…), it’s always intriguing for me to attend fashion shoots. This past Friday, I joined MR fashion director John Jones, Forum managing editor Robert Haynes-Peterson, photographer Alex Palumbo and model Blake Morris …

Guys in Spring Ties

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The event was last week’s meeting of the Men’s Dress Furnishings Association at the Harmonie Club in Manhattan so of course the guys who showed up for MDFA’s intriguing breakfast seminar were looking fabulous in the latest suits, shirts and ties. Getting tons of compliments, especially from women, fresh-looking pastel …

An Artistic Approach to Leather Goods

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Catching up with Chris Bosca in Bosca’s Columbus, Ohio, studio earlier this week, we were highly impressed by the evolution of a business that is too often considered an afterthought in menswear. Fine leather accessories are among the most beautiful, artisan-inspired pieces a man can own, yet rarely are they …

A Sense of Community

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With the continued strength of national trade shows in NYC and Vegas twice a year, one might question the viability of regional shows these days. A trip to Fashion North in Toronto can answer that question in a flash: the camaraderie, the networking and the sense of community are worth …

Only in Vegas

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It was the end of day two and I was pretty wiped out after trekking through miles and miles of aisles and aisles of fabulous fashion at MAGIC, Exclusive, and Project. So we’re at the Randa Manicures & Martinis party where, for the first time after all these years of …

Toronto’s Favorite Son

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It was minus 27 degrees in Toronto this past week but that didn’t hurt Fashion North, still among my all-time favorite trade shows. Maybe it’s because Canadians are just so damn nice, or maybe it was Fashion North’s first-ever Retailer of the Year dinner that brought the industry out in …

Ike and Angie: American Dreams

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Part of the reason I’ve stayed in the menswear industry for almost 20 years is that I love to hear people’s stories. (And for sure, everyone has one.) Yet only once in awhile does a story virtually change my life. This happened recently when I was asked by Alan, Steven …

Karen’s 2007 New Year’s Resolutions

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(Not likely to last ‘til February…) 1. Spend more time with family and friends, less time working. 2. Back to the gym. (Yeah, right….) 3. More cooking dinner, less Chinese take-out. 4. Make the world better (get involved politically, more volunteer stuff, etc.) 5. Inspire and mentor others; help kids …

Coat Call – for New York Cares

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Catching up last week with Dan Feinstein – MR’s first fashion director with whom we launched MR magazine – he reminded me about the annual New York Cares Coat Drive. Each December, New York Cares collects winter coats and distributes them to men, women and children who would otherwise be …