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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.”

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Editor’s Letter: Positive Energy!

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The stars are aligned for some unprecedented growth in menswear As this endless winter gradually melts into spring and we in the Northeast can finally venture outdoors without layers of hats, scarves, sweaters (and those ubiquitous quilted jackets), I’m feeling much positive energy in the more temperate air. Although too …

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 …