KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN Editor-in-Chief
Karen Alberg Grossman is the 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.”
STU NIFOUSSI Group Publisher
Stu Nifoussi was the founding Publisher of MR Magazine and served in that role for 25 years. He launched MR’s website back in 2006. Currently Publisher Emeritus, he continues to play an important role, advising and assisting the MR staff where needed.
BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON Managing Editor
A native New Yorker, Brian’s first word was supposedly “Bloomingdale’s.” He has spent the last 28 years as a working journalist and was Managing Editor of DNR, the founding Managing Editor for MR’s sister publication Accent, and a fashion correspondent for such magazines as Forbes. His other positions have included Editor-in-Chief of TheaterMania.com and Founding Editor of Resident Publications and he continues to write about theater and celebrities for numerous publications and websites including IN New York. Brian is a graduate of Tufts University and New York University School of Law. He lives in Manhattan with his partner, Evan Warren, and spends a lot of free time looking for great things to add to their wardrobes.
MICHAEL MACKO Fashion Director
The newest member of the MR Team, Michael Macko is a menswear industry veteran. He was previously VP of Fashion PR and Special Events for Men’s and Home at Saks Fifth Avenue and Fashion Director at Details. Macko now owns his own menswear consulting business and lives across the Hudson River in northern New Jersey, in a small cottage with his four rescue Dachshunds: Desi, Mulligan, Finnigan and Hershey.
STEPHEN GARNER Web Editor
MR-Mag.com’s online editor, Stephen Garner, took the unexpected path to menswear. Having originally gone to college for music, Stephen found his way after the Great Recession working in retail. This led him to pursue a career in fashion by moving to New York, a life-long dream, and attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. While he was at FIT, he took several internships at WWD and Black Frame PR which ultimately led him to MR where he became the fashion intern. Upon graduating, he worked for notable trend forecasting agency, WGSN, and later menswear specialty store buying office, DLS. He re-joins our team hoping to share freshness and excitement with the MR community through the millennial perspective.
MICHELLE BROWN Associate Publisher
Associate Publisher Michelle Brown joined MR in 2002. She worked in the garment business in women’s designer apparel sales for the first eight years of her career then transitioned to trade publishing selling trade show booths for a short time before moving into magazine ad sales and sales management. She was the ad director at Threads magazine, then at Vogue Knitting, Butterick and Vogue Patterns as well as Director of New Business Development in Butterick’s book publishing division. Michelle grew up in Wantagh, Long Island and got her bachelor’s degree at SUNY Albany.
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