MMG, de Fasson Join Forces

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NEW YORK – MMG Corp. and Daniel de Fasson have formed a strategic alliance. Premiere Neckwear Groupe, the luxury division of St. Louis-based MMG, will assume sales and distribution responsibility for Miami-based Daniel de Fasson’s eponymous designer neckwear collection. De Fasson will lend his design and marketing expertise to MMG, …

Egeck CEO of 7 For All Mankind

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NEW YORK – Michael Egeck has been named chief executive officer of 7 For All Mankind LLC, the luxury denim specialist, effective Aug. 15. As CEO, he succeeds Peter Koral, founder of 7, who remains chairman and president. VF Corp. has appointed Dave Gatto to succeed Egeck as president of …

Q2 Net Balloons at Swank

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NEW YORK – Swank Inc. reversed a first-half loss and expanded its second-quarter earnings nearly eleven-fold during the three months ended June 30. The firm also registered double-digit sales increases in both the quarter and half. Net income for the three months was $976,000, or 16 cents a diluted share, …

Chaps Gaffes Lead Warnaco to Restate, Terminate

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NEW YORK – Accounting improprieties at Chaps menswear precipitated the termination or resignation of three of the unit’s officials and will lead parent company The Warnaco Group Inc. to restate earnings for fiscal 2005 and the first quarter of 2006. Warnaco released the news after the closing of the markets …

Khokhar Takes Jordache Strategy Spot

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NEW YORK – Salman Khokhar has been named to the new post of executive vice president of global strategy for Jordache Enterprises. He reports to Cliff Lelonek, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Polo Assn. division. Khokhar will be responsible for international licensing, strategic planning and new business …

Mystery Golfers Revealed!

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NEW YORK — The mystery golfers — and heat-fighters — at the Peerless golf outing were (left to right): brothers Jim and Ken Giddon of Rothman’s, Maurice Cohen of Sam’s, and Dana Katz of Milton’s. MRketplace.com is happy to report that all survived the brutal heat.

MR E-mail Service Restored

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NEW YORK — MR Magazine’s e-mail service, disrupted by a hardware failure in the offices of its parent company, Business Journals Inc., early Saturday morning, has now been restored. MR personnel can now be reached at their e-mail accounts, and senders may want to resend any messages sent during the …

Expert Advice: Danny Paul

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Veteran specialty store consultant Danny Paul discusses what’s working, what’s not and what’s next.  Danny Paul has more than three decades of retail sales and management experience, including owner of three apparel stores in southern California and president/CEO of RMSA (Retail Merchandising Service Automation) for 12 years. He’s now chairman …

Milano Hat Set to Open New Site

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NEW YORK – Milano Hat Co., a unit of Dorfman Pacific Co., is set to open a 68,000-square-foot facility in Garland, Tex., on Aug. 16. The new state-of-the-art facility – which will combine production, distribution, customer service and numerous other functions – is the culmination of a plan put in …

Stacy Adams Adds Syllables Sportswear License

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LOS ANGELES – Syllables Inc. has been licensed to manufacture and market men’s sportswear under the urban dress-up brand Stacy Adams through the U.S., its territories and possessions. Syllables will launch its Stacy Adams collection at the Stacy Adams Pavilion at the August 2006 MAGIC and will make first deliveries, …

Ay, Papi

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Now, I have a question…does everybody get drawn into Papi’s booth by their model, Brett Novek? I mean, besides being handsome, having a great body and a 500-watt smile, this guy is also absolutely charming. He must make even straight men weak in the knees. And I know it’s not …

Blacks Says Better Fueled by Denim, Casual

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SAN FRANCISCO – Blacks Retail Analysis says that denim and sportcoat/casual pant combinations were the strength of the better menswear during the spring. Denim sales were up more than 70% over the prior year, while suit sales managed a 0.2% pickup. Neckwear sales were 8.5% below year-ago levels, while dress …

Morrison Joins Doneger as Fashion Director

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NEW YORK – Roseanne Morrison has joined The Doneger Group as fashion director, reporting directly to Abbey Doneger, president of the buying office and trend service. Morrison spent more than 20 years at the Tobe Report, including time as its fashion editor. She was working as a product manager in …

Collectively Speaking

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Wow, what a week. OK, so I may have mentioned that normally I have an approach to trade shows that involves a quick walk-through, just to get the lay of the land, then I’ll come back for a more in-depth look. This past week’s Collective would have none of that. …

New in MR’s Blog Cabin

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For Karen Alberg Grossman and Kionna Coleman’s take on BLUE, John Jones’s recollections of Collective, and Arnie Karr’s conclusions about exactly what’s wrong with menswear, click here to visit the MR Blog Cabin.

BTS Selling Seen Strong

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NEW YORK – A research consulting firm based here has found that American households have big plans for back-to-school purchases, with apparel trailing only computers in planned increases. In interviews with representatives of 10,000 households that include school-age children, Brand Keys Inc. found that the typical family plans to spend …