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Krammer & Stoudt to Launch Made-to-Measure

Krammer & Stoudt is bringing its aesthetic to the tailored clothing business.
The independent men’s brand that is known for blending Southwest and Southern California influences with an East Coast bent, is teaming with Brooklyn-based master tailor Martin Greenfield Clothiers on a made-to-measure suit program that will launch on June 1. Additionally, Krammer & Stoudt is working with Newark, N.J.-based Mitch Gambert on a line of custom shirts.
The initiative will offer imported fabrics chosen by the brand and is intended to appeal to men who are seeking a custom fit in unique fabrications.
“The Krammer & Stoudt client lives and breathes creativity,” said designer Michael Rubin. “In whatever his occupation, he is the visionary. He wants to look appropriately sharp, but also wants to express himself confidently in his sartorial choices.”
Krammer & Stoudt will host private appointments with customers and take the initial measurements and help them select the fabric, style and fit. Once an order is submitted, it will take about five weeks to receive a finished suit and two weeks to receive a finished shirt. A second appointment for final fitting and adjustments may be necessary.
The suits will retail between $1,600 and $2,400 and shirts will average $250.
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G-III Licenses PVH for DKNY Men’s Wear Collections in the U.S. and Canada

G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. has entered into a multiyear license agreement with PVH Corp., under which PVH will design and distribute men’s wear for the DKNY brand in the U.S. and Canada. The license agreement includes DKNY Sport for Men, a new category for the brand; men’s sportswear; dress shirts; neckwear, and jeans.
The first collections will launch in spring 2018 and will be sold in department stores. Unlike the women’s DKNY collection, the men’s wear will not be exclusive to Macy’s.
G-III acquired Donna Karan International, parent company of DKNY, from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in December 2016.
The last time there was a DKNY Men’s collection in the market was for fall 2015. During the three seasons that DKNY was designed by Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne (spring 2016, fall 2016 and spring 2017), the designers focused on women’s apparel.
Morris Goldfarb, chairman and chief executive officer of G-III, said, “This collaboration is an important step in the continued growth of DKNY and a clear example of the go-forward strategy to heighten this iconic brand. PVH is a trusted and powerful partner and we look forward to our continued success together.”
Ken Duane, chief operating officer of Heritage Brands and North American Wholesale for

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Bergdorf’s Men’s Store Ups Its Street Cred

NEW YORK — Bergdorf Goodman is going street.
Over the past two years the upscale retailer has increasingly been partnering with some of the more trend-setting streetwear labels on special capsules and in-store events to update the mix on the third floor of its Goodman’s men’s store.
Brands from John Elliott and Kith to Off-White and NikeLab have worked with the retailer on special installations, and the latest one will hit today when Kith’s second capsule for the store is delivered.
Exclusives are nothing new for retailers. Merchants are constantly negotiating with vendors for something unique they can offer their customers that also differentiates them from their competitors.
But in the past few years Bergdorf Goodman has pushed the envelope, aligning with hot brands that have generally eschewed traditional retail. The result has been a win-win for both.
“When we joined three years ago, we examined the third floor and where we saw fashion moving,” said Bruce Pask, Bergdorf’s men’s fashion director. “Then we set a direction to put designers in place to address that.”
So together with Melissa Lowenkron, senior vice president of men’s, women’s footwear, handbags and beauty, the store worked initially with John Elliott, who was the first of the new breed of men’s designers to create

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Wise SGR Sells Boglioli

MILAN — Storied Italian men’s wear company Boglioli is changing hands.
Private equity fund Wise SGR, which held a 98 percent stake in Boglioli, has accepted an offer made by international fund PHI Industrial Acquisitions to buy the clothing firm. Financial details of the transaction were not revealed.
According to its web site, the Madrid and Barcelona-based PHI Industrial eyes majority stakes in companies with revenues of between 20 million and 250 million euros, or $22.2 million and $277.8 million at current exchange rates, located in the European area and engaged in “any activity sector other than the financial and real estate sectors.” The fund operates with a long-term commitment, it states.
The arrival of a new owner and fresh capital will allow Boglioli to present a plan for a voluntary arrangement with creditors, “with a view to starting out anew with a solid growth plan, also looking to grow on international markets,” the company said Thursday.
The first such step will be Boglioli’s return to Pitti Uomo with the spring 2018 collection designed by the in-house team. Creative director Davide Marello left the brand after the presentation in Milan of the fall collection. Marello was tapped in 2015 and he was the first to

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Rob Gough Acquires Dope

Rob Gough wants to take Dope to the next level.
The entrepreneur has acquired the Los Angeles-based streetwear brand, which was started by Matt Fields in 2007, and hopes to double the business within a year. He believes it has the potential to be a billion dollar company.
“I’m friends with a lot of people who work in streetwear and everyone had great things to say about the brand,” said Gough, who wouldn’t reveal the cost of acquisition, which was a cash deal. “I see a lot of opportunities.”
For Gough, those opportunities include expanding on the Dope Sport line and launching smoke products including bongs, rolling papers, lighters and grinders under the name Dope Smoke. Gough is also interested in the women’s space and just signed a deal with Summer Rae, a WWE wrestler. Rae will create a capsule collection for Dope that will include intimate apparel, swim and activewear.
Gough also sees the Dope e-commerce site as an area for growth — he said it hadn’t been a priority for the company previously — along with its store on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Dope is sold at specialty retailers including Foot Locker, Downtown Locker Room and Foot Action.
This is Gough’s first time investing

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Corneliani to Focus on Americas, Strengthens Management Team

MILAN — Corneliani is focusing on the Americas, building its executive management team to further develop business in the region.
The Italian men’s wear company has tapped Maurizio Mantovani as its Americas chief executive officer, and he is charged with boosting the brand’s wholesale network and its retail business. He reports to Corneliani ceo Paolo Roviera. Most recently, Mantovani was senior vice president of operations and outlets at Ermenegildo Zegna in New York, leveraging 20 years of experience at the men’s wear group holding different roles in the North American division. Roviera, who joined Corneliani from Pal Zileri in September, is also a Zegna alum.
Corneliani has also appointed Sean Hieter senior vice president of sales. Hieter was previously vice president of Robert Graham Designs. His strong relations with retailers will be key in growing the brand’s business through department stores and high-end specialty stores, the company said.
“North America accounts for less than 10 percent of sales and it is only a wholesale business,” Roviera said. “This can’t be. We aim for the region to represent more than 20 percent of total.”
Roviera said a web of relations already stands with “key players,” from Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus to Nordstrom, but that

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EXCLUSIVE: Charles Cohen Buys Harrys of London

NEW YORK — Charles S. Cohen is expanding his men’s fashion portfolio.
The billionaire commercial real estate developer who purchased a majority stake in Savile Row tailor Richard James in March, has now bought Harrys of London. Terms of the deal for the U.K.-based footwear and accessories label were not disclosed. Harrys was acquired from Palladin Consumer Retail Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm that has owned a majority stake in the brand since 2014.
Following the playbook he established with Richard James, Cohen will assume the position of chairman of Harrys but will retain Steven Newey, Harry’s chief executive officer, to run the business on a day-to-day basis. At Richard James, Sean Dixon, cofounder and managing director, has remained with the label in that role.
“Harrys of London has been a brand I have supported and respected for a long time, bringing a unique mix of luxury, contemporary craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology and design,” Cohen said in an exclusive interview. “I am excited to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to partner with the brand and work closely with Steven and the rest of the team. We see huge potential for expansion across the U.S., London, Asia and the Middle East, and I am eager

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Katama Creates Capsule Collection With Surf Lodge

Katama is collaborating with The Surf Lodge.
Garrett Neff, a model who started his New England-inspired swimwear line in 2015, has created an exclusive capsule collection for the Montauk resort in the Hamptons. The Surf Lodge operates the popular boutique Surf Bazaar, along with a retail space in its lobby.
Although Neff said he didn’t grow up surfing, he and Jayma Cardoso, who co-owns The Surf Lodge, connected because of their love of nature and the water.
“You can feel his fondness for the ocean and beach life in his designs,” Cardoso said. “For Garrett, he has fond memories of Katama Bay and for myself it’s Brazil and now Montauk. We have a mutual admiration for the sea, which made it easy for me to see how we could do something great together.”
The collection, which retails from $145 to $350, consists of board shorts, trunks, T-shirts, tank tops, a jersey cardigan and a canvas tote bag. A small portion of the line will be available from June 7 through June 9 at Surf Lodge’s two retail spaces, the Surf Bazaar and the Surf Lodge lobby, and Katama’s e-commerce site. The full collection, along with Katama’s spring line, will be available the weekend of July 7 at

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Indochino Bolsters Management Team

Indochino, a Vancouver-based omnichannel men’s wear brand, has beefed up its management team.
The company has brought Randy Binning on board as vice president of retail operations and promoted Dean Handspiker to vice president of design, product and showroom development.
Binning has spent the last 15 years at Guess Inc., where he has served as both director of West Coast North America and then director of stores for Canada. At Indochino, he will be charged with leading a consistent customer experience across all locations and work to ensure continued profitability as the company expands.
Handspiker will be responsible for the overall look and vision of the Indochino products and will oversee the seasonal design of the brand’s suits, shirts and accessories. He will also work to ensure a consistent message in each of the company’s showrooms.
“Building a world-class team of dedicated, highly skilled and forward-thinking people has been a top priority for us in the past couple of years and we are thrilled to welcome Dean and Randy to our senior management team simultaneously,” said Drew Green, chief executive officer.
In April, Indochino opened three showrooms in Western Canada, bringing the total to 13. There are also five additional showrooms planned for the U.S.

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Nas Partners With The Thread Shop

Nas is capitalizing on the Nineties nostalgia wave.
The rapper and entrepreneur is teaming with The Thread Shop, Sony Music’s licensing and merchandising creative agency, to produce an apparel and accessories collection.
This is a homecoming of sorts for Nas, who is currently under Mass Appeal Records but signed his first deal in 1992 with Columbia, which is a subsidiary of Sony.
“There is a resurgence of Nineties hip-hop as a trend and he’s definitely at the forefront of that,” said Frances Wong, vice president of The Thread Shop. “We are excited about reaching out to his fan base and continuing his legacy.”
In 2013 Nas launched Hstry, an apparel line he created with Grungy Gentleman. In 2014 he relaunched it as a stand-alone brand and last year he worked with Sony Pictures Consumer Marketing on a Hstry fashion collection to coincide with the film studio’s remake of “Ghostbusters.”
But Wong said this merchandise will be much different from Hstry and will be inspired by his catalog.
“It’s not just going to be album images on a T-shirt,” said Wong. “It’s about dissecting the messaging he has within his music and conveying that within the apparel.”
Wong said the distribution plan for this line, which will retail

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