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Tailored Brands Names Human Resources Chief

Andrew Iwaskow has joined Tailored Brands Inc. as executive vice president of human resources. He will report to Bruce Thorn, president and chief operating officer, and will serve on the company’s executive management committee.

Iwaskow will oversee all aspects of human resources for the retailer and work to strengthen the company’s ability to attract, develop and retain talent.
“We are pleased to bring Andrew on board to oversee talent acquisition, engagement and development across our organization,” said Thorn. “Andrew is a strategic leader who has a proven track record of developing human resources strategies that enable companies to achieve and exceed their business goals, while developing a great working environment for employees.”
Iwaskow was most recently with Toys ‘R Us as vice president, marketplace human resources. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field including stints at Staples and Party City.
“I am excited to join a leading omnichannel retailer that understands how important engaged employees are to delivering an outstanding customer experience and achieving long-term success,” said Iwaskow. “I look forward to ensuring that we attract, develop and retain top talent to help us execute our strategy to innovate the best men’s specialty store of the future.”
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Bachrach President Talks New Brand, Growth Opportunities

One-hundred twenty days. Maybe men’s retailer Bachrach could get an award for that.
In four months and at a cost of about $1.3 million, the company filed for Chapter 11, reorganized and emerged nine stores lighter, armed with a new plan for its future.
“The most important thing that we had to accomplish was to close the non-performing stores,” said president Brian Lipman of the bankruptcy’s objective. “Our portion of stores was spread between A, B and C malls. We’re a 100 percent mall-based retailer and some of the locations we had were either in the wrong malls for the product price point we sell or the occupancy costs were just out of the stratosphere. We just couldn’t make money in those doors. And that’s what we accomplished.”
Bachrach, via its in-court restructuring, closed nine doors and now has a fleet of 15 along with e-commerce, in both of which the company sees growth opportunities. While the retailer will consider store growth, that will be in existing markets and will avoid spreading the business too thin, which was one of its issues pre-bankruptcy, Lipman said. It will also look to nab a new, younger customer with the launch of a more fashion-forward, digital

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Upbeat Vibes Abound at Vegas Men’s Shows

LAS VEGAS — While business conditions remain challenging, the retailers who have survived are upbeat about the future.
But the rules have changed. To lure customers away from their computers and into stores, merchants are being creative — installing pop-up shops, giving their stores a facelift and shifting their mix to inject a much-needed shot of color and comfort.
Although traffic seemed a bit off at the men’s shows here this week, the department and specialty stores who did make the trek to Las Vegas to shop Project, Liberty Fairs, Capsule, Agenda and the PGA Show found a vast assortment of colorful sportswear and clothing for spring, much of it boasting performance features.
At the Doneger Group’s spring men’s overview on the opening day of the shows, Patty Leto, senior vice president of merchandising, said, “The retail landscape is changing at an unprecedented rate” and merchants need to embrace those changes by “thinking out-of-the-box.” Today’s customer is time-poor and experience-hungry, she said, and searching for newness — and it’s up to stores to fulfill those needs.
For spring, the key opportunities center around offering diverse wardrobe options with a distinctly casual bent. Tim Bess, Doneger’s fashion trend analyst, said key pieces include utility bottoms

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Steve Aoki Named Co-owner, Brand Collaborator for Vision Street Wear

Authentic Brands Group, which owns Vision Street Wear, has teamed up with Steve Aoki to bolster the line.
The DJ and producer will serve as brand collaborator and co-owner. Aoki said he would be involved in all areas of the business, including overall strategy, marketing and creatively developing each collection.
“This is a whole different world than doing an endorsement deal or a sponsorship deal and just rocking some T-shirts,” said Aoki. “Vision is a beloved brand to me. It’s a brand I grew up wearing and loving through my adolescence and now I am in this position to be a part of maintaining and growing the brand on all different verticals.”
Vision was founded 40 years ago by Brad Dorfman, who started out producing skateboards before introducing Vision Street Wear. Authentic Brands Group acquired Vision Street Wear, which works with partners in Japan and South Korea, in 2014.
Nick Woodhouse, president and chief marketing officer for Authentic Brands Group, believes Aoki, who played at his bachelor party, is the ideal person to build up the brand.
“I always knew what an amazing creative force Steve is,” said Woodhouse. “He produces terrific content, has an amazing social following and people are fanatical about him. He resonates with youth, he’s

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Wu Wear Returns at Vegas Trade Show

Wu Wear is officially back.
Wu-Tang Clan’s apparel line, one of the first created by hip-hop artists, will reenter the market and is showing at the Agenda trade show in Las Vegas this week.
“We never stopped producing it. We just took a more underground, boutique approach to try and figure out the new business,” said Oliver Grant, who started the line in 1995. “Now we know the lay of the land and how to attack it again.”
Grant and Robert Diggs, best known as RZA, who founded the rap group, have teamed up with Live Nation Merchandise to produce the collection. They will create a capsule line for holiday and release a full fashion assortment for spring 2018, which will mark Wu-Tang’s 25th anniversary.
“Our brand is at a legacy level,” asserted Diggs. “I think about Bill Blass, Lee or Calvin Klein and they were new at one point and became legacy brands. We have an opportunity for our brand to stand alongside Tommy Hilfiger. We are happy Live Nation recognized that and is helping us put the brand out there.”

The unisex collection will retail from $35 to $160 and include older designs and new pieces. The assortment, which will be designed by

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Nick Graham Launches Underwear Line

Nick Graham is back in the underwear business.
The designer, who made his mark as founder and chief underpants officer of Joe Boxer, is launching a collection of underwear and loungewear under his eponymous brand for holiday.
“Even though it’s a very competitive classification, I still see a big opportunity to bring color, innovation and irony to the category.” Graham said.
The Nick Graham underwear collection will include conversational prints as well as core and fashion basics in microfibers, cotton spandex and combed cotton in vibrant colors. “We want to put the fun back into functionality,” Graham said.
The all-cotton loungewear will be offered in both wovens and knits and is designed to be worn both in and out of the house. Graham said he views this classification as one of the biggest opportunities since it blurs the lines between sleepwear and ath-leisure.

Loungewear is viewed as a big opportunity for the brand.

John Kammeier, president of NGL, the company that produces the collection, said, “Nick’s sensibility in these categories is somewhat legendary and I see a huge opportunity in the market for us. The reaction so far has been nothing but remarkable, and proves to us that there is still a void not being

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Detail Provisions Co. Acquires Foot Cardigan

Detail Provisions Co. has acquired Foot Cardigan, a sockwear brand and subscription service.
Foot Cardigan, founded in 2012 by Bryan DeLuca, is sold in more than 75 countries and has done licensed products for Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Procter & Gamble. DeLuca will still be involved with the company.
“We were growing and knew we needed to find the right partner, someone who saw the vision of Foot Cardigan and could add strategic value in addition to capital. We found that partner in DPC,” said DeLuca. “Their expertise in our category and passion for our brand are a natural fit for where we want to go.”
This is the second acquisition for DPC, a Dallas-based holding company, which also purchased Hook & Albert, a men’s accessories line, earlier this year.
“This acquisition fits in the Detail Provisions Co. investment strategy of supporting emerging, authentic, high-quality accessories companies,” said Paul Song, partner of DPC. “We believe that Foot Cardigan is positioned for incredible growth in the future and DPC is committed to supporting what has been built over the past five years.”
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Ecko Jumps on Ath-leisure Bandwagon

Since its founding in 1993 by entrepreneur Marc Ecko, the Ecko Unltd. brand — and its rhinoceros logo — has been a staple within the young men’s market. Originally associated with hip-hop and skate culture, the label has transitioned into more mainstream channels and today is carried at moderate department stores such as J.C. Penney as well as in the off-price channel.
The majority stake in the brand, which at one time had sales of over $1 billion globally, was sold to Iconix Brand Group in 2009. Iconix acquired complete ownership in 2013.
And next week at the Project trade show in Las Vegas, Iconix will unveil the latest iteration of the brand, a new category called Ecko Function.
“We know Ecko can’t be a true athletic brand,” said Mary Gleason, who joined Iconix full time in January as executive vice president to oversee the company’s men’s brands. “But we think there’s an opportunity to do more functional merchandise.”
Ecko Function will offer T-shirts, shorts, track pants, hoodies and jackets with technical details such as wicking fabrics, welded zippers, embossed woven fabric overlays and reflective logos.
Gleason said the line will be targeted to sport specialty stores seeking an alternative to the higher-priced brands. The

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Tharanco Buys Majority Stake in Nick Graham Brand

Nick Graham has a new partner.
Tharanco Group Inc. has acquired the majority stake formerly held by Iconix Brand Group in NGX LLC, the company that owns the Nick Graham trademarks, WWD has learned. Tharanco will also partner with Graham’s sales and marketing company, NGL, to distribute the brand’s collection of men’s dress shirts and furnishings.
“This deal will bring significant resources to allow the brand to grow even faster. The team at Tharanco is committed to make this brand reach the scale I know we can get to…” Graham said.
It also brings together two of the best-known names in the men’s wear industry: Graham and Tharanco chief executive officer Michael Setola, a veteran of Salant Corp. and Oxford Industries who joined Tharanco nine years ago.
“Nick is a rare talent in the industry,” said Setola. “What he has and his team have created in three years is nothing short of remarkable. I know we can take this even further, and we look forward to helping him build the global brand that he envisions.”
He said the designer has “a unique perspective on the consumer and the brand is well-positioned from a value perspective, it’s not too top-end or low-end.”
Since starting his brand three

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Stella McCartney Unveils Men’s Shop-in-Shop at Harrods

ONE FOR THE BOYS: Stella McCartney has launched a first space dedicated to the brand’s new men’s wear collection, at Harrods.
The 350-square-foot shop-in-shop is located in the Advanced International department on the store’s lower ground floor. It carries tailored blazers, knitwear and slogan T-shirts from the designer’s fall 2017 men’s wear range.
Eight styles are exclusive to the store, including blazers, a cardigan, trousers and shirts. The space has been designed with dark textured walls and soft seating, a mirror column and soft carpeting. The label’s women’s wear boutique is located in the International Designer Room on the first floor, while children’s wear is sold in the Mini Designer Room on the fourth floor.
“Stella McCartney has long been established in Harrods as a brand that champions British style with modern flair,” said Helen David, chief merchant.
“Now, we are very excited to welcome her new men’s wear label with the first stand-alone boutique in the world. The collection’s aesthetic, design and nod toward the growing seasonless wardrobe trend is an evolution that our men’s wear customer is increasingly looking for, so we are excited to see the brand’s growth within Harrods.”

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Randa Creates Digital Lab Division

Randa is upping its digital game.
The world’s largest men’s accessories firm has created Randa Digital Labs, a new division that will take the data it collects on consumer preferences and use that to quickly manufacture and test product at retail.
Heath Golden, formerly president of Randa’s neckwear and jewelry division and the one-time chief executive officer of Hampshire Group, will head the division.
“Heath’s strengths as a strategic thinker and his drive to remain on the leading edge of changes in our industry are what makes him Randa’s clear choice to lead this vital initiative,” said Judy Person, Randa’s executive vice president and group president.
Randa has collected more than two billion pieces of data on how people shop for accessories and the details they seek before making a purchase, according to Golden. Armed with that information, Randa can use one of the factories it owns around the world to quickly manufacture prototypes to meet those demands and the ship them to their retail partners to test. If successful, the product can then be added to the assortment in a larger way, he said.
“If I teach Macy’s how to sell more wallets,” Golden said, “it’s good for all of us.”
Randa Digital Labs is

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Five Four Opens Pop-up in Los Angeles

Five Four is dipping back into the brick-and-mortar game.
The online men’s wear retailer, which started out as a streetwear brand with multiple mall stores in California, has teamed with Alfred Coffee at 8428 Melrose Place in West Hollywood on a pop-up shop.
The temporary store celebrates the launch of Oshenta, Five Four’s new eyewear brand, and FiveFourMan.com, which will go live this fall. Five Four sells merchandise from each of its private labels on separate sites. FiveFourMan.com will bring all of these assortments together under one platform.
“We wanted to create a place where people could touch and feel and see the product,” said Andres Izquieta, who cofounded the business in 2002 with Dee Murthy. “It’s been a good experience to talk with the customers about product and show them our vision off-line.”
The 350-square-foot space, which will be open through September, carries fashion items from each of Five Four’s brands, which includes Five Four, its core line, New Republic, its footwear line designed by Mark McNairy, Grand AC, its activewear line, and now Oshenta, its eyewear collection. Izquieta said the pop-up is a traditional retail experience, but customers are able to see the full inventory from three in-store iPads from which they can order products.
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Jackie Rogers to Open Men’s Store

Jackie Rogers is going back into men’s retail.
The muse of Coco Chanel who has also been a big-band singer, Hollywood starlet, New York model and designer over the course of her storied career, relaunched a men’s line earlier this year and has experienced enough success to devote an entire space to it.
Rogers, 85, who has a women’s store on the tony Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Fla., took over the former jewelry store next door last fall in hopes of opening an art gallery. But those plans never came to fruition so she decided to convert the 600-square-foot space into a men’s store. She will offer a small assortment of jackets, shirts and some accessories, she said.
The space, which is connected to her women’s store, will debut by Oct. 15 and there will be a grand opening later that month or in November, “when the people are there,” she said. It will carry a ready-to-wear collection but will also offer made-to-measure. Shirts will retail for $300 to $600 and jackets for $895 to $3,000. The less-expensive models will be unconstructed, she said, but they will also sport the Jackie Rogers signature silhouette: a narrow shoulder, higher armhole and no vents.

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The Wild Rise of Psycho Bunny

Polo shirts are a dime a dozen in the men’s industry, but one brand has built a solid business with a tortoiselike approach to the race — and thanks to its slightly maniacal rabbit logo.
Since its founding in 2005, Psycho Bunny has built a $20 million business with its high-quality polos that sport an embroidered logo of a bunny with pink ears and its teeth hanging over a skull and crossbones.
“I was a little mystified by it at first,” admitted Ken Giddon, president of Rothmans, a men’s specialty store based in New York. “What makes another polo line unique and salable? But it has a logo that appeals to a lot people — it’s irreverent and fun — especially to the guy who feels funny representing a big-name brand. Plus, the price-value relationship is tremendous.” The brand’s classic polo retails for $85.
Giddon installed a pop-up for the brand in his store in early June and “we sold the heck out of it,” he said. “It was our most successful pop-up in terms of dollar volume. It had a five-week run and it surprised us every week. We sold around 500 units out of the New York store, and it’s not

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EXCLUSIVE: Sir Anthony Hopkins Fronts Brioni Ads for Fall

MILAN – Further shaping the new course of its communication strategy, Brioni has tapped another legendary actor to front its fall ads: Sir Anthony Hopkins.
The black-and-white portraits were lensed in Los Angeles by Gregory Harris. Hopkins follows Samuel L. Jackson, who was also photographed by Harris for the brand’s spring ads.
The new campaign will break in airport billboards in Rome, at Milan’s Malpensa, and in Beijing on Sept. 1. It will then be rolled out in business and financial newspapers in Japan, Germany, the U.S. and U.K., including The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Nikkei Business Publications, as well as related newspaper supplements, such as T Magazine and WSJ. Magazine.
Brioni’s claim is “Tailoring Legends since 1945” – the date the company was founded in Rome – and the polished, sleek photos emphasize the house’s tailoring expertise.

Sir Anthony Hopkins in the Brioni campaign for fall
Gregory Harris

The Welsh actor, an Academy Award winner for portraying Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs,” has been playing the role of Dr. Robert Ford in in the critically acclaimed HBO television series “Westworld” since 2016.
Last month, Hopkins wore Brioni at the premiere of “Transformers: The Last Knight” at

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Devereux to Launch Swimwear for Resort

Devereux is plunging into the swimwear space.
The brand will expand its resort collection to include swimwear for the first time and will introduce a 15-piece collection to retailers at the trade shows this month. It will be offered to consumers in November.
Designer Robert Brunner focused the collection around two styles: the Amalfi swim trunk and the Bond board short. The Amalfi offers an elastic waistband, side pockets, a full lining and is made from a quick-dry fabric. The Bond board short has a snap button front, side pockets and also utilizes quick-dry fabric.
“I was determined to make a proper swimwear collection that was about fit, performance and quality. I spent the last couple of years developing swimwear in Portugal because I want to give our customer the craftsmanship and quality of a fine European garment,” Brunner said.

The swimsuits will retail between $115 and $135.

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Hickey Freeman Parent Names Chief Financial Officer

Luxury Men’s Apparel Group, the parent of Hickey Freeman, has named Mark Donovan executive vice president and chief financial officer. He will also serve as cfo of Hickey Freeman Tailored Clothing.
In this new position, Donovan will oversee all finance and consolidation for LMAG and serve as part of the company’s active acquisition team. He will also oversee the day-to-day financial operations for Hickey Freeman. He will report to Stephen Granovsky, chief executive officer of LMAG and Hickey Freeman.
Donovan, who will be based at Hickey Freeman’s headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., has held several senior-level retail and financial positions in the U.S. and Canada, including chief operating officer and cfo of Robert Talbott and Friedman’s Jewelers.
“I’ve known Mark for many years and I am delighted he will be joining our senior team. He will lead our efforts to bring greater financial disciplines to Hickey Freeman and will also be a very important facilitator of our efforts to not only grow LMAG’s portfolio of brands, but also bring synergies to the ones we already own,” Granovsky said.
In addition to Hickey Freeman, the Toronto-based LMAG also owns Samuelsohn Ltd., Culturata, H-American Tailor and Lipson Shirtmakers.
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Rich Hilfiger Does Tango Hotel Brand

Rich Hilfiger, a recording artist and Tommy Hilfiger’s son, has caught the apparel bug.
Joining forces with Al-Baseer Holly (Bonic), a rapper turned visual artist, and pro skateboarder Stevie Williams, the longtime friends have launched a lifestyle brand built on “permanent vacation,” an ideal all three founders not only promote but live their lives by.
Named Tango Hotel, the Los Angeles company had a quiet launch last July in Miami (without any product to speak of), where it partnered with Agenda to host the trade show’s kickoff event at Raleigh Hotel, owned by Tommy Hilfiger, with a poolside performance by Travis Scott.
Tango Hotel was launched in select Macy’s stores across the country in late May, with a collection of men’s designer socks and briefs featuring original artwork from both Rich Hilfiger and Holly. The line was also shipped to specialty boutiques in June and is being sold at Tangohotelbrand.com with prices starting at $12 for socks and $25 for briefs.
“The brand is all about the idea of Tango Hotel being a place of permanent vacation, a state of mind,” Holly said.
“The Tango fit is how underwear is supposed to fit, it feels like you have nothing on,” Hilfiger added. “We have the

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Banana Republic Creates Men’s Style Council

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Banana Republic has put together a collective of men’s wear ambassadors.
The retailer has tapped Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons quarterback, Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees shortstop, and C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers guard, to join Banana Republic brand ambassador Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers power forward, to form its first men’s style council.
These athletes will appear in campaigns and make personal appearances.
“The Men’s Style Council showcases some of the most dynamic and stylish athletes in sports today who exemplify the spirit of the men’s collections we are designing at Banana Republic,” said Lexi Tawes, Banana Republic’s senior vice president of global merchandising and digital. “Our customers admire the individual style of each accomplished player on and off the field and court. We are honored to work with these celebrated athletes and extend their personal style through our men’s collections as they make each look their own.”
For the first campaign, members of the Style Council are promoting the Banana Republic Rapid Movement Chino, which is made from a dual-FX fiber that’s engineered to resist stretch and soft cotton fabrics fortified with a special stain and water repelling finish. It will be available in four different fits

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Ciongoli to Exit Eidos as Creative Director

Antonio K. Ciongoli, cofounder and creative director of Eidos, the more fashion-forward division of Isaia, is leaving the brand after this season to launch his own collection.
Ciongoli, who has designed the collection for four-and-a-half years, will stay on through the end of this season and retain his equity stake in the label.
“Building Eidos has been a life-changing experience for me and I cannot thank Gianluca Isaia and Jim Shay [Isaia’s U.S. president] enough for the opportunity to do so,” he said. “While moving on from anything one cares about is difficult, I am optimistic about Eidos’ potential and I look forward to watching its future evolution,” Ciongoli said.
He declined to provide details about his next project at this point, saying he would unveil weekly updates via his Instagram account.
“In the last six years, I have seen the retail landscape change dramatically. The value in today’s market is the opportunity to connect directly with the people to whom our product speaks, and I’m interested in creating an immersive, content-driven platform that expands that dialogue.”
Isaia launched the brand in fall 2013 as a lower-priced tailored clothing and furnishings collection. It has since been expanded to a complete lifestyle offering. Eidos is now

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