Mens

Robert Stock to Create New Brand

Robert Stock is ready to do it again.
The founder and former chairman of Robert Graham has transitioned out of that role and will launch another brand next month.
Called simply Robert, the upscale men’s lifestyle brand will be online only and utilize a club concept where customers will pay a membership fee to join Robert’s Club and gain access to the woven shirts, knitwear, sport coats and outerwear.
Stock’s partner in the new venture is Thomas Main, former head of design at Robert Graham, and a 30-year colleague of the designer.
“This is what keeps me going,” Stock told WWD. He said that since the Robert Graham company was acquired by Tengram Capital Partners five years ago and subsequently went public, there have been a series of “ups and downs.” Stock has been serving as a brand ambassador and consultant and has not been involved in the day-to-day operation of the brand.
However, he said the parting was amicable and he remains “on very friendly terms” with the Robert Graham team. “My name is on the label and I’m still a stockholder and have a lot of feelings for the company. So if the situation calls for it, and they need me, I’m always available.”
Stock, a Coty- and Cutty Sark-award winning

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Chinatown Market Collaborates With Good Charlotte

Chinatown Market has jumped into the musician merchandise category.
The Los Angeles-based streetwear brand also runs a consulting agency and has done merchandise work for Warner Music Group and Live Nation, but this is the first time it is lending the Chinatown Market name and logo to product.
Mike Cherman, founder of Chinatown Market, said he was good friends with Josh Madden, brother to Good Charlotte’s Joel and Benji Madden, and after finding out Joel was a fan of the brand, they decided to team up.
“Growing up I was a fan of Good Charlotte,” Cherman said. “And eventually we were at a dinner and just said we have to do this. It was good to work on something this scale, and it’s something to be said for Good Charlotte. They did a BAPE collaboration and now we are reintroducing them on a whole different platform.”
The first drop from the collection includes a T-shirt, hoodie and stickers that retail in different packages ranging from $10 to $105. They are available to purchase on Good Charlotte’s web site. Good Charlotte will release its seventh studio album, “Generation Rx,” on Sept. 14 and will go on a North American tour this fall. Cherman said this will

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Ben Sherman to Return to New York Retailing

Marquee Brands has breathed new life into Ben Sherman since acquiring the label two years ago. And on Sept. 1, the brand known for its bright British-inspired men’s wear will reenter the New York market with a store in SoHo.
The 2,000-square-foot store at 130 Greene Street will be open through the holidays and will offer monthly programming and activations ranging from a speaker series and influencer dinners to concerts. In terms of merchandise, it will carry the entire Ben Sherman collection, which ranges from ready-to-wear and bespoke suits to footwear and jewelry, as well as limited-edition pieces. There will also be a full-service shirt bar that harkens back to the history of the brand, which was founded in Brighton, England, in 1963 as a young men’s, “Mod”-inspired shirt line. It has since evolved into a lifestyle brand targeting men between 25 and 40 years old.
The store will be the only location in the U.S. to carry the entire Ben Sherman x House of Holland capsule collection. The company teamed with British fashion designer Henry Holland for a collection of unisex styles. The collection was shown on the runway at London Collections Men earlier this month and complements the main Ben

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CDLP Collaborates With Tom of Finland Foundation

CDLP is embarking on its second collaboration.
The Stockholm-based men’s underwear brand, which was founded in 2016 by Christian Larson and Andreas Palm, is working with the Tom of Finland Foundation on a capsule collection of underwear inspired by Touko Laaksonen, the artist, whose pseudonym is Tom of Finland, who created some of the most memorable imagery of gay contemporary culture. CDLP previously worked with Swedish film director Jonas Åkerlund.
“On our side there was a strong respect for Tom of Finland and the Foundation from way before we even started CDLP. The honesty in Tom’s work has a deep story to be connected to,” said Palm, the chief executive officer at CDLP. “A story of pure talent, but also the impact that Tom’s work has had on gay culture, equality, and freedom in general. That’s something that’s important to CDLP. Tom impacted a shift during his generation and is moving the needle still to this day.”
Palm said they designed underwear based on pieces that Laaksonen designed in his work that were never produced. They’ve produced the underwear, which will retail from $60 to $85, with lyocell, a biodegradable fiber. The collection, which will be out in late September, will be packaged

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Pal Zileri Changes Continue

MILAN — Pal Zileri is ushering in a new chief executive officer, Marco Sanavia, to succeed Giovanni Mannucci, who has consensually agreed to end his collaboration with the brand’s parent company Forall Confezioni S.p.A.
Since January, Sanavia has held the role of director of human resources at Mayhoola Group, which controls Forall. Before that, he was director of human resources and organization at Forall and Pal Zileri from July 2014. He held a similar role at Geox from 2011 to 2014 and, prior, at Bottega Veneta from 2008 to 2011, after a stint at Gucci from 2006 to 2008.
Mannucci joined Pal Zileri in October 2016 from Boglioli, which has seen its own share of changes after the arrival of a new owner, PHI Industrial Acquisitions, last year and of a new president, Francesco Russo.
Mannucci succeeded Paolo Roviera, who left at the end of July 2016 to join Corneliani under its new owner, Bahrain-based Investcorp.
In June 2017, Mannucci appointed a new creative director, Rocco Iannone, who is expected to remain at the helm of Pal Zileri. Iannone succeeded Mauro Ravizza Krieger, who exited after a three-year tenure.
A graduate of fashion and design school Istituto Marangoni, Iannone previously worked in the men’s wear department of the Giorgio Armani Group for 10

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Ted Baker to Introduce Men’s Underwear, Lounge, Sleep

Ted Baker is entering the innerwear category.
The apparel company, which is based in London, has signed a five-year licensing agreement with Delta Galil to develop, produce and distribute men’s innerwear.
“I am delighted to collaborate with Delta Galil as Ted’s exclusive underwear and loungewear partner,” said Ricky Green, global wholesale director at Ted Baker. “We’re excited to introduce the collection to all markets and work together closely to develop the products.”
The collection will span men’s underwear, loungewear and thermal base layers and pajama sets and will launch in spring 2019.
“Ted Baker is well-known for its high-quality fabrics and distinctive designs, and we are very excited to partner with the brand and expand it into new categories,” said Isaac Dabah, chief executive officer of Delta Galil. “This partnership represents a significant opportunity for Delta Galil to grow its global portfolio of premium brands, as Ted Baker’s elevated apparel resonates with men across the world.”
Ted Baker currently operates 21 other licensing agreements that include fragrance, homewares and tailoring.

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The Cons and Pros of Shrunken NYFW: Men’s

Good riddance July. Now American men’s designers can only hope things get better next June.
Todd Snyder wrapped up the spring 2019 edition of New York Fashion Week: Men’s on Wednesday night with an upbeat show that embraced America — and proved to be one of the handful of shows that could legitimately compete with those in London, Florence, Milan or Paris. Otherwise, the three-day affair continued to be devoid of most of American fashion’s major names and was a haphazard mix of shows and presentations that often lacked energy, generated little buzz and continued to raise questions over where New York fits into the men’s calendar.
But the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the organizer, is hoping to resuscitate things next summer when it moves the show dates to align with women’s resort in early June — before the London men’s shows start.
Holding the men’s and women’s shows at the same time worked well for the men’s brands in February when the CFDA staged a successful 10-day dual-gender fashion week, with the men’s-only or men’s-heavy brands kicking off the week. That’s the plan for this coming February as well.
And although the June women’s resort shows are not as established as

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New York’s Best

In a week full of often-forgettable fashion, there were some good moments. Here are the top five shows of the week.
1. Todd Snyder

Backstage at Todd Snyder Men’s Spring 2019
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2. Bode

Bode Men’s Spring 2019
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3. Willy Chavarria

Backstage at Willy Chavarria Men’s Spring 2019
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4. Dyne

Dyne Men’s Spring 2019
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5. Jahnkoy

Looks from Jahnkoy.
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Asos Streamlines, Updates the Future

The Asos men’s wear presentation Monday night at Hotel Hugo was a legit scene. A surly lobby attendant seemed to derive more pleasure from confiscating guests’ drinks than a TSA agent. “Finish it or get rid of it,” he barked at an editor waiting on line for the cramped elevator. Anyone who failed for whatever reason to get their hand stamped was assumed to be sneaking into the venue by this deputy-in-training. “Nobody gets in without a stamp,” he said. “You gotta go back.”
When the elevator opened onto Bar Hugo, a copper-accented room with a view on the lower level of a bi-floor roof concept, the crowd was pulsing, aided by the freely flowing libations. A narrow staircase led to Azul on the actual rooftop, where tribes of enthusiasts of the brand were engaged in a more raucous dance.
Ten men wearing designs representing Asos’ spring 2019 collection, called “The Future Is Now,” stood or sat on a makeshift platform, the new-age fabrics of their garments shimmering in the sun against the silver towers of the New York skyline, which created a beautiful and serene backdrop for the rooftop event and a counterpoint to the frenetic scene at the bar.

Azul on

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PVH Launches Dress Furnishings E-Commerce Site

PVH Corp. is showing some love to its heritage brands.
The parent company of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger today launched a centralized e-commerce platform for its dress furnishings labels.
Called Stylebureau.com, the new site allows consumers to purchase from the company’s Izod, Van Heusen and Eagle brands through one centralized location. The site also offers shirts and ties from Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger.
In the past, consumers would have to shop on the individual brands’ web sites.
To help consumers make the best choice, Stylebureau also has a “tie match” tool that digitally coordinates the site’s 200-plus neckties with its more than 100 dress-shirt styles.
The site also carries a broad range of PVH’s big and tall offerings.
Ken Duane, chief executive officer of Heritage Brands at PVH, said the company had “long considered investing in a dedicated e-commerce site but wanted to ensure it had a unique value proposition different from those of our outstanding retail partners. Our focus was to provide consumers with immersive brand-centric experiences from Izod and Van Heusen, and an easy-to-shop portal unifying all of our heritage brands, in a single space. Launching our own e-commerce space has always been a natural progression for our business, but we have been very deliberate in crafting an offering with true value to

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Randa Reiterates Commitment to Acquire Perry Ellis

Four days after the special committee of the Perry Ellis International Inc. board reaffirmed its support for George Feldenkreis’ offer to take the company private, Randa Accessories laid out why it believes shareholders should line up behind its offer, which is slightly higher: $28 a share, as compared with Feldenkreis’ $27.50 a share.
In a letter sent to the special committee this morning, Jeffrey Spiegel, Randa’s chief executive officer, wrote: “We were disappointed to read of your decision not to engage with us regarding our compelling proposal that would provide superior value to your shareholders than your existing merger agreement with George Feldenkreis (the insider transaction).”
Spiegel said the deal with Feldenkreis “expressly permits the special committee to engage in discussions to clarify the terms of any unsolicited proposal it receives and, further, to engage in negotiations with regards to such a proposal that is reasonably expected to lead to a superior proposal.”
Yet the committee has “not once directly contacted us or our representatives.” Instead, the committee’s decision has been delivered via press release, Randa said.
As a result, Randa said it would address what it said were inaccuracies in the committee’s statement last week. That included the committee’s questioning of its financing ability. Spiegel said

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Independents’ Day: Canada’s Harry Rosen Has Owned the Men’s Market for Decades

TORONTO — Harry Rosen has a lock on the Canadian men’s wear market, but that hold hasn’t come without a lot of hard work.
The company was founded in 1954 by Harry and his brother Lou Rosen in a small storefront in Toronto to provide made-to-measure suits for men. The firm has since grown into a 300 million Canadian dollar ($228.3 million), 18-store chain with locations in the seven largest cities around the country and some 1,000 employees.
Although Harry stepped back from the day-to-day operation of the business in 2005, he still serves as an ambassador, often stopping by one of the stores to chat with customers. But he left the company in good hands: as chief executive officer since 2000, his son Larry Rosen has built on his father’s legacy. Waiting in the wings is Ian Rosen, Larry’s son, who is joining the family business this summer to oversee its digital marketing initiatives, and at the same time, ensure the eventual transition to the next generation will be seamless.
But Harry Rosen has also branched out beyond its core business, teaming up with Ermenegildo Zegna to open flagship stores for the luxury Italian label in Canada. In August, a 3,000-square-foot Zegna

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The Brothers Ovadia Seamlessly Blend Creative and Commerce

It was a chance meeting with Ralph Lauren at the Double RL store in East Hampton, N.Y., that forever changed the lives of Ariel and Shimon Ovadia.
The twins were browsing through the store one day when they spied the legendary designer. Although too shy to approach him, their stares caught Lauren’s attention. He asked them if they were “in the business,” and they said, “No, but we want to be.”
Lauren then spent the next hour telling the brothers his life story and how he had created his fashion empire.
Starstruck, the Ovadias decided a month later to start down the same path and launch their own brand.
In the seven years since, the brothers, now 35, have proven that the journey they started that day was the right one. Today, the Ovadia & Sons label is carried in Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and other upscale department and specialty stores in the U.S. They have collaborated with everyone from Levi’s, the Gap and J. Press to street artists and the estates of legendary figures such as Bruce Lee.
Next up is an expansion to eight countries along with an e-commerce relaunch and the entry into new categories such as swimwear

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Caplan’s Brent Caplan Dead at 54

Funeral services for Alan Brent Caplan will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of the Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim at 2021 Turner St. in Alexandria, La.
Caplan, who was known as Brent, was a retailer at the family-owned Caplan’s men’s store in Alexandria. He died July 4 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. He was 54.
Caplan’s wife, Stacey, posted on Facebook that he passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and close friends. “We have both been humbled by the outpouring of love, support and prayers, and appreciate each and every call, text, meal and visit during this unfortunate journey,” she posted. “In the words of Brent’s favorite, Frank Sinatra, ‘I’m gonna live till I die.’ And that he did.”
Caplan graduated from Louisiana State University in 1986 with a degree in business administration. After college, he joined the Maison Blanche department store in Baton Rouge, La., in the buying department and was promoted to men’s clothing buyer. He returned home in 1991 to join the family business, Caplan’s, in time to celebrate its 100th anniversary. He spent the remainder of his career there.
Caplan served on many national professional organizations’ committees and boards including the National Retail Organization, the board of directors of

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Cartoon Network to Sponsor NYFW: Men’s

The Council of Fashion Designers of America is forging a relationship with Cartoon Network.
The network will provide support for the shows and the CFDA connected the company with Ryohei Kawanishi of Landlord, who will design a capsule collection based on “Adventure Time,” a popular animated series.
Instead of just producing a one-off capsule collection, Kawanishi said he has also integrated themes from the series into his main line, which will show during NYFW: Men’s on July 9.
“I wanted to make a mental connection with what’s going on in the cartoons,” said Kawanishi, who usually designs based on distinct themes ranging from Rastafarianism to southern hip-hop.
Cartoon Network has played in the fashion space before via collaborations with brands including Moschino, Champion and Rook, but Pete Yoder, vice president of Cartoon Network Enterprises, North America, said these collaborations have become a bigger focus for the company, which is why it has partnered with the CFDA.
“It’s a huge priority for us because we want to address our fan base with the more traditional licensed product that’s more accessible, but we also want to give our super fans something special that they can call their own,” Yoder said. “Partnering with the CFDA is a great way to gain access to this

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Jockey Introduces the ‘No Bunch Boxer’

Jockey is reengineering the traditional boxer.
The innerwear brand has combined the best attributes of the boxer and the boxer brief to produce the “No Bunch Boxer.” It’s made with dual-fabric stretch that remains in place while also offering no bulk, no chafe and no riding up with a tapered leg. The fabric is infused with wicking and odor-fighting technology.
“The boxer is an iconic style, but with the rise of fitted pants, it has become a bit problematic for men,” said Laetitia Lecigne, Jockey’s creative director. “We completely reengineered the fit and shape with the No Bunch Boxer to remove the bulk and execute a design that is not too tight, not too loose and can fit under the tightest jeans without bunching at the legs or ballooning out of pants.”
The boxers, which retail for $18, will be available this month on jockey.com and at Macy’s and Kohl’s. Similar to its Retro Stripe collection, Jockey will launch the new line with an influencer campaign that includes Ben Higgins (@higgins.ben), Alex Costa (@alexcosta), Cody Andrew (@codywestonandrew), Moti Ankari (@MotiAnkari) and Ryan Clark (@ryanstylesnyc), as well as Ali Fedotowsky-Manno (@alifedotowsky), Cara Loren (@caraloren) and Jessi Malay (@jessimalay) with their husbands. They’ve also created

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Bonobos Signs First Designer Collab With Thaddeus O’Neil

Bonobos has launched its first designer collaboration.
The digital brand, which was acquired by Walmart last year for $310 million, has tapped Thaddeus O’Neil for an upscale, casually skewed assortment of men’s wear that made its debut on its web site and in two of its Guideshop stores on Thursday.
The Bonobos x Thaddeus O’Neil collaboration was inspired by the work of American architect Buckminster Fuller and offers T-shirts, cabana shirts, swimwear, casual pants and shorts, sweaters, outerwear, swimwear, knitwear and accessories. Prices range from $78 to $348.
Katie Boiano, vice president of design for Bonobos, said about a year ago, the company decided it wanted to partner with a designer “and Thaddeus was a natural fit based on his personal style and aesthetic.” Bonobos was especially drawn to the “vibrant colors and easygoing styles” that are hallmarks of O’Neil’s collection.
Thaddeus O’Neil grew up surfing on Long Island and was a member of the CFDA Incubator program. He designs a unisex line that he describes as “playwear” — looks that are bohemian, beachy and inspired by surf culture. The Bonobos assortment pays homage to the ocean, the earth and wildlife.

The collection launched at Bonobos on Thursday.

Although O’Neil has a small business, that wasn’t

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Meet the New Egalitarian of Sneaker Drops

Santino LoConte has learned a few things since starting Reign, a Meatpacking District men’s wear store that opened last October.
First, limited-edition releases, or drops, generate the most sales, and second, building a community and offering a service are essential to the long-term success of the store, which has a partnership with Samsung C&T Fashion Group that is a minority investor.
That’s why he’s introduced Reign Releases, a microsite for releases and small capsules, and a Deadstock program that will reissue popular sneakers. LoConte said he’s been able to acquire these shoes and hold on to them because of connections within the industry. LoConte was previously the head of global product collaborations at Pony, and his father, Anthony LoConte, owns Unlimited Brand Group, formerly named Anthony L&S, which arranges licenses to manufacture footwear for Pony along with Etonic, G-Star Raw, Levi’s and U.S. Polo Assn.
This program’s first round of releases includes the Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 “Wave Runner,” the Adidas Futurecraft 4D and the Adidas HU NMD “Holi Festival.” LoConte said within 48 hours of unveiling the program, 23,000 people signed up for a chance to purchase the Wave Runner and they will be notified if they’ve been randomly selected to purchase

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Res Ispa Opens First Store on Nantucket

Res Ispa has jumped into the retail fray.
The brand known for its brightly colored footwear and accessories, has opened its first store in the downtown retail district of Nantucket, Mass.
Located at 4 South Water Street, the shop sells the complete Res Ipsa collection of slippers, sneakers and chukka boots made from vintage Turkish kilim rugs as well as bags and other small accessories such as wallets and key chains. The store also serves as the launch of the brand’s new carry-on luggage collection.
In addition to Res Ipsa, the store also carries a selection of other complementary brands including L’Egoiste, a French men’s label, OAS, a Swedish brand of men’s and women’s swimwear, towels and terrycloth shirts, candles from New York-based Abbott and beaded jewelry from Dallas-based Billy Baker Co.
Throughout the summer, the store will feature trunk shows from brands including active and golf label Greyson, ribbon belt brand F.H. Wadsworth and men’s label R. Swiader.
Other retailers that are opening in Nantucket this summer are Southern Tide, Lemon and Line and The Black Dog Tavern Co. which joins existing brands including Vineyard Vines, Ralph Lauren and Faherty Brand.

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Stalvey to Launch Men’s Accessories

A favorite accessory brand of Beyoncé and Gigi Hadid is going to be available for men.
Stalvey, an exotic skin accessories collection created by Jason Stalvey and popular with many female celebrities, will launch its first men’s collection for fall.
The inaugural lineup, which will include duffels, backpacks, caps and small leather goods, will be exclusive to Moda Operandi, an upscale e-commerce site that just expanded into men’s wear this month.
Stalvey, who has a background in science and medicine, launched his women’s line with Barneys New York in the fall of 2014, and it’s currently offered there as well as at The Webster, Harrods, Lane Crawford and other upscale retailers.
But while he’s made his mark in women’s wear, it’s actually men’s where he got his start.
Stalvey said that while his background wasn’t in fashion, he got into the business after being unable to find an alligator skin duffel bag that fit his needs. “I thought, it can’t be that hard,” he said. “Well, it was that hard.” But he stuck with it, found artisans in the U.S. and Italy that were able to work with exotic skins, and eventually created what he believed to be the perfect duffel. That led to him

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