Linum usitatissimum

For the April windows at my flagship store, we decided to elevate the humble flax plant. In fact, we went as far as creating our own flax fields in each window. The dramatic visual demonstrates the beautiful organic origin of the most durable and versatile of fabrics: linen. What sets linen apart—beyond its impressive history […]

Collection Agency

After our recent travels through Europe, it is evident that the more sophisticated menswear retailers have transformed their stores into theatre through creative merchandising and innovative displays. For most men, seeing is believing, and they are often attracted to displays and mannequins that are fully styled out. In many cases, they will buy the entire […]

Joseph Abboud Factory Tour

Last month, we invited a group of menswear bloggers and editors to experience the process of #JACustom from beginning to end — culminating with an in-depth tour of the New Bedford, MA factory where they debuted their #MadeinAmerica custom suit creations. After the trip, Joseph reflected on the experience and answered a few questions about […]

Window Dressing

During my tenure at Louis of Boston, I was responsible for the visual merchandising for all of its stores and when I worked for Ralph Lauren my job was to create visual presentations for each new collection. I quickly learned the power and magic of great display and that putting distinct pieces of clothing that […]

GQ Now and Then

As it is often said, fashion is fleeting. Certainly, so are the years since my first encounter with the gospel of menswear, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, or as it is better know today in our high-speed world of shorthand communication, GQ. It was 1989 and I had been in business for less than 18 months when I […]