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PJ Salvage Anniversary Print Flannels on Lingerie Briefs

The very first lesson I ever learned as a merchant was the pursuit of the key item and how to maximize its potential. The term “key item intensification” became a maxim for good retail practice. Identifying a product and expanding its exposure while eliminating styles trickling along in sales is the mark of a savvy buyer. This practice carries through to the wholesale venue. It takes only one great item to build volume. Back in the early days of Macy’s intimates private label division, when I was charged with directing its growth, we identified the flannel pajama as the bearer of our key item flag. In fact, I have firm memories of “bidding wars” between executives at our corporate meetings. There was always competition between … Read more


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AIKYOU bras for A cups on Lingerie Briefs

Recently, I finished listening to the American Biography, Hidden Figures. It is the story of three brilliant African-American women whose work at NASA served as the brains behind one of the greatest accomplishments in American History: the launch of John Glenn into space.  Many of you may have seen the movie, which was extremely well done. But, the book delves far deeper into the lives of these women, the enormous challenges they confronted and the sheer strength of character that navigated their very tenuous path to success. The essence of their triumph is in the details that one cannot really absorb in a film. Their struggle against a racially afflicted mid-19th century culture and their tireless efforts to rise above in order to create … Read more


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Hanky Panky 40th birthday celebration on Lingerie Briefs

For the 40 + years since I began my career, I have lived by the credo that communication is the key to success and that relationships matter. In business this philosophy is, in my opinion, the formula for longevity. Last week I attended the 4oth birthday celebration for Hanky Panky at the West Edge on the Highline in NYC. The party was given by partners Gale Epstein and Lida Orzeck who, 40 years ago decided to take a leap having already begun alternative careers, and found their iconic lingerie company. Defying text book thoughts on driving a profitable intimate business, they have honored their liaison with their long time domestic suppliers and continue to manufacture exclusively in the USA.  Based on their foundation of quality,their … Read more


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It’s peak swim season. The Miami swimshow is happening as I write. So how appropriate that Alison chose to feature swim designer Louis Réard this week in our Gallery.  Réard, the inventor of the “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Bikini” during WWII, is having coming back as his iconic brand makes an entrance for the 2017 market. SEE and READ more HERERead more


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My daughter Kate never intended to become a figure skating coach. She attended top academic colleges in the Northeast, eventually receiving her MFA (Master of Fine Arts). Her dream was a career in art. Skating was her passion. But life happens and a melting job market led her to an ice rink.  She stayed because she’s good at it, despite the fact that some question the purpose of her academic pursuit. But I beg to differ. Her exposure to and absorption in the art world has informed her teaching style and melded seamlessly into the work she creates. With this installation (Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art) she traces an original figure on an icy canvas while she, herself, glides seamlessly across its surface. … Read more


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