Gallery Blue

Gallery Blue was conceived with one mission in mind... to create a space, a tangible sanctuary if you will; where people of all walks of life could join together and contribute to the arts and inspire. Objective achieved!

The 1200-sq.-ft space originated as a traditional New York Cleaner’s, while remaining true to the location’s D&A, Gallery Blue has since transformed said Cleaner’s into a modernized Brooklyn art house. Featuring handmade paintings, installations , and refurbished furniture.

Gallery Blue is the NY-based studio of Brooklyn based artist Josana Blue.

— R.G.

Ted X Tulum 

Introducing Tedx Tulum, a cultural enlightening conference strategically designed to inspire. Located in the Rivera Maya, Mexico, Ted Ex Tulum will debut it’s first conference at the boutique hotel Sanará. Curated by Charlie Stuart Gay, Ines Aires, and Robert Pinto Tedx Tulum will focus on the Mayan culture and their spiritual beliefs. The talk aims at creating a tangible discussion and to  ultimately assimilate the notable Mayan tradition into everyday practice. The program is scheduled to commence February 21st 2015 , and will be made available online internationally at and

Begun in 1985, Ted has become a globally coveted discussion panel engineered to strike conversation with like minded individuals to make for a greater community. The nonprofit organization has since introduced Tedx, a collection of independently coordinated events tailored to individual locations. With a name metaphorical in spirit, Tedx holds true to the influence of potential growth created by ‘spreading ideas worth talking about’.

The Mesoamerican civilization of the Mayans, are highly recognized for their art and architecture designs such as; the Mayan Calendar, and highly coveted tourist destination Chitchen Itza (One of the 7 Wonders of the World). Mayan culture, language, and their community currently thrives today throughout Southern Mexico and parts of Central America.

Tedx Tulum will delve into the cosmology, knowledge, and inspiring elements of the Mayan culture. Comprised of resident practitioners, Tedx Tulum’s 20 guest speakers will individually touch-on their interpretation of the Mayan’s ‘Vision of the Universe’. Divided into five elements of; Water, Fire, Air, Earth, and Ether each element will focus on the historical and current practice of the diligent Mayan community.

Manifesting ideas for the potential of transformation is at one’s fingertips. Tickets are available at $100.00 USD and can be purchased on  

— R.G.


MR Awards Gala 2016

The MR Awards is the largest and most prestigious event on the better menswear calendar, with more than 300 retailers and vendors in attendance. In addition to the new winners, more than 50 past Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame honorees are invited to return each year. These include key execs from Harry Rosen, Mitchells, Neiman Marcus, Stanley Korshak, Boyds and dozens of other companies. Last year’s event, honoring Nordstrom, Brunello Cucinelli, Ermenegildo Zegna and John Varvatos, drew more than 450 attendees from every corner of the world.

It was a glorious evening filled with respect and love as top industry execs were honored at MR magazine’s 11th annual awards dinner at Gotham Hall on Monday, July 18. About 300 retailers and manufacturers showed up to celebrate American Excellence in Menswear, the first year the awards focused on this particular segment.

The evening was hosted by MR Magazine’s Lizette Chin, Stu Nifoussi and Karen Alberg, and sponsored by the MRket and Project shows. In her introduction, Alberg pointed out that most of the award winners are the children or grandchildren of immigrants, particularly relevant in these politically turbulent times and proving that the American dream and values and work ethic make all things possible.

HBC’s Richard Baker presented the first award: a Lifetime Achievement honor to Joseph Abboud who has survived and prospered in numerous incarnations, most recently with Tailored Brands and a fabulous production facility in Massachusetts. Abboud spoke about his lifelong passion for menswear, his mentors, and how clothes have influenced his life.

Chris Donahue of Eton presented to Jason Smith and Michael Barkin of Trunk Club, an online direct sales concept now owned by Nordstrom that has changed the way men shop for clothes. Russ and Bob Mitchell presented the American Lifestyle award to Shep and Ian Murray, who created Vineyard Vines on a simple philosophy: “every day should feel this good.”

Tom Ott of Saks Fifth Avenue, accepting the award from Ferragamo’s Vincent Ottomanelli, gave tremendous credit to his Saks’ team for achieving Excellence in Luxury Retailing in this precarious business climate. Dana Katz, grandson of a Russian immigrant who spent 25 years peddling sheets and towels before he had the courage to open his own store, accepted the Excellence in Specialty Retailing Award from Ken Giddon of Rothmans and Anthony DiGirolamo of the Garage. The Global Brand of the Decade was presented to Calvin’s Klein’s Steve Shiffman from Macy’s soon-to-be CEO Jeff Gennette. Calvin Klein has been part of our lives for the past 50 years and is now an $8.2 billion global brand. Shiffman noted that he hopes to accept the award again ten years from now.

It was an evening of tremendous camaraderie and pride. Congrats to all the honorees and the wonderful companies that make up our menswear family.

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— R.G.