by Karen Alberg Grossman

August2015coverWe at MR magazine and are pleased to announce a few key staffing changes.  Elise Diamantini, MR’s managing editor for the past seven years, has left the editorial side and moved to a sales position on the MRket show where she will oversee Vanguards Gallery. We are delighted that she remains part of our Business Journals family, where her contributions have been invaluable. (

Replacing her as MR managing editor is Brian Scott Lipton. A highly respected entertainment journalist for more than two decades, he was also previously managing editor of DNR for two years, and managing editor of Accent magazine, a Business Journals custom publication in the fine jewelry world.  A non-practicing attorney, Brian is an exceptional writer, editor and business analyst, with a true passion for menswear. We know he will make an indelible impression on our print and digital publications. You can reach him at

We’re also happy to introduce MR’s new web editor, Stephen Garner.  After graduating from FIT in 2014 with a BS degree (and internships at WWD and Black Frame PR), Stephen interned with us in MR’s fashion department, launching our social media and doing some great interviews. He spent the next 11 months working with Fred Derring at DLS and now returns to MR to fill our web editor spot. Stephen is smart, enthusiastic and tech-savvy, and we are delighted to have him on board. Please send him your industry news at

Lizette, Stu, William, Michael and I look forward to the energy and innovative ideas that Brian and Stephen bring to the team. Be prepared for some great stuff from them!