by Karen Alberg Grossman
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Photos by Robbie Donaldson

Men’s Wearhouse and Paisley & Gray celebrated their collaboration last week at a fabulous event at the menswear retailer’s Chelsea store. Paisley & Gray CEO Vince Marrone, president Richard Schneider,  and creative director Alison Mangaroo hosted the event with plenty of industry luminaries in attendance.

Asked about the evolution of this collaboration, Marrone explains, “After following the progress of the brand for several seasons, Tony Finocchiaro purchased a curated assortment for their top doors and website. Customer response was incredible; even Men’s Wearhouse stores that didn’t carry the collection were getting customer requests.”

Fortunately, Men’s Wearhouse management took notice and seized the momentum, increasing distribution to all doors. Categories were even added, including knits, wovens and neckwear. As sales grew, Men’s Wearhouse execs decided to install a Paisley & Gray shop-in-shop at their Chelsea location, adding sportswear-related items for a complete lifestyle presentation for spring ‘19.

“We had been shopping their line for a season or two and felt it addressed both a millennial and a fashion customer with a strong sense of style,” adds Scott Norris, chief merchandising officer for Men’s Wearhouse and Moores. “Alison Mangaroo, who designs the line, has a fabulous eye for color and style detail which make her collections unique. Another important piece for us is the quality and make, which is very good. At the end of the day we are delivering exciting product at a great value to our customers.”