Menswear Network
by Stephen Garner

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The MensWearNetwork held their April gathering this week at the Lambs Club at the Chatwal Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. One of the event organizers, Kim Cihlar of Fashion Whirled, shared with us some great tid bits of what transpired.

Jeffrey Banks was excited to talk about his next (in-progress) Rizzoli book about a legendary American designer, while Jeana Chung thrilled the crowd while speaking of her launches – one for Get Made Men and her new son due in about three weeks.

Parsons’ alum, designer and multi-talented entrepreneur Helen Liu arrived with Parsons’ menswear student Henry Hu who is putting together his own collection. Also with Helen was another recent Parson alum, Hayley Mitchell who is now working on the creative side at Self magazine.

Author Bart Boehlert and jazz singer Josh Shapiro spoke about their creative art and wanting to share it with the group during future events. Bart waxed poetic about days spent with Perry Ellis, stories that form the basis of his memoir How I Look.

The Network shared info about Vicki Vasilopoulos’ project updates for her new documentary The Little Dress: A Journey of Hope.

John Kammeier talked of his excitement working with Nick Graham’s eponymous menswear collection. Robert Di Mauro joined the gathering fresh off attending Bridal Market. Cihlar also caught up with retail consultant Stan Tucker, production consultant Randy Fields and editorial fashion guru Stan Williams.

Karin Kohlberg graced us after a long stint away focused on battling cancer and introduced us to designer David Albow.

Bene Rialto’s Caryn Neary supported her retail design incubator program and brought along newcomer Olga Yermolenko of Rafi & Olga, a made in New York menswear collection. Another newcomer, Sunil Mahtani, the founder of men’s knitwear brand Uncommon Bond, spoke about what’s next at July market.

Join the fun at the next MensWearNetwork this July.