Schmoozing: the top 5 industry parties of 2017

by Stephen Garner

We have certainly had a great time this year celebrating everyone’s milestones and successes. From our very own MR Awards that honored excellence in menswear, to a fabulous dinner party hosted by Baldassari in the hills of Tuscany, we’ve been there to support the industry in all of its endeavors.

Take a look at our top five menswear industry events and parties of 2017.


It was an amazing evening filled with love and laughter as top industry execs were honored at MR magazine’s 12th annual awards dinner at Spring Studios on Monday, July 17. Nearly 400 retailers and manufacturers showed up for the festivities, which was hosted by UBM managing director Mike Alic and MR magazine’s Stu Nifoussi and Karen Alberg Grossman.

The Sprezzatura Award was presented to Giorgio Canali, vice president of North America for Canali, by Bob Mitchell. He is not only responsible with building his family-owned Italian clothing business into one of the powerhouse brands in the U.S. and Canada but is both respected and loved by many in the industry for his charming personality, his humility, and his strong relationship with his retail partners.

Isaia’s Jim Shay presented the Retail Vision Award to MartinPatrick3, the dynamic Twin Cities specialty store that has expanded four times since its opening in 2008. The store features an eclectic mix of goods and services ranging from elegant custom clothing to contemporary sportswear, cool accessories, home furnishings, apothecary, unusual gifts and even a wonderful barber shop with a robust following. While most retailers today struggle with the challenge of turning apparel shopping into an “experience,” MartinPatrick3’s owners, Dana Swindler and Greg Walsh, who accepted the award, have clearly figured it out.


It was a fun-filled few days of parties during men’s market week in New York this July. Members of the menswear industry gathered at Luciano Barbera’s showroom, which includes an extraordinary rooftop view of midtown Manhattan. Speaking of rooftops, Creare Group celebrated another great season with retail and brand partners, colleagues and friends at the rooftop of the Archer Hotel. And, in true summer style, luxury accessories brand W. Kleinberg also help its gathering at the Rare Rooftop lounge in Chelsea on Sunday night. Over on the East side of town, luxury menswear brand Robert Talbott took part in the festivities this week as well with a great gathering at its store on Madison Avenue. And, rounding out our coverage, the MensWearNetwork group held its market week event at Maple restaurant and lounge in Midtown Manhattan.


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If you’ve never been to a candle-lit dinner in the Tuscan hills in Italy at sunset, you are missing one of the wonders of the world.

I had the great fortune to attend this annual Pitti Uomo event hosted by Maurizio Baldassari, his beautiful wife, and sons Roberto and Renato, who are now running the business. But business was not the point: the evening celebrated great food and wonderful wine, family and friendship, fruit trees and flowers, music and dancing, and all the pleasures of life, Italian style!


Jack Victor Party
Montreal-based tailored clothing brand Jack Victor celebrated the opening of its new showroom and the debut of its spring 2018 collection last Monday, July 17 during market week in New York.

Key retailers throughout the industry enjoyed cocktails and light bites as they perused the new spring wares and took in the brand’s new space. And, as a special token to mark the night, the Jack Victor Foundation made a special donation to JDRF – an organization dedicated to type 1 diabetes research.