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JEROME B., age 83, of Bala Cynwyd PA, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. He was the husband of Phyllis B. Myers; the father of Ford R. Myers of Haverford PA and Dr. Jed A. Myers (Abby) of Seattle WA; and grandfather of Isaac, Jonas and Lily Myers, all of Seattle WA.

Mr. Myers was born in Philadel phia PA in 1928, the son of Israel and Lillian Myers. He had one sister, Dorothy. As a teenager, Mr. Myers distinguished himself as an outstanding student, athlete, musician and leader. By the age of 15, he had formed his own orchestra; and at 19, he owned a popular record shop. In his first year at University of Pennsylvania,
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Mr. Myers played varsity tennis and won many tournaments. Throughout his life, Mr. Myers remained passionate about tennis, music, dancing and men’s fashion.

After serving in the Army in the late 1940s, Mr. Myers began his career in the real estate and building business. He soon transitioned into the men’s apparel industry by joining Rooster, Inc., a Philadelphia based necktie manufacturer. Within two years, Mr. Myers assumed the presidency of that company. Over the ensuing 28 years, he built Rooster, Inc. into highly successful, internation ally recognized organization.

At an age when most men would retire, Mr. Myers joined Polo Ralph Lauren as Senior Vice President in charge of neck wear. In this role, he commuted daily to New York City and traveled several times a year to Europe. Mr. Myers remained at Polo Ralph Lauren for 18 years, until he was forced to retire due to illness.

A leader in his industry, Mr. Myers was named “Man of the Year,” and elected President of the Neckwear Association of America. He was also featured regularly in the fashion press. Over the years, both The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Magazine publish ed full page articles about his exceptional taste, boundless energy and sense of style. Mr. Myers was also known as a generous mentor,
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helping to launch the careers of many notable fashion professionals.

Mr. Myers will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all those whose lives he touched. No flowers please.

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Joseph Abboud’s Fall / Winter 2016 collection is a tribute to America’s rich sartorial heritage that intricately mingles the tradition of fine tailoring with irreverence, intelligence, and innovation, reminiscent of 1960’s Savile Row and the peacock revolution that took the United States by storm.

Luxurious fabrics, finely crafted bespoke details, bold patterns, and a rich palette of grey, chocolate, rust, olive, stormy blue, and ebony make up the collection. Placing a focus on military details, like subtly upturned cuffs, pieced lapels, and vintage buttons, this dynamic collection boasts a myriad of carefully selected textiles. Washed velvets and cashmeres from Biella, distressed wool prints dyed in true ancient madder shades from Como and authentic Harris Tweeds from Scotland, come to life in suits and separates that feature our new signature Traced Fit.

This creative approach to tailoring caresses the male physique while still allowing for freedom and fluidity with broader shoulders, a fitted waist, and a flared coat, all of which are reminiscent of ’60s silhouettes, but exudes a fresh new attitude for 2016. He started his career in menswear at Louis of Boston and later Polo Ralph Lauren. In 1987, Joseph Abboud launched his own eponymous label. Shortly after its debut, Abboud was accorded numerous honors including the distinction of being the only designer to have received the coveted Menswear Designer of the Year twice in a row (1989 1990) from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Other awards and honors include The Cutty Sark Award for Most Promising Menswear Designer in 1988, the first Woolmark Award for Distinguished Fashion in 1989 and again in March of 1993.

Abboud joined Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TLRD) as its Chief Creative Director in December 2012. Abboud was reunited with his namesake brand in August 2013 when Tailored Brands acquired JA Holding Inc.,
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the parent company of the celebrated American clothing brand, Joseph Abboud. Abboud re launched his label, reestablishing the brand as a sophisticated modern American lifestyle collection.

To celebrate the Fall 2016 collection, Joseph Abboud collaborated with six fellow brands that all manufacture and produce in the United States including bags by Rawlings, hats by CFDA member Alertus Swanepoel, ties by JS Blank Co., watches by Kobold, shearling outerwear by Aston and footwear by Allen Edmonds.

Bags by RawlingsHistoric American brand Rawlings was founded in 1887, and has since established itself as a premiere global manufacturer of sporting goods. Producing its bags and accessories in St. Louis, Missouri, the brand is devoted to craftsmanship and quality. The bags seen in today’s show were designed by Rawlings’ Red Label division, and were manufactured by Lumberjack Leather Company. Watches by Kobold Expedition ToolsBased in Pennsylvania, Kobold has been producing fine American made watches since 1998. Navy SEALs, Kobold caters to adventurers and stylish men alike.

Shearlings by AstonLending its sumptuous shearlings to Joseph Abboud’s strong, sophisticated outerwear, Aston established its world class American business over twenty years ago. Based in New York’s Greenwich Village, the brand works only with the highest quality materials from America and Spain.

Hats by Albertus SwanepoelAlbertus Swanepoel is an acclaimed milliner based in New York. A member of the CFDA, the South African born designer has Coty and AFI awards under his belt, and was nominated for the CFDA’s Swarovski Award for Accessory Design in 2009. In addition to working with Joseph Abboud, he has also collaborated with brands including Marc by Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera, Alexander Wang, and Proenza Schouler, and produces each of his unique confections in New York. is the oldest family owned and operated neckwear business in America. Handmade in New York, this historic brand’s ties incorporate years of archival designs and fabrics, which serve as a frequent source of inspiration for Joseph Abboud.
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July 13, 2000By CHELSEA EMERY Bloomberg News

NEW YORK Tim Ghriskey’s wife, Lisa, designed sweaters for Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. for six years. Not even that can persuade him to own the stock, though. The senior portfolio manager at Dreyfus Corp. dumped shares of the clothing designer a month and a half after buying them in the company’s 1997 initial public offering.

Ghriskey also unloaded all his shares of shoe designer Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. in May. He’s not the only investor casting off fashion stocks. Shareholders have fled former high flying stocks such as Tommy Hilfiger Corp. as fashions changed and, in some cases, investors forecast declining profits.

“I have problems with the fashion group because brands come and go, and these are based on the image of the founder,” said Ghriskey, whose firm also formerly owned shares of Donna Karan International Inc. “People don’t live forever, and they aren’t in style forever.”

That makes fashion shares risky for long term investors. Tommy Hilfiger, for example, returned an average of 37 percent a year from 1993 to 1996 and surged another 70 percent in 1998 as its trademark red, white and blue labeled casual khaki pants and T shirts caught the eye and wallets of young adults. Since its peak in 1999,
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though, the shares have fallen 79 percent.

New York based Ralph Lauren’s high came on its second day of trading, and the shares have since declined 48 percent. Though Lauren’s trademark polo logo still has some cachet with customers, the stock does not. It has dropped 1.5 percent this year.

Donna Karan, a New York company known for its line of upscale women’s suits, peaked the first day the company traded publicly in 1996. Shares since have sunk 76 percent.

“If you’re not hot, people don’t buy the clothes, and it kills the stock,” said Tim Bui, who helps oversee about $5 billion for PPM America Inc. and owns Liz Claiborne Inc. shares.

Hong Kong based Tommy Hilfiger has sunk 63 percent this year as customers turned toward more conservative casual clothes and investors became wary of the company’s profit outlook.

“Tommy got caught in a fashion movement, and now they just don’t have it,” said Susan Byrne, who helps manage the Gabelli Westwood Equity Fund. “By nature, [apparel manufacturers] are cyclical stocks.

“People don’t pay high premiums for companies whose growth isn’t perceived to be consistent and stable for good reason.” Byrne said her fund holds shares of jewelry retailer Tiffany Co.,
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though it doesn’t own Tommy Hilfiger.

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SEOUL Kim Jong Um talks with the intense defiance and conviction you expect from a military dictator.

they mess with me, they better kill me, he barks. you know, if it was attempted assassination they make me even bigger. North Korea, they don make death threats, they just kill you. So, if it comes, it comes. Kim Jong Um even had North Korea of beauties cheer squad believing for a second that Kim Jong Un had turned up at an Olympic hockey game.

The real Kim Jong Un probably doesn think too highly of Kim Jong Um, or Howard X, the Australian Hong Kongese musician and producer who turned his extraordinary physical similarities to Kim into a career.

been busy, he says. is a lot of work, being Kim. I think I work harder than he does, especially here at the Olympics. A lot of people to meet and everyone wants to know about what I doing. We are meeting in a hotel room near Seoul main train station because trying to conduct a chat in a public space guarantees interruption every few seconds. It is a constant stream of photographs, selfies, autographs and handshakes.

Kim Jong Um is friendly and has a sense of humor that is utterly hilarious, sharing acerbic takes on life. Howard details how he created a Tinder profile for himself and another for Kim, and the despot dating image fared better than his own. Some women, he says, just dig it.

He a fun guy, but he still wearing that famous black tunic and the unmistakable haircut and he looks just like the dude with a nuclear button of disputed size. I let him eat the hamburger, and we carry on afterwards.

Kim Jong Um appearance at the women hockey game between Korea and Japan was a priceless piece of absurd entertainment. He found a flag with the unified Korea symbol and waved it while dancing in front of the cheer squad from the North. Plain clothes security shoved him away and he was quizzed by police before being released. He was then warmly welcomed at a party at France House,
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asked to leave the German Olympic party venue and would have gone to USA House if it hadn closed early.

More pranks are on the way, perhaps with his counterpart, Dennis Alan, who is a Donald Trump lookalike.

am not going to tell them, I will just do it, he says. it hasn finished yet. So keep your eyes out for some famous presidents around the place at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

No question, he is the biggest non competing star of the Pyeongchang Winter Olmypics and his bookings, which reward him in the four figure of five figure range. look certain to spike upwards after this.

But there is feeling behind what he does, too. Aside from the jocularity there are two things, a seriousness about his craft and a reason to try to mock Kim that goes beyond money.

He went to famed Hong Kong clothier Sam Tailor for his handcrafted suit, which set him back $600. He gets his hair cut by one barber only, and instead of trying to chase Kim changing look, he sticks with the one he is most known for. He wears glasses like Kim in South Korea because that look is what the audience is more familiar with seeing. He sports lipstick and makeup for extra authenticity and a mask and bandana in public when he doesn want to be spotted.

don try to shy away from the political side of it, he says. very nature of what I do is political. It is a bit more difficult for an Obama impersonator because he is a legitimate, respected figure.

am trying to create dialogue and highlight some of the things that Kim is doing, while making fun with it and creating some satire. Before long, it is like Usain Bolt is in the building and there is perhaps no Winter Olympian who could elicit such a reaction. He stops by an information booth and asks for a train ticket to Pyongyang in North Korea.

not possible, he is told.

Fathers push their kids forward to take a look and to get a handshake. Dozens of people pull out their phones. the mad scientist, one woman squeals. Two visiting Americans and a pair of Norwegians are beside themselves with delight.

After a few minutes, the bandana comes out and it is time for the act to end. During his walk through the station Howard has received no hostility if South Korea learned to live with the threat of Kim Jong Un temperament long ago, they can live with a parody of his existence too.
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PepsiCo Indra Nooyi, Motorola Sanjay Kumar Jha and Citigroup Vikram Pandit are the three Indian Americans among US highest paid CEOs listed by Wall Street Journal.

Nooyi is ranked 67th with a total pay package of $14.0 million, Jha bagged the 377th spot with a total compensation of $3.5 million, with Pandit bringing up the rear in 450th position with a pay package of $1.3 million.

Gregory Maffei, CEO of Liberty Media Corp with a pay packet of $87.1 million, was the highest paid CEO in WSJ study of 456 companies with annual revenues in excess of $4 billion. Maffei was followed by Larry Ellison, Oracle billionaire founder, who received a $68.6 million package and most of that reward came in the form of stock options valued at $61.9 million.

Occidental Petroleum Corp Ray Irani was at the third position with a total compensation of $52.2 million. At the fourth place is Yahoo Carol Bartz, who took home $44.6 million,
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and CBS Leslie Ray with $38.9 million came in at number 5. Philippe P. Dauman of Viacom Inc ($33.7 million), Marc N Casper of Thermo Fisher Scientific ($33.0 million), Raymond Elliott of Boston Scientific Corp ($32.1 million), Ralph Lauren, founder of Polo Ralph Lauren Corp ($27.0 million), and McKesson Corp John H. Hammergren ($24.5 million) rounded off the top 10.

The study by management consulting firm Hay Group said bonuses jumped by 11% to a median of $1.67 million.

Overall, median total direct compensation for CEOs rose 3% during their latest fiscal year. Total direct compensation includes salary, bonuses and the awarded value of stock, options and other long term incentives.
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SHANIKO A magnetic field seems to radiate from Jeanne Carver as she scrambles through rocks and sage on the Imperial Stock Ranch. Hundreds of sheep scamper the other direction as Carver nears, following an ancient impulse to flee.

A hundred yards away on the high desert terrain, a statuesque model raises her chin to an early morning sun. It’s time for her close up. With the light just so and Carver and the sheep serving as a wooly backdrop, this is golden hour for a fashion photographer, two assistants, a hair stylist, a makeup expert, a fashion designer and her assistant.

Balancing the down and dirty routines of sheep ranching with the air brushed world of high fashion has become something of the norm at Imperial Stock Ranch. A decade and a half of herding sheep and reinventing the business has brought this 35,000 acre ranch in rural eastern Oregon to a date with the Winter Olympics next month in Sochi, Russia and, on this January morning, to the second day of a photo shoot in an effort to create a catalog.

This fall, the “Imperial Collection by Anna Cohen” is expected to be available on the racks of a handful of high end retailers. The wool fabric has been grown on the ranch and the ranch has financed its processing, spinning, dying and weaving. Entering the apparel industry directly, even on a small scale, is a risk filled venture for an operation that relies on beef, wheat and hay sales for more than two thirds of its income.

Jeanne Carver hopes the collection will be another step in the evolution and ultimately the survival of the ranch at a time when many American farmers are moving on or selling out. Innovation, she says, is as important in agribusiness as in other industries people might associate more readily with technology and change.

“If you’re not constantly adapting and changing course,” she says, “you will never survive.”

The ranch began earning a reputation for adaptation in the early 1990s. Dan Carver, who owns and operates the ranch with wife Jeanne, sought the advice of government farmland managers about a different method of grazing cattle. The plan rotating the herd from one ranchland quadrant to another has over the past 20 years earned Imperial a reputation for sustainability and environmental protection.

The herd rotating practice allowed unused land to recover and vegetation to thrive. Through the Buck Hollow Watershed Enhancement, the ranch also helped reduce erosion and restore a steelhead run in a creek that courses through the property.

Earning more money for the ranch, Dan Carver readily admits, was his chief motivation. But profit coupled with other benefits has made him a sustainable agriculture advocate and a sought after speaker on the subject.

Those practices, however, could not have prepared Dan or Jeanne Carver for a life altering phone call in 1999.

Number of sheep, by state, 2012

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As they typically did in the spring, they called a regional processor to arrange delivery of that season’s wool harvest and hear the latest raw commodity price. There is no price, they were told.

It’s not that the Carvers hadn’t seen the warning signs. Between 1996 and 2000, more than 25,000 sheep producers went out of business in the United States.

In Oregon, more than 2 million sheep grazed in 1920, a figure that dropped to 1 million by 1945, 541,000 by 1970 and 210,000 by 2000 where it has stabilized, more or less, in the last decade.

The Carvers faced a wrenching choice.

“Do we stop raising sheep,” Jeanne Carver says, “or do we do it another way?”

Jeanne Carver, who is at least spiritual if not evangelical in her reverence for sheep and all they provide to humans, wanted to try another way.

“You gotta love ’em,” she says. “They ask for nothing and give you everything.”

Almost immediately after that 1999 phone call, the former collegiate hurdler hit the ground running to develop value added product lines for the ranch’s wool. The idea was to stop providing a commodity and instead develop a finished product think bottles of wine rather than grapes.

By the next year, she’d started Imperial Yarn locating partners across the country to process, spin and dye Imperial’s ranch wool for the specialized craft market.

In addition, the ranch financed the production of small runs of Imperial branded consumer goods caps, wraps and sweaters for sale in boutique stores, including Portland’s The Real Mother Goose.

By the middle of the decade, it appeared sheep ranching might just survive on Imperial Stock Ranch. Tens of thousands of sheep would no longer roam as they had a century ago when the ranch, under previous ownership, was among the largest in the country. But Dan and Jeanne Carver had developed a viable added value wool products business.

At the suggestion of Oregon Environmental Council officials, fans of Imperial’s sustainable ranching practices, the Carvers met in 2004 with John Emrick, then chief executive of Norm Thompson Outfitters in Hillsboro. Emrick listened intently to Imperial’s story of survival in sheep farming.

At the meeting’s conclusion, the Carvers and Emrick agreed on the parameters of wool and fabric supply for a Norm Thompson clothing line.

Emrick asked Dan Carver what he thought would be an appropriate amount of money that Norm Thompson should advance for the first year’s production.
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and prepared sleeves with hand mitered working buttonholes.Continuing with his commitment to providing hand finished, made in America products, Joseph Abboud has once again partnered with American heritage shoemaker Allen Edmonds on the collection leather footwear each pair handmade in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Founded in 1922, Allen Edmonds crafts its shoes with a storied 212 step manufacturing process and the utmost attention to detail.Fall 2018 venue the ballroom at the historic Wolcott Hotel echoes the range brooding elegance, vintage Hollywood allure, and Art Deco undertones. The space grand architecture and jazz club feel help bring out the collection rich textures, dark palette, and ornate construction. He started his career in menswear at Louis of Boston and later Polo Ralph Lauren. In 1987, Joseph Abboud launched his own eponymous label. Shortly after its debut, Abboud was accorded numerous honors including the distinction of being the only designer to have received the coveted Menswear Designer of the Year twice in a row (1989 1990) from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Other awards and honors include The Cutty Sark Award for Most Promising Menswear Designer in 1988, the first Woolmark Award for Distinguished Fashion in 1989 and again in March of 1993. Numerous other prestigious awards have followed including Person of the Year from the American Apparel Footwear Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award from MR magazine in 2016.Abboud began working with Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TLRD) as Chief Creative Director in December 2012. Abboud was reunited with his namesake brand in August 2013 when Tailored Brands, Inc. acquired JA Holding Inc., the parent company of the celebrated American clothing brand, Joseph Abboud. The Abboud label was re launched, reestablishing the brand as a sophisticated modern American lifestyle collection.
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He is on the Forbes list of billionaires. The Ralph Lauren firm physically produces nothing: It is a design, marketing and licensing operation that hires factories to make its stuff. Olympic team deal since 2008. A men’s team shirt costs $425 and a woman’s skirt $498. Special Forces and a T shirt each cost $55. Perhaps it is the high unemployment rate or the in your face patriotism induced by an election year, but the news that Lauren’s prep chic outfits are made in China has produced a rare bipartisan storm of criticism.

Lost in the wind of words is what should be central to the question of sourcing: conditions for the workers. If China’s workers were sharing in the full fruits of growth, we would have a much smaller volume of American clothing made there. As it is, more than 98% of the dollar value of the Ralph Lauren clothing line is made abroad, much of it in China.

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Many other abuses are common in China’s export factories. Workers are housed in dorms where conditions are often crowded and the food poor. The first month’s wages are often withheld, so if the workers quit because of bad conditions, they must forfeit a month’s wages. There is no right to form independent unions in China; only theCommunist Party’sAll China Federation of Trade Unions is permitted, and it is usually a part of management,
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Olympic athletes will wear their gear at the peak of world attention, clothed by a billionaire’s company hired by a committee of notables. Toiling at the bottom of the pyramid, for meager pay and under terrible conditions, are those who cut, sew, press and pack the clothing. “Faster, Higher,
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Manufactured by Maytag Corp. Dixie Narco division, the vending machines allow real time monitoring of inventory. In another key benefit, the machines accept only debit or credit cards, thus reducing the risk of vandalism.

Kodak, Rochester, NY, plans to place 10,000 such wireless Internet vending machines over four years. This arguably will make Kodak the nation first marketer to use such Internet linked vendor machines on a large scale.

The machine debut is part of a two pronged strategy, said Robin Forte, Atlanta based associate product manager at Kodak. The company aims to continually innovate with new product as well as to create a new sales channel at appropriate locations, she said.

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“It something that we internally refer to as a service paradox,” Jenkins said. “It really gets to the point where the less you can visit your machine, the more profitable you can make it.”

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and Killington, VT; the Philadelphia and Atlanta zoos; Penn Landing in Philadelphia; and a couple of machines in the Philadelphia airport.

“What we found was that 90 percent of the vending business is incremental, so we see that as a big opportunity,” Kodak Forte said.

Besides dispensing disposable cameras and film, the new Maytag vending machine can also work for the beverages industry.

“It should work for the soft drink industry and the bottlers,” Jenkins said. “Their assets are very far out of their reach. . A similar effort for Joe Boxer underwear and T shirts through two wireless Web kiosks is still active.

While this is Kodak first dabble in wireless Internet machines, it is not its maiden effort to sell products through kiosks.

“Kodak has attempted to sell some of their products through vending machines, but they did not have the opportunity to have them connected to the Internet,” Jenkins said, “so they lost touch with their assets. They weren able to manage them as productively as we can now.””We did some vending tests in the early and we found that a couple of things didn work out within our program,” she said. “And one of the things we never knew was what the inventory was in those locations. We never knew when it was running low.

“[Also] those were cash machines, and that would get vandalized. So with this new Internet vending machine, we can track inventory and we know when the machine needs inventory. And there no cash in the machine, so the possibility of vandalism is a lot less.”

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Joan began to discover that the world of coaching, life coaching, business coaching, in fact coaching in general was vast and that there were many people who called themselves coaches who were not and others who were coaches but who had not gone through any qualifying processes. She developped the desire to bring structure to her own coaching business and has been enrolled in the CCI training academy since 2008, using the Consciousness Coaching (R) method developped by founder, Marc Steinberg to coach her clients.

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