Observer | Tom Kalenderian of Barneys New York on New York Men's Fashion Week

It’s about to rain men: Beginning today, New York City will host its very own menswear week in New York Fashion Week: Men’s. Four days of shows and presentations featuring emerging brands like the Brooklyn-based Cadet to American staples like Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren are set to take the city (well, mostly just Skylight Clarkson Square) by storm. Organized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the event counts Amazon, Dreamworks, Cadillac, Shinola, Axe and more as sponsors. And of course what is a fashion week without celebrities? Joe Jonas, Victor Cruz, Dwyane Wade and Andy Cohen are just four of this year’s ambassadors for the event.
To commemorate it all, we chatted up Tom Kalenderian, the executive vice president and general merchandiser for Men’s & Chelsea Passage at Barneys New York. Mr. Kalenderian discusses everything from memorable men’s shows from the pre-NYFW:M era, to exactly why yet another fashion week was needed.

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