By and  on January 16, 2013

NEW YORK — J. Crew Group Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Millard “Mickey” Drexler took on the role of de facto industry critic at the Financo CEO Forum here Monday night, of which the key focus for the general discussion was on the store as the showcase for brands.

Last year Drexler, as an attendee, stirred the pot by blasting malls. This year, also as an audience member, he took Financo chairman Gilbert Harrison to task for offering up a panel without diversity — it consisted of Juicy Couture ceo Paul Blum, Coach Inc. chairman and ceo Lew Frankfort; VF Corp. chairman, president and ceo Eric Wiseman, and restaurateur Danny Meyer, founder and ceo of Union Square Hospitality Group, but no retailer or online firm. Strategy and investment advisor Sagra Maceira de Rosen moderated the discussion, which was held at the Harmonie Club.

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