By  on November 26, 2007

NEW YORK — How has Elliot Rabin survived for three decades as an independent specialty retailer in an industry as tough as men’s fashion in New York City? 

“Because of myself and in spite of myself,” joked Rabin, owner of upscale men’s wear chain Peter Elliot, which on Wednesday will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a party at the Carlyle hotel here. Starting with a small storefront on Second Avenue in 1977, Rabin’s empire has grown to encompass his flagship Peter Elliot men’s store on Madison and 81st as well as Women by Peter Elliot and Peter Elliot Outlet across the street, Peter Elliot Blue on Lexington Avenue at 72nd Street, and three Barbour by Peter Elliot stores on Madison Avenue in New York, Boston and Andmore, Pa. 

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