By  on October 31, 2013

Thirteen years after selling his name, designer Joseph Abboud regains creative control of his label at Men’s Wearhouse.

Men’s Week: When you took the job of creative director of The Men’s Wearhouse last year, did you know it was going to play out like this?
Joseph Abboud: My whole life has been organic. If you asked me to write a business plan, I couldn’t do it. A lot of this is a trust factor about the people you’re going to work with. When I haven’t trusted my instincts, I’ve gotten in trouble. Doug Ewert is a great chief executive officer, he’s a merchant and a visionary, and David Edwab is a business engineer. So I thought, how wrong can this be? And with the size of the organization and their financial capabilities, no matter what we do, it’s going to be exciting. But there was one really important play here — and that was that I no longer wanted to be in the wholesale-retail business.

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