Brian Reyes: New president, edgy strategy

A little biz note on Brian Reyes. A couple months ago (May to be exact) the designer appointed Stephanie Cozzi as president of the brand. Cozzi came from Zac Posen where she was the VP of sales. What I find interesting about Cozzi is her strategy with Reyes- while most CEOs are staying up all night banging their heads against a wall trying to figure out how to prevent bankruptcy, Cozzi is staying up all night thinking of money making strategic alliances (And no, not with the usual Target/JC Penny/ Kohls suspects). The result- a five year lease on a new, larger space for Reyes and Co. as well as a partnership with "Proper Attire" a condom company who makes designer condoms. Edgy! And just a little fyi-- proceeds for every Brian Reyes condom sold will benefit Planned Parenthood. Cool and profitable. I love it.

Bear Stearns for sale!!

So we all know about the Bear Stearns debacle that almost brought down our entire economy but did you all know I used to work at Bear Stearns? What's more, I hears a lot of ex employees have been putting their stuff up on eBay, which got me thinking- how much could I get for my old Bear Stearns swag?? For those of you who have had the pleasure of traveling with me, you know I pack VERY lightly and put everything in a Bear Stearns tote bag. I would never give this up, but in a pinch I bet I could get at least $100 for it.

My Bear Stearns tote bag


I am an obsessive list maker and usually put these lists on my refrigerator door as reminders. Traders would always execute their buys and sells via the computer, but the Bear Stearns supply room had these old school "Buy" and "Sell" tickets that were perfect for scratch paper or reminder lists. Notice these are from the block desk!! I bet I could get at least $25 for a package of eight...