Upside Down

Did you notice that 2002 is perfectly symmetrical? If you write it from right to left, you get exactly the same number. Those palindromic years are pretty rare, and happen only once every century. It is even less common to go through two of those years as we do (1991 and 2002). The last time… Continue reading Upside Down

NG Takes One from OE

NG (1-1) upset OE in dramatic fashion to take sole ownership of 2nd place in the North division. “It all came down to the goal line stance in the final seconds of the game,” said Jennifer McCoy, linebacker and blitz specialist for NG, and that it did. NG held off OE in the final seconds… Continue reading NG Takes One from OE

Welcome to the Harbus Intraview

Well, the gauntlet has been thrown, and we’re off to the races. This season’s Intraviews start off in memorable fashion, with a cross-school date between the estimable Mark from the Kennedy School and Mary from Section NE. How Max the Cabdriver became involved is a longer story.An update on Auntie’s Professional Matchmaking Magic: the number… Continue reading Welcome to the Harbus Intraview

Case Rip Cord:

“Globalization of Markets”: In his seminal 1983 Harvard Business Review article, retired HBS Marketing Professor Theodore Levitt argues that consumers in markets worldwide crave premium products that mulitnational corporations produce in their home countries. When these mulitnationals expand globally, Levitt says they should avoid the push by marketing departments to customize their products for the… Continue reading Case Rip Cord:

A Minute With: Gina Sanders

Gina Sanders is the founding Publisher of Teen Vogue magazine, launched in February 2003. In the same month of launching this new magazine, Ms. Sanders celebrated her fifteenth year with Conde Nast Publications, where she has also held the Publisher’s posts at mainstays Gourmet and Details magazines. Ms. Sanders’ career on the sell-side of publishing… Continue reading A Minute With: Gina Sanders

Partner Perspective

I have finally realized that retailers have figured me out. I am a pawn in their little capitalistic game. Their ultimate tool is playing upon my desire to be a kid again. Clothing styles seem to cycle about every 20 years. This, I believe, is purposefully done by the fashion industry. Why? There is something… Continue reading Partner Perspective

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Dressing For Interview Success: Casualness Breeds Casualties

Visit for more information. Copyrighted by J.M. Wanes & Associates. Reprinted with permission. You’ve probably heard all the sayings: “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”, “the first impression is the lasting impression”, “if you dress like a person of substance and integrity, you will, more often than not, be… Continue reading Dressing For Interview Success: Casualness Breeds Casualties

Meet your HBS

Compiled by Dan Shanoff (OA) Brendan Biggins (OE)Besides training for the marathon, I like to: …spend every other waking moment preparing the numbers for my cases.Personal ideal running conditions: Quiet morning. Sun slowly rising. Cool 60 degrees. No one around…just me and the road.Favorite Carbohydrate-laden food: Little Debbie Nutty Bars.Favorite song on running mix tape:… Continue reading Meet your HBS

Into the Lion's Mouth

My HBS classmate at the Kennedy School with the spiffy name card seemed certain I could survive the B-School. But first, I’d fish him for information. I was coy: “Any…ad-vice?” I thought he would give me something subtle, something that would allow me to negotiate the complex corridors of the B-School’s culture. “Don’t wear leaves… Continue reading Into the Lion's Mouth

Latina Beauty Queen

How many times have you pretended to be someone you weren’t? Keep in mind, we’ve just gone through Hell Week where I had to convince various people that I was interested in investment banking while running numbers on the “industry-standard” financial calculator programmed into my Visor. FYI – having to use a stylus to punch… Continue reading Latina Beauty Queen

Risking Reebok

Micky Pant, Chief Marketing Officer of Reebok International, was recently at HBS at the invitation of the Marketing Club to give a talk on the “Risks and Rewards of Brand Marketing.” The Harbus had the opportunity to speak with Pant while he was on campus and discovered the inside (and very amazing) story behind Reebok’s… Continue reading Risking Reebok

She Thinks/He Thinks

More complicated than the imperial board in the Shad TOM exercise, the delicate interplay between the female and male HBS minds is a well observed and yet totally undocumented phenomenon. Thus, I have decided to delve deeply into the psyche of the two genders, examining their intricate thoughts in situations we can all relate to.… Continue reading She Thinks/He Thinks

What I Didn't Do On My Holiday – Basel, Switzerland

I got up at 5 a.m. this morning-not because it seemed like a good idea at the time, more because my body was convinced that it was 11 a.m. and I’d slept in. Such is the thrill of jetlag after returning to Harvard from three months in Basel, Switzerland. We had a fabulous summer with… Continue reading What I Didn't Do On My Holiday – Basel, Switzerland

HBS Retail Show Looks Fabulous in Leather

Models, springwear, business suits, and yes, chains and whips. Words are hardly able to describe the stunning demonstration of couture, beauty, elegance, and black patent leather at this year’s HBS Retail Club Fashion Show, “Successorize – Earn Your Living…Live Your Earnings” hosted at the Matrix Club in downtown Boston on Tuesday, April 15th. Model’s wore… Continue reading HBS Retail Show Looks Fabulous in Leather

HBS Style

Can I get away with wearing French cuffs and cuff links to an interview?– signed “Ineeda Job” Double cuff shirts (a.k.a. “French” cuffs) began as a sign of distinction during the mid-1980s for any young up-and-comer looking to show off his wealth, success, or (more generally) attitude towards business. Far from a rarity, double cuffs… Continue reading HBS Style

Emerging Markets: No, Not China and India – The Story Behind Gen Art's Emerging Artists and Designers

Flash back to the early nineties. Just after the decade of greed had come to an end and the ramifications of consumer exuberance were catching up to us. A period during which the economy was stuck in a nasty recession and the country was fresh from the first war in Iraq. Now imagine being a… Continue reading Emerging Markets: No, Not China and India – The Story Behind Gen Art's Emerging Artists and Designers


Threads: My Life Behind the Seams in the High-Stakes World of Fashion By Joseph Abboud with Ellen Stern (New York: Harper-Collins Publishers, 2004). Guys, Joseph Abboud knows how it is. “Most guys want to look good,” explains Abboud, the founder of JA Apparel, whose love for his hometown Boston sports teams might be only thing… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Threads

King Of The Night

“If you don’t know Patrick McMullan, you ought to get out more.” -Andy Warhol Ever wonder what it is like behind the scenes of those star-studded parties that you see plastered on the cover of US Weekly? Patrick McMullan, one of the world’s most celebrated party, fashion, and society photographers is just the person to… Continue reading King Of The Night

A Sharper Image

Three buttons, point collars, four in hands…oh my! Dust off your suit and shine your shoes — the interviews are about to begin. After spending several years in the fashion industry, I wondered how I could give advice about interview attire. After all, I did buy my first suit for the HBS interview, and even… Continue reading A Sharper Image

Career Perspectives: Crispin on Dynamic Fashion

My criterion for the ideal summer job was simple: I wanted an environment that would allow me to explore the psychology underlying consumer decision-making in an operational setting. I quickly discovered that finding a consumer products company in New York City, my self-imposed location constraint, was going to take a little more effort than simply… Continue reading Career Perspectives: Crispin on Dynamic Fashion

Behind the Glamour

The lights dim and the chatter of fashion industry insiders, celebrities, and socialites are replaced by the thumping sound of dance music. All eyes are focused on the peninsula shaped runway that juts out in the sea of well dressed people. Photographers, armed with Nikon cameras, jostle for position. As the beat of the music… Continue reading Behind the Glamour

Lingerie Comeback Queen: Frederick's Transformed

“You have Frederick’s to thank for black lingerie,” Linda LoRe, CEO of lingerie icon Frederick’s of Hollywood, asserted. “It was considered quite scandalous when it was first introduced in our flagship Hollywood store in 1946”. Addressing an audience at Harvard Business School, LoRe discussed how she led the dramatic transformation of the misguided retailer over… Continue reading Lingerie Comeback Queen: Frederick's Transformed

Rising Fashion Star Zac Posen Speaks at HBS

At only 23 years of age, Zac Posen is perhaps the youngest speaker to visit HBS. On Friday April 16, the much celebrated American fashion designer, accompanied by his mother Susan, addressed an audience of both HBS and Harvard Graduate School of Design students in an overflowing Hawes Hall classroom. The HBS Luxury Goods and… Continue reading Rising Fashion Star Zac Posen Speaks at HBS

850 people come together to raise $15k for charity with annual RLGC fashion show

photo by Christopher Huang //

Regular contributor Emily Dohse reports on the the eighth annual Retail & Luxury Goods Club Harvard Business School Charity Fashion Show. If you’re currently an RC, you may be panicking about how many 3s you’ll get this semester (probably one, someone has to get them).  If you’re an EC, you’re definitely panicking about riding into the… Continue reading 850 people come together to raise $15k for charity with annual RLGC fashion show