New at NM: R&R Surplus
Steve and Andi Rosenstein were the couple behind Fitigues, a groundbreaking line of comfortable sportswear sold in Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus stores throughout the Nineties. After selling the business and relocating to Arizona for early retirement, the energetic couple spotted a building that struck a cord with their past. An abandoned produce warehouse on the wrong side of the tracks in downtown Phoenix ”looked exactly like our old Fitigues home office in Chicago,” says Andi. “We had to buy it.”
As a nod to the nickname that Prohibition-era law enforcement used to refer to the rough neighborhood in which the building is located, the couple dubbed the space, The Duce. Entirely refurbished by the Rosensteins, the space is part restaurant, part bar, part boutique, part theater and boxing arena. The Duce cranks out seriously awesome comfort food, killer cocktails, live music and yes, the occasional boxing lesson courtesy of Steve. But something was missing.
Enjoying their quasi-retirement and restaurant success at The Duce, Steve and Andi took note of their new market, and the clothes their Duce patrons were asking for. “People want comfortable, quality pieces they can wear for years. No one was really doing non-athletic, athletic wear,” says Steve. And thus, R&R Surplus, (for Rosenstein and Rosenstein) was born. Once up and running, Steve called on the former NM men’s wear buyer from the Fitigues days—now president of stores, Jim Gold. NM had recently launched On The Go, a new department stocked with weekend and workout clothes, and thus a perfect fit for R&R.
The Rosensteins had one goal in creating R&R Surplus—to create incredibly comfortable, durable yet stylish loungewear that becomes the clothing you reach for day after day, year after year. With pieces ranging from thermal sleeveless dresses to throw on after yoga, to perfectly draped tanks and pants, the wearer is casual and stylish, never sloppy.
R&R Surplus is now available at the following NM On The Go shops: San Diego, Fashion Island, Dallas NorthPark, Atlanta, Willow Bend, Westchester, Denver, Boca Raton, Austin, Scottsdale and NeimanMarcus.com