Mr. Donohue’s son, Rob, learned the menswear business from the ground up. He began as a swatch boy, quickly moved into sales, and finally hit the road as a multi-line menswear salesman. As he drove from state to state, he learned that the hands-on, eye-to-eye way of doing business is the only way. He also gained a profound understanding of his customers’ needs and is relentless about satisfying them. Rob has been known to carry bolts of fabric on his shoulder across town to keep a promise.
Shortly after taking the helm of the company, he persuaded David Donahue’s retail partners to carry the brand on its own merit instead of as a store label. Almost overnight, the company grew into one of the most successful accessory brands in the business.