WWD CEO Summit 2013

NEW YORK — What does it take to be a successful leader in today’s change-in-a-blink world? That is the focus of the 16th WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit at The Plaza hotel here, and the range of speakers had some common answers: a micro-focus on detail, passion about product, not being afraid to break the rules — and a loathing of bureaucracy.


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The designer sat down with WWD’s executive editor Bridget Foley to discuss a wide range of topics, from his fashion impulses to the relevance of couture.

One of the most famous and influential designers in the world, Jacobs reflected on his career, to what he owes his success and why fashion matters.

The chairman of Value Retail, which operates luxury outlet “villages” in nine Western European cities, considers himself to be in the tourism business.

MasterCard Worldwide anticipates “not great, not awful” retail sales growth of between 4 and 5.5 percent in 2013.

One of the nation’s leading purveyors of radio frequency identification technology (RFID) thinks it’s just getting comfortable in the apparel specialty store.

Over the past decade, PVH Corp. has completed a series of acquisitions that turned the company into one of the largest apparel marketers on the global stage.

Proenza Schouler’s designers talked about their decade in fashion and their talent for finding the right partners, both creative and financial.

The entrepreneurial founder of C. Wonder has one simple rule when it comes to retailing. “All we care about is our customer,” he said.

The president and chief executive officer of Chico’s FAS Inc. knows a thing or two about turnarounds.

J.C. Penney’s chairman and ceo has a New Year’s resolution: Penney’s in 2013 will become “a happening place.”

As ceo of J. Crew Group and, before that, Gap Inc., Drexler’s much-dissected and heralded career has been guided by a deceptively simple retail philosophy.

New York’s junior Democratic senator has some lofty goals, among them to fill the U.S. Senate with a majority of women.

Having grown up on Seventh Avenue, the third-generation industry leader has seen the industry from many vantage points.

A professor from the London Business School and director at the Management Innovation Exchange, Hamel looks at how business structures are evolving.

The ceo of China Interactive Media Group makes the case that the Chinese middle class is not so different from its American counterpart after all.

The McKinsey & Co. principal offered insights on “Navigating the Fashion World, City by City, to Unleash Growth.”