WWD’s day in quotes from today’s edition.
“We expect to draw a clientele from all nationalities, European and international, from North and South America, Asia and China.” — Nicolas Houzé, ceo of Galeries Lafayette’s department store division, on opening in Milan’s Westfield mall.
“I do think part of what Josh and the team will be doing is really to make sure we are balancing the assortments between all the wonderful designers we do great business with, with an ability to nurture new, young talent.” — Karen Katz, ceo of Neiman Marcus Group Ltd., on Bergdorf Goodman president Joshua Schulman and overhauling the retailer.
“We knew heading into 2014 that driving sales in the first half of the year would be impacted by the suboptimal product assortment combined with the traffic trend. [Second-quarter] sales have started off behind plan and comps are more impacted than we had originally anticipated.” — Lululemon ceo Laurent Potdevin on the Q1 profit drop.
“She’s full of life, she’s about what everyone wants to feel — energy. And I find her ageless. She’s like this Energizer bunny who can wear anything from track shoes to stilettos, DKNY to Donna Karan. I love the girl as a person, too. She walks the talk.” — Donna Karan on Rita Ora who will star in advertising for the new cent, DKNY My NY.
“We are living in a world where things that are invisible don’t exist. Perfume is an accessory in the same way shoes and handbags are. But it’s an accessory that is not visible.” — Kilian Hennessy on creating scented jewelry.
“Things did go wrong in the past, but some things went right,” — Mulberry executive chairman Godfrey Davis on seeing the company’s profits fall 50 percent.
“Our aim is not to copy other fashion brands, it’s to give a new, more modern vision to our savoir faire.” — Lorenzo Cifonelli on launching its ready-to-wear collection.
“We want the nail bar to anchor the brand and bring it alive. It’s hard to do that on a shelf. ” — Thea Green, founder of Nails Inc., on opening a stand-alone nail bar in New York City.
“There’s a whole generation that ACRIA tries to serve and address that does not know a world without AIDS, so for them to be informed of what those days were like, I think it’s an incredibly important historical piece, too.” — Stewart Shining, at The Young Friends of ACRIA dinner to raise funds for AIDS research.
“It’s really nerve-racking. I’m not even one to throw a birthday party.” — Rose Byrne on receiving the Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award.
“Whoever thought I’d go back into magazines. I never thought I’d go back into print.” — DuJour magazine publisher, Jason Binn.