"We build the spaces; the brands deal with the products."

— Vittorio Radice, Selfridges

"It’s about believing in what you’re doing. No matter what business you’re in, fashion or restaurants, you have to know who you are and stand for something."

— Ralph Lauren

"Speed is going to matter. People who are fast are going to win."

— Peter Boneparth, Jones Apparel Group

"Product is key in our business."

— Domenico De Sole, Gucci Group

"Be humble. Don’t be obsessive about yourself, but obsess about your customer. Know your customer."

— Tom Freston, MTV Networks

"For every trend, there’s always a countertrend."

— Edie Weiner, futurist

"The proposition: Is it distinctive? Does it ring true?"

— Lew Frankfort, Coach

"Everything for everybody."

— Andy Bond, George

"You’ve got to look at your sourcing base as a whole…The idea is to be able to move from place to place."

— William Fung, Li & Fung Ltd.

"Create a culture, hire only great people and pay them and train them well."

— Kip Tindell, The Container Store

"I believe in a more consistent and regular flow of new offerings and the timely liquidation of aging products is critical to the health of the department stores and the industry."

— R. Brad Martin, Saks Inc.

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