“We build the spaces; the brands deal with the products.”
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— 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.