“In absence of a real pickup of demand in Europe, luxury companies will have to challenge a very tough 2014 and 2015, no matter how effective they will be in developing collections and retail.” — Stefano Corneliani.
“You think five years isn’t a long time, but on the Internet five years is quite a lot of time, especially in the discount high-fashion space. It’s like dog years.” — Stephanie Phair, president of The Outnet on celebrating the site’s anniversary.
“We went into the archives and took the running shoe as inspiration, which I then filtered through my own aesthetic and references.” — Mary Katrantzou on her new collaboration with Adidas.
“We have reached the end of the most difficult period.” — Georges Plassat, chairman of Carrefour SA, the world’s second-largest retailer, on the company’s recovery plan.
“If you look at our ads, Michael [Kors] always thinks accessories are an important element to the Michael Kors woman. It obviously starts with what she’s wearing from the runway, but it’s all about her accessories.” — John D. Idol.
“[She] has a keen understanding of our heritage and all that makes us who we are, but at the same time a strong vision for how we can move forward to make BR even more relevant for today’s market…” — Jack Calhoun on Marissa Webb.
“The customer absolutely loves this. All-American iconic music plays in the stores, which gets the customers and the associates excited. [Last year] they were literally dancing in the aisles.” — Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer.
“We had a Ferrari, it just needed to be driven.” — Valentina Soster, creative director of Benetton, on the company’s restyled women’s collections.
“Things have come full circle. People are no longer scared of Sade.” — Hugues de Sade, descendent of the Marquis de Sade, on events surrounding the bicentenary of the famous libertine’s death.