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WWD’s week in quotes, culled from stories that ran the week of January 6 to January 10.
“It is unacceptable for Forever 21 to continue repeating these [safety] violations, which are common among retailers and put workers at serious risk. Retail managers have a legal responsibility to inspect their stores, identify potential hazards and quickly eliminate them to ensure worker safety and health.” — Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York.
“The sooner we restore trade promotion authority, the sooner the United States can restore its credibility in negotiating trade agreements that benefit U.S. workers and create jobs in the United States.” — Philip C. Williamson, American Apparel & Footwear Association
“I always viewed that my role would go away, when frankly, my work was done. The team that has brought the brand [Kate Spade] to this point can and should take the company over. There shouldn’t be a layer between Wall Street, the investment community and that management team.” — William L. McComb, chief executive officer of Fifth & Pacific Cos., who is stepping down.
“I’ve been spoiled being in the fashion business. My son will be like, ‘Mommy, 20 new pairs of shoes came today. How come?’ Because I’m always telling him it’s not normal to have 20 pairs of tennis shoes to try on before school. People have like one or two. But at our house you have access to all these clothes from all your lines. It’s like my dream, and a lot of it is stuff I actually dreamed up. But I’m always still missing those pieces and it’s so annoying, and I don’t mean to be greedy, but it’s the same with everyone. I’m like, ‘OK, am I really going to wear that again?’ So this is about trying to find that piece that is super wearable but you still feel cool in.” — Gwen Stefani
“I’m not inventing nothing. The best thing for us is when a customer comes in and tells us, ‘Yesterday I ate this same meal in Milan, and today [at Sant Ambroeus] it was better.’ That’s what we expect.” — Sant Ambroeus chef Marco Barbisotti
“The idea of bringing a female touch to something masculine was very interesting to me.” — Nicole Miller on the football helmet she designed in conjunction with the National Football League and Bloomingdale’s.
“It really disconcerted me, it even upset me, because it’s very difficult. At times, I thought it was Yves Saint Laurent himself. That’s huge.” — Pierre Bergé on the Yves Saint Laurent biopic directed by Jalil Lespert.
“It’s going to go down in the history books as a show that represented the time and place we’re in now.” — Karen Elson at the “Girls” season 3 premiere party.
“The comeback kid is J.C. Penney. I don’t know how well they did, but they certainly did better than last year.” — Retail analyst Walter Loeb
“I have had a very interesting relationship with the wrap dress because the truth is, it happened by accident. First it was a little wrap top inspired by what ballerinas wear, with a matching skirt, and then I made it into a dress.” — Diane von Furstenberg