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WWD’s day in quotes from today’s edition.
“Hopefully every company I’ve been with is in better shape when I leave than when I started. The American luxury brand is the future. It’s not about one person or a group of people but the way people view a brand. My legacy is more of a teacher than anything else. I learned a lot, too. It cuts both ways.” — Roger Farah, stepping down from his position as vice chairman of Ralph Lauren Corp. after 14 years at the company.
“I absolutely never had any desire to do my own thing. I don’t know if there’s any need for another brand. And I don’t know if I’d have any more to say that I couldn’t say within the structure of an existing house.” — Peter Copping, creative director of Nina Ricci.
“We’ve always wanted our own store; it’s always been part of the plan. It was a toss-up between New York and L.A., and when this space became available, we jumped on it. It used to be a hair salon and my sister and I used to come here, so we were very aware of the space.” — Mary-Kate Olsen on opening The Row’s first retail store in L.A.
“As president of Kering Foundation, which combats violence against women, I firmly condemn the Sultan of Brunei’s decision and join the boycott of his hotel properties.” — Kering chairman and chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault joinin the widening call for a boycott of the Sultan of Brunei-owned Dorchester Collection of hotels over the country’s impending introduction of strict Sharia law.
“Retail is a national sport in Dubai. We are enjoying a good momentum in the area, particularly with the local clientele.” — Jean-François Palus, group managing director at French group Kering, whose brands include Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Sergio Rossi and Puma on a boom in luxury brands opening in Dubai.
“I did not complete high school. I discovered later that I’m dyslexic. I went to work with my parents at the factory when I was 18, so it is exceptionally exciting for me to go straight to a doctorate. My family was my university. My parents were fearless and risk-taking. Now the company is evolving, while remaining true to our vision of craft.” — Angela Missoni, receiving an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
“It is a type of peepshow. Sometimes men make fun of women shopping, so now women can do it, too.” — Christian Louboutin on the mirror dividing the men’s and women’s section in his first San Francisco boutique.
“Ninety percent is sold before they even buy it. I like that model.” — Sir Philip Green, investing in Mysale, an online flash sale business.
“This was actually our second or third time modeling together.” — Mariel Hemingway on modeling with her daughter in a new Ferragamo ad campaign for the new Fiamma bag.