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WWD’s week in quotes, culled from stories that ran the week of March 24 to March 28.


• “I met a distributor who said: ‘You don’t have a chance in hell. Stick to your day job.’ Actors get used to hearing ‘no’ from a very early age. We hear it all the time and we have to learn to push through that.” — Richard E. Grant.

• “I would love to do special products for specific countries. As we go ahead and learn the territories, we’re going to do exclusives for each area.” — Tory Burch.

• “If somebody could send me the script to a really great romantic comedy, I would love that.” — Emma Watson.


• “We will have a party afterwards, and win or lose, we get drunk.” — New York magazine’s Adam Moss, which received numerous National Magazine Award nominations.


• “At the speed at which the retail environment is changing, you just can’t put a stake in the ground anymore and say this is my concept and think it is going to be relevant in 10 years.” — Wendy Liebmann, WSL Strategic Retail.

• “I don’t think we are looking for a younger customer. We love the one we’ve got.” — Joann Fielder, J. Jill.

• “We’re in trouble in terms of how we see trade as a nation and we need to strengthen that.” — Former presidential candidate John Huntsman Jr.

• “I’ve found that few Japanese brands have any appreciation of export realities; some have even tried to chargea premium to me because they think I sell at a higher price and therefore that I make a higher margin than Japanese retailers.” — Kevin House, who operates a UK-based e-commerce site dedicated to Japanese fashion.

• “We’re looking to convert many parts of the world from a classifications business of jeans and underwear into a lifestyle business and offer sportswear and other categories.” — Steve Shiffman, Calvin Klein.

• “I think a lot of media coverage is wrong. A lot of reporters are too gullible. Media reporters do not have a tough, scrutinizing eye.” — Politico & Captial New York’s Jim VandeHei.


• “I know my limits. And I’m not anywhere near it.” — Pharrell Williams on his new collaboration with Adidas.

• “It has to come down to a point, a source point, and I think it has to be the board of directors and the chief executive officer. And then you can scatter responsibility however you want to.” — Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D., W. VA.) on assigning management responsibility for Target’s data breach in 2013.

• “By 2021, Bangladesh will be considered a middle-income country.” — H&M’s Helena Helmersson, discussing the company’s sustainability efforts there.

• “The problem is, it’s trackable from NSA, every data, you can know where you are. The second thing is, after one  hour of using it, you have to charge it for a wee, and the third one is, it’s doing the same thing as the phone. You need Android software, so you don’t seem a smart guy or a smart lady when you wear it.” — Nick Hayek, Swatch Group, on the coming smartwatches.

• “Kim and Kayne are the greatest example of conscious coupling. We wish them all the best.” — Laura Brown, Harper’s Bazaar, which had considered Kim Kardashian for its cover until she appeared with Kayne West on Vogue’s April cover.

• “Four or five years ago, I was really worried. It seemed that journalism as we knew it was going out of style, and that even The New York Times, which seemed the most solvent of the newspapers in this country, was going to go they way of the old Herald Tribune…or Life magazine. But there’s been a remarkable rebounding of journalism. I’m feeling good about journalism in terms of the print media.” — Gay Talese.


• “In traditional journalism, the motto was, ‘If it bleeds, it leads.’ Social media is very different. What people want to share are positive stories.” — Arianna Huffington.

• “There are people who just run through. I was there last week to guide some people around. It’s nice to see how people walk through the exhibition. There were two French ladies who were really only watching the small videos of my old fashion shows and commenting on them, like the two old men from ‘The Muppet Show.’ It was like that. ‘Colors and fabrics are good, but the shapes are not a strong point.’” — Dries Van Noten.