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WWD’s week in quotes, culled from stories that ran the week of August 5 to August 9.


“I’ve always been a multitasker,” Jason Wu said during an exclusive phone interview with WWD. “I don’t know to do it any other way. I don’t think I could be quiet or sit still for a minute. These projects keep me energized and one influences the next to the next — it’s this creative process that makes my job really fun.”

“She’s a girl who’s very aspirational, living on Instagram, Facebook and tweeting and likes to share what she’s finding. She knows what’s out there. We’re going to give her great fashion looks and items that speak to those aspirational ideas.” — Libby Edelman describing the Sam Edelman customer and their new sportswear deal with Kellwood Co.

“You have to wonder how many people would be eager to be ceo at Penney’s if you had someone as powerful as Allen Questrom serving as chairman.” — Isaac Lagnado, Tactical Retail Solutions, on J.C. Penney’s search for a new chief executive officer.

“I finally got to play the guy that everybody ‘kind of’ knows,” Kutcher said. “But Steve Jobs wasn’t always Steve Jobs, the guy in the turtleneck with the jeans and the New Balance sneakers and the glasses presenting another brilliant product to the world. He wasn’t always that guy.” — Ashton Kutcher on playing Steve Jobs in the “Jobs” biopic.

“As we have said before, we are deeply impressed with John’s talent and would love to find a way to work with him in the future. To date, we have not found that way.” — Oscar de la Renta Inc. chief executive officer Alex Bolen on working with John Galliano.


“I’m an 87 percent extrovert on the Myers-Briggs [personality test] scale.” — Leandra Medine, aka The Man Repeller.

“It’s a more open family. It will help me to realize the full potential of the brand.” — Catherine Malandrino on her deal with Bluestar Alliance LLC.

“People expect brands to positively impact their lives or the life of their community today and that’s just a basic fact.” — Isabelle Harvie-Watt Clavarino, chief executive officer and country manager of the marketing group in Italy of Havas Media Group.

“I think it’s very sad. The passing of the torch. The end of an era. I’ve talked to a lot of people and everyone is shocked.” — Washington fixture Buffy Cafritz on the sale of The Washington Post.

“I think Chinese people are easily robbed. There’s a belief that every bag on a Chinese person contains at least one watch. Chinese people also need to get used to credit cards.” — Xu Xi on the rash of robberies of Chinese tourists in Paris.

“I have always been pretty obsessed with denim, ” — Millard “Mickey” Drexler of J. Crew Group on the expanded denim offer at Madewell.

“I think they each will find a way to make their mark over the course of their careers. But it will be more of a gentler, slower, sweeter thing rather than an orgasmic, electrifying, Johnny Rotten punk-rock explosion,” — Simon Doonan on today’s young designers.

“The battery time only lasts for one or two hours so you have to reboot. You know fashion week is never a one- or two-hour day — it’s more like 12 hours,” — Nina Garcia on the new GoogleGlass.

“The board of directors strongly disagrees with Mr. Ackman and is extremely disappointed that his letter was released to the media at the same time that it was sent to the board, ” — J. C. Penney Co. Inc. chairman Thomas Engibous.

“Considering the scale of J.C. Penney, the seriousness of the issues it faces and the complexity of the business, there are only a handful of executives with sufficient talent and experience to take on the ceo role,” — William Ackman of Pershing Capital on the need for Penney’s to change its ceo.

“For me, this is all part of growing and learning and trying to bring exposure to what we can do as a company,” — David Lauren on being named to the Ralph Lauren Corp. board.

“Bleecker Street is my laboratory,” — Robert Duffy on Marc Jacobs’ new beauty store.

“This guy is a straight arrow, he doesn’t have have that complicated baggage and he doesn’t seem like a scumbag,” — James Truman on New York City comptroller candidate Scott Stringer.


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