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WWD’s day in quotes from today’s edition.

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“Our mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. Our founders started our company to champion small businesses, in the belief that the Internet would level the playing field by enabling small enterprises to leverage innovation and technology to grow and compete more effectively in the domestic and global economies.” — Alibaba Group noted in its filing for a U.S. IPO.

“There is a legitimate disconnect between our financial results and the work we’ve been doing. It’s fair criticism to say, ‘You’re doing all this stuff, and maybe it will work and maybe it won’t, but look at your financials.’” — Sears Holding Corp.’s chairman and chief executive officer Edward Lampert told shareholders.

“We are always weighing possibilities. I have a very restless mind and therefore our company has a restless mind, creatively. There are a number of names we own, that we registered. That’s ongoing. If something strikes our fancy, we register a name.” — J. Crew Group Inc.’s chairman and chief executive Millard “Mickey” Drexler discussing the trademark of the J. Crew Mercantile name.

“I don’t want to sound like greenwashing. It’s not a question of consumption, but rather of consuming differently.…We will get to a time when consumption will be clean.” — Kering’s chairman and chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault on their sustainability efforts.


“It was her birthday three days ago and this was her gift, bringing her to the ball. One of them. She had a great time. She still is. In fact, I’m going to go check on her.” — Musician Frank Ocean bringing his mother to the Met Gala after party at the Top of the Standard.

“When you’re on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and you wear tails, it looks like you’re in a sketch.” — Comic Seth Myers after the Met Gala.

“The second quarter will be a football quarter and therefore definitely an Adidas quarter. Later this month, we will unleash our largest football offensive ever ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.” — Herbert Hainer, the Adidas group’s chief executive officer, responding to slumping sales in the first quarter.

“Our field creates the push and our marketing creates the pull and we need both.” — Avon CEO Sheri McCoy on executing her turnaround at the company.

“The inspiration was the idea of getting dressed to feel naked. Comfort is always the number-one ingredient when I make fabrics, choose trims, and then the design and style choice is based on how we are living in the times, with a reflection of what is going on around us.” — Susan Beischel, president, designer and creative director of Skin, on her inspiration for the fall innerwear and rtw collections.

“American design and the world of American art has always been one of the biggest repositories of inspiration for me my whole career.” — Designer Reed Krakoff on being honored for his contribution to American fashion, photography and art by The Phillips Collection later this month.


“I’m thrilled to be a part of the School of the Art Institute. It’s been inspiring, challenging, rewarding, exciting. I’m honored to receive this award and stay focused on what is my mission work.” — Nick Cave receiving the Legend of Fashion Award at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s 80th annual fashion show and benefit gala.

“What I wanted to wear to Met Ball but Anna said Not this year! So I’m gonna work on music instead? #artforfreedom.” — Madonna’s selfie posting on Instagram.

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