By  on July 11, 2016

Andres Izquieta and Dee Murthy predicted today’s retail landscape almost 15 years ago. In 2001, Izquieta took a trip to New York and discovered H&M. Izquieta, a then-college student who bought his designer clothes at TJ Maxx, told Murthy, who was less fashion inclined, about the store and they were both taken with the concept.

“When I walked into H&M I could tell by the intensity that they were on to something,” said Izquieta, who went on to learn about other fast-fashion retailers abroad, including Zara, Mango and Uniqlo.

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