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“We got into a deep conversation about that which sparked the initial conversation,” said Ocleppo. “We were more like friends in the beginning and then developed over time in a nice way.”
Hilfiger said he had to do something to “lure her back to the States.”
At the reception, there was no shortage of Hilfiger boosters, among them Lundgren, Macy’s Inc. chairman, chief executive officer and president.
Speaking of the retailer’s strategy for offering targeted designer exclusives, Lundgren said, “Hilfiger is the single best example.
“His business is on fire,” said Lundgren. “This is a perfect example because this is a brand that’s consistent, new and fresh.”
Hilfiger was one of the main inspirations for hip-hop mogul Simmons.
“He was one of the first supporters of my clothing company about 18 years ago so he’s always been a dear friend,” said Simmons. “He’s helped me in many ways.”
Wang’s reaction was one of relief. “It finally happened and he stepped up to the plate,” she declared.