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They Are Saying: 03/15/2014

WWD's week in quotes, culled from stories that ran the week of March 10 to March 14.

Inès de la Fressange

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WWD's week in quotes, culled from stories that ran the week of March 10 to March 14.


• "The borders of the world of fashion have fallen. If New Yorkers were the first people who lived a very fast life, well, now life is fast today even if you live in Pocatello, Idaho. You could live in a small town in South Africa and everyone is plugged in. Everyone is traveling even if they're not physically traveling. They're on the Internet. They know what's happening. They live a fast life." — Michael Kors

• “With the age of the onset of puberty continuing to fall, there is a substantial need for a collection developed exclusively for the five million eight- to 14-year-olds in the U.S.” — Rochelle Diaz, the chief operating officer for Kind2Skin USA.

• “As an actress and a woman, I’m aging. I’m 41 years old. I don’t want to be in front of the camera [forever], not with that stupid high-definition TV."
— Sofia Vergara

• “There’s real value there when you make products closer to consumption.” —Michelle Gloeckler, senior vice president of home, Wal-Mart.

• "There is this idea that elegance means wearing high-heeled shoes, a hat and gloves. Whereas in fact, wearing sneakers with more sophisticated pants, or mixing day and evening wear, slightly unexpected things — that’s what’s really interesting." — Inès de la Fressange.

• “The first way to make product is to make it in your own factories. The second way to make it is to contract to somebody else’s factory. The third way is to work together with someone to bring our significant manufacturing expertise to bear and have them invest in a factory above and beyond all of the standards in that area. It is a factory that looks and runs like a VF-owned and -operated factory.” — Eric Wiseman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of VF Corp.

• "I don't think I'm as good a writer as Lena Dunham, but I did the best I could with the time I had, and I feel like it's a pretty good book, and the fact that she likes it, it's super cool." — Nasty Gal's Sophia Amoruso on her first book, "#Girlboss".

• "It's real, it's math, it's economic. A lot of people doubted us in the beginning. This is important to our business and our customers. There's real value there when you make products closer to consumption." — Wal-Mart's Michelle Gloeckler on the retailer's commitment to spend $250 billion on American-made products over ten years.

• "It's not news to me that there are a lot of women out there — and we call them 'women in bedrooms' — who've been creating beauty content and getting millions of views, way more than any retailer or beauty brand out there. This isn't new, but it's mind boggling." — Sephora's Bridget Dolan on YouTube's beauty vlogger phenomenon.

• "I don't think I can pull off McDonald's, full stop." — Princess Beatrice, upon viewing a party guest in a head-to-toe look from Jeremy Scott's McDonald's inspired Moschino collection.

• "I'm jumping on a train, which moves really smoothly and fast already." — Peter Philips, the new creative and image director of Christian Dior makeup.

• "There are no civil rights for people there. That's one of my reasons for departing." — André Leon Talley on resigning his post as editor at large of Numero Russia.

• "The single biggest concern as executive editor that I have right now are the seven criminal lead investigations that the Obama administration is pursuing right now…Of all the things that have a very chilling effect on our reporting, I would say that's the biggest one now." — Jill Abramson, New York Times.

• "Shoes are to men what bags are to women." — Emmanuel de Bayser, The Corner, Berlin.

• "After each collection I get sick, because it takes so much enevergy and you have the feeling it is the last season for you. It's hard to move forward on  your own, without help. But then something happened and you continue." — Vika Gazinskaya, one of twelve finalists for the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize.

• "I've been commuting every week from Milwaukee to New York. I have young children. Maybe I was being a little bit naïve thinking it would be easier than it was. I needed to get back with my family." — Brendan Hoffman, on his decision to leave as ceo of The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. at the end of his contract.

• "In Russia, we were experiencing a particularly good and exciting market….I don't want to say that everything is reduced, but what was positive before is less positive than before." — Emilio Macellari of Tod's SpA on instability in the Ukraine.

• "[Beijing and Shanghai] are impacted more by problems of pollution and traffic, even more than by anti-corruption regulations, while second and third-tier cities are still healthy and with good potential to increase." — Michele Norsa, Salvatore Ferragamo.

• "The customer needs new apparel…I definitely believe there's pent-up demand for apparel." — Terry J. Lundgren, Macy's Inc.

• "In one of the factories, four floors out of eight had to be entirely evacuated." — Brad Loewen on current inspections by the Accord on Fird and Building Safety in Bangladesh.

• "People say, 'How do you deal with the royal family?' You just know that you call her 'your royal highness,' and then you call her 'ma'am.' You don't call her Diana or Camilla or Elizabeth…Can you imagine calling the queen Elizabeth? You would never." — Designer Bruce Oldfield, who has dressed members of the royal family.

• "If  you want to grow your market share and there's a segment of your market that's growing three times as fast as the rest of the market, well you probably want to dip your toe into that." — Craig Johnson, Customer Growth Partners.