"The cynic would say that it is window dressing, but I don't think that is what they believe. They want to get their hands on every piece of China's e-commerce and Internet infrastructure right now so they are buying low on everything. They still believe that the e-commerce market in China is nascent and are very optimistic about where e-commerce is going to go." — Franklin Yao, Shanghai-based Smith Street Solutions, on Alibaba's planned IPO on the New York Stock Exchange.
"We really feel the time is right to open in Chengdu. They enjoy dressing up here and having fun with fashion. They like to take risks. They are open to new brands. In many ways, it is a city that really celebrates life. They enjoy going out to great restauratns. There is a great bar scene. There is a social scene that enjoys dressing up…We don't consider Chengdu a second-tire city anymore." — Andrew Keith, Lane Crawford, on one of China's fastest-growing interior cities.
"I've always been crazed about fashion — I mean a nutcase…I just have fun whatever I'm doing. Otherwise, it's not worth doing. No one pays us enough. And besides, money isn't worth it. It's much better to go out and do what you want." — Bill Cunningham
"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 eveningwear, slightly unexpected things — that's what's really interesting. But it's never elegant to be too self-conscious." — Ines de la Fressange.
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