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They Are Saying Today: 04/16/2014

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

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

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“We think people should have been freaking out long ago. We’re like, ‘Finally!’” — William Cashion, bassist for the Baltimore band Future Islands on their breakout performance on “Late Show With David Letterman.”

“In absence of a real pickup of demand in Europe, luxury companies will have to challenge a very tough 2014 and 2015, no matter how effective they will be in developing collections and retail.” — Stefano Corneliani, director of luxury and consumer goods at Intermonte Corporate Finance on currency fluctuation.

“You think five years isn’t a long time, but on the Internet five years is quite a lot of time, especially in the discount high-fashion space. It’s like dog years.” — Stephanie Phair, president of The Outnet on celebrating the site’s anniversary by issuing a 17-piece collaboration with designers.

“We went into the archives and took the running shoe as inspiration, which I then filtered through my own aesthetic and references. I think what we created has a strong identity within the Adidas offering. Seeing what’s possible allowed me to really push the boundaries of what can be achieved technically.” — Mary Katrantzou on her new collaboration with Adidas.

“We have reached the end of the most difficult period.” — Georges Plassat, chairman of Carrefour SA, the world’s second-largest retailer, on the company’s recovery plan.

“If you look at our ads, Michael [Kors] always thinks accessories are an important element to the Michael Kors woman. It obviously starts with what she’s wearing from the runway, but it’s all about her accessories. It’s her eyewear, handbag and her watch. Michael really feels very strongly about that category.” — John D. Idol, chief executive officer of Michael Kors on signing a new eyewear license with Luxottica.

“Everybody is retrenching, and there are few pioneers anymore.” — Tom Winarick, partner in cosmetics brand, Doll Face, on the news that Henri Bendel will cease doing business with third-party vendors in its NYC store.

“[She] has a keen understanding of our heritage and all that makes us who we are, but at the same time a strong vision for how we can move forward to make BR even more relevant for today’s market — both our current customers and those we want to attract.” — Jack Calhoun, global president of Banana Republic, on the appointment of designer Marissa Webb as the brand's new creative director.

“The customer absolutely loves this. All-American iconic music plays in the stores, which gets the customers and the associates excited. [Last year] they were literally dancing in the aisles. It’s one of our most successful initiatives. It put some theater back in the store.” — Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer on the second year of its American Icons initiative.

"We had a Ferrari, it just needed to be driven." — Valentina Soster, creative director of Benetton, on the company's restyled women's collections.

"Things have come full circle. People are no longer scared of Sade." — Hugues de Sade, descendent of the Marquis de Sade, on events surrounding the bicentenary of the famous libertine's death.

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