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They Are Saying Today: 04/21/2014

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“We could very well open 30 to 35 stores, but the number will depend on the permits we are able to get in each country.” — Aquileo Sánchez Viquez, regional corporate affairs director, of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s subsidiary Walmex.

“Dubai is in the right place at the right time. The Middle East is one of the fashion industry’s most vibrant markets. A third of the world’s couture clients come from the Middle East. The world’s top fashion brands are not only courting you, they are here.” — Fern Mallis, at an event to spotlight regional design talents in Dubai.

“I would say tonight visually will be more spectacular. In Paris, I really wanted to focus on the clothes because it is so much about details. I did not want any distraction for the Parisian show. But bringing the same collection here today allows for the incorporation of a more visual effect.” — Dior Homme creative director Kris Van Assche on the Shanghai show.

“I’m very much from the school of ‘It’s a project.’ When I’m done, I walk away from it and my clients have to live there. So, I want it to reflect who they are and who they are as people. The only real struggle is when there are family heirlooms that really don’t go with what’s going on. So then, its like, ‘OK, those can go in the guest room.’” — decorator Jay Jeffers reflecting on his design philosophy.

“I met [Robert DeNiro’s] wife, so my life is made. I’m pretty much good for the rest of my life,” — singer Estelle at a dinner celebrating the Tribeca Film festival, referring to Grace Hightower.

“This is a very energetic country, and for fashion brands, it is really an interesting moment. China is going towards a more designer approach. We are really a designer brand, and we think the Chinese market is ready for that. This is a rising market, and it is important.” — Stephane Meunier, creative director for Ann Demeulemeester, on opening a store in Shanghai.

“Back in the day when shoulder pads were in, I hanged the tags on shoulder pads. I’d basically hide from my father,” — Adam Levine on working in the warehouse of his father’s specialty store chain and playing his guitar to entertain coworkers, who alerted him when the boss was on the way.

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“The trick as a merchandiser is to stay one step ahead of the game. I made adjustments every year based on what sold and what didn’t sell. And it got to the point where I realized that I developed an aptitude for how to edit clothes. I wasn’t a designer, but I could tell generally what could sell and what didn’t sell. I knew what colors to stay away from.” — Sidney Kimmel

“Jones was not an asset name. Jones was a generic name. It worked for me for 40 years." — Sidney Kimmel

“Over the last 10 years, you walk down Fifth Avenue, and there are all these big boxes…Joe Fresh, H&M and Zara. They consumed a lot of the consumers’ dollars. They grabbed up all the air in the room. There’s less and less room for manufacturers like me, wholesalers.” — Sidney Kimmel

“I had to become less emotional about the whole thing. I saw the thing sliding. The guy who’s buying the company never even called me. When you print that, he’ll call me the next day. But I’ll be, ‘Leave me alone, it’s too late.’” — Sidney Kimmel on the sale of the Jones Group to Sycamore Partners.

“I know in advance that I’m not going to make money in the movie business. I know that I’m going to lose money in the film business. It’s my golf game.” — Sidney Kimmel