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They Are Saying Today: 04/23/2014

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 don't want the designers that have already been established. We're looking to establish new designers and for this directional point of view." — Ron Robinson on his new women's space at Fred Segal in West Hollywood.

“Usually, you work toward these incredible breakthroughs. Here, if women take a pill a day, every day, their children will be HIV-free, and that is unbelievable. It’s not just hope — it’s a reality.” — Diane von Furstenberg on fashion’s support of the Born Free charity project.

“They’re both behemoths, but Alibaba is two to three times bigger [than Amazon]. Amazon’s mission statement is to be Earth’s most consumer-centric company. They have a very clear and strong message and they’ve really earned that. On that standpoint, Amazon is much stronger [in the U.S.]. Alibaba has an uphill battle.” — Kosha Gada, principal at A.T. Kearney, referring to the number of transactions each firm enables.

“It’s more about the domestic market [in China], but also we can infer from some of their recent business offerings that they’re thinking about going global. In that sense, Amazon and eBay need to be thoughtful and aware of what the Alibaba Group is doing. They are localization experts [at Alibaba] and good at understanding what consumers want in a market and giving it to them.” — Kelland Willis, a China expert at Forrester Research, on the reasons for Alibaba’s upcoming IPO.

“A lot of times, criminals go after the easy stuff, where basic controls just aren’t in place.” — Suzanne Widup, senior analyst on Verizon’s Security Services team, on a new report compiling 10 years of data-breach analytics.

“There is nothing overwhelming about this process that we follow. It is very simple and at no time is it meant to intimidate the employers. All we are doing is to help them ensure that their workers stay safe.” — Mesbah Rabin, managing director of Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.

“There are a number of key retailers that are really not performing that well. Yet that has nothing to do with what the market value of that space can be. Retailers come and go. If we were worried about retail sales, this company was originally built — we had Kmart as our anchors. And if we had looked at Kmart sales, we would have suggested that our sales — our revenues could never grow.” — mall operator David Simon, chairman and chief executive officer of Simon Property Group.

“Everything we do comes from who your customer is, what they’re doing and how they’re living. They’re living a lifestyle where they’re layering a tank top, a sweatshirt and a pair of jeans, and they’re coming from yoga class to go pick up the kids, and then they’re going out to lunch with their girlfriends. They’re living in fabric with a kind of a softness, and it fits amazingly. We don’t want the designers that have already been established. We’re looking to establish new designers and for this directional point of view.” — Ron Robinson adding more women’s merchandise in the Fred Segal complex.

“I’m wearing something short but I’m young so it’s OK, right?” — Chelsea Leyland at New Yorkers for Children annual Fool’s Fete.

“When I think about this time in university, it’s a time when you read, when you speak, when you want to make change. It’s like food for later life, because it’s a time when you can open any kind of learning. I had great, great conversations. I loved that time, even if the world is still the same.” — Fanny Ardent, remembering her time in college before she pursued acting.

“The catch for Slate is that we don’t want to put up a paywall, which would shrink our big audience and make the site more of a hassle to access. Yesterday we launched our attempt at a solution to that conundrum: Slate Plus. We’re asking readers to become members for $5 a month, or $50 a year.” — The Slate Group’s editor in chief Jacob Weisberg on his site’s new paid premium service, Slate Plus.

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