They Are Saying

WWD's week in quotes, culled from stories that ran the week of May 27 to May 31.

Joseph Altuzarra
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WWD's week in quotes, culled from stories that ran the week of May 27 to May 31.

• "We are encouraging international investors not to turn their back on Bangladesh, because the solution is reform, not withdrawal." — Wendy R. Sherman, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs.

• "Lafley was terrific…But let's not be too romantic and rewrite history." — Wendy Nicholson, Citi analyst, on A.G. Lafley's reappointment as ceo of Procter & Gamble, replacing Robert McDonald.

• "In China, we say there are a million logistics providers. Even if a guy has a small truck, he calls himself a logistics company." — Andre Suguiura, LifeStyle Logistics.

• "We're so stuffed with clothes, with food, with technology, with stuff that we're like a pumped-up helium balloon about to burst (of course, some have said I've always looked like that). We're missing the simple joys of life." — Countess Louise J. Esterhazy.

• "I always say that photographers are known to the greater public for two or three pictures." — Photographer Rene Burri, commenting on his iconic image of Che Guevara.

• "The big factor is the whole transformation we've seen on Black Friday. Now it's Black Thanksgiving." — Craig Johnson, president, Customer Growth Partners.

• "I got called back mainly, I suspect, because I was on top of the pile alphabetically." — Joseph Altuzarra on landing an internship at Marc Jacobs after graduating college.

• "Every season we grow a little more. It's a little scary, but the more you grow, the more risk you have to take." — Tim Coppens.

• "Video is really platform specific, like 30 seconds is good for mobile, and if you're on Facebook, no one really watches for more than 27 seconds." — Justin Cook, chief marketing officer, Topshop.

• "I have an excuse to get in touch with anyone. I can call Mario Batali. I technically don't know him, but I can try and get in touch with him and be like, 'I want to do a cooking event at Fivestory.' The second you call yourself a lifestyle you have access to anything." — Claire Distenfeld, founder of New York boutique Fivestory.

• "Give me any fabric and I'll find a way to express myself." — Bouchra Jarrar

• "We were both a little star struck. His biggest advice to us was to open a store." — Rag & Bone's David Neville, on the time he and partner Marcus Wainwright met Ralph Lauren.

• "It is made with 7 Up, Mountain Dew — whatever green plastic bottles. It features a green shine and a nice hand feel." — Kara Nicholas, vice president of new product and marketing, Cone Denim, on the the company's newest denim fabrication.

• "Honestly, I was very disappointed by the way things ended. I'm right back in the gym this summer." — New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, on the Knicks elimination from the NBA playoffs.

• "Consumers today have lost their patience with the little spinny wheels." — Varin van Vuuren, chief marketing officer, Usablenet, a multichannel technology firm.

• "Their bodies are shattered, their economics are shattered, their family lives are shattered." — Congressman George Miller (D. Calif), on the worker tragedies in Bangladesh.

• "Michael is not commenting on this situation." — A spokeswoman for designer Michael Graves after bloggers pointed out that his "Bells and Whistles Tea Kettle" bore a quirky resemblance to Adolf Hitler, leading J.C. Penney to pull the item from its stories. Penney's statement: "Totally unintentional. If we'd designed the kettle to look like something, we would've gone with a snowman."

• "The day I say, 'I know it all,' I should stop. I think that one of the most important qualities in a human being is curiosity. And competitiveness is part of that curiosity." — Oscar de la Renta.

• "I played a part as one of his very numerous models. I worked with him very early in my career until the end. He was someone I loved. Over there, Avenue Marceau, there was a sense of the past. There was something pure. This house was mysterious and captivating, incredibly endearing." — Carla Bruni Sarkozy on Yves Saint Laurent.

• “This is her game to lose.” — Bill Schmitz, analyst, Deutsche Bank, referring to Deb Henretta as a candidate to be the next ceo at Procter & Gamble.

• “It is a classic example of a bunch of companies facing mass public criticism, flailing about for a public relations solution to a problem that cries out for a real solution." — Scott Nova, executive director, Worker Rights Consortium, on the Bangladesh accord.