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They Are Saying Today: 04/17/2014

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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“That’s taking the population of America and adding it to our target base,” — Gap's Jeff Kirwan, the company’s president for Greater China, on the country's projected growth in population and propensity for spending.

“We want to democratize custom clothing. And we’re trying to build the first lifestyle custom-clothing brand so we can be a one-stop shop for the modern man.” — Jamal Motlagh of Acustom Apparel

“We need to stop calling them pre-collections. They started out as in-between collections, but they’re now creative, independent collections with a real story to tell.” — Kris Van Assche, creative director of Dior Homme.

“Are you going to exchange mine?” — French actress Bérénice Bejo on the new Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival, which for this year’s festival will be entirely crafted from “fair-mined” certified gold.

“We’ve entered a self-enlightenment phase where the product is no longer the star. There’s a sense of entitlement and wanting a fulfilled life above all else among these top-tier families who’ve amassed incredible wealth, whose children will be wealthy their entire lives,” — Dr. Jim Taylor, vice chairman of YouGov, on the final day of the 12th annual Departures/Time Inc. Luxury Summit.

“I mean, I sell a lot of clogs, that’s what represents the Brooklyn lifestyle,” — Jennifer Mankins owner of Bird in Brooklyn.

“It is not countable, our profits compared to the environmental loss, it is uncountable. [The industry] has been here 50 or 60 years and the river has been destroyed.” — said BTA chairman Mohammad Shaheen Ahmed, referring to the irreversible damage caused by the chemical pollution to the Buriganga River in Bangladesh.

“As a kid, I loved magazines. That’s where I got a lot of my interest in photography and fashion. I remember as a kid W being so glamorous and it being so different from my reality.” — Sofia Coppola on guest editing a special edition of W magazine.

“Stationery is sort of an accessory — and when you think about what people send invites for, it’s a natural extension for the their brand,” — Paperless Post cofounder James Hirschfeld on working with more fashion designers to expand their printed offering.

“We’re working really hard with creative ad agencies and large agency groups, as well as our advertisers, to say, how can we get ahead of the creative process, how can we help you see the brand campaigns actually start and end in digital? I think this is definitely the Holy Grail.” — Nikesh Arora, Google chief business officer, told analysts while releasing first-quarter earnings.

"Fewer people are going into the stores — this is a factor for the industry as a whole. But conversion is up, and digital is outperforming." — Carol Fairweather, Burberry

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