Kors started his career as a designer in earnest when Dawn Mello, the fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman asked him to show his designs to the Bergdorf Goodman buyers.
In 1981, Michael Kors started his Michael Kors womenswear line which was featured at Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Nearly a decade later, he launched KORS Michael Kors. After some financial difficulty, he launched a more affordable line in 1997, and soon after was named the ready-to-wear designer for Celine.
Michael Kors currently has over 770 stores around the world.
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Michael Kors Quotes:
“For me, true luxury can be caviar or a day with no meetings, no appointments and no schedule.”
“I grew up surrounded by these tough, ballsy, strong women. They were also adoring women, but they were the kind of women who would argue over what kind of pants you were wearing or the color of your nail polish.”
“Because of what’s going on with the economy, I think women are realizing that maybe they don’t need a closet full of clothes. They just need the right clothes.”
“There are two kinds of designers: ones who are very happy locked in their office surrounded by their coterie. The last thing they need to do is to go to a trunk show; they’d go running for the hills. I not only enjoy it, I think, how do you design things that are applicable to life – unless you live it?”
“The biggest lesson that I’ve learned is that fashion is this tightrope where you have to be consistent but inconsistent. You need the connective thread but at the same time you need a sense of surprise.”
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