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Tommy Hilfiger Quotes

Thomas Jacob Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger quotes: the fashion mogul sounds off.

“The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.”

“It takes hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance and courage to succeed.”

“On the secret to success, I think you can never stop learning and you learn from other people, their successes, their mistakes. I like listening but I think what you do with it then is the question. And many times, we’ll listen and come up with an idea and do it our way rather than just take an idea and do it verbatim.”

“You have to always evolve and move forward, and never get stuck in doing what you did before.”

“Victory is about recognizing all the work that went into achieving your dream.”

“Brands today not only have an opportunity, but a responsibility to make a positive impact on the world.”

“I think if a young person is passionate about something specific, he or she should follow their passion. You look at Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, all of these successes in Silicon Valley, these people have had passion in a specific area and have therefore succeeded. College isn’t for everyone. If you don’t have that passion or that specific focus in mind, I believe you should go to university and get an education.”

“American style is about confidence, independence, diversity and free expression.”

“I think it is really important to have a sense of business.”

“The more successful you become and the more financing you have, the more creative you become. If you’re a small brand, starting out and you’re attempting to be creative, you really have to keep your eye on the business. If you don’t take care of the business, the creativity will never blossom.”

“On making bold business moves, I just think that there has to be a new way all the time. If you’re not moving ahead and advanced in your thinking, it’s easy to fall behind, and things are moving so quickly, it’s going to be difficult to catch up.”

“The winners will be the ones who create uniqueness.”

“The possibilities are endless, so never be discouraged by a setback, no matter how big.”

“Winning a trophy is always nice, but my personal satisfaction comes from reflecting on the passion, motivation, and determination that went into getting me there.”

“I saw my future. I pictured it, but didn’t quite know how to get there. But I knew that I should never give up.”

“Other than a couple of moments in time, I always thought that, some way, I’m going to make it. I’m just going to make it. And I’m not going to give up. And I’m going to realize that dream. So, I never gave up. And I have realized the dream, and I enjoy every moment of every day.”

“I looked at my competitors and I thought that, ‘If they could do it, I could do it.’ And if, they are popular and doing well, I could compete with them.”

“It was difficult for me because I was searching for the answer for so long, and the answer was right in front of me: do what I do best.”

“I thought, if I went into business I’d be able to control my own destiny.”

“Always stay focused. Always give and try your best.”

“I think it’s dangerous to think that you’re successful, because then you become complacent.”

“My mother inspired me to treat others as I would want to be treated—regardless of age, race or financial status.”

“My mother was kind and forgiving and would take in all the waifs and strays in our neighborhood; we always compared her to Mother Teresa. She taught me a lot.”

“Good sportsmanship goes beyond the game; it starts with respect. Good sportsmanship means treating others with respect. I consider myself a pretty good sport.”

“But I think, if you’re in the spotlight, people are going to say bad things, and that’s just the way it is.”

“Being inclusive as far as letting the customers into your world is very important. Being transparent is important. Being diverse is important as a company and a brand.”

“I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to build some kind of lifestyle brand that was preppy and cool. I wanted to build a brand of clothing around my own attitude and my own lifestyle.”

“I think preppy stands for optimism, confidence, energy and authenticity.”

“Consumers around the world always want something unexpected and exciting, and that’s what drives me. I love the challenge of reinterpreting my designs in new ways each season to keep the ‘prep look’ modern and fresh.”

“If I see someone wearing Hilfiger it makes me proud, but then I wonder what I could do to make the style more relevant for them next year.”

“One of the most important things to me is to make things real, not have models who are perfectly groomed or clothes that are too perfect. It all has to have a twist because that’s how people live.”

“Fashion is about affordable luxury. To succeed, designers need to be affordable, wearable, accessible, and aspirational.”

“We look at everything and everyone, and think about how to move the needle forward.”

“People want immediate gratification. They see it on the runway, they want to buy it and wear it the next day. They don’t want to wait six months. By the time six months goes by, they may be tired of it, they may have moved onto something else. So, my philosophy has been to always listen to the consumer.”

“Our main focus is keeping the brand relevant. Keeping it eternally youthful, keeping the momentum and spirit very positive, but at the same time putting the consumer first always. That has never changed in the 35 years.”

“I’m more motivated than ever to develop innovative products and create new ways to break through. My aim: to keep the brand young and relevant. Passing on that feeling you established years ago to today’s generation is what I’m most passionate about.”

“I don’t think generally speaking, there are a lot of innovators and inventors. Many of the designers take what exists already and update it or make it relevant for today. But true inventors have never been seen before. Bill Gates is a real inventor. I don’t think fashion designers invent anything new. They innovate new ways to make fashion. Designers recreate fashion.”

“There are many more important things in life than fashion. But fashion, to me, is part of pop culture. And I’m an art collector. I’m obsessed with art and pop culture. And I say that there is fame, fashion, art, music and entertainment, including celebrity, that really moves the needle in society.”

“We are really living the American dream, to be a successful brand in the States and in Europe and to steep ourselves in our heritage. But we do it with a sense of humor. We don’t take ourselves too seriously in fashion.”

“No two days are ever alike, everything is always changing. I don’t think I could be in a business that required me to do the same thing every day. I would be bored. I need a lot of stimulation and activity and being in the fashion business allows one to do different things all the time.”

“I always say if I weren’t a fashion designer, my other dream job is being a rock star!”

“I’m a designer of more than clothes. I am a designer of a very creative concept.”

“My passion for music has always inspired my designs.”

“If I’m going to be known, it’s not going to be for just having a brand. I want to be known for doing good in life.”

“I try not to have regrets and to learn from every experience.”

“I like to spend time with my family; that’s the most important thing in my life.”

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