Today, I will be sharing with you some business quotes from one of the richest drop out billionaires in the world and founder of the Armani fashion line; Giorgio Armani. Without wasting time, below are Giorgio Armani’s quotes on business, fashion and life.
Giorgio Armani Quotes on Business, Fashion and Life
1. Remember that, in the end, the customer doesn’t know or care if you are small or large as an organization. He or she only focuses on the garment hanging on the rail in the store.
2. The world is changing and so is fashion.
3. It would be difficult not to be a free agent. I am used to deciding things on my own. The choice of a partner who could work with me would be difficult. Maybe impossible!
4. Our house was bombed and destroyed and my father didn’t make enough money to support us. There were five of us. Looking back, I realize that we didn’t even have enough to eat, just like many Italian families back then.
5. My mother was the main reason I developed an interest in fashion. Though we grew up in post-war Italy and were very poor, she always ensured that my brother, sister and I were immaculately dressed. She was herself an innately elegant woman. In memory of her I named my yacht Mariu, which is the southern Italian dialect for Maria.
6. My mother dressed in her best clothes, which were always simple but so elegant and sophisticated.
7. There were planes flying over us and we were under bombs all of the time. Our parents used to wake us up at night to take us to the shelter.
8. If you were a man you had to be a notary, a lawyer, or a doctor. I was feeling frustrated in the service, and was thinking about what else I could do with my life.
9. I believe in destiny.
10. Remain true to yourself and your philosophy. Changing in the face of adversity will in fact diminish your credibility with your customers.
11. I design for real people. I think of our customers all the time. There is no virtue whatsoever in creating clothing or accessories that are not practical.
12. You have to think of the future. If not, we would close down!
13. I find that fashion recently has been a little too hasty. Often times, it’s put together quickly to catch the attention of the media, and I didn’t want to do that.
14. It’s much easier to make something that’s spectacular and showy than to make something that’s classic but at the same time current.
15. I find it gratifying that I have launched a lasting style. But of course, I feel the need to reach forward to question myself, to take risks. I always want to refresh and renew.
16. I pioneered a way of dressing that emphasized comfort, at a time when clothes were still being made in an old-fashioned and rigid way.
17. I supposed it would have been great to invent something as classic and enduring as the tuxedo. But if I was collecting royalties, I wish I’d invented the corkscrew.
18. At the beginning I loved westerns and Italian comedies, but later; I fell in love with the neorealist films that inspired my good friend Martin Scorsese. It was like being transported from the harsh reality of life in post-war Italy to this magical place. The stars were so glamorous and lager than life that I wanted somehow to share in that.
19. I established an office in Los Angeles to provide an additional service to our film industry friends because I’ve always been passionate about film.
20. As a designer, it’s always good to stretch yourself and the challenge of dressing people whose bodies are fine-tuned and developed is one that I particularly enjoy.
Giorgio Armani Quotes on Business, Fashion and Life
21. When I began making jeans, the press was skeptical that someone who made luxury ready-to-wear could start something so commercial. But I considered it a medium to speak with a less affluent clientele.
22. I have always paid great attention to having brands that don’t overlap. I choose a brand for a particular market and balance my collections in terms of look, price, distribution and location.
23. When the supply of fashion items becomes so enormous, the consumer tends to choose the leading brand, which means that others are left behind. And to establish real credibility is no simple matter.
24. They have top designers but you can’t become credible overnight just on the basis of huge advertising campaigns.
25. My work is my life. Even though it is good to take a holiday, after two vacations; it is boring.
26. It’s a long process, the preparation of the hair and make up and it almost seems like I really shouldn’t be here sort of; people might think it’s a waste of my time. But, I need to have a presence here to sort of control what’s going on in terms of hair and make up.
27. It gives me the freedom to pursue projects and initiatives that I feel passionate about; even if in the short term they may not deliver a financial return. Yes, but it would have kept me from seeing just what I myself cold accomplish. This kind of work is my entire life and the idea of seeing others manage it would have been very difficult, no, impossible.
28. At the moment we are perfectly able to finance our projects without going onto the stock market to raise capital. If we were to become a listed company, I would have to be constantly justifying certain expenses to my shareholders, expenditures that are sometimes absurdly enormous but which can produce an enormous return. And I don’t see why I should.
29. We children didn’t have many chances to daydream. It was wartime. There were very real, everyday problems. I didn’t have time to think about my dreams for the future. We were concerned with certain, very basic things: eating, getting cheap schoolbooks and being able to go to the cinema on Sundays.
30. It is a fact that in the West, we live in a capitalist society, but that does not mean that we cannot be guided by the idea of a social conscience in our work. Yes, fashion design requires consumers to consume, but we can do out bit for society by running our companies in a socially responsible way, and by creating products that promote respect for social and environmental issues.
31. The best way to make a contribution in fashion is to promote the idea that a fundamental interest in preserving the environment is itself fashionable.
32. Anything that helps to prevent the spread of HIV in Africa must be encouraged.
33. In this business you can’t have a destination, an arrival point. Otherwise your competitors will overtake you, or you become complacent.
32. With fashion you have to renew yourself; you’re only as good as your last collection.
33. The long and short of it for me is that the entrepreneur is the one who at the end decides yes or no and I like that even though it’s a lot of responsibility. It would be very hard for me to do things somebody else’s way.
34. At this point I think of myself more as an entrepreneur than a designer. This is my life’s work and I’m more passionate about it than ever.