Could you describe the quintessential Michael Kors man and woman? The Michael Kors man and woman are global jet setters who are constantly on the go. They live life in the fast lane, they’re busy, they’re travelling, they’re juggling family, careers and friends, all at the same time. They need clothes and accessories that keep up with them, pieces that can work anywhere from New York to Mumbai and from work to the weekend.
What’s the best fashion advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I have ever received was from my mother: “Keep it simple, keep it comfortable, and stay consistent.”
We have been very interested to learn about Michael Kors’ philanthropic work. Have you always been driven to use your name to make a difference? I want to do the best I can with the platform I’ve been given. I think it’s important to give back to the community, and I’m grateful that I’ve found a career that allows me to do so.
You’ve created an ever-expanding company with stores around the globe. To what do you attribute your success? Empathy and pragmatism. I’m always listening to my customers: I want to know their concerns, what they want to hide and what they’re paying attention to when they shop. I’m looking to solve the problems they find in their wardrobe, and I think women acknowledge and appreciate that.
What is the vision for Michael Kors — where to next? Wherever our customers want and need us!