The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it's possible to achieve the American dream.
In designing a lifestyle brand, you have to know more than just designing clothes.
I thought, if I went into business I'd be able to control my own destiny.
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.
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.
I've never tried to do couture, because it's a whole different beast.
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?
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.
But I think, if you're in the spotlight, people are going to say bad things, and that's just the way it is.
Algebra looked like Chinese characters to me, and I could never get into reading Shakespeare. I just did not get it.
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 looked at the rap community like street kids wanting their own brand. But now I look at that period with the rappers in the 90s as a trend of the moment. What it taught me was never to follow a trend, because trends move on.
You want to look fashionable and put-together, not like you hit every sale rack this season.
I disapprove of lots of decisions made by George Bush: the war, the meddling in the affairs of other countries, the conversations with dictators; it was a dark time.
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