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7 quotes from fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger to inspire you in business

Since launching his namesake brand in 1985, Tommy Hilfiger has become globally renowned as the pioneer of classic American cool style.

Tommy Hilfiger show. Photo: Clint Spaulding

Distinguished by its signature red, white and blue colour palette, Tommy Hilfiger’s eponymous brand is instantly recognisable across the globe.

Inspired by iconic pop culture and Americana heritage, the 68-year-old and his brand are driven by a vision to break conventions and celebrate individuality.

Hilfiger remains the principal designer of his multi-billion-dollar fashion label and there currently are more than 2,000 of his retail stores in 90 countries.

Here are some of the American fashion designer’s most insightful business quotes.

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

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

On creativity:
“The more successful you become and the more financing you have, the more creative you become. If you don’t take care of the business, the creativity will never blossom.”

Tommy Hilfiger

On inclusivity:
“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.”

On innovation:
“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.”

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

On perseverance:
“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.”

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