What are some quotes my Liz Claiborne?

I need a little background info on her and i need a quote from her.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    LIZ CLAIBORNE, founder of one of the world's most successful women's apparel manufacturing companies, was born Elisabeth Claiborne Ortenberg on March 31, 1929, in Brussels, Belgium, where her father, Omer V. Claiborne, was a banker for the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company.

    In the 1930s, Liz Claiborne lived with her father and mother in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she received a strict Roman Catholic upbringing. Her father did not consider formal education important, and before Claiborne graduated from high school he sent her to Europe to study art in Belgium and France. Although her parents expected her to become an artist, Claiborne wanted to study fashion and pursued a career as a clothing designer.

    When she was 21 years old her sketch for a woman's coat won a Jacques Heim design competition sponsored by Harper's Bazaar magazine. With this award and her sketching ability, Claiborne began working on Seventh Avenue in New York City's garment district as a design assistant and a model.

    From 1950 to 1955 she held several positions designing sportswear, tailored clothing, and high fashion. From 1955 to 1960 she was a dress designer for the Dan Keller company. From 1960 to December 1975 she was the principal designer for Youth Guild, the junior dress division of Jonathan Logan, a major women's apparel manufacturer. During this time Claiborne also raised her son from her first marriage to Ben Schultz and two step-children from her second marriage to Arthur Ortenberg, a textile manufacturer and consultant.

    Claiborne saw a need in the marketplace for more comfortable but professional apparel for working women. Claiborne's fashion sense told her women could use clothing that was easier to wear and softer than the tailored business suits, blouses, and bow ties then sold in department stores. Unable to convince her employer to enter the mix-and-match coordinated sportswear market for working women, Claiborne founded Liz Claiborne Inc. in 1976 along with her husband Art Ortenberg and Leonard Boxer. Their goal was to create a collection of outfits aimed at the growing number of women entering the work force. Claiborne's collection of pants, skirts, shirts, sweaters, and jackets was instantly popular.

    Priced in a moderate range, from about $40 to $100, and sold in department stores, the Liz Claiborne label became known for its good quality materials, comfortable fit, good construction, color selection, and clean silhouettes.

    As sales increased from $2.6 million in 1976 to $117 million in 1981, the company was regarded as one of the best managed in the highly competitive and volatile women's fashion apparel business. The company continued to grow, and became a public company in 1981.

    In 1986, when company sales reached $1.2 billion, it joined the list of "Fortune" magazine's 500 largest industrial companies in the United States. It was one of only two companies started by a woman included on the list. Also in 1986, Claiborne, who was company president, became chairman of the board and chief executive officer. Until she retired in 1989, Claiborne remained the creative force behind the company's success and advised its design teams. She always emphasized fit, color, comfort, and good value as the company's goals.

    Claiborne and her husband retired from active management of the company in 1989 to pursue their environmental and philanthropic interests. The Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation was established in 1989 with assets of $10 million; it provides substantial support for wilderness preservation. They spent six months of each year at a ranch house in Swan Valley, Montana; they also had a home on Fire Island, New York, and one on the Caribbean Island of St. Barts.

    At the 2000 American Fashion Awards presented by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Claiborne, a philanthropist who funded millions of dollars of programs, was presented with a humanitarian award for her environmental work, particularly in helping to fight the ivory trade in Africa. Claiborne was also dedicated to helping women, particularly those in need of domestic violence services and business training.

    In 2007, Liz Claiborne lost a long battle with cancer. She was 78 years old.

    [Taken from http://www.bookrags.com/biography/liz-claiborne/ and

    http://www.bookrags.com/news/liz-claiborne-dies-at... ]


    "Things should be easy. You don't have to dress in that little navy blue suit with a tie. I wanted to dress her [American working woman] in sportier clothes and colors."


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "I`ll take an ax an give my mother 40 whacks."

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