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Where Fashion Innovators Discuss what Drives Them

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Over his 30-year career with PVH Corp., Allen Sirkin ’64 H’10 helped transform what was once a small dress shirt company into a force in the retail fashion industry. Sirkin, who retired as President of PVH in 2012, is known as an excellent businessman and a forward-thinking leader in the industry. He helped transform PVH from a $50 million business to the $8 billion international powerhouse it is today, negotiating the purchase of two of PVH’s most iconic brands—Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger—along the way.

Sirkin began his career at what was then Philadelphia Textile Institute, learning the fundamentals that he would use throughout his career. He recently sat down with his alma mater to answer a few questions about where the fashion industry is headed, and what it takes to make it to the top. This is the first in a multi-part series.

Q: What do you see as the future of the fashion industry?

A: Fashion is something that lives forever. It has many different faces and many different cycles. Having been in the business for quite some time, you get to see something new with almost every generation that comes along. Their needs, their wants and their appetites are very different from those that come before them. It’s what makes the industry exciting and gives it life. Fashion has a long, long future.