John Varvatos Calls Banana Republic and the Gap ‘Followers’

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John Varvatos: "A lot of designers become hot, attend every party, and then you don't hear about them again. We've created our own identity. You asked about Banana Republic and the Gap — they don't have their own personality. They're followers. I spent a lot of years working for Ralph Lauren, and he had so many copycats, from Tommy Hilfiger to Abercrombie & Fitch to J.Crew. Many people have followed us too and have been successful." [Playboy]