I want to be Angela Ahrendts

If I look to any company as a model, it’s Apple. They’re a brilliant design company working to create a lifestyle, and that’s the way I see us

She was the little girl from middle America, born to a smalltown entrepreneur and his stay-at-home wife, who dreamed of someday having a job in the fashion industry. One of six kids, Ahrents didn’t grow up clad in Gucci or Chanel, instead she sewed her own clothes in her little room above the staircase (they called it Angela’s Place). If there is a mold for the modern luxury chief—suave, European, haute-bourgeois, male (think Bernard Arnault of LVMH or Alain Wertheimer of Chanel)—Ahrendts is almost comically miscast. Now this lady from a middle class family in the midwest is sitting at the very top of a $2billion luxury retail business that just keeps booming…

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