Oliver Sweeney Meets: UK businessman Sir Stuart Rose
|Talking of whose shoes youd like to be in,
do you think youve got what it
takes to fill the shoes of F1 Supremo
(Laughing) Theres no truth whatsoever in
that rumour. No truth.
No, no truth at all.
Is it just a case of different sized shoes
Well you know what Mae West said?
Better to be looked over than to be
overlooked! Youve got to be in it to win it.
Lets move away from F1 and talk about
retail 2012 will be an interesting year
for retailers with the Jubilee and the Olympics.
How do you predict the industry will do?
I believe that those retailers that give
customers the right product, the right price,
the right styling and the right service will do
well. You know, consumers arent stupid
they will follow something that they believe
has quality and value to them.
What do you think of our new look
Oliver Sweeney Conduit Street store?
The stores fabulous! Ive not been in here
before. It really looks good. Its got quite an
awkward frontage but it still invites you in.
The main reason I like it is that its very bright;
its got good lighting and when you walk past
it says to you that youve got to come in here.
How are you finding our shoes?
Theyre fabulous. Im a great colour man
men dont wear enough colour and need to
be led slightly so what youve got here is not
cutting edge fashion but its edgy. Its good.
Would you say shoes maketh the man?
Yes. Theyre very important. I always advise
people to buy the best quality (shoes) they
can afford. Cheap shoes make you look a
cheapskate - theres a line for you! And the
other thing is keep them clean. First thing I
do when I look at a person for interview is
I say is their hair clean, are their fingernails
clean and are their shoes clean? And if they
fail any one of those three things they dont
get the job.
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