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Dries Van Noten: "Personally, I Think There Is Too Much Fashion in the World"

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Dries Van Noten has a new interview in the Wall Street Journal, and the Belgian designer doesn't hold back when it comes to his opinions about fast fashion, branding, and the current state of the industry. Here are a couple of our favorites.

1. Personally, I think there is too much fashion in the world. Now you can go on or blogs and there is always another collection launch, cruise, resort, accessories, and on and on and that's a pity. For me it's an overdose."

2. I'm very happy with the size of the company as it is right now. I don't have to grow."

3. For me, the most fun is the trip to create something that I really love. To do four women's collections a year? Forget it. You have two months, three months, click, click, click, it has to be done, finished, next. Some designers make their show collection in two weeks. This, I don't like."

4. I've always worried that if I sold the company I'd lose my liberty, my freedom. When you see what has happened to others who sold to groups, not everyone was very happy afterward.

5. About his first meeting with Barney's and how scared he was: "I ran away!"
· The Insider's Outsider [WSJ]