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Badgley Mischka on Leadership Lessons Learned From the Pandemic

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Like most of the industries, retail industry has also taken a hit by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Retails in October saw a modest .3% increase, according to Econoday

"The October sales numbers are old news, and the outlook for November and December, with the exception of online, is looking very uncertain," said Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics.

One area hit the hardest? The high end fashion industry. The pandemic has forced people to stay at home and experts say fewer people are buying expensive clothes jewelry.

So, how are fashion icons coping with this situation?

American designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka from Badgley Mischka fashion label, shared the leadership lessons they learnt from this pandemic.

"I think one of the top lessons that we learnt and hope we can pass on to other people  going through this COVID-19 crisis is that you really have to be resilient," said James Mischka. "You need to be able to turn on a dime. You need to change your supply chain. You need to pivot. You need to be extremely flexible."

Mark Badgley said that the changes they made in their designs made them stronger.

"Even if the economy comes back super strong, I think, we will be just that much stronger because we made changes that we were really forced to do that otherwise we would not have done," Mark Badgley said. 

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