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Holt Ren­frew’s pres­i­dent on the idea of lux­ury — in re­tail, and in life

Sharp - - CONTENTS WINTER 2018 - By Bradley White­house

Holt Ren­frew’s Mario Grauso dis­cusses the mean­ing of true lux­ury.

HOW DO YOU DE­FINE LUX­URY?

I think that it means some­thing dif­fer­ent to ev­ery­one. It could be the per­fect pair of sneak­ers or a piece of fur­ni­ture. Lux­ury to me is su­per per­sonal and de­fined by what is best for you.

WHAT EX­PE­RI­ENCE BEST EMBODIES LUX­URY TO YOU?

My son and I took an around the world trip to­gether when he grad­u­ated high school. The trip was six months. We started in Rus­sia, then went to Eu­rope, the Mid­dle East and then Asia. We wrapped it with a road trip from Los An­ge­les back to New York. The lux­ury of time with him was by far the most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence I’ve had.

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN THE FASH­ION BUSI­NESS?

My first job in this in­dus­try was at Bergdorf Good­man as a fi­nan­cial plan­ner. I had fin­ished law school and was study­ing for the bar. I’ve been in fash­ion ever since, and I’ve never looked back.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO REACH THE TOP OF THE IN­DUS­TRY?

I think it’s trust­ing your in­stincts and your team to ex­e­cute the best work that you can. For me, what is most im­por­tant is beau­ti­ful prod­uct, pre­sented in the most beau­ti­ful stores and work­ing with the best peo­ple to achieve that.

WHAT IS THE MOST IM­POR­TANT THING YOU’VE LEARNED DUR­ING YOUR CA­REER?

That you’re only as good as your team.

DO YOU HAVE AN OUT­LET OR AN ES­CAPE?

The home I share with my hus­band and son in Bridge­hamp­ton.

LOTS OF SUC­CESS­FUL PEO­PLE HAVE RIT­U­ALS. DO YOU HAVE ANY OF YOUR OWN?

I read two news­pa­pers ev­ery morn­ing be­fore work: the Fi­nan­cial Times and the Wall Street Jour­nal. And I still like to read hard copy.

WHAT OR WHO IN­SPIRES YOU?

My son Harry. He keeps me rel­e­vant.

YOU HAVE AN EN­VI­ABLE ART COL­LEC­TION. WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED PIECE?

A Botero sculp­ture that was in my fa­ther’s of­fice. I used to sit at his desk when I was a kid, and it re­minds me of him. Now it sits in my of­fice at home.

IF YOUR SON WERE TO FOL­LOW IN YOUR FOOT­STEPS, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR MAIN AD­VICE?

I would tell him to do it if he loved prod­uct as much as I do. As long as that were the case, I would be game. But I don’t think that’s in the cards for him.

The lux­ury of time to travel with my son was by far the most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence I’ve had.

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