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Michael Kors (Charla Jones/The Globe and Mail)
Michael Kors (Charla Jones/The Globe and Mail)

Three decades later, Michael Kors shows no signs of slowing down Add to ...

Optimism is in the spring air, at least as far as the fashion world is concerned. And few manage to encapsulate the current zeitgeist as well as American designer Michael Kors, who's currently celebrating three successful decades in the business. The luxe sportswear king, who always has a profound understanding of just how his customers aspire to live, has a lot going on these days: Besides the fact that his label is "on fire," as Holt Renfrew president Mark Derbyshire recently put it, Kors has a new lifestyle emporium in the works for Toronto's tony Bloor Street West and has just opened a swish new Paris store on Rue Saint-Honoré. I caught up with the designer at the new shop in the City of Light, where, among the crocodile bags and rubber flip-flops, he talked about Paris, the thrill of shopping and the importance of being authentic.

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