“I abhor dullness and resist flamboyance,” Mr. Grodd told The New York Times in 1985. “That’s a hard line to walk — to be distinctive, subtle, disciplined, with a sense of humor.”
What a perfect encapsulation of the Paul Stuart style. One can always tell when a company or firm is driven by one persons vision vs. a corporate monolith that staggers forward, carried only by momentum.
I've had the pleasure of having dealt with literally thousands of businesses during my time in the saddle, and I've always been most intrigued studying those which were, to one degree or another, family businesses. And while my familiarity with Paul Stuart has been solely as a customer, it was always clear to me Cliff Grodd and other members of his family was what gave this retailer its consistency, its flavor and its sure sense of style.
Funny thing about family businesses; they are rarly mediocre, either very good, or very bad. But it's hard to keep them going into a third generation. The first generation starts them, the second grows them, and the third often sells them.