A Skidmore alumnus who leads a thriving specialty retail business will visit campus Wednesday, April 21, to meet with students and give a public talk. Shepherd Paul "Shep" Murray, who earned a degree in business from Skidmore in , will discuss " Entrepreneurship and the Growth of Vineyard Vines, " at 6 p. Admission is free and open to the public. Vineyard Vines is known for its preppy ties and distinctive clothing, as well as an array of gift items. Sales are transacted via catalog, the company's web site , and in 12 stores in locations stretching from Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Murray will share the history of how his time at Skidmore prepared him for a life of entrepreneurship, and how he and his brother founded and have grown the company. He will also share career advice. In interview earlier this year, Murray explained how he and his brother settled on the essential idea that led to the founding of the company. They both wanted to escape the New York City advertising jobs that they disliked.
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The brand markets upper market ties, hats, belts, shirts, shorts, swimwear, bags for men, women, and children. It has grown to a collection of retail stores and outlets across the United States. The company's main logo is a pink whale.
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