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“I lived and breathed for these people. They got us started.” It’s not every day that a New York–based CEO of a globally successful apparel company gets choked up talking about the workers in a small factory in the hills of Kentucky. But this is not your central-casting CEO. It’s Marcus Wainwright, the 42-year-old co-founder of Rag & Bone, the maker of downtown-inspired American sportswear, talking about the company’s earliest chapters.

Back in 2001, Wainwright, like many 20-something Englishmen before him,…

By (wsj.com)