For even small shareholders, executive compensation is a big issue -- no matter how much a company's leaders talk about doing right by investors and employees, it matters how the top dogs are motivated and paid.
For years there have been murmurs, whispers and fears on Seventh Avenue that China was not content to be fashion's manufacturing muscle, that one of the country's powerhouse producers would turn the tide and start exporting its brand to the rest of the world.
When Karen Hoguet, Macy's chief financial officer, took a gentle swipe at Ron Johnson's plan to revive J.C. Penney, she sparked an interesting side debate.
Jil Sander and Ron Johnson might be on opposite ends of the fashion spectrum, but they're still on the same wavelength. Just listen to what they're saying.