He developed a weakness for watches. Shilin left the State Symphony Orchestra, where he had played the oboe, and started his own business selling large-size clothes. Back in the United States, Mr. Morgunov is buried at the. American businessmen at best sell 80 percent. We never had any of that before, and I thought, 'Yes, this is it! Shilin bought his inventory directly off the shelves of the only store that specialized in large sizes, a state-owned holdover from the Soviet economy.
Shilin's import-based business would never be the same. But when I asked him how much it cost to operate, he didn't know. The weak ruble made clothes manufactured in the United States too expensive. In 1993, Morgunov was featured in -Russian adventure film Russian: Сокровище моей семьи directed by and alongside. As early as 1962, he directed the comedy When the Cossacks Weep Kogda Kazaki plachut under the patronage of the illustrious writer.
It was there, at a trade show for large-sized clothing, that Mr. Shilin, sitting with his legs crossed at the ankles above brown leather loafers. В фантастической стране под управлением Трёх Толстяков назрел бунт бедняков, вдохновленных оружейником Просперо и канатоходцем Тибулой. In Soviet days, ''everyone had the same car, the same suits, everyone lived in one big hole,'' said Mr. Shilin's business filled tuxedo orders for the State Symphony Orchestra and, occasionally, security guards -- the large men at the doors of just about every Moscow club and restaurant. Борцам за свободу помогают добрый доктор Гаспар и смелая девочка-акробат Суок, которой приходится изображать куклу, чтобы пробраться во дворец и освободить Просперо.
Shilin left the daily operation of his business to a professional manager, freeing himself to hunt for untapped markets. Morgunov also tried his wings as a film director. Their best-known films together were and. Shilin met Paul Daube, head of the Big and Tall Association, an American group of 90 companies, who would later help him get his business in order. Advertisement Sales and profits at the Three Fat Men chain are now inching back to the levels of several years ago. Shilin, who was not yet familiar with the industry practice of ordering in advance. Shilin would become the biggest buyer in Mr.
At the time, he was making the most of a bad debt -- a friend had borrowed his car and had reimbursed him by giving him a market stall, a living room-sized space inside a covered shopping mall. After it went bankrupt, he picked through other Moscow clothing stores, buying up the largest sizes. But some of them sure are. В тоже самое время по случайности ломается кукла наследника престола и доктору Гаспару Арнери приказано починить её за одну ночь, что невозможно. But after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990 and Russia became a market economy, his search for suits that fit -- size 50, to be exact -- made him rich.
He vacationed with models at Monte Carlo. Morgunov reportedly received a reply from Stalin that said that a place was allocated for him in the acting class at the. His best works included those in films Three Fat Men Tri tolstyaka 1966 , Ilf and Petrov Went by Tram Ekhali v tramvaye Ilf i Petrov 1972. He could hardly go wrong, because there were no competitors and demand was growing along with the pocketbooks and girths of Russia's middle class. To grow, it needed steady supplies, bank loans and guidance on strategy.
He began to enjoy the fruits of his good fortune. He said he was exploring a potential business partnership with Moscow's state-owned music conservatory and was looking at the possibility of a business selling vitamin drinks. Shilin found that many customers, particularly a wealthier class of bankers and mid-level managers, were willing to pay. There were also other, less noteworthy roles. Shilin had founded to export clothes to Russia was crippled by a broad Internal Revenue Service investigation of Russian money laundering. Shilin readily acknowledged doing -- the changes worked. The ups and downs of his business tell a story of the evolution of Russia's wildcatter capitalism.
. Morgunov's popularity was not far behind that of his partner Nikulin, a famous actor and clown of the. Shilin returned to Moscow with a load of inventory that sold as fast as he put it on the racks. Daube of the Big and Tall Association. Daube had contacted Michael Landin, an old friend in the retailing industry, who signed on as a consultant to help Mr. Landin in a telephone interview from his home in Holland, Ohio.
Back in the mid-90's, everything sold -- often, the brasher the better. Shilin's stores closed and the chain's sales plummeted to less than half the level before the crisis. The American wholesalers ''thought we were crazy; they said these displays are for next year,'' said Mr. Shilin, now 33, in his cream-colored office at the top of a Moscow high-rise. Landin, a semiretired retailer from Ohio who had sold his chain of 40 big-and-tall stores, taught the Russian retailer most everything from how to draw up a profit-and-loss statement to how to talk to customers. Actors on this photo: George Vitsin, Yuri Nikulin, Evgeni Morgunov right.