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Flouting convention comes naturally to Tom Kartsotis. The 40-year-old Texan's resume includes a stint as a professional ticket scalper. In 1984, Kartsotis was scouring Asia looking to start an import-export business when he visited a Hong Kong factory that was churning out lookalikes of $150 European wristwatches for just $35. He cut a deal with the owner and rushed back to Richardson, Tex., to launch Fossil Inc. as a purveyor of moderately priced fashion watches, a growing niche then dominated by Swatch Group Ltd. and Guess? Inc.

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