cfi-The Look and The Law Aug 09:The Look, The Law & The Knowledge 2009 07/09/2009 13:56 Pag
When an opportunity to do something, anything, comes along, and you have nothing
to lose by doing it, you should grab it by the horns, and make the most of it. I did
some really terribly ropey things when I left college, just so I could continue to do what
I wanted to do. There’s nothing wrong with getting some crappy bar job if it means 6
you have your days free to do what you really want to do.
Set up your business, if you can, with friends. Make sure that you all have very clearly
defined roles from the outset- too many cooks and all that! And do it as soon as you
can - do it at college if you can fit it all in. You can’t leave it too long - I think it is only
too easy to lose the momentum so no taking a year off to lounge on the couch in front
of Trisha.” (Portrait by Bella Howard for Jalouse.)
• “Really learn French and Italian.
• If you do not like flying, deal with it.
• The more organised you are the more creative you can be.
• Make deadlines and stick to them.
• ‘Yes’ is the right answer.
• You can’t please everyone.
• Learn to delegate work and trust people to do it.
• Think of the business side as a creative thing rather than a chore and give the
design and business aspects equal time.
• Order your zips early, they are always the last thing to arrive.”
(Portrait by Claire Robertson – commissioned by Swarovski.)
“Looking back to my early days I feel that I always tried to renew
myself fast but I would have been better off perhaps to always carry
over a part of the collection every season to create a continuum
whilst discovering new ideas every time... buyers do not have the
same momentum as designers...
Also, it’s really important to never compare yourself to others as we
all have a different evolution... throughout that evolution you will feel
like the first born then, if you have enough will power you will survive the middle child
syndrome as new favourites will follow you...”
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