How does being a mother influence or inspire your designs?
I have always said that my children are my greatest creation. Being a mother is very motivating…I was pregnant with my son when I started my business and my daughter followed not long after, so I was a very happy and proud mother of two at the age of twenty-four. They became my center, gave me purpose, and forced me to be responsible. They gave a sense of urgency and also inspired me to work very hard, because I knew that I wanted to be the kind of woman, the kind of mother, who could take care of myself and my children.
What were some of the best and most challenging parts of juggling motherhood and a full time fashion career?
Well, I was very lucky when the children were young because they had two wonderful grandmothers who helped a great deal, but it is always a balance, which is true for every mother, working or not. You still have to find a way to balance being a mother with having your own identity. And I have always felt that was so important and that every woman should have a life outside of the home. When the children were young, I spent every second I could with them, but I also went to work because I knew that my career was important, for me and for them.
How do you carve out time for yourself and how do you enjoy to spend this time?
I always make time for myself, whether it is traveling on my own, hiking, or even just escaping to my studio at home with my iPad and a book. I need my time alone to recharge and find clarity…the most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. You have to nurture it the same way you do with all of your other relationships.
What are your favorite family vacation destinations?
I love to travel with my children and my grandchildren, to discover together is so important and we have been to so many places.
Do you have a favorite designer for children’s clothing?
Bonpoint makes beautiful things.
What is your beauty regimen?
The most important thing is to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, drink a lot of water and try not to stress…stress is toxic!
What are the most important lessons or values you imparted to your family?
Honesty. Even when they were very young, I have always told my children the truth.
Your campaigns are empowering to women and you continually advocate and encourage female leadership, how have you conveyed this message to your own family?
I think the most important message you can send is through your own actions…I have made mistakes, sure, but I have learned to stay true to myself and worked hard to have the independence that was still considered a luxury for many women in the 1970s.