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SOURCE OF IN­SPI­RA­TION A plethora of usual sus­pects—from film, food, mu­sic, art, de­sign, na­ture, lit­er­a­ture, ar­chi­tec­ture, and travel—but I also find that get­ting down to busi­ness and fo­cus­ing on get­ting work done also pro­vides many cre­ative ideas that can be re­vealed in the most mun­dane of sit­u­a­tions. “Show up, show up, show up,” Is­abel Al­lende ad­vised, “and af­ter a while the muse shows up, too.”

GREAT­EST PRO­FES­SIONAL IN­FLU­ENCE

My sis­ter Bea be­cause we work through ev­ery­thing to­gether— from the psy­cho­log­i­cal, spir­i­tual, (some­times) phys­i­cal, cre­ative, and ev­ery­day of­fice-re­lated aspects of run­ning a busi­ness. We’re to­gether, lit­er­ally, side by side.

FA­VORITE STORES I love from ageries, caviar houses, and the idea of tsuke­mono (Ja­panese pick­les) shops.

MOST ADMIRED DE­SIGN­ERS Zaha Ha­did. She was for­mi­da­ble, fluid, ex­pres­sive, and a “lib­er­a­tor of ar­chi­tec­tural ge­om­e­try.” And be­cause she stood among giants. Also Sir Ken Robinson (ed­u­ca­tion and cre­ativ­ity ex­pert) and all pro­po­nents of the learn­ing rev­o­lu­tion for chal­leng­ing the way we think about ed­u­ca­tion, for cham­pi­oning a rad­i­cal re­think of our school sys­tems, and for cul­ti­vat­ing cre­ativ­ity and mul­ti­ple forms of in­tel­li­gence.

THINGS ON YOUR DESK My iPhone, lap­top, dif­fuser, de­sign and art books, pen­cils, turmeric latte, green juice, bot­tle of vi­ta­min C, a note­book, and a pile of paper.

MOST USED TOOL IN YOUR LINE OF WORK

A growth mind­set—with­out the ef­fort, the achieve­ment will never present it­self. Even prodi­gies have to put the work in.

YOUR IDEA OF THE PER­FECT HOME?

Har­mo­niz­ing hu­man ex­is­tence with the sur­round­ing phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment. A peace­ful (with two tod­dlers un­der 5!) sanc­tu­ary for my chil­dren and hus­band.

FA­VORITE PART OF YOUR HOUSE?

Wher­ever my chil­dren can be found… usu­ally this is out­side, stand­ing amidst the bam­boo, doo­dling away on the out­door draw­ing wall.

STYLE ICONS My Lola Fe Panlilio. She had a lot of per­sonal style, which had lit­tle to do with how she dressed. She was larger than life. We used to say, “She didn’t touch peo­ple’s lives…she dented them!” An­other is Iris Apfel, for her pri­or­i­ties on be­ing an in­di­vid­ual, her hu­mor, cu­rios­ity, and her won­der­fuly cheeky in­sights on life and style. Then there is Car­men Bus­quets (found­ing in­vestor of Net-a-Porter and Cou­tureLab, among oth­ers), for her vi­sion and pioneering work in sus­tain­able lux­ury, fash­ion and e-com­merce, and for her stead­fast support of global craft and artisans across the planet. Also for her hu­mor, kind­ness, friend­ship, and con­tin­u­ous support through­out the years.

FASH­ION TREND YOU WISH WOULD GO AWAY?

The idea of throw­away fash­ion, fast fash­ion. The men­tal­ity that you can throw things away, af­ter some­body has taken the time and ef­fort to cre­ate some­thing. It’s re­ally waste­ful and it is not sus­tain­able. That’s the an­tithe­sis of what we are try­ing to do.

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TRuE IconS From left: The late Zaha Ha­did in her Bea Valdes ac­ces­sories; car­men Bus­quets in a Bea Valdes vest; Marga’s fa­vorite web­site, The Busi­ness of Fash­ion.

PRIDE AnD Joy From left: Marga’s chil­dren Re­nata and Alonso; pre­sent­ing to Iris Apfel in Paris; nieces Emilia and Al­le­gra with Re­nata; her Lola Fe Panlilio.

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