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.
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.