T.T.: I won’t lie, she does inspire a lot of what we do. Just what her and her team did...they just had such a clear understanding of how women want to dress. And it does take time, you can’t be this amazing brand without understanding better what people want to wear and you look at the brand model and it was always right. It was never screaming or shouting, it was always whispering. So I loved the idea of everyone gliding at our presentation, which is why everyone was slowly pacing. We need people to see our clothes and you want to see it from different perspectives and see it moving and see different types of people wearing it.
M.H.: It does feel well-timed. I just think that idea of clothes that function, with a sense of purpose…
T.T.: It has more lasting power. We love to buy fashion but at the end of the day the clothes that we invest in like a beautiful cashmere sweater, that’s what you’re going to put on every day when you don’t know what you’re going to wear.
M.H.: Right, and also, certainly the way you’re putting things together, it’s not just a cashmere sweater. There’s a thoughtfulness to the way things are designed and i think it’s probably because your starting point is real women.
T.T.: There is, for sure. Lee, our pattern maker, always questions, “Why is there a pocket there?” And, "Does it function?" [Laughter in the studio] I think the most successful designers are women—if you look at Miuccia Prada or Phoebe Philo or Rei Kawakubo—because they get into the psyche of the woman and that’s a challenge and also a goal of mine, to have a better understanding of women and what they want to wear.