Thursday, 10 October 2013

TAMARA MELLON IN TEN



On mother-daughter relationships
"Psychologists say that women who have very narcissistic mothers often take one of two very different paths in life: they either go down the rabbit hole of drug addiction, or they become overachievers...I followed both."

On being your own boss
"They say that when we reach our forties our life goals shift, with autonomy becoming the central issue. But, at any age, being able to chart your own course, rather than responding to others' demands, is a beautiful thing."

On working with men
"Every time I'd complain about something, I'd be told, "You're not a team player." I came to realise that this is what a man says to a woman in business any time she isn't willing to do what he wants."

On private equity
"[They] should stick with soy beans and cement and stay out of fashion."

On trusting your own judgement 
"Every mistake I've made in business has come from not trusting myself. But now I know that if something doesn't work for me, it's not going to work for the customer."

On being perfectionist
"Anyone who does anything well is probably compulsive to some degree, displaying obsessive behaviour otherwise known as 'taking pains' and 'getting details right'."

On her ex
"Being married to Matthew was like having another child...he couldn't keep up with his bills or his bank accounts...My husband couldn't manage a comic book, much less a legal document."

On dating a toyboy
"I felt I was pioneering new realms of equality for women, a bit like Demi Moore with Ashton Kutcher. I was a self-made woman...so why shouldn't I be able to do what I wanted?"

On being photographed naked at 40
"Having a nude taken while I was young and fit, by one of the best photographers in the world, was an offer that was not going to come around again."

On the fashion industry
"The fashion business has become a dinosaur...[It] has always operated on a seasonal schedule. Women have been forced to buy their spring/summer clothes in February and their winter coats in June. But attitudes have changed. Customers don't want to think about a coat in June. And if they don't want to think about it, they don't want to buy it."

In My Shoes: A Memoir by Tamara Mellon is published by Portfolio Penguin, £20

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