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What are you reading?
Fran: Peacock & Vine by A.S. Byatt. It’s a biography of designers Mariano Fortuny and William Morris: where they found their inspiration and how they changed the design world from their own individual worlds. I’ve been recommending it to everybody. Julia: The Black Hand by Stephan Talty. It’s about this murderous society that preceded the Italian mafia in New York.
What’s inspiring you?
Fran: A feature on Instagram where you can file the images you want to save. I have one category called “exteriors” that I love. Architecture has always been fascinating to me. Sometimes it’s the structure, other times it’s the combination of the plants and flowers in conjunction with the architecture. Julia: Since we are launching the new boys’ line with Nordstrom in the fall, I’ve been really inspired by the culture of menswear lately.
What sound do you love?
Fran: I love baby sounds and the gentle snoring of my pug. Julia: Musical theater. That was my major in college and I performed in a few off-Broadway shows and regional theater.
What talent would you most like to have?
Fran: I wish I could play the piano. Julia: That I were more athletic. I love how girls and boys are now exposed to so many sports that were considered gendered when I was a kid
What is your motto?
Fran: ’To thine own self be true.’ As a designer, don’t try to be someone else, just be yourself and do what you think looks beautiful. Julia: When stress hits, I always try to remind myself and others, ’It’s just dresses.’
What is your favorite hometown memory?
Fran: I grew up in New York and when I was a little girl, Steeplechase in Coney Island was just the most magical place in the world. Julia: I’ve had the same best friend since I was three years old, and it’s just having such a close bond and sharing all the silly things we’ve gone through our whole lives.
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