EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

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Working on my Blog I realized that aside from sharing my personal experiences and my fashion tips and travels, I should also share experiences and insights of people that I admire most. 

I started by interviewing my Director, (who’s interview you can also find in this blog!) Then I said, I have to interview our CEO, too, and the epitome of a power woman. I spoke with my Director about, and she totally encouraged me to do it. (who’s interview you can also find in this blog!)  When the interview with the CEO concluded, she told me, “you should interview Diane, she will totally do it for you.” And I said, “that’s going to far!”

I left the room thinking, Then I left thinking, should I ask her? I know I work with her daily on her brand, but this is my personal project. And she is DVF, I mean, an Icon, I’m not sure if she will do this. But I did it, I emailed her and within ten minutes she replied “Of course darling” - I was on cloud nine!    

A few minutes later, she emails me again and says “why don’t I call you?” 

I immediately said “Sure, this is my phone number, when should I expect your call?” 

– Five minutes later a NYC area code was calling me-

It was her. She said “Hola!!, ask me questions”. - Thank you for this moment Diane.

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For those that doesn’t know, Diane von Furstenberg is a very important fashion designer who created her global fashion brand in 1972.

She was also the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) from 2006-2019 and in 2014 was listed as the 68th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. In 2015, Diane was included in the Time 100, as an Icon, by Time Magazine. In 2016, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from The New School

She is also the Director of The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation, which provides support to nonprofit organizations in the area of community building, education, human rights, arts, health and the environment. The foundation supports The DVF Awards, presented annually to four women who display leadership, strength and courage in their commitment to women's causes. In 2011, the foundation made a $20 million commitment to the High Line

Diane sits on the board of Vital Voices, a women’s leadership organization, and served as one of the project chairs for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's review of the future of NYC's Fashion industry. 

She is also the godmother of the statue of Liberty and recently opened the Statue of liberty Museum. She says the first thing she remembers when she got to America was seeing the statue and feeling free.

Asides from all of that and working with her for four years I’ve seen that she is a great person, that she means well and she works hard every single day on her brand and her causes. Diane created the In-Charge movement to invite women to own and celebrate their strength, beauty and intelligence. 

I am so honored and excited to share with you this short yet meaningful interview we had from her cell phone to mine, at 8:00 p.m., on a Wednesday night, in New York City. 

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1.What is your brightest accomplishment in life?

My children.

2. What do you think is key when creating your own business?

You have to make sure that you have clarity in what you want to achieve, and don’t be delusional. Make your dreams come true, if you have a clear feel that there’s a need that exists, believe in what you and do it.

3. What type of woman impress you?

Women who are confident.

4. How do you disconnect and what is your favorite thing to do during “me time”?

I need silence and solitude, that is how I connect with myself

5. Have you ever felt fear? If yes, how did you overcome it?

Fear is not an option. My mother taught me that, and that when I have doubts I give power to my doubts. I look in the mirror and give myself courage. I know I can do this, I smile to myself and then go out and do it.

*Bonus: What is your morning routine?

I wake up with the sun, one of my first things is to meditate for 10 minutes or at least take a moment to feel grateful. I have been meditating for 18 years. In the weekends I do yoga and hike in the morning. For breakfast I have papaya, Kiwi, pomegranate seeds with yogurt. And I drink black coffee. Then I go through my email on my iPhone or iPad to make sure there's is nothing terribly urgent happening at the office and I always make sure to send at least two emails that don't benefit me, introducing someone to someone else. Then I read the Financial Times, New york Times, WWD and BOF.