“Fashion doesn’t save lives, it supports the soul. I don’t care if you buy clothes from me or if you go to a street market and buy a fake copy. The most important thing is that you are inspired by my designs. It’s important to love life, dream, be inspired, inspire others and become interested deeply in something. If you miss these you become a businessman of life. I don’t want to become a businessman. Style is not a question of how much money you have in your purse, it is a state of mind” Giambattistia Valli
Valli is an Italian fashion designer who makes clothes for women, but her suggestion that one should “dress from the heart” as if you are in love is a good yardstick for men as well. I love her concept that style is a story — where in even the most basic of outfits, or the things you own tell your story. She says, “How can I think about tomorrow if I don’t know what was yesterday?” That is a good advise not just for fashion and clothes, but also on how we design the future here in Silicon Valley.