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I’m not into nostalgia, and I only look back to find lessons.
– Ian Schrager
I have to be more universal than my projects, but no less innovative.
The trimmings of wealth are not as important to me and my generation as they were to my parents’ generation.
When I travel, I just take what I need and I run. I always have my briefcase stuffed with work, even when I go on a holiday.
Good design is good business.
My best vacation was renting a boat and motoring along the Adriatic, going along the Croatian coast, before it became so fashionable. I’ve also sailed around the Turkish islands, the Greek islands and Sicily.
Status based on wealth is an old-fashioned idea; I find it repugnant, actually.
Great ideas have no attachment to either money or class.
The music I listened to as a kid – the Stones, the Beatles – that was so rebellious at the time, it became mainstream.
I consider myself fortunate to have grown up in Brooklyn. It’s what gave me my drive to succeed, the upward mobility I’ve been after my whole life.