Leave it to Tom Ford to distill my little life into a few choice sound bites. It’s as if he’s taken the wisdom gleaned from four decades on this earth and bottled it in one Private Blend bottle. Complex, challenging, yet sublimely simple. This is why I find him such an inspiration. When you achieve what Mr. Ford has, there is more than beauty and design at work – there is a thoughtful intelligence, and a scrupulously studied understanding of the world.
I am really a loner after all; I am really not a social person. Because of my job, people think I am out every night, but I really hate all that. I am somebody who likes to be alone and see some close friends. I am a shy and introspective person. ~ Tom Ford
But as an adult working in the fashion industry, I struggle with materialism. And I’m one of the least materialistic people that exist, because material possessions don’t mean much to me. They’re beautiful, I enjoy them, they can enhance your life to a certain degree, but they’re ultimately not important. ~ Tom Ford
We live in a material world. I’m not saying that beautiful things don’t enhance our lives. But, in our culture, we’re never happy. ~ Tom Ford
What is important is that we stop and realize, ‘Okay. This is fine. I can enjoy that.’ But what is really important, what I’m really going to take away with me from this life, is my connection with other people. ~ Tom Ford
Bonus: he’s a fellow Virgo. We have the worst sign, but it sometimes serves us well. Not sure others would agree…
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The world might be a very scary place if it were only run by Virgos. ~ Tom Ford