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Tell us about your mission statement, "Love thy differences."
It's fundamentally wrong to dread swimsuit season; when you wear a suit, it's about vacation, friends, and family. If we could all put one on, look past any body image issue, and say, "I'm a rock star and I'm going to work this," we'd get through the day much better.

What's the best part of your job?
When a woman is not psyched to enter the dressing room, and then she steps out in one of my designs and her inner badass emerges: bright eyes, fierce posture.

How does the fashion industry still surprise you?
Its extraordinary complexity. What's happening around the world affects fashion: Droughts can drive up cotton prices; a war in the Middle East can bump up shipping costs. Not to mention the connections between women's rights and labor laws. Just clothes? Hardly!

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