Designer: Jen Troyer

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Do you knock yourself out for people, take pains, go the extra mile? Dutiful French people do, too—but when they go to contortions to please others, they call it "folding yourself in four"—se plier en quatre. This is a picturesque way to capture the effort of benevolent exertion, and also suggests a touch of remarkable perfectionism—not just bending over backwards, but bending four times, sacrebleu!