Marithe Francois Girbaud has been one of my most important design inspirations since day one. Certainly I was inspired by their design concepts - their denim, shoes and urban chic creations had an unmatched edginess and were so far ahead of even the most cutting edges trends. However, what inspires me most about them is their boldness and courage to live for what they love and not succumb to the pressures in this business to be someone other than themselves.

I had the opportunity to meet this amazing couple in 2013 and we talked for two hours about my brand and they were genuinely interested in me without criticizing - huge designers without egos just making a connection and sharing. I will always value that type of raw honesty and genuine living, and I cannot wait to see what they have in store with the relaunch of their brand.