“Knowing what I have in front of me and the potential of the brand, that’s what I find most exciting,” said the designer about his favourite aspect of the job. “It’s a great house and there are lots of opportunities there. It’s also opened lots of things up to me and I can explore new areas that I’ve never been able to touch upon in my career previously.”
The designer, who was made creative director in October last year shortly before de la Renta’s death, was last night welcomed to London at the brand’s store on Mount Street. And it was nice to return to what he still considers home.
“I’ve been in Paris for over 20 years so I’m used to being outside of England but coming back here is very special for me. Someone asked where home is for me now and I do somehow still see England as being home and also one day would love to be back here, but I think it has to be New York,” he said. And to make that distinction from London, Paris and New York, the Paris apartment is sold to “make that cut and commitment”.
What are his favourite things, then, about his new NYC home?
“I like the positive energy there. They make things easy for you, you can get things delivered, you can get dry cleaning super fast. It’s very nice to live somewhere where service is important,” he pointed out.