Earlier this week, The Fashion Institute of Technology Foundation hosted their annual gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
Among their high-profile guests and honorees was luxury brand Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo. Serving as Senior Vice President since 2006, Fargo is known for her unconventional window displays at the brand’s New York department store and her keen eye for the next big things in fashion. Despite the honor she received and the kind words of fellow professionals in the business that followed, she remains humble and diligent in her creative work.
Dr. Jay H. Baker, trustee and chairman of the FIT Foundation, and Joan Hornig, known for her philanthropic jewelry designs, were also honored at the event.
Alber Elbaz, creative director at Lanvin and close friend to Fargo, said of her,”Linda is huge in her job, but how humble and simple she is… one of the real pearls that pushes us designers… to dare, to think, to create.” Elbaz credited his mother with instilling the notion of simplicity and hard work in his life, with her once telling him, “Be big in your work and remain small and simple in your life.”
Whether you are the Senior Vice President of Bergdorf Goodman or working multiple part-time jobs just to pay the rent, the idea of remaining humble and simple in life is a lesson each one of us could probably stand to be reminded of.
Take a cue from Fargo and start each day with positivity and determination, or as she recommends via a Ram Dass quote, “Treat everyone nicely because they are probably God in drag.”