Inspiring She Boss Series: Diane Von Furstenberg, Designer and Founder of DVF
Diane was born in Belgium to a Holocaust survivor and Romanian immigrant in Greece. Furstenberg studied economics and then moved to Paris to be a fashion photographer’s assistant. She then left Paris for Italy and learned about textiles with Angelo Ferretti. This is where she did the pattern for the first silk jersey dress. After marrying Prince Egon, she began designing women’s clothes. 1970, Diane moved to New York City and two years later she created her line. By 1976, Newsweek was calling her the most marketable person since Coco Chanel. In 1985, Furstenberg moved back to Paris to study cosmetics and more. She has since gone on to become a global fashion brand!
Diane’s advice and why it matters to you, She Boss.
“I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who could pay for her bills, a woman who could run her own life–and I became that woman.” – DVF
Here’s why I love this bit of advice. How many of us start a business so we can rely on others? I’m going to bet that none of you are raising your hand right now.
Part of the reason I started my business is so I wouldn’t have to rely on anyone for my income but myself. Things are always changing. Needs of business owners could change at any minute. I was not interested in relying on someone else to help me support my family.
Being independent is an incredible reason to run a business. Knowing that we can have it all makes every set back worth it! I have faith that you can be that woman. We can all achieve success if we want it bad enough.