What’s love go to do with it? Everything, it turns out.
Couples in business together need an ample share of patience, a real willingness to compromise and certainly a sense of humor in order to make it work. But what else does it take? In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we checked in with a few Barneys designers who work with their romantic partners to find out.
The co-founders behind some of our favorite labels—Loeffler Randall, Tila March, Monique Lhuillier, HYLNDS and The Organic Pharmacy—dished on their secrets to success, advice for other couples working together and the perks of toiling alongside your BFF.
JESSIE RANDALL & BRIAN MURPHY
“The secret to our success is keeping our desks as far apart as possible in the office….and making a rule not to talk about work on the weekends.”
FRANCO & MARGO MARRONE
THE ORGANIC PHARMACY
“Working together is really great. Sharing ideas and seeing them come to fruition is very rewarding, but it also means that you argue a lot more. I see that as one of the bonuses of being a husband-and-wife team because arguing usually means you are trying to make something the best that it can be. To find balance, it means that despite spending day and night together, you still have to surprise each other now and then and still find a new adventure to experience together.”
NICOLAS BERDUGO & TAMARA TAICHMAN
“We love this shot because it looks as though our bodies have been merged together—just as our names have been in Tila March. The name Tila came from the merging of our two names, Tamara and Nicolas, and March represents the month that we met!”
KAVI & DAVID MOLTZ
HYLNDS“Keeping work in the office is ideal but not always possible with a small business. Work will inevitably be discussed at the dinner table, but try your best not to take things personally. When we critique each other’s designs and formulas, we realize it’s in the interest of the business, not a personal jab.”
MONIQUE LHUILLIER & TOM BUGBEE
“We like to plan fun impromptu trips; an Aspen weekend is a favorite. We love to ski together, get massages and have nice long dinners. We also will add an extra day if we are on a business trip in Paris, Milan or London to take long walks together and discover new restaurants. In addition to travel, we love discovering new artists and collecting contemporary art. We have completely different roles in the company, so we never step on each other’s toes (well, almost never)—19 years and counting.”