|Our greeting at Barneys, and also Simon's fabulous new book cover.|
|Fresh and colorful macaroons - the food of the gay man according to Simon's tome.|
The thing I really love about Simon Doonan is his relationship with Jonathan Adler. My home is basically a functioning Jonathan Adler museum. What I admire about their relationship, though, is that you know of it because of their devotion to each other professionally and creatively, but other than that you never hear about their marriage. For their bright and bold world under the spotlight of every design and fashion-obsessed soul alive, no one has the gossip on their private life. They're delightfully boring on the domestic front.
Since their family makeup of two creatives and a spoiled dog is how I picture our own unit, my choice of questions for Simon pertained more to family than fashion. I asked him on behalf of all my Pancakes and Beet Juice friends, "When you're balancing work, appearances and projects, what do you and Jonathan do together to stay creative and devoted to each other as a family?"
He shared that their favorite are physical and outdoors. They love to paddle board together and ride bikes and their dog most often joins them. Simon's advice was that physical activity helps to clear the head which allows for better personal and creative connection. And I learned that Simon and Jonathan share the same ground rule that has benefitted Markus and I so many times: never, ever speak badly about your partner to anyone. If you do not value that human enough to never want to bruise their public image, than why do you think they are worthy of being with you?
After he concluded his sentiments, Simon added, "I'm so glad you see our relationship as an inspiration. Jonathan's on his way up here, you know." At this moment my heart dropped into my boots and up through my chest at the time. I could have died, though there is no way Barneys will have any of that in their exquisite storefront.
|Cuz' we're the three best friends that anyone could ever have!|