FIT students had the pleasure of hearing the king of red soles,Christian Louboutin, deliver their commencement speech on Thursday (though the designer charmingly admitted he only learned the premise of the traditional address being "an ending but also a beginning" the day prior).
There to receive an honorary degree and impart some wisdom, he detailed the start of his empire: "People tell you not to sleep where you work, but I slept in my design studio for eight years. People tell you not to work with your best friends, but I started my company 23 years ago with my three best friends, and 23 years later, we are still three best friends." According toAccessories magazine, he also urged the graduates to follow their dreams, enjoy every experience in life, and embrace the fact that those fleeting early twentysomething years are all for exploring and experiencing.
"You have to listen to your own inner timing, not the timing of the world," he said."Enjoy the process of every day. An achievement is not just one day—it is a sum of all moments."
Did I just take you way back in time?Do you still remember anything especially wise from your commencement address?(And any FIT students out there?Did you hear the speech?)