In a world that largely operates on rigid conformity and lack of imagination, there’s no better time like the present to value the presence of people like Rei Kawakubo (pictured below), who is always at the forefront of rebelling against the status quo. As the founder and creative director of Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons, Kawakubo is cut from a special cloth where she manages to fuse her creative inclinations with her business acumen.
Despite the accolades that Kawakubo has received over the years from the press at large, she has been—for the most part—very media-averse. But during the rare moments when she does deign to speak to journalists, Kawakubo is revealed to be an incredible fountain of wisdom. Though she may be elusive and sphinxlike with her persona, Kawakubo has still managed to dispense a wealth of inspirational maxims that anyone can aspire to.