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PS: How did your time in Italy influence your style?

JB: I think that living abroad takes you out of your comfort zone. You learn to observe a lot and really listen. Since everything is so new and so different, being somewhere foreign for such a long period of time shifts your whole worldview and paradigm. Italy specifically taught me a lot about quality craftsmanship and about taking pride in the details. Aesthetics is such an integral part of the Italian culture. So much about everyday life is about making una vita bella (a beautiful life). This is emphasized in food, fashion, home decor — everywhere.

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