Mara Hoffman: Embrace a broken heart
Mara Hoffman believes "deep heartbreaks" lead to breakthroughs.
The New York fashion designer's creations are recognisable thanks to her bright and unique aesthetic, using various colours and patterns to make pieces pop.
Her journey to success wasn't an easy one, and Mara had to make light of some tough times. But if it wasn't for the troubles she doesn't think she'd be where she is today.
"Everybody does. Who are you without them? It's those deep heartbreaks that lead to breakthrough. In the beginning days of Circle, my first line, I used to use these narratives that were always based in emotional aspects," she explained to Huffington Post.
"One whole collection was 'a broken heart is fertile ground'. It's like phoenix energy. When things break down, when something dies, it's the most fertile time to do something bigger than you ever were. It's the time when the greatest change can happen. Embrace the broken heart. Embrace the breakdown. Hang in there and do it with your eyes open. You can become so much better."
In order to think creatively Mara needs lots of clean, organised space and little distraction, as it helps tone down her "chaotic" personality. If surrounded by messy people, the fashionista worries they'll all "drown together".
It was Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field who gave Mara the confidence to show off her impressive pieces to various stores.
But when it comes to creating a legacy, Mara is more focused on her family - husband Javier Piñon and son Joaquin.
"My legacy - I want to be a good mother. I want to raise up a beautiful boy and make him a beautiful man. I want people to feel good. I want to be happy. I want to lead by the example of happiness," she smiled.