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Shaping Culture through Intuition, Innovation & Reflection with Barbara de Vries

Full Plate Full Cup

12-02-2024 • 56 mins

Even if you haven’t heard of Barbara de Vries, you’ve experienced the profound impact she’s had on culture. From creating Calvin Klein’s original iconic underwear ads to driving the plastics-free movement, Barbara is a quintessential creative who defies traditional titles and credentials. In this inspiring episode, Barbara gives us all permission to create, and shares priceless advice on how to leverage self-reflection & the power of hindsight as your best teacher. Plus, she tells riveting career stories of the 1980’s global fashion world that will make your jaw drop.


We talk about:


  • What the NYC fashion scene was like in the booming ‘80s
  • The unexpected story behind Calvin Klein’s iconic Kate Moss campaign
  • How to leverage hindsight for better decision-making
  • The best advice for building winning teams
  • How to avoid the ‘grass is greener’ trap
  • Why context is critical to when making big career decisions
  • Why you should give your dreams a chance — even if you don’t have the ‘credentials’



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