* This is repost from when I started TFI and it continues to be integral to what I believe in and want this site to reflect.
Over the weekend my husband showed me a TED Talk by Margaret Heffernan, an international British businesswoman who has authored five books on business and women in business. The talk focused on how the best business practices today allow people to share ideas, to have time to talk together, and to ask for help from others when part of their work deals with an area they have little expertise in. (You can view the talk here.)
This talk resonated with me because it hits on, in perhaps a circuitous manner, the reason I started TFI. While the site is meant to be about living a life with Flair, the most important element (for me) is the Flair Women interviews. I believe most people fall into two categories: sharers–those who want to help others and are wiling to impart their experience or knowledge so others can rise up and succeed with them, and takers–those who hoard information so they look like experts, and enjoy feeling better than others. I’m a sharer. And in my career in fashion and journalism, most women I’ve met are the same. It because of these relationships, I have been helped and had a chance to help others. I continue to meet so many women who have varied, rich careers, and I am constantly inspired by them.
So as much as TFI is a platform for delightful goods, I hope it is also a platform where you are introduced to women who want to share with you, from the trivial—do they prefer heels or flats, to the more substantial—their career highs and lows, the best advice they’ve received and given, what motivates them. As TFI grows, my hope is to have these women engage with you in others ways, beyond the site. In the meantime, there are many inspiring Flair Women coming up—I hope you stay tuned!