It was June 2, 2015, when I received an email with the following subject line: â€œFrom the office of Anna Wintourâ€. It was from her EA, Grace, explaining that Anna would like to meet with me in her office in NYC, in the newly constructed World Trade Center. This was exactly 2 years and 3 months after we launched Collective Hub.
Remember little old me, who had never worked for a magazine? Here was the doyenne of magazine publishing, AKA editor-in-chief of Vogue since ’88 (of The Devil Wears Prada and The September Issue), asking to meet with me!
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In my excitement, I posted the news on Facebook. Everyone bar none asked, â€œWhat are you going to wear?â€ Now this both fascinated and perplexed me a little â€“ yes, itâ€™s true, Anna Wintour is the sartorial savant of our time, and itâ€™s well-documented that she does care greatly about what people wear when they meet her. However, itâ€™s important to remember that she had requested to meet with me. To talk business. As an equal.
You see, I believe, and have said previously, that we should always be prepared to â€œmeetâ€ people, not just in the physical sense, but energetically as well; two people having a mutually beneficial exchange, as equals. Iâ€™m really, really big on this. As soon as you put someone on a pedestal or glorify them, you lose all power and all chance of being taken seriously.
You see, I believe, and have said previously, that we should always be prepared to â€œmeetâ€ people, not just in the physical sense, but energetically as well.
Thus, I would like to believe that regardless of what I had worn to our meeting, what was most important was my message. For the sake of transparency, I did quickly consult our fashion editor in Paris for a few tips. Though I just didnâ€™t want to lose sight of the fact that I had been called upon to discuss business.
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The meeting went very well. We talked all things Collective and of launching print in a tough climate, how we were rapidly building extensions, how she had built Vogue and other CondÃ© Nast brands â€“ it was a meeting of minds, of two very passionate business individuals.
Iâ€™ve stayed in touch with Chuck Townsend who was, at the time of our meeting, the Global CEO of CondÃ© Nast and has since become Chairman and is retired.
Both he and Anna were two of the kindest, most knowledgeable, generous people I have come across. Like I always say, never take these relationships for granted; nurture them and who knows what magic can happen? Watch this space. There might just be a little announcement to comeâ€¦ another two yearsâ€™ down the track.