We had the pleasure of buttonholing Jonathan Adler yesterday afternoon for almost 40 minutes and getting his take on the world as he answered your questions.
He is as upbeat and casual AND serious about his mission as you might hope, and regularly peppers his conversation with modesty ("I'm very lucky"), admission of his own naivete when he started ("I knew nothing about business"), and a fierce desire to get "fun" into the world of high chic.
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This interview takes place on the eve of the publication of his new book, My Presciption for Anti-Depressive Living, and the dawn of JA going global. His hip, funky style has outgrown the insular world of Manhattan and is working it's way around the country (can the world be far behind?). He's got 7 stores now, giving him an "incredible platform" for creating and trying out ideas and "finally" making some money (he says he was hand-to-mouth until he opened the first store in '98). A word to all you budding designers: having control of your sales is key. Enjoy!