Friday, April 15, 2011

Why I hate Coco Chanel

...or more correctly, why I hate the quote attributed to fashion designer Coco Chanel, “Before you leave for the day…take one thing off…”.  Why do I hate it? Because a number of times I have paused before leaving the house and wondered, what should I take-off?  Which makes me second guess the decisions I have already taken.  It messes with me!

See I come from the school of thought where you get it right the first time.  Dress as you intend to be seen. Write how you want to be read. Develop your product as it should be.  Fiddle at the beginning not at the end.

So for me the lesson from Coco Chanel (who by the way had quite a bit of success with product) is this: Before you launch your product, get it right. Don't include anything that is so meaningless that it can be taken off before it goes out the door. Think streamline. Think clarity. Think Philppe Starck. Think Apple. Think Flip Video. Just think.


Postscript:
To right the karma ledger here are some great quotes from Coco Chanel
  • "How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone. -Coco Chanel."  —Coco Chanel on Being
  • "There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time!"  —Coco Chanel on Business
  • "There are people who have money and people who are rich."  —Coco Chanel on Money
  • "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."  —Coco Chanel on Uniqueness

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