When I was a student at McGill, I read an African proverb in an anthropology seminar that deeply resonated with me: “One woman’s diamond is another woman’s coal.”
Our Designer at the Portal of Apollo, Naxos, Greece, 1998, between semesters at McGill
Flash forward twenty-one years later — February 2020 — standing in what looks like a minefield. This is 1070 Eglinton Avenue West. Here I am in my new flagship; an empty shell filled with dust and debris, holding my legacy in my arms.
People like us — the dreamers, artists and empaths — see the stardust in the debris. I know your eyes see beauty in everything, too; not by what is physically present, but by the promise of what lies within.
Coal will not strike the average eye as beautiful. But with the right pressure and tenacity, the coal is just a prison for the diamond bursting to be set free — like a butterfly from its lacklustre cocoon.
In life, work, and love, some people may see you like a piece of coal. But I see the truth: you have sparks of greatness in you.
If you’re still reading this, forward our love letterto someone who has been through a lot of pressure lately to show them that the feeling is fleeting.
When you see something bright — whether it’s a person, art or insight — don’t look away. Look deeper.
If we all begin to share one another’s greatness; if we all seek to polish one another’s crowns — imagine the beauty of the future.
It’s all in the eye of the beholder 👑. There are seeds of greatness waiting to bloom beneath your feet.
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