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Designers Talk Moms for Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day approaching, WWD asked designers to share their mom’s words of wisdom, greatest talents, signature dishes and more.

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Stacey Bendet and her parents, 1979.

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Amy Smilovic, Tibi
My mom taught me: humility.
My mom wishes I would: wear heels.
My mom loves to wear: Golden Goose sneakers — I’ve trained her well!
My mom’s signature dish: Spicy shrimp salad.
My mom’s greatest talent: Supporting my sister and me.
What my mom wants from me for Mother’s Day: A piece of jewelry from the new Anita Ko for Tibi collection.
What I will give her for Mother’s Day: An amazing carry-all for our family trip to Capri in June (and maybe the pearl necklace).

Lela Rose
My mom taught me: Be nice, be nice, be nice.
My mom wishes I would: move to Dallas.
My mom’s signature dish: Pear gingerbread upside-down cake.
My mom’s greatest talent: She can do anything — she can cook anything and is always learning new things.
What my mom wants from me for Mother’s Day: For me to send my daughter Rosey to Dallas to spend Mother’s Day with her.
What I will give her for Mother’s Day: One of our custom Francis Palmer for Lela Rose serving pieces.

Guy Bedarida, John Hardy
My mom taught me: to never be scared — she gave me courage to do many things in life, including moving from New York City to Bali.
My mom wishes I would: be happy — that’s really all she wanted for me.
My mom loves to wear: the jewelry I create for her.
My mom’s signature dish: Roasted peppers marinated in hand-pressed olive oil.
My mom’s greatest talent: Organic gardening.
What my mom wants from me for Mother’s Day: For me to spend time with her — and maybe a Naga bracelet. I am creating one in rose gold just for her.
What I will give her for Mother’s Day: A trip to the spa in Toscani.

Jennifer Meyer Maguire

My mom taught me: to always be nice to everyone and to smother your children with hugs, kisses and love every single day.
My mom wishes I would: call her five times a day rather than just one.
My mom loves to wear: Her Jennifer Meyer cross-bar necklace and jeans. She loves jeans. 
My mom’s signature dish: She makes this amazing shrimp. I can’t explain it but it’s insane.
My mom’s greatest talent: Being a mom. She still wants to come to every doctor’s appointment I have.
What my mom wants from me for Mother’s Day: She probably wants me to sleep more.
What I will give her for Mother’s Day: (Spoiler alert, mom!) She has her eye on my new large heart and circle letter charms.

Jenni Kayne
My mom taught me: to be nice to everyone and treat them like you would like to be treated.
My mom wishes I would: cut my hair.
My mom loves to wear: Jenni Kayne.
My mom’s signature dish: A lemon meringue pie from Sweet Lady Jane.
My mom’s greatest talent: Making conversation with anyone and everyone.
What my mom wants from me for Mother’s Day: To be with her girls.
What I will give her for Mother’s Day: Monogrammed toiletry cases from Walker Valentine.

Stacey Bendet, Alice + Olivia

My mom taught me: what love is.
My mom wishes I would: visit her in Florida more.
My mom loves to wear: all things, especially our leather leggings.
My mom’s signature dish: Take out!
My mom’s greatest talent: Being the best yaya (grandmother) in the world.
What my mom wants from me for Mother’s Day: A day with her grandchildren.
What I will give her for Mother’s Day: I think our Olivia bag would be appropriate, filled with cards from the girls and her favorite black-and-white cookies.

 

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