Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
When I design a wedding dress with a bustle, it has to be one the bride can dance in. I love the idea that something is practical and still looks great.
Trends in fashion, design and pop culture are taking on more global influence, and of course, one thing that's always in style is color.
A shoe is not only a design, but it's a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you're going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.
Sustainability can't be like some sort of a moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropical cause. It has to be a design challenge.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
I have an all-Japanese design team, and none of them speak English. So it's often funny and surprising how my ideas end up lost in translation.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.