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What has the Dutch mentality—its sometimes over-the-top down-to-earthness—brought about in you?
Rushemy Botter: I think our social circle is quite small. We don’t go to all the parties and the craziness. We like creating fashion but aren’t interested in all the stuff around it.
Lisi Herrebrugh: That can be hard sometimes. Business things can happen at those parties, but we’re choosing not to go there.
RB: We prefer to stay at home with our friends and families who don’t have anything to do with fashion. We can talk about everyday stuff, not just fashion. I mean, we’re not saving any children, you know.
LH: I also think it’s important to share our experiences with friends and family. If you can’t share it, what’s the point? We still have the same friends, and we love to go back to the Netherlands and just relax. Some say that’s naive—to not be apart of the fashion circus.
So you embraced the saying. I can also imagine that you wanted to rebel against it when you were younger?
RB: We’ve always been quite down to earth.
LH: People didn’t understand what we were doing at first. They all thought, "Why don’t you take a job? Get a mortgage? Why invest so much in something you don’t know it will deliver?" We had to struggle a bit with that mentality.
Yeah, I get it—it was until a few years ago that my mother still asked me, "When are you gonna get a job?" Even though I was doing okay.
RB: It’s a different generation. They see it differently. They don’t get that world—which I understand as well.
It’s hard enough to not say to yourself, "Why don’t I just get a job?" Let alone everyone around you saying the exact same thing.
LH: You have to believe in yourself.
RB: Our parents didn’t really know what we were doing until they saw the first show of Nina Ricci I think. Before that, it was really unclear. Alright, we make clothing. But who will wear it? What’s the use? Those sort of questions.