Saks exec Tracy Margolies and designer Gabriela Hearst on being power moms

Tracy Margolies: I never considered myself a woman in power until recently, when I became a mother by choice. I just had a baby boy about six months ago, and now I feel more than ever that I’m powerful, because I am making my own choices. I wasn’t giving everything up — I could have it all just like anyone else, and I have an incredible career that I’m passionate about and I have my own family and I feel really lucky to have been able to do all of that.

Gabriela Hearst: Yes, it’s bloody hard, but we are extremely productive beings and we can handle it, and you’re a testament to it. I’ve had friends who’ve had very successful careers, and at some point, a mentor, always meaning well, would say, “If you want to have a really successful career, you’re not going to be able to have a family.” You’re an example of that not being true.

TM: I tell people at work, “You have to be passionate about what you do, and once you are, you’re able to accomplish everything.”

GH: I think that’s exactly it. Being passionate, and putting your mind to it, and that’s exactly the correct way to make your dreams happen.

You have to be passionate about what you do, and once you are, you’re able to accomplish everything.

 - Tracy Margolies

TM: You always think your life is going to go one way and then one day you wake up and decide to take control of your life. I thought, why wait? I always wanted to have a baby, and I was really blessed to be able to have a healthy boy. I feel so much more fulfilled now that I’m able to have everything in my life: a loving family, great friends, a great job and now, this little boy. It’s all about organization and prioritization. I’m very, very organized with my schedule, my life, things I need to accomplish — that’s how I can get through the day and get a good night’s sleep.

GH: Before my twins, I was more of a messy person, and I am like a recovered, organized freak. I hate clutter, everything needs to be clear. And you know how when smokers stop smoking they get really bothered by people that smoke? That’s what I have around messy people because I’m so organized now, I’m afraid I’ll go into messy mode again. Having kids definitely made me have a very structural way of working and structure is the way I move forward with everything, even creatively speaking — I don’t have to wait until I’m inspired to sketch. There’s no other way to do it than in an organized manner.

TM: I think my problem is I want to do everything, always.

GH: Do you think that’s a woman thing? That it’s hard for us to say no? I feel like sometimes it’s hard for me to say no, but I’m learning.

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