It’s Day 4 of my February Jewels of the Month countdown for Valentine’s Day/anti-Valentine’s Day. I’m alternating between the two themes, and it’s time for an anti-Valentine piece. It’s also Throwback Thursday, so I’m going to go with my most popular message necklace, introduced in 2012.
Got zero fucks to give about Valentine’s Day? Treat yourself to this I Don’t Give a Fuck necklace so everyone knows how you feel.
I frequently wear the 18K gold version.
This necklace can change your life, I swear. I was wearing it when I not only got into an elevator in the Conde Nast building with Anna Wintour — I also SPOKE to her. In all seriousness, I was emboldened by the necklace. Admittedly, the incident didn’t change my life in any big, meaningful way, but I’ve got an awesome story to tell because Anna reportedly doesn’t like to share elevators, let alone make small talk in one. How many people can say they bellowed, “HAVE A NICE DAY!” at Anna Wintour’s back? I can! Get one of these necklaces, and you too might someday be brave enough to speak to Anna Wintour’s back.
By the way, the New York Times had a great story about Conde Nast and Anna a few days ago. I like that she’s not scared of the changing media environment, which has been undergoing a huge shift away from traditional print towards digital delivery. That’s what I was dealing with in 2014 as chairman of the board of trustees at the Columbia Spectator, Columbia University’s student newspaper. Some of our alumni were very reluctant to part with print. But Anna asks, “Why do people want to get stuck in the past?” The article ends with this:
“‘If we sit back with our quills and the visors on and, you know, the old kind of printing presses that I used to see with my dad,’ she said, referring to her father, Charles, who edited The London Evening Standard, ‘what is the point of thinking that way? Come on.'”
A round of applause for a forward-thinking executive!