• • The secret of my success: Emanuele Della Valle
Charlie Burton, British GQ The Fountainhead | A scion of the family behind the Italian leather empire Tod’s, Emanuele Della Valle runs luxury shopping site Lifestyle Mirror. Here, the 37-year-old unstitches a career founded on tough love, espionage and Hollywood bad boy Dennis Hopper. [....]Don't let anyone screw with your vision. My favourite fictional character is Howard Roark from The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Roark is an architect. He comes up with this idea for a complex of housing. He sells it to a huge company to build, and the company forces changes that mess up the underlying idea. Once he has seen them built, he blows the structures up with dynamite.