Wrapping up our Mother’s Day series is a designer we admire for her taste in timeless luxury. Here, we chat with Maria Cornejo, of ZERO + Maria Cornejo, mom to Bibi and Joey, respectively 25 and 19. Shop Maria’s luxe and sophisticated designs on Spring, and find gifts for the mom in your life in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide.
Q: How will you celebrate Mother’s Day this year? Do you have any traditions?
A: Hopefully relaxed, having breakfast in bed!
Q: How has being a mother impacted your work as a designer?
A: I’m better at multitasking now and clothing has to be really multifunctional. My kids keep me youthful, relevant, and informed which is always a good thing.
Q: How do you juggle the responsibilities of motherhood and your own line?
A: It’s been hard, but as they have grown older, it’s different. When they were younger it was more physically challenging and as they have grown older, it’s been more mentally challenging. I wouldn’t change it for the world, though. They keep me sane and drive me insane!
Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to every new mother?
A: Look after yourself so you can look after everyone else.
Q: Any favorite anecdotes to share about your own mother?
A: I was always amazed how she could do so many things.
Q: And what’s one piece of advice you’d give to every entrepreneur?
A: You learn from the challenges and don’t sweat the small stuff. Look at the bigger picture.
Q: What are your five favorite pieces from your current collection, and how would you wear them?
I love that I don’t have to think about my outfit when I wear a jumpsuit. It’s done when I put this on. For evening, I would just add on my jewelry and a red lip!
The perfect restaurant date top! This is near to my heart because a group of women in Peru knit this from organic cotton via a vertical production process. I think the greatest luxury is to have something made by hand. This is a really special top with a heart behind it.
My favorite sandal from the summer collection. It’s like wearing nothing….it’s super soft, comfortable and feminine. Gives everyone beautiful feet.
Ruched Bubble Dress
I love the print on this dress. It’s meant to look like ripped wallpaper. We cut it in one of my favorite classic shapes as well, the bubble.
Scented Candle No-1
I’ve always dreamed of making a candle that encompassed all my favorite smells and memories. We have this burning in our store constantly. It’s produced and sourced locally, by hand, and the outer packaging is made in the USA from recycled board and FSC Certified paper. Creating responsibly is very important to me. I’m so proud of this labor of love!
Shop Zero + Maria Cornejo on Spring, and read more from Jennifer Fisher, Rachel Zoe, and Lela Rose in our special series celebrating Mother’s Day with our inspiring designers.
Top photo by: Mimi Ritzen Crawford