Things My Father Taught Me: Jessica Goldfond

The Shiny Squirrel, Jessica Goldfond, asked me to contribute a few Things I Love a year ago. I forgot to include The Shiny Squirrel. It is a constant source of inspiration. Turn to it, if you haven’t to stay tuned into Goldfond’s insightful look at the world of fashion and interior design. She’s an inspiration to me. May she be one to you.


I never really knew my father. He passed away when I was 5 years old, but from what I hear we are very similar. We are both strong, extroverted people who have the ability to talk to anyone about anything. I can only really gather his personality through stories, our collection of home movies and the articles he left behind — mainly the fantastic library of books that encompasses my mothers’ basement. He loved reading biographies, nice cigars, and playing street basketball every weekend.

Although his influence was never direct, his absence has definitely shaped who I am today. He has taught me that life is very fragile and that you should enjoy every moment that you have both in what you do and the people you surround yourself with.

Jessica Goldfond