Steve Madden, notorious fashion designer and creator of his namesake famous shoe brand, came to Saint Peter’s on March 10 to give it all away.
“Give it away. Give it away. Give it away now,” sang Madden, referencing the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Madden, who now works as creative and design chief for his company said he always enjoys talking to students. During the one hour live broadcast, Madden mentioned that “anything that keeps you interacting with fellow human beings in this day and age is a good thing.”
Being someone who has seen a lot, Madden instilled wisdom into students, in an attempt for them to avoid the same shortcuts and mistakes he has made.
“Time is precious and at the end of the day, time is the real currency more than money or fame,” said Madden.
Madden explained that the biggest mistake he’s ever made was thinking that money was the most important aspect of life. He said the biggest lesson he knows now that he did not in college is that money can’t give you happiness.
Currently, Madden continues to work for his company, giving ideas here and there. He mentioned that he is excited for a clothing line that the company is releasing in the upcoming year. Even at 62-years-old, Madden continues to work because he loves it.
“I’ve been hustling for a long time. I can’t remember when I wasn’t,” said Madden.
For students who wish to go into the business industry, Madden had some advice. He said before starting a business, you must learn about that business. He recommended working at a company for a couple years before branching off.
He also explained that intelligence comes from the ability to adapt and says that one must lead with their strengths in order to get ahead.
For Madden, creativity and business were always at the forefront of his career.
“I like creative and commercial mixed together...that’s what turns me on,” said Madden.
But before Madden was a multi-millionaire, he began by working for small retail shops which eventually led to his love for fashion. He began his company in 1990 selling shoes out of the trunk of his car and has now grown to fashion icon status.
His biggest take away from it all?
“Don’t quit before the miracle.”