Own It: The Secret to LifeDiane von Furstenberg

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Own It is a must-have survival guide that you can come back to time and again for immediate inspiration from the heart and soul of the trailblazing business leader and creative genius that is DVF!” - Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO and Founder of Bumble

Many books describe paths to success, but only Own It helps us to find our own. My friend Diane von Furstenberg gives us the biggest gift: faith in our uniqueness.” - Gloria Steinem, writer, activist and feminist organizer

The entrepreneur and philanthropist presents her A-Z guide and manifesto for personal growth and for turning problems into assets

Internationally renowned fashion designer and philanthropist Diane von Furstenberg shares her accessible, empowering manifesto. In an easy-to-navigate A-Z format, Own It is her blueprint for enjoying both personal and professional growth at any age. “The secret of life is one thing: own it. Own our imperfections. Own our vulnerability; it becomes our strength. Whatever the challenge is, own it. Owning it is the first step to everything.”


  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 178 × 120 mm (7 × 4 3/4 in)
  • Pages: 168 pp
  • Illustrations: 0 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838662226

Diane von Furstenberg began her fashion career in 1970. In a 1976 cover story, Newsweek declared her 'the most remarkable woman since Coco Chanel.' Her global brand is now available in more than 70 countries worldwide. An active philanthropist, she was president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from 2006-2019. She has written several books, including Diane: A Signature Life and The Woman I Wanted to Be.

She's been a champion of women her entire life, supporting and empowering emerging women leaders across the globe. In 2010, with the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Diane established the DVF Awards to honor and provide grants to women who have displayed leadership, strength and courage in their commitment to their causes. She served as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from 2006-2019. In 2015, she was named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People and the following year, she received the CFDA Swarovski Award for Positive Change. In September of 2019, Diane von Furstenberg was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame honored for her leadership and achievements which have changed the course of history. She currently serves on the boards of Vital Voices, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.

'Von Furstenberg shares the words she lives by … with [her] entries forming an A to Z compendium of her language of empowerment.' – Forbes

'For fashion legend Diane von Furstenberg, the secret to life is as easy as ABC.' –  British Vogue

'[Diane von Furstenberg] shares a lifetime of bitesize wisdom and inspiration in her latest book.' – ELLE Decoration

'An alphabetical collection of DVF-isms that are certainly worth taking note of.' – AnOther Magazine

'In Own It, von Furstenberg shares her accessible manifesto: connect, expand, inspire and advocate.' – Irish Examiner

'There's no such thing as a roadmap to finding success, but if there were it might look something like this.' – Town & Country

'The legendary fashion designer becomes a modern-day Oscar Wilde in this A-Z of words that matter to her.' –Telegraph

'When you take responsibility for your choices, have a higher calling and cultivate love and compassion, joy becomes the measure of success every moment. Own It is a beautiful guide.' –  Deepak Chopra , author of Total Meditation: Practices in Living the Awakened Life