Falguni and Shane Peacock on being friends forever
The designer couple is a firm believer in the principle of yin and yang and owning their differences like bosses, Falguni shares the secrets
The Love Story
Ours isn’t a big movie kind of love story. We were and are very simple people and that is how this story started too. It all began when Shane was working on some design sketches and wanted someone to paint them. With our professional relationship,even our friendship began to develop. “One fine evening after dropping me home, my mother asked Shane to join us for a cup of coffee and asked him about his thoughts on marriage,” she says, letting slip that it was her mother who actually broached the subject for them. Rather courteously, Shane told my mother that he needed some time to think. “In ever gave it much thought at the time because of our backgrounds—he’s Christian and I’m Gujarati, so I assumed my mom wouldn’t agree.” But 15 years later, here we are, happy in love and parents to a beautiful daughter, Nian.
For me, Shane is my Mr Darcy. He is independent, creative, calm, grounded, mature and shares the same interests as mine—I could go on and on. I believe that he was sent to help me acknowledge and discover my true passion. I studied commercial art and was working with an agency, but I was always interested in fashion design and it was Shane who pushed me to start my own label.
Agree To Disagree?
Disagreements are inevitable. “Disagreeing is like a rite of passage before we reach a consensus on a design,” she informs. Difference sat work are important as they allow you to grow, but at home they just worsen the problem. A different perspective at work only aids the creative environment, but at home, unhealthy argument scan pull you apart. I believe that our different personalities perfectly complement the nature of our work. The combination of creative wavelengths and differences aids us in creating something brilliant that pleases us both. It’s the differences that keep us together and makes our lives interesting.
On Working Together
Striking a balance between our professional and personal lives is of utmost importance to us. While there are a lot of pros to working together, we do take our work back home and that isn’t something that you’d want to do at the end of a long day; you should know when to switch off from work.
Love is amazing when you are newly married,but what you realise when you’ve been married for a long time is that respect is even more important. Love will always remain, but it is vital that you respect each other. Shane’s mantra is that you need to be best friends before you become lovers and if you hold on to the friendship,and then there is no stopping love.
Photos: Toranj Kayvon