I invited Jonathan to lunch to talk about his new book, My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living. He was in a great mood, partly due to the holiday gift I had just given himâa pretty scarce book, and more importantly, one he hadn't discovered yetâ Liberace Cooks. It's not easy trying to give him something he hasn't seen before. He's wearing his trademark vintage Lacoste shirt and vintage Levi's cords, his Rod Laver's and a simple Rolex. Here's what he had to say about life, and his new book, from his table at the restaurant near his office where he eats lunch every day.
CH: When we first met in 1992 in New York City (Jonathan lived with a friend of mine from college at the time), you were working as a talent agent. How did you transition from a job you didn't really care for into building a style empire?
JA: I experimented with pottery while I was in college, but it didn't seem like it was something I could earn a living at. It was only after, thankfully, a few years working in the talent industry that I realized the only talent I cared about was my own. I was also young and naÃ¯ve and very motivated to do my own thing. I wake up every day and couldn't be happier with what I'm doing.
CH: But how did you go from potter to retailer to licensor to author in such a short time?