coming from a buyer's background, e-luxury, tyler brought an understanding to the brand that would have been impossible had she never been in her clients' shoes. she came in for the initial interview and walked out with marching orders to be at barneys in new york in a week. long story very, very short. i believe i have excellent instincts so, sorry ty, i put her feet to the fire as i'm known to do. armed with nothing more than what we call our client "bible" tyler went about getting to work. guess what? she stepped up! i knew she would and if she was sweating it i'd defy anyone to point it out. tyler just seems to have that perpetually sunny outlook. always looking incredibly fabulous and fresh as a daisy, i think she may have wanted to shoot me when we surprised her with a lunch at nobu to celebrate her ten year anniversary with kai. (fyi, we have a long-standing tradition here where we celebrate birthdays with a surprise of cupcakes and candles or decadent donuts. the surprise is generally not very surprising anymore but it's fun and shows the true affection we have for each other.) so there was that but we weren't done yet. a rare day is to enjoy lunch at nobu malibu but who deserved it more? it was not just a birthday but a ten year anniversary!
noon straight up i walk into ty's office.
me: "we're taking you to lunch at nobu."
tyler: "i can't. i have too much work to do!"
me: "you've got five minutes."
she's the real deal. her accounts are over the moon with her. peter and my angels adore her and i'm incredibly grateful to have her! in other words, stand in line. she is an absolute professional and sweet as sugar. i count tyler as my dear friend, confidant and co-worker extraordinaire. we share a history that's hard to replicate. in these last ten years we've leaned heavily on each other. thru thick and thin, sickness and health, ty's been rock solid! in closing this love letter, thank you tyler! from the bottom of my heart, thank you!!!
cheers to the next ten!
p.s. i've asked my kai angels to share a few words about tyler below...
need i say more? tyler is the ultimate kai angel, our resident everything (including pun-developer, grammar checker, fashion expert - the list goes on for miles). she makes you feel loved on even the worst of days, going above and beyond for all of us and i couldn't imagine being here without her. congrats, ty!!!
i think i speak for everyone when i say how truly lucky we are to have ty as part of the kai family. ever poised and smiling, she keeps us all laughing and light-hearted with her quick wit and charming personality. ty, you are a light in this office! here's to the next ten years!!
i believe you can fly, ty.
to ten more years. thanks for everything you do.