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Northshore April 2020

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87 balance; it's not the kind of firm that lawyers worry they'll get fired if they're sick or need to care for a child or aging parent. "I think they're much more productive and appreciative," Cervizzi says. "I want to allow them to be lawyers and professionals, but also have their families, their children, and not feel like they're missing out on either." Work-life balance is actually why Cervizzi started her own firm to begin with; she wanted more time with her children. "I never thought it would grow to this," she says. But grow it has, and with intention. In family law, there are volatile emotions, tangled finances, bitter custody disputes, and lots of worry and pain. As Cervizzi notes, no one wants a divorce. But if you need one, you can find compassionate and skilled attorneys at Cervizzi and Associates, she says, adding that with offices in North Reading, Boston, and Beverly, you don't have to trek into the city—paying exorbitant hourly rates for the work and for parking on top of it—to get results. INSIDE A SPACIOUS WHITE SHOWROOM IN a converted brick woolen mill in North Andover, you'll find Darby Scott, the petite woman behind the big name of the luxury goods company she founded in 1994. The mill space functions as both her atelier and boutique, stylishly displaying racks of elegant dresses, blouses, toppers, and jumpsuits; glass cases winking with candy- colored jewelry ; and glass shelves holding her flagship product—exotic animal skin purses embellished with jewels. AN INTERVIEW WITH THIS LOCAL DESIGNER ON WORK, FASHION, AND LIFE IN GENERAL. B Y V I C T O R I A A B B O T T R I C C A R D I PHOTOGRAPH BY LEA ST. GERMAIN Designer Darby Scott began her luxury brand in 1994. A 1984 Smith graduate with design in her DNA (her mother was a talented seamstress, who designed and made silk-screen clothing), Scott worked for high-end fashion brands such as Perry Ellis and Aquascutum before going off on her own. She began her business in Manhattan with a small collection of cocktail dresses and evening gowns, and now produces her jeweled handbags and totes, jewelry, women's clothing and leather goods for men, such as backpacks, messenger bags, portfolios, flasks, wallets, and duffel bags. Recently, she sat down to answer some questions about her work, lifestyle, and biggest indulgence. WHAT IS THE FIRST PIECE YOU DESIGNED FOR THE DARBY SCOTT BRAND? I did a cocktail gown inspired by the Manhattan skyline. It was in a magnificent red silk and wool blend and was fluid, but could hold an edge. It had an asymmetric neckline and was strapless. Bergdorf Goodman bought it. WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT SOURCES OF DESIGN INSPIRATION? I am inspired by color and a fabric's texture and drape. I'm also inspired by travel, museums, art, and architecture, as well as the luster and inherent beauty of a natural

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