A common thread of serendipity weaves through Fiona Ackerman’s life, a mix of funny coincidences and subtle symbols, like the lizard, that would go unexamined for most people—but not Ackerman, who exists in perpetual metamorphosis.

Discovering a clothing item you instantly fall in love with can be a visceral experience. The French call it coup de coeur—love at first sight. This was the inspiration for outerwear brand Cape de Cœur.