The story goes that fashion powerhouses Richard Buckley and Tom Ford met during a chance encounter on an elevator. During a 2016 interview with Jess Cagle of “The Jess Cagle Interview,” Ford described the magical meeting as “love at first sight.” “Our eyes locked and within a month we were living together. We have been together ever since. This December will be 30 years,” he continued (via People). Per Daily Mail, Ford was just 25 at the time and Buckley was 38.
Ford said that respect was the key to a loving, long-lasting relationship. “If the person you’re with is someone you respect, who you believe has a great heart and a great soul, as good a heart and soul that you will ever find, don’t ever leave them,” Ford advised, “because you won’t find anyone better.”
Our most sincere condolences go out to Ford, their son and all of Buckley’s loved ones during this difficult time.