In an interview with People, Tom Ford discusses meeting his future husband Richard Buckley.

Ford and Buckley, who married in 2014, will celebrate 30 years together next month. The couple has one son, 4-year-old Jack.

The 55-year-old Ford heads his own fashion label, Tom Ford, and has directed two movies. His latest film, Nocturnal Animals starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival where it premiered.

“Richard was a fashion journalist and I was a young fashion designer, and we were at a mutual friend's fashion show,” Ford said of his first meeting with Buckley. “Our eyes locked. It was literally love at first sight. There was something in his eyes that said, 'The rest of your life.' We have been together ever since.”

“If the person you're with is someone you respect, who you believe has as good a heart and soul as you will ever find, don't ever leave them, because you won't find anyone better,” he added. “Even if there are moments [or] even years that can be tough. Stick it out.”

(Related: Tom Ford kissing Richard Buckley on cover of Out.)