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Today’s interview is with Vanessa Agyemang, international model and designer of Copper Dust London. Vanessa’s luxury home decor brand is fast becoming known for its bespoke handmade lampshades and unique fusion of eclectic British and African culture. As a fellow British African I was keen to get her perspective of living in the city. In this interview she shares with us her love of Greenwich and favourite things to do in London.
Hi Vanessa – Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I don’t think a lot of people know, I have degree in Interior Architecture & Design. Outside of being an award winning model I founded luxury home décor brand Copper Dust specialising in handmade limited edition lampshades and illustration. I’ve been lucky enough to combine both my passions. My designs have been featured in The World of Interiors, Elle Décor and House and Garden. Alongside this I’ve had the opportunity to work with brands such as Nars, Samsung and ASOS.
Where are your favourite places to go in London?
Definitely Shoreditch for its edgy street style, King’s Cross St Pancras as I love to people watch and see how they interact with the environment. The British Museum is a must because, it always has changing exhibitions, which are always inspiring.
As an international model – can you share your favourite places to shop?
Nothing can beat a good vintage store, I love to mix that up with African prints from Dalston or prints I’ve sourced from Ghana.
What is your preferred mode of transport to get around the city?
Is there anything that annoys you about the city?
As a business owner can you give any advice to others wishing to do the same?
Your work is so unique and beautiful, where does your inspiration come from?
Can you share any hidden gems in London that nobody else knows about?
There is a pedestrian tunnel that starts in Greenwich and goes under the river Thames and you come out in East London, a great stroll and a secret discovery.
Are there any other cities you would live in?
I’ve always known I would like to expand my business internationally, and since the first time I visited Barcelona I fell in love. The food, lifestyle and abundance of things to to do makes it my number one spot.