Curating good vibes only,
with Vanessa Ford
Curating good vibes
only, with Vanessa Ford
It’s been said optimism is a happiness magnet, and it’s apparent that Vanessa Ford attracts only the best energy. As a filmmaker, model, founder and childrenswear designer, fluent in French and with a degree in global health, we knew Vanessa was the perfect person to launch us into the new season. Born in Toronto to Jamaican parents she now lives in Portugal where she’s raising three trilingual children with her Swedish husband, all while running her [Super Sema animation] business in Kenya. We caught up with her one gloriously sunny weekend to find out more about how she embraces living wild and free with her family, is the purveyor of good vibes and how she dresses for summer adventures.
We love your mantra of raising your kids to be wild and free. What does that look like for your family?
VF: We are often literally out in the wild, whether we’re making sandcastles at the beach, carving wood or making survival fortresses in the garden. Being wild and free is part of encouraging them to be true to their own self. My children are trilingual, have three different skin tones, hair textures and even passports. We instil that they don’t need to change in order to fit in. We give them the freedom to make mistakes and messes. I want them to explore. They remind me to run barefoot, teach me to love ants or save spiders. Life is undoubtedly more colourful in their presence.
From left: Monroe, Vanessa, Rio and Euston
What inspires your personal style?
VF: Being Jamaican, raised in Canada and
moving to London and now living in Portugal, I
feel like I carry all of that energy into the way I
move through the world and dress.
We recently moved to a little town in the Sintra
hills, with orange trees and a view of the sea. I
find myself drawn to lots of vintage style, bold
florals and boho prints. (And the occasional