Bella Freud

Designer — London

Name
Bella Freud

What do you do?
Designer

Where are you from?
London

What does Britishness mean to you?
I suppose British means to me a mixture of people in a place. Because people are so different, I suppose one of the characteristics of British people is they're such ornery bastards really aren't they? So kind of themselves in one way. There are so many styles and characteristics that the differentness seems to be a British thing. Certainly one of the things I enjoy about it, anyway.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
I remember the thing that lit me up was first hearing Bob Marley at about 14. Hearing Get Up, Stand Up and just falling completely and madly in love with this music and wanting to know everything about it and Bob Marley. When I like something I play it again and again… I never get bored so I play something maybe a thousand times.

What was the best gig you went to recently?
I have been going to the Hammersmith Apollo since I was a teenager, I saw the Clash play there in 1979. It's not small but it's not too big, you feel connected to what is happening on stage and going to the front is not too daunting. I saw Nick Cave play there a few years ago which was mind blowing.

Where do you think is the best venue in London?
I went to a poetry reading at The Troubador in Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court. It is one of the original coffee shops and was founded in 1954 - it hasn't changed a great deal. There is a cafe/restaurant on the ground floor and the 'Happenings' take place in the cellar with checkered table cloths and a couple of spotlights beaming into the corner where the performances take place. It still has that feeling that you are the one who has discovered it, although it has hosted the greats from Bert Jansch to Jimi Hendrix.

An exclusive playlist selected by Bella Freud, tracing the lineage of the dancehall scene. Starting with the designer’s memories of the neatly turned-out Jamaican reggae artists of London in the 1970s.

Get Up, Stand Up - The Wailers

Jubilee Street - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) - Sly & The Family Stone

GET UP - Young Fathers

Blessed Are Those Who Struggle - The Last Poets, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie

Cherry Oh Baby - The Rolling Stones

My Favourite Things - John Coltrane

Israelites - Desmond Dekker

The Mercy Seat - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys

Name
Bella Freud

What do you do?
Designer

Where are you from?
London

What does Britishness mean to you?
I suppose British means to me a mixture of people in a place. Because people are so different, I suppose one of the characteristics of British people is they're such ornery bastards really aren't they? So kind of themselves in one way. There are so many styles and characteristics that the differentness seems to be a British thing. Certainly one of the things I enjoy about it, anyway.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
I remember the thing that lit me up was first hearing Bob Marley at about 14. Hearing Get Up, Stand Up and just falling completely and madly in love with this music and wanting to know everything about it and Bob Marley. When I like something I play it again and again… I never get bored so I play something maybe a thousand times.

What was the best gig you went to recently?
I have been going to the Hammersmith Apollo since I was a teenager, I saw the Clash play there in 1979. It's not small but it's not too big, you feel connected to what is happening on stage and going to the front is not too daunting. I saw Nick Cave play there a few years ago which was mind blowing.

Where do you think is the best venue in London?
I went to a poetry reading at The Troubador in Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court. It is one of the original coffee shops and was founded in 1954 - it hasn't changed a great deal. There is a cafe/restaurant on the ground floor and the 'Happenings' take place in the cellar with checkered table cloths and a couple of spotlights beaming into the corner where the performances take place. It still has that feeling that you are the one who has discovered it, although it has hosted the greats from Bert Jansch to Jimi Hendrix.

An exclusive playlist selected by Bella Freud, tracing the lineage of the dancehall scene. Starting with the designer’s memories of the neatly turned-out Jamaican reggae artists of London in the 1970s.

Get Up, Stand Up - The Wailers

Jubilee Street - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) - Sly & The Family Stone

GET UP - Young Fathers

Blessed Are Those Who Struggle - The Last Poets, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie

Cherry Oh Baby - The Rolling Stones

My Favourite Things - John Coltrane

Israelites - Desmond Dekker

The Mercy Seat - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys

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