Curitiba, Brazil
Vanessa Lisboa, 29
Fashion Designer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a Fashion Designer and I'm totally passionate about my profession. Since I was a child, I know I want to work with it. I believe that clothes are paths between the body and the world, so they have to provide a symbolic and a useful experience. My objective is to make designs that help people to achieve incredible things, empowering them by usability and comfort. In addition, they are a way of showing authenticity, creating new languages and interpretations about our environment. Because of that, I love arts, culture, music, and everything that contribute to my repertoire.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Well, I never had a job that I can consider the worst, but once I worked in a sunglasses e-commerce as Graphic Designer and I think it wasn't most promising experience because I always wanted to work with Fashion Design so I was far away from my objective.

Were you born and raised in Curitiba?

Yes! I've never lived anywhere else besides here.

What’s your current hood in Curitiba and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in a neighborhood far away from the downtown and this is the worst part of it because of the location of my work and the best restaurants, cafeterias, and stores, for example, are there. However, my hood is a calm and a comfy place to live, there are no high buildings here and it has a cost of living cheaper than the other ones near downtown.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I love Rock, Pop, R&B and Soul music. Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, Queen, Red Chili Peppers, ACDC, Beyoncé, Mumford & Sons! And I can’t forget my favorite Brazilian artists: Liniker e os Caramelows, Los Hermanos, Jaloo and the fabulous Karol Conka (who was born here!). Well, the kind of music that I absolutely hate is easy: “sertanejo” which is a type of Country music very popular here.

You’re broken hearted – what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

ohhh… classical choice: The Scientist - Coldplay. “Noooobody said it was eaaasy..” (and then you are crying very hard, slipping your back down the wall slowly in a dramatic scene)

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

My favorites ones are Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Breaking Bad. All of them have a sort of power struggle, strategies, twists, breathtaking scenes and awesome cuts and photography. I love the casting too (but not you Jon Snow, because you know nothing).

Name some spots in Curitiba that are good for a Tinder date.

Ouch….this is tough for me, I’m not a Tinder person but I can try. For me, Botanique is one of the most beautiful and charming places here, so I recommend it for all occasions.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Anna Wintour. You know The Devil Wears Prada? She's the real one.

Who’s your hero and where in Curitiba would you take them out for a serious hang?

Queen Bey! I love Beyoncé… If I had this chance I would take her to Paradis Club to dance all night. Off course she would beat me.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

This is totally my question hehe. I am the co-founder of Projeto Zero Um (@prjt01) a local fashion design brand so most of the time, I'm wearing its clothes. But I really appreciate and support local brands that have a unique aesthetic and fair trade principles like Arbol, Textilaria, Jacu, Veine, Novo Louvre, Rocio Canvas, Leveza do Ser and etc. I love Ous for sneakers, Noiga for 3D accessories and Yë for purses. The brands that I mentioned are all from here. I have to mention too that every semester there is a fair called MANOO (@manoocuritiba) and I strongly recommend it to buy clothes and accessories. Check their calendar on social media.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Remember “sertanejo”? Ok, I’ll never be caught dead in where this type of music is played. In places like Woods and Shed Western Bar, for example.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I like to take a walk in the parks, like Parque Barigui but it is far away from home, so I always skip this activity. But I have to say, Curitiba does not help sometimes with the weather haha.

Where do you go in Curitiba for a casual night out?

There is a street called Vicente Machado and it has many places with street food at night like What the Fuck, Pizza (yes, they sell pizza and the name of the place is Pizza), Beard Hamburger and etc. People stay on the street eating, drinking beer and enjoying themselves. If you like dancing, Paradis and James are cool places for that, I love the types of music that are played in these two places.

Where would you go in Curitiba to celebrate some freaking good news?

Freaking good news requires freaking good food, right? I really like Caramelodrama for desserts and there is a cute and calm environment. For a magical interaction with plants and colors, I recommend Botanique Café. New York Café has a lot of awesome food too. All these places have a comfy and good structure to celebrate the good news! If you appreciate doing that if a really good cup of coffee a recommend Terra Café & Bistrô and Lucca.

What’s your choice of transportation in Curitiba and why?

Well, I don’t live near the office and I have to carry a lot of things because of my job so I use the car as a way of transportation. Curitiba does not have a subway system, so the major public way of transportation is by bus. We can always count on Uber and Cabify too.

What are the Curitiba spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

If you love architecture, you should definitely go to Oscar Niemeyer Museum, it is a good place to get to know the work of Oscar, one of the most important architects that existed in the world and the exhibitions of the museum worth a lot. If you want to feel the vibe of historical Curitiba, take a walk at Rua XV de Novembro where you can see all types of people, stores and there's a lot of street food. Take a moment to go to the traditional bakery called Confeitaria das Famílias. Another recommendation is the Feirinha do Largo da Ordem, that happens every Sunday morning, it is a fair in the heart of historic downtown.

What are the Curitiba spots tourists should run from screaming?

All shopping malls on Sundays. They are usually very crowded.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I’ve been in Italy recently and I would choose Florence because I love this city. It is such a beautiful place and it has a historical and kind of magical atmosphere that I really enjoy. Besides that... OH MY GOD THE FOOD. There’s a lot of food markets there so I was in heaven.

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