London, United Kingdom
Duygu, 38
Fashion Designer
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a bit about Duygu

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a fashion designer. I'm very creative and I love what I do, it is a great way to spreading my vision through the outfits.

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

My first job. When I was 18. because my first salary was stolen the same day :S

Were you born and raised in London? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to London?

I was born in Istanbul in the heart of the old city area called Golden Horn! Istanbul has been a capital city for hundreds years of Romans, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. When I was a kid it was so normal to play around very old ruins. I moved to London to learn English for six months and it has been 10 years:) I learned the language as well as ended up studying at the Arts foundation with a Fashion BA at one of the great universities in the world. Which was my dream. Life is full of surprises! You will never know where it takes you :)

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

I live in Hampstead. Love it here very much! My heart belongs to Hampstead Heath! Swimming in the ponds or going for a long walk when I'm happy or sad/ tired or hyper! Anytime really :) Old English pubs and hundreds of years old cemeteries, lovely restaurants and coffee shops. I cannot see anything bad about it ;)

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

It sounds really basic but I like all kind of music. Depends on where I am at mentally and physically. When I'm traveling to work (takes an hour and half!) I listen to a playlist called 'The Most beautiful songs in the World.' It helps to keep me calm at rush hour tube anxiety. I love listening to classical music on Saturday and Sunday mornings in my room when I wake up. When I go out for dancing I like electronic music, 90's hip hop/R&B, and of course Boogie!

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

Haha oh gosh! Last time when I had a proper heartbreak (not too long ago), Jorja Smith- 'Carry me home' and Alicia Keys- 'Goodbye' saved my life :)

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

Since I was a kid I have always been a big fan of a sci-fi and I just love all the tv shows from the 90's such as Star trek, Quantum Leap, Futurama along with Friends and Beverly Hills :)

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

Mmmm depends on what kind of person your Tinder date is :) If you are going out with someone who is creative Barbican art centre is really nice. It has a lovely canteen for a coffee and cake. There are always very cool free exhibitions on as well as beautiful glass roof greenhouse to help you feel less nervous on a first date! :)

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

Teresa May

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

Ataturk

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I travel a lot so I make sure I always visit vintage shops, Flea markets, charities at those cities all around the world as well as London ones! I often design my own clothes too. I have a very good tailor and she makes anything that I want. I also get lots of free samples depending on where I work, which is great :)

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

Colombia Flower Market

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

I would love to drive my own car if I had one in London

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

Usually at East London, Dalston, Hackney where lots of my friends live.

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

Throw a big big house party!

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

Well most of the public transportation in London is good in their own way. Depends where you go. I love Uber of course when I'm back from a big night out.

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

A long walk along the Themes from Brough market to the London Eye. It is also lovely to take a boat from Westminster to Greenwich so you can see London from the water.

What are the London spots tourists should run from screaming?

Oxford Circus, Leister Square, Bond Street on a Saturday/Sunday day time :s

Tomorrow’s your last day in London. How do you spend it?

Omg thats a very harsh question! First I would cry all night till tomorrow for sure. Then wake up with my puffy eyes in the morning as early as possible to go to Hampstead Heath and walk up to the Parliament Hill to watch London then walk to Camden town have some market food along the canal. Then I would throw a big party in the evening where all my London friends to come and dance with me all night along :)

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

San Francisco! It reminds me of a city made of London and Istanbul.

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