VILA Crew - meets Lissa

What’s Lissa Thimm Nielsen’s biggest fashion screw up and what drives her ongoing passion for fashion? Get to know VILA’s exclusive in house print designer who hand draws most of VILA’s prints herself. Watch out for colours and lots of them!

The first thing we should know about you?
I’m a colour-loving textile designer.

Work-wise you do?
Print design, print design and more print design. My work usually starts with trend research moving on to making hand drawn sketches with pen or water colours - ending up being prints on VILA styles. I’m also the one handling the contact to our suppliers and follow up on the process from start to end.

What did you want to be growing up?
A marine biologist or a fashion designer. But along the way I fell in love with textiles instead and chose this path. I’m kind of a fibre, colour and crafts nerd who loves shapes and textures – and finds inspiration in art, nature, and random everyday beauty.

What’s your signature style?
Colours and lots of them.

Fashion is…?
Inspiring!

What’s your biggest screw up style wise?
My mother is pretty sure about this (and I’m inclined to agree with her): My look in elementary school was dreadlocks and ripped stockings paired with old slip dresses, legwarmers and 15 cm tall boots.

If you could go back in history, what fashion era would you like to live in?
I would probably go for the 60s or 70s style with lots of colours and high waisted styles.

Your best dance move (should you have one?)
I really don’t have any - besides looking weird when trying to coordinate my moves on the dance floor.

What always makes you laugh?
My kids and husband - and a lot of bad TV shows.

What would you name your boat if you had one?
Rainbow. Or maybe “Josef” is more down to earth (after my two idols Josef Albers and Josef Frank). If you are even allowed to name a boat after a man?

Right now, what are you excited about?
Life in Jutland. For the last 15 years I have been living in Copenhagen, but I moved back to the “motherland” with my 2 kids and husband to work for VILA.

What do you dream of?
I’ve never been keen on travelling abroad, but getting older has made me more adventurous, so now I would like to see more of the world.