Interview with Lea Sommerseth (@leasommerseth)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I have always been interested in arts and design and taking part in arts and design courses at Parsons and the University of London, had work placement with Jean Paul Gaultier, and in Sweden, been in contact with the Bergman team on the set-up of Mary Stuart Queen of Scots production, at that time I was mostly into writing and cinematography. However, design is another creative field that I have settled for.
Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
I contacted the manufacturers that organized the Victoria Beckham collection about a possible collaboration; however, it felt huge, and I wasn’t sure if I was at the stage to set up a collection. Recently I got in contact with them, and it was surprising to see how easy it would be for me to set up my collection.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
I always get inspired by arts and design. That’s where I recharge and get ideas and inspiration; I recharge by travelling to Paris via St Pancras is my favourite quick getaway.
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person whom you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
since I became a mother, strength has got a different definition, and most of my strength in set-up projects comes from that parenthood strength; people like Tarkovsky in cinema and Vivienne Westwood in Fashion has inspired me by bringing different elements to the mainstream
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I have always been interested in philanthropy and philosophy; as a matter of fact, my first job in high school was working for a non-profit organisation; I have set up a non-profit organisation here in the UK, Yesmin Sehmuz Trust, in memory of my brother Sehmuz Celik and Yesmin Morales that I lost in my hometown Gothenburg in Sweden as a teenager, through my non-profit organisation helped war victims of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Do you have a favourite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
I have seen that those who work in arts and design have more chances to be part of the timeless ones when staying authentic. It’s something that has always applied to my work philosophy.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
I only use Facebook and Instagram as social media for my personal as my UK registered ventures and non-profit trust.
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
I am in the process of launching a gallery in Notting Hill titled after my son’s middle name, and there will be friends and some great world-famous artists participating in exhibitions