If you’re ever worried about underachieving, you would be forgiven for not rushing to learn more about singer/songwriter, podcaster, budding-author, UNICEF UK ambassador, mother-of-two and now childrenswear-designer, Jessie Ware...
But there is something about her relationship with the biggest influence in her life, her mum Lennie (they co-host their hit podcast, Table Manners together), her love of food, her down-to-earth attitude and honesty about her own struggles that leaves you feeling uplifted and inspired rather than resting your head on the kitchen table.
In January this year she revealed her latest venture, a new colourful and sustainable children’s fashion collection called Anyware, which she created with design partner George Reddings.
It is cool and practical – it was created without seasons and genders in mind, so it is filled with timeless treasures to be handed down for years to come.
“We wanted something that children could wear for longer,” Jessie says of the collection she hopes will challenge how we shop for our little ones. “People are over-buying and we have to change the way we think. We wanted better designs, better fabrics – something that would wear well and also be gender-equal as children should be free from stereotypes and wear whatever style and colour they like.”
When she is not designing, she is touring the world with her music – her last album Glasshouse, which focused on motherhood, peaked at number three in the album charts – and it has long been her passion.
“My mum always loved watching me sing but I was painfully uncomfortable on stage, I still think I am to be honest,” she says. “It’s not my natural habitat at all, the kitchen is. I was always in the school musicals but would always get a cold the night before the show out of sheer nerves.”
Before joining the music world, the south Londoner dabbled in journalism at The Jewish Chronicle and The Daily Mirror newspapers, but it is her ability to talk with ease that is drawing guests as varied as Kiefer Sutherland and Noomi Rapace from the world of music, culture and politics, to her podcast with her mum, who she describes as “my hero”.
“She single-handedly brought up three very strong-willed kids and never made it look that hard,” she says.
We loved discovering her view on homebirths, being a supermum and making a mess in the kitchen.
Go to www.anywarekids.com