Linda Visser - Zwolle, Netherlands

Designer, model and self-professed techie, Linda’s truly a woman of many talents. We caught up with her in Amsterdam – her self-proclaimed second home – to ask her – Who are you? Here’s what she had to say…

I come from a little town in the Netherlands called Ommen. It’s quiet and I had a really peaceful childhood there. There’s a lot of nature there so as a kid I was always playing outside.

I’m an online designer, so the thing I love the most is how everything keeps advancing. Web and tech are constantly evolving. I love that there are always new techniques to learn and an ever-growing skill set.

I think people would describe me as loyal, humble, creative, messy and even a bit chaotic.

As a designer, I find myself planted in front of my computer screen for long hours at a time. Although I’d like to say that I find lots of inspiration on social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram, the truth is that I feel most inspired when I step away from the screen.

Those close to me have the biggest impact on me. They make me see things I can’t see on my own.

The event that impacted me the most was definitely losing my brother 4 years ago. I learned to cherish my loved ones every single day, to let myself be vulnerable, and to realize that it’s OK to feel fucked up sometimes. And of course, to enjoy life while you still can.

One of the most special places for me is my Grandma’s house. It’s one of the most peaceful places to go whenever I need to recharge. It’s almost as if time has stood still there, and I find that the garden of flowers gives me energy.

The best advice I’ve ever received is, “At first glance it may appear too hard. Look again. Always look again.”

I think my biggest strength is patience. I’m VERY patient.

My last meal on earth would be french fries with Joppie sauce or McDonalds 😉

My most prized possessions are some pieces of jewelry from my family: a ring from my mother and grandmother, another ring and bracelet from my sister and a bracelet with my brother’s name on it. I have an important emotional attachment to them. Embarrassingly, I’ve actually lost a few of them before, but somehow they always make their way back to me…

Personal style is attitude. 

My #1 rule of style is that there are no rules. Just dress however you want and wear whatever makes you happy.

I once read somewhere, “If the essence of my being has caused a smile to have appeared upon your face or a touch of joy within your heart, then in living –  I have made my mark.”

Those are the words I live by. That’s how I want to be remembered.

Linda Visser