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5 minutes with: Eva Espresso

Local resident and renowned fashion photographer Eva Espresso explains why she wishes she could play tennis, and how Sloane Street is special to her

A happy customer at a Louis Vuitton trunk show, shot by Eva
Eva's dog, Amelia, makes herself at home in the REDValentino store
Burberry bags, shot by Eva Espresso

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Enthusiastic, bubbly and tenacious.

What’s your greatest extravagance?

Good coffee… I just can’t help myself. Pavilion Road (parallel to Sloane street) has amazing coffee shops such as The Roasting Party, which I just can’t resist.

What’s your most treasured possession?

My first Leica camera, it has great symbolic value to me. Most importantly, it was a gift from my father – a gesture that he believed in me. Also, it was my entry into the ‘Leica Family’ – you never feel alone when part of the Leica community.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Getting to meet so many amazing people and never knowing what job comes my way next. I find my days are always unpredictable and exciting.

What do you do to relax?

I’m a keen swimmer and love going to the Bulgari Hotel pool at the top of Sloane Street to unwind after a busy day.

What talent would you most like to have?

I wish I could play tennis. There are amazing tennis courts in the garden on Sloane Street and whenever I see people having a great time playing, I wish I knew how to play…

Who is your role model?

Oh this is tricky. I would go as far as to say, no one.  As nobody is, nor can be, an all-round perfect person. There are a handful of people in my life I admire greatly for qualities they consistently demonstrate, though. A few of these are endurance, commitment to their passions and the ability to remain rational and calm in times of extreme emotions.

What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

You don’t have to do things by the book. Just because everyone else is building their lives to look a certain way, that doesn’t mean it’s the only way to be happy, successful or popular. In fact, being on a slightly different path usually makes someone rather cool.

Favourite item in your wardrobe?

My Alaïa dresses (but please don’t make me pick just one).

Favourite quote, or mantra to live by?

“Anything worth doing is worth overdoing”

Best book you’ve read recently?

I’m a huge fan of Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point is currently replaying on my audible app. It’s probably the book I read (or listen to) the most.

All-time favourite film?

Love Actually

What makes London unique as a city?

That it can be so big, so full of people, yet be so inclusive and friendly. No matter who you talk to in London, they will most likely be happy to exchange a few words, as if they were familiar with you. I love this unique aspect of the city; it’s like one big neighbourhood.

Three words to describe Sloane Street?

Stylish, spacious and inspiring.

Favourite thing(s) to see or do on Sloane Street?

Honestly, if I need time to be with my own thoughts, I’ll take a stroll down Sloane Street. There’s something about it. There’s so much to do, so much to buy, so much to explore… but at the same it, it’s so spacious and peaceful.

Eva Espresso is a fashion photographer and lives locally to Sloane Street. She has worked with many of the brands who call Sloane Street home and even her dog, Amelia, has become an integral part of the local community
Follow Eva Espresso on Instagram @eva.espresso

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