Where do you live?
I live in Engomi, Nicosia. I was born here, I grew up here, I went to school here, I ended up working here!
Best childhood memory?
Being carried around Cairo on my dad’s shoulders during a friends and family trip to Egypt. I must have been five or six years old and the only kid of the group, so I pretended to not be able to keep up with the adults.
Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? What food would you really turn your nose up to?
I go to Bennigan’s often because I love the honey-mustard sauce they serve with their Chicken Tenders. They know me too well by now at the restaurant, so when they bring my plate, they bring not one, but three bowls of that honey-mustard sauce! My absolute favourite dish is my mum’s avgolemoni.
I will never eat snails.
What did you have for breakfast?
Strained yogurt with goji berries, sunflower seeds and linseed. No, I am not a healthy eating geek.
Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
Definitely a day person. I’ve always been an early riser, as I prefer to go through with everything I need to do during daylight. Plus, when the sun goes down, I switch off.
A perfect day out would involve friends, laughter and food. The same applies to a perfect night out. Plus some beer and popcorn.
Best book ever read?
St Exupery’s The Little Prince is a book I return to from time to time, for inspiration and emotional comfort. When I read it in French it makes me cry, when I read it in Greek it makes me smile.
Favourite film of all time?
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I loved the idea that one can opt to erase a painful memory.
Favourite holiday destination?
New York always come first when I think of holidays. It’s not the prettiest place I’ve been to, but it’s most definitely the coolest place on earth!
What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
I am pretty sure that Mylene Farmer tops the ‘most played artist’ in my car’s audio system. I discovered her when I was studying in France and I’ve followed her religiously ever since.
What is always in your fridge?
Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
I dream of a huge glass house by the sea, like the ones we see in the movies, but knowing I am a townie, I’ll go for a Manhattan loft with a 360 degree view and proximity to fabric stores.
If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
I’d choose my great-grandmother Genovefa. My mum’s mother passed away before my mum got married, so Genovefa was the one who helped in my upbringing. I spent a huge part of my childhood with her and I think that the person I have become, I owe it mostly to her. She had a beautiful black Singer sewing machine, which she used not to make crafts, but to recycle old fabric into something she needed, like kitchen towels, table cloth or curtains. I often think of her while I am sewing.
If I had to choose a living person to have dinner with, I’d choose Arsene Wenger. I am sure all Arsenal fans will agree that he has a lot of explaining to do.
If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Sew that military green backpack I’ve bought the perfect fabric for I don’t remember how many months ago, watch an Arsenal game from the Henry -Bergkamp era, eat some foie gras and drink champagne, get into my ‘if-the world-ends-tomorrow-this-is-the-outfit-I-want-to-die-with’ clothes, grab that newly sewn military backpack and run to a street party with fireworks, like the ones big cities throw on New Year’s Eve.
What is your greatest fear?
Needing a walking stick when I grow old.
Tell me a joke…
I’ll be right back, I am just getting one thing at the fabric store!
Marianna is a self-taught bag maker, making all sorts of bags, from backpacks to messenger bags and from handbags to clutches and cases for ipads and laptops, specialising in custom-bags. www.facebook.com/atoteforlouiza, www.instagram.com/atoteforlouiza