Rose Fulbright-Vickers comes from a long line of enterprising, creative women. Her maternal grandmother, Susan Williams-Ellis, was the prominent British artist and designer who founded Portmeirion, a pottery company based in Stoke-on-Trent in the UK. Fulbright-Vickers remembers her as a larger-than-life personality with “hilarious, multi-colored 80s shell suits and big earrings” who delighted in sharing simple things like her love of British fauna and flora with her grandchildren. 

Fulbright-Vickers’ mother, Anwyl Cooper-Willis, holds a doctorate in marine biology and worked as a scientist before starting to design for Portmeirion in the 1980s. She nurtured her three daughters’ creativity by teaching them how to sew, taking them to charity shops, and enrolling them in life drawing classes – though Fulbright-Vickers was the only one who stuck with them.

“At the age of 11, I knew that I wanted to have my own brand and be a fashion designer. It must’ve been just before that my mum and I started reading Vogue together. She really taught me to think critically about design,” she says.

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