‘Friends began organising dinners to bring us together,’ recalls fashion designer Vanessa Seward, who first met Bertrand Burgalat, a composer and musician, at a birthday party in 2004. ‘Vanessa was interesting; I had a good feeling,’ continues Burgalat, speaking of his first impressions. That feeling, it turned out, was right and he proposed three years later. ‘We went to New York, to the Met Ball, and it was one of those trips where everything was a bit magical. On the plane on the way home, Bertrand gave me the ring,’ says Seward. ‘We didn’t want a big wedding. We got married that year in City Hall and a friend of Bertrand’s who is a mayor in Paris gave a lovely, personal speech. Even though it was November, we had cocktails on the terrace. Then an intimate meal at the restaurant where we had our first date.’
Fashion designer Vanessa Seward has been married to musician and composer Bertrand Burgalat for 12 years. They live in Paris with their daughter.
"I like staying in glamorous, historical hotels that have a story which you then become a part of. It’s nice to live a fantasy life for a few days."
Over the years, the couple has collaborated professionally several times: Burgalat curated the playlists for Seward’s shops (the brand is currently on hold but there is one boutique in Paris) and has produced bespoke music for all her fashion shows, which they released as a vinyl. They are continually inspired by each other’s creativity. ‘Not only does Bertrand accept me for who I am as a designer but he’s given me the strength to follow my intuition,’ explains Seward. ‘I admire him a lot as an artist: he never compromises.’ They often ask each other’s opinions (‘every time she gives me advice, she’s right,’ quips Burgalat), and Seward makes a point of showing him her new collections. ‘He knows how to talk to me. Rather than dismiss something, he’ll guide me without being super directive.’
Describing themselves as shy and sensitive, the couple like nothing better than a weekend in Paris with their nine-year-old daughter, Jacqueline, and no fixed plans. When they do travel, it’s usually to their house in the Pyrenees or for work, where one of them is the plus one. ‘I like staying in glamorous, historical hotels that have a story which you then become a part of,’ says Seward of these trips. ‘It’s nice to live a fantasy life for a few days.’
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