Today we’re feeling proud to be female. It’s International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the political and social achievements of women past, present and future. A national holiday in countries like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, the day was started in 1911 to honour the work of the Suffragettes, who campaigned tirelessly to get women the vote.
Now in its 100th year, the celebrations have stepped up a notch, with James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, donning a frock and a blonde wig for a short film directed by Sam Taylor Wood, addressing the discrimination and lack of power in the workplace some women still suffer today. Whilst we haven’t got the guys in the office to dress up (as much as we would love to!) we are celebrating some of our female designers in honour of International Women’s Day.
All multi-talented and from all over the globe, these strong, empowering and independent women have had the guts to go it alone with their own unique vision of style, and start their own accessories business. Now that’s girl power!
We think you’ll find each of their stories just as inspiring as their designs….
Meet Anni, an aspiring young Estonian designer who at just 13, has created her own jewellery line, and records her daily fashion finds in her blog Style Hurricane. Anni’s ethereal feather ear cuffs are inspired by Indian feather headdresses and dream catchers, and are so beautiful and well-crafted, we think she’s definitely a design star of the future.
Roula is the design talent behind Poupee Couture, a brand that has become adored worldwide for its unique clutch bags. Hailing from Lebanon and now based in Dubai, she started her handbag line whilst working as a creative manager at MT.
Returning to the Arab world after growing up in the West, Roula became fascinated with the modern Arab woman, and how she deals with her cultural limitations without losing her femininity. This translates into strong geometric designs inspired by Arab architecture on her bags, that let just a pop of colour (the woman’s ‘true colours’) show through.
Santa Barbara artist Samantha Goldstone is the epitome of a strong woman. She designs Adesso jewelry, an eclectic mix of vintage and ethnic beads, antique silver and unusual semi-precious stones and charms. A young cancer survivor, she is committed to helping individuals coping with chronic and terminal illnesses, and donates some of the profits of her jewelry to related causes. When she’s not making beautiful, limited edition pieces, Samantha is all about protecting the environment – making her own eco-friendly cleaning products, growing her family’s food with her husband in their garden, and supporting local businesses and farmers.
A woman of many talents, Christina is known at Boticca for her quirky accessories line ‘World of Christina’– specialising in gloves in experimental printed fabrics and surreal shapes. But this multi-talented multi-tasker has even more skills under her belt. For several years she was a botanical artist and illustrator, and has written books on drawing and painting plants, and making fashion accessories. She’s musical too, writing and recording songs and poems, playing keyboard, guitar and mandolin in her spare time. Feeling lazy now? We certainly are!