Inspirational women from the present
Florist and Business Owner
I founded Grace and Thorn in 2011 after a decade living in the country and more than a decade as an IT recruitment specialist. We try to avoid over-manipulation in our designs, allowing our arrangements to retain their natural beauty. We are currently leading a green revolution with our #greenupyourgaff campaign, inspiring people to add more greenery to their homes.
Talk at Grace and Thorn
Founded in 2011, Grace and Thorn was born out of Londoner Nik Southern’s love for naturalistic flower design and a desire to bring back influences of the wild, rustic English countryside to the capital. The first choice of many of the UK’s leading fashion brands and retailers, including JW Anderson, Christopher Kane, House of Holland, and many others.
My husband and I originally founded House of Hackney in 2010 as an interiors label. Our quest was 'to take the beige out of interiors' with an emphasis on quality, design and Made in England. We wanted to spark a return to British-made prints and products that are steeped in tradition but bold and subversive at the same time. Traditional products that can be lived, loved and passed down.
Owner of House of Hackney
Described as ‘Colefax and Fowler on acid’, House of Hackney takes the traditional concept of homeware and subverts it entirely. Founded in 2010 by husband and wife duo Frieda and Javvy, the fashion and interiors shop has become a cult brand with a flagship store in Shoreditch, as well as in-store locations at Harrods and Liberty.
Michelle Songy & Charlotte Kohlmann
Michelle: I knew around the time I was in Uni that I wanted to work in the digital world. But in the midst of the recession in 2008, digital media jobs weren't exactly easy to find. So after working a couple of years in corporate finance, I moved to London and met up with my friend Charlotte Kohlman, who I knew through mutual friends back home. We instantly bonded over our desire to make a career change and started brainstorming how to apply our acquired talents. The rest, as they say, is history!
Creators of SPLEAT app
SPLEAT was launched last November by the entreprising duo Michelle Songy and Charlotte Kohlmann. And already, this new smartphone app has revolutionized the hospitality industry and specifically how customers pay their bills. SPLEAT’s users can pay and spilt bills in any participating bars, restaurants and clubs via their smartphone. Eradicating the usual wait for a bill or PDQ machine. SPLEAT also provides a secure alternative to the bar tab.
I trained as a “Teach First” teacher in Edmonton, where I was the subject leader for Citizenship, developing a curriculum that would give young people the knowledge and practical experience they need to be informed, critical and engaged citizens. Nowadays I am the Captain of The Hackney Pirates, which I set up with friends and collaborators in 2010 to support young people in developing their literacy, confidence and perseverance.
Captain at The Hackney Pirates
The Hackney Pirates is an enterprising charity working to develop the literacy, confidence and perseverance of young people in Hackney. The Ship of Adventures is a weird and wonderful out-of-school learning environment where young people receive help on their reading through targeted education program.
Laura Jackson & Alice Levine
We both worked in TV and Radio but truly found common ground over our lifelong love of food. After an exchange of emails, recipes, restaurant discoveries and food ideas, we decided to set up a lunch club. We spent a year cooking for each other, experimenting with new ideas and eating all over London (all in the name of “research”) before taking on the world of food ourselves in late 2013.
Jackson&Levine Supper Club
The Jackson&Levine supper club is the brain child of super talented duo Laura Jackson – who started her career on T4's music show Freshly Squeezed and is now fronting ITV's new Saturday morning entertainment show – and Alice Levine – a fellow radio presenter. Jackson’s love of cooking has culminated in the book, We Like To Cook, an online cookery series and now her own supper club housed in her Hackney warehouse.
History of inspirational women in United Kingdom
A breakthrough of the women’s rights movement as equal rights are finally set in stone. The Sex Discrimination Act makes it illegal to discriminate against women in employment, education, and training. About time!
The at times controversial but defiant Diane Abbot is born. As the first black female member of parliament in the UK, Abbot was a tough campaigner for equality across race, gender, and class divides. Because sometimes, even in politics, compromise is out of the question.
After years of struggle, the suffragette movement finally gains ground, securing equal voting rights for women
Over 3000 women, led by Millicent Fawcett, marched through London to raise awareness for Women’s rights. It was the largest march of its time and attracted thousands of spectators.
The first International Women's Day.
Bloggers that attended the Eastpak She Wears Tour in London