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Posted at: 2019-07-19 19:09:59
For @kurt_lyle designer Virginia Craddock, each collection starts with a story—a really good one. “For the spring 2019 collection, I imagined a young bride stuck in Tampa, Florida with a love of fashion and nowhere to put it.” That last part was inspired by Virginia’s own upbringing in the Blue Ridge Mountains. “My access to fashion was Vogue, Delia’s catalogs and thrifting,” she says. Virginia is already dreaming up the story line for her next collection. For fall 2019, she reveals, the vibe will be “Dynasty meets the mob.”
Posted at: 2019-07-18 18:36:22
Spoiler alert: There’s no “Harry” behind @harryceramics. But, admits the brand’s founder, Leisha Scordino, “I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd. I even have a Dumbledore tattoo.” When Leisha started making her cheerful potter-y (😜) in a shared studio, she felt too vulnerable to use her own initials on her pieces, so she went with the sorcerer’s trademark scar. “Having that bit of anonymity really helped me to make the leap,” the graphic designer says. But it didn’t take long for her whimsical mugs, dishes and planters to make an impression. “Now, when people see my work, they're like, ‘Oh, I could tell it was yours right away!’”⚡️🌵💯
Posted at: 2019-07-17 18:10:14
“I believe in celebrating the handmade,” says Adriana Epelboim-Levy, the Venezuela-born founder of handpainted-accessories line @alepel_byadriana. “Even when I was in architecture school and we used all of these amazing technologies, I still loved developing floor plans by hand.” ALEPEL’s statement-making mules and clutches are crafted in Brazil, shipped to Miami (the brand’s home base) and then custom painted—with everything from flowers and butterflies to snakes and tigers—by local artists. “I want people to feel like they're buying wearable art when they buy my products,” she says.
Posted at: 2019-07-16 17:16:11
Handcrafted-handbag line @demellierlondon takes feedback *very* seriously. As founder Mireia Llusia-Lindh explains, “It’s how we grow the brand. We listen to our customers and pay attention to their needs.” They also pay attention to the needs of the world at large. For every bag purchased, @demellierlondon contributes to SOS Children’s Villages, a global charity organization that helps children in need 💯🙌🏽❤️🌍
Posted at: 2019-07-15 17:17:36
“You just slap it on and move on with your life,” says @kosascosmetics founder Sheena Yaitanes of her L.A.-based clean beauty line. Since launching Kosas in 2015, Sheena has used her background in fine art and chemistry to carefully calibrate a line of easy-to-use high-impact products that complement every skin tone—all without parabens, phthalates or animal testing 🙌🏼💯💝
Posted at: 2019-07-12 19:19:10
Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto launched @staud.clothing in 2015, earning early popularity for their eccentric-yet-versatile pieces and playful styling. “We have a dress right now on the site that could be something you sleep in,” says George. “Or you could wear it to a cocktail party. Or a wedding. We never want to pigeonhole ourselves.”
Posted at: 2019-07-11 17:59:52
“We have a canvas that doesn’t change season to season,” says @monogram co-founder Jeff Halmos of the brand’s classic-fit T-shirts. “From there, we go wild.” Jeff and his wife, Lisa Mayock (pictured above), launched @monogram in 2016, combining their lifelong love of vintage T-shirts and design to produce a line of idiosyncratic graphic tees.
Posted at: 2019-07-10 17:17:12
@hipdot co-founder Samantha Lim was looking at photographs from a recent family wedding in Mexico when product inspiration struck. “Tulum was just the most beautiful place,” she says. “I wanted to bottle up that feeling.” And so she did—kind of. @hipdot’s cruelty-free vegan eyeshadow palettes incorporate colors from the natural world, including rainbows, sandstone caves, gemstones and, in the case of the Cenote palette above, cenotes in Tulum.
Posted at: 2019-07-09 18:15:47
Around the time I was turning 30,” says @mernamaita founder Tessa Braun, “I was in my highly curated millennial apartment with my 10-foot fig tree and my vintage ceramics, and I caught a glimpse of myself in the same worn-out shirt that I got for free in 2005 and thought, ‘I can do better than this.’ ” So Tessa took out her sewing machine and, inspired by a vintage pattern, made herself a jumpsuit. She was so pleased with the result that she continued to experiment with fabrics and silhouettes. About a year ago, she officially launched her own brand, which is now in its third run of small-batch, sustainably made jumpsuits and caftans.
Posted at: 2019-07-08 17:44:44
“‘Cesta’ means ‘basket’ in at least five languages” says @cestacollective co-founder Courtney Weinblatt Fasciano. Courtney and her business partner, Erin Ryder, launched the basket-bag brand last year with a clear goal in mind: empowering women in the fashion industry and beyond. Each piece is handcrafted with locally sourced sisal fibers by female artisans in Rwanda; finishing touches are added in the US.
Posted at: 2019-07-05 17:45:49
In college, @bode founder (and @cfda’s 2019 Emerging Designer of the Year) Emily Adams studied both philosophy and menswear design. So it’s no surprise that when she talks about her brand’s vintage-inspired menswear designs, she does so, well, philosophically. “I always enjoyed making clothes for myself,” she says. “But my process is about separating myself from who I am designing for.” Still, there’s a duality to her pieces. “I work with mostly traditional domestic textiles,” she says. “And those have historically been created by women. I like the idea of using something very female-focused for men to wear.”
Posted at: 2019-07-04 18:44:21
“Everyone has a day, a person, an event, a moment that’s meaningful to them,” says @dallanonna founder Jessica Bohrer of the jewelry line's signature calendar necklaces. Jess and her co-founder Rebecca Richards created the customizable designs after Jess’s grandmother presented her with her late grandfather’s calendar tiepin. Launched in 2009 with the calendar necklace as their sole offering, @dallanonna has since grown to include earrings, bracelets, clutches and rings—though the original necklace remains a best-seller.
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Posted at: 2019-07-20 10:47:12
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Posted at: 2019-07-09 18:11:38
I know I am not alone in this journey anymore, I have the support of other 50 winners, past & present. Women Entrepreneur Awards Singapore platform is for all women entrepreneur. From the start up to established entrepreneurs. It’s a great platform for self made women entrepreneurs.
Posted at: 2019-07-09 18:06:23
During the very extensive yet effective interview with the judges who are leaders in their own industry I got to hear and learn what perhaps I knew back of my mind but got confirmed by the judges. They went on sharing very valuable ideas as to how I can take more challenging steps. They had a lot of conviction with their ideas or more likely the guidance. Not forgetting meeting such amazing women entrepreneurs from all walks of life. Either they are startups or experts in their business. I also had opportunity in meeting a few winners from past years and they all highly recommend WEA. It’s a organisation that has brought women entrepreneurs together most of them are self made.