What a week we had celebrating International Women's Day. From our Good Girls Eat Dinner evening at the AllBright club to our Bamby Collective panel talk at our Duke Street store, celebrating female friendships; it was a week of inspirational events.
As part of our Community Connection initiatives and to celebrate International Women’s Day this year, we’ve partnered with the feminist organisation Young Women’s Trust who are working to achieve economic justice for young women. Throughout the week, our celebratory events and activity all supported the Young Women's Trust, with all ticket proceeds going to the charity to help their ongoing work in supporting young women.
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French Connection x Good Girls Eat Dinner
During our week of celebrations, we nodded to International Women's Day at our French Connection x Good Girls Eat Dinner evening, at the fabulous AllBright Club in Mayfair. What better way to spend the eve of International Women's Day than spending it surrounded by amazing women.
It was a truly inspirational evening, where we served up some incredible speakers between each course of the meal, including Karoline Gross, Jo Wallace, Nishma Patel Robb, Bianca Foley, Chloe Pierre and Lisa Smosarski, all of whom shared their stories, experiences and what 'Are We Nearly There Yet?' meant to them. We touched upon important subjects such a equality vs. equity, gender pay gap and discrimination.
What is Good Girls Eat Dinner?
It’s the most interesting dinner party you'll ever go to. Good Girls Eat Dinner has one simple mission: to serve up inspirational female role models from across the creative industries. And to do it in a setting that feels inclusive (and not remotely like a conference). Four to five inspirational women from a range of creative backgrounds share their experiences and advice between courses.
Meet our speakers
Jo Wallace - Founder and host of Good Girls Eat Dinner. Jo founded Good Girls Eat Dinner in June 2015. She's also a multi-award-winning Global Executive Creative Director in the world of advertising.
Karoline Gross - Founder of tech company, Smartzer, a service to make online videos shoppable and interactive. She was recognised by Forbes, being listed on the Forbes Europe ‘30 under 30’ list in 2018 for Media and Marketing.
Nishma Patel Robb - Marketing Director, Google UK. Vice President of WACL. Mentor, event host/interviewer, speaker and now studying to be a DJ!
Bianca Foley - Sustainable fashion content creator, podcaster, columnist and presenter. Her podcast Sustainably Influenced discusses hot topics in the sustainability space and how we can all do more.
Chloe Pierre - Globally published author of Take Care - a wellness guide which centres on Black women’s wellbeing, a digital marketer and a content creator. Chloe is also the Founder/CEO of wellness platform thy.self which aims to actualise self-care both online and in real life as well as diversify the wellness community internationally.
Lisa Smosarski - Award-winning editor-in-chief of Stylist. Launched under Lisa’s editorship in October 2009, Stylist was the first freemium weekly women’s magazine. Over the past decade Stylist has received almost 200 industry awards and is now one of the UK’s biggest women’s media brands.
Thank you to the lovely Rochelle from Blush Rose for our beautifully personalised 'Women Can' notebooks for all our attendees, inspired by our IWD charity shirts. How beautiful are these? We love them.
French Connection x Bamby Collective
During our week of celebrations, we also joined forces with the Bamby Collective, an all-female community bringing young women together, to host an inspirational evening celebrating International Women’s Day with founder Ambar Driscoll and friends.
During the evening, Ambar hosted a inspiring panel talk with fashion content creator, Kerry Walker, and Grace Bollins, a member of the Young Women’s Trust Advisory Panel. They chatted about all things female friendships, tips for making new friends in your 20s & 30s, the importance of International Women’s Day and the role fashion plays in our lives.
Thank you to everyone who joined, drank, listened, met new friends (and ate sweet treats) with us and the Bamby Collective - it was a fun evening with great stories, great advice and great company!
Find out more about Bamby Collective here
French Connection x Young Women's Trust
To celebrate International Women's Day and our partnership with Young Women's Trust, we've created a limited edition selection of our best-selling Rhodes Popover shirts exclusively embroidered with four inspirational quotes.
We’re proud to be donating 20% of revenue from all four limited edition embroidered shirts to Young Women’s Trust, to help their ongoing work in supporting young women. These bespoke shirts will be available exclusively online and in our top stores.