Great bunch of women in fashion at December Women Entrepreneur Lunch
Founders Fit Women Entrepreneurs in Fashion lunch event, kindly sponsored by the City of London was held on 13 Dec 2012 at the City Marketing Suite, Guildhall.
Some of the companies that were represented at the event were Abingdon Road, Fashionista Outlet, Funlayo Deri, Style Nibble, XENI, Wish Want Wear, Fashion ComPassion, Labante, Trylista. 25 entrepreneurs were selected to attend this event and Founders Fit organized a Speed Matching event followed by a talk by Suruchi Saxena, founder of Wish Want Wear, on how she found her cofounders and raised money from investors. During Speed Matching, entrepreneurs had 2 minutes to talk about why someone would want to work with them and what they are passionate about. It was a great opportunity to meet some really interesting and inspiring people from diverse backgrounds.
The startups were at various stages – idea, prelaunch, launched & growth. Here’s a summary of the startups represented at the event. Entrepreneurs shared their stories, talked about the challenges they face and how they can support each other. Many of them found ways to collaborate.
Founder Fit will be running another Fashion focused event in Jan 2013. If you are looking for cofounders for your fashion idea or looking to solve challenges faced by early stage startups in Fashion then register here.
Vanita Badlani Bagri, Labante
offers beautiful unique jewellery that glam up your attire, delight your senses and wow your admirers.
Suruchi Saxena, Wish Want Wear
helps you hire a designer dress without the designer price tag. The only UK site that deals directly with designers bringing you the hottest styles to hire straight from the catwalk.
Ayesha Mustafa, Fashion ComPassion
a socially responsible fashion initiative that provides a platform to brands created by skilled women artisans from the developing world.
Jennifer Wirth, Abingdon Road Limited
a personal styling service that helps people find their own style by working with a personal stylist.
Myriam Duran, Fashionista Outlet
provides affordable online boutique for up to 70% off exclusive designer labels and offers style tips & advice for style hunters.
Funmi Deri, Funlayo Deri
a designer label for savvy fashionistas who value quality and craftsmanship, and are seeking timeless investment pieces that will see them through several occasions and seasons.
Heather Bird, Style Nibble
Take the fun style quiz, discover your style profile and get personalised fashion recommendations from your own personal stylist
Ann Olivier, XENI Ltd
Xeni is a young fashion label designing, manufacturing and retailing online couture quality clothing specifically designed for women who use wheelchairs
Pre-Launch/ Idea stage:
Amit Rai, Trylista - launching a new way of buying clothes, shoes and accessories that combines online convenience with offline ability to touch and try before you buy.
Alison Baker, Ally Bee - clothes and accessories retail business offering high-quality, ethically sourced fashion ranges sold via social-selling and, ultimately, home-business franchising.
Emilia Bairamova, EMILIA B Ltd - knitwear designer and consultant
Aleksandra Karpowicz, Aleksandra Karpowicz Photography – freelance fashion photographer
Jenny Lu, JennyFashion - fashion supplier and sourcing agent with manufacturers in China specializes in womenswear produced at own or subcontracted factories
Namrata Bostrom - founding a new fashion ecommerce startup, bringing Indian design to the UK.
Helena McKeown, Multemyr Ltd - setting up a fashion label introducing a value for money, stylish, classic, comfortable and high-quality clothing range made from only 100% natural fibres sustainably and responsibly farmed.