On 26 February SPINNA Circle held an event at the Oriental Club showcasing the textiles of Central Asia and presenting the latest organisational developments. As guests arrived they were welcomed with refreshments and the chance to browse several tables featuring various types of traditional and contemporary handicrafts and textiles from the region.
On Friday, 7th March 2014, a day before International Women’s Day, BBC World presents a story of inspiration, collaboration and success from their programme ‘100 Women’ which brought women across the world together to connect and conduct business.
Arlette Lee has produced a collection of luxury ruanas, an Andean-style cape with her modern heritage twist. Arlette was inspired by the luxurious natural fibre of the Peruvian Andes, Baby Alpaca along with the traditional craftsmanship so set about producing her own exclusive collection.
This is the time of fast fashion. Clothes are something you wear and when you don’t like them anymore, they are thrown away. With a bit of luck they are brought to one of the charity recycle shops or put in one of the many recycling containers most countries have by now.
At 17 I was hired as a sales assistant at Seattle’s flagship Nordstrom department store. In the idle moments on the shop floor I would often daydream, wondering whose hands had touched this sweater last, who was it that carefully stitched this button or wove this ‘hand-made’ shawl? Was he or she young? Old? Happy going about their daily work, or forced to work in unsavoury conditions? In the vastness of Seattle’s largest department store I began to realise that there were countless chains of untold stories behind every fashion piece on our shelves, and I became troubled that I understood so little of how they had arrived there.
Nick Howe, Enterprise Manager, Diversity in Business at NatWest Bank, has worked for 16 years with businesses of all different shapes, sizes and sectors. Nick hugely enjoys working with new ideas and innovations and applying knowledge based on previous business successes to enable new creative ideas to come to fruition. Nick says:
“Starting a business is easy but making a viable business is the actual challenge facing those starting out today. By working with SPINNA Circle we are able to blend the challenges that most businesses need to tackle and adapt to, with the specialist knowledge and contact network that is vital to a business entering the fashion industry.”
Expression. Confidence. Aspiration. Success. The Mocaro brand is in development as an upmarket fashion business that will provide customers with exclusive quality products. Mocaro creates products for strong, confident men and women who share a love for statement jewellery and accessories. The development of our product range of iconic statement ties creates an exclusive, attractive and sophisticated look, instantly grabbing the attention of everyone in the line of sight. The rise of “metrosexual” culture has created a demand for accessories that exhibit this change in culture. As a company we wholeheartedly embrace high-end quality design and aim to always strive to take designs to the next level. Watch this space for further news about our cutting edge product launch in 2014
We can hardly believe that SPINNA Circle London is one year old. SPINNA Circle London was launched at the Oriental Club on October 10th 2012 with the aim to connect women entrepreneurs in fashion and textiles within the London area and link them to an international network.
To celebrate and mark this very special achievement and anniversary, SPINNA Circle’s core team met up for a delicious dinner in London’s Covent Garden area. It felt great thinking about the many milestones achieved over the year.
The amazing experiences of helping advance women entrepreneurs in fashion and textiles included mentoring sessions and showroom events in London as well as setting up SPINNA Circle groups across the world. Since the London launch, SPINNA Circles have been set up in Mongolia, Turkmenistan and Ethiopia… and this is only just the beginning. Cheers!
Belinda Dickson joins our team of supporters and advisors this month!