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!
Hedvig Christine Alexander is the founder of what is now called Far and Wide Collective. An online boutique selling artisan jewelry, clothes and home wares sourced mostly from Afghanistan and Western Asian countries such as Pakistan. When her husband’s work took the family back to Canada, Hedvig looked for a way to continue working with Afghan artisans. Turquoise Mountain was set up by the British MP and former diplomat Rory Stewart and Prince of Wales. Hedvig explains that: “Turquoise Mountain was set up to revive Afghan arts and architecture and runs a three year programs in jewelry and gem cutting, architectural wood work, calligraphy and miniature painting and ceramics and tile making.
Mary Mitchell set up Made & Told in September 2012 in order to showcase the makers of beautiful homeware sourced from the former Silk Road, and no less importantly, to tell their unique story.
“I studied the history and the cultures of the former Soviet Union as an undergraduate” Mary explains, “so I’ve always loved the stories of Central Asian textiles, and naturally wanted to share this with the West. I also completed a master’s degree in forced migration that focused on Afghanistan at Oxford” she says, “so I wanted to do something that provided people with solutions to the widespread socio-economic issues and unemployment.”
The idea for Umpalumpa came to Elisa in 2005: “my youngest brother started to screen-print his street graffiti design “Bird” on shirts and made one for his nephew, my son Oskar. Seeing the reaction of Oskar to the cool shirt planted a little seed in the back of my mind. I was going through a period of reorientation, either going back to consultancy or do something completely different.”