Women for Women International Car Boot

Women for Women International Car Boot

Women for Women International are so excited to be presenting our own car boot stall at the #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale. We’ll be selling wonderful items made by women graduates of our programmes, including beautiful baskets and delicious coffee made by cooperatives of Rwandan women and jewellery made by graduates in Afghanistan. What’s more, our car boot will have an amazing range of unique fashion pieces donated by some of our supporters!

“Without donations from our amazing supporters, the Women for Women International Car Boot would not be possible. I’m so grateful for the continued generosity of the inspirational women involved. It is also so wonderful that the public will be able to see and buy some of the amazing products made by women graduates of our programmes at our own car boot.”

Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director, Women for Women International (UK).

With thanks to:

Caroline Issa

Caroline Issa is the CEO of the Tank Group, consisting of Tank Magazine, www.BecauseLondon.com and Tank Form Creative Agency. Armed with a business degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, she spent the beginning of her career as a management consultant, working with brands such as Nordstrom, Dr. Pepper/7UP and Boots. She moved to London and joined Tank in its early years, developing its publishing arm and consultancy work.  Almost 14 years later, in addition to acting as Fashion Director for her magazines, she can also be found working as a creative consultant for several luxury fashion brands including Nordstrom, Tods, Hugo Boss and Lane Crawford. She has been on the juries of both the Hyères and Les Rencontres d'Arles photography festivals, as well as the Swiss Textile Awards, Cartier CSM MA jewellery prize and is now the external examiner for Central Saint Martin’s fashion journalism and communications programmes.

"We at Tank have been supporting Women for Women International for several years now, having collaborated on an art auction that raised a significant amount of money for their work. As they told us where the money would go, my admiration for them grew even more for the critical work and support they give to women around the world who are at their most vulnerable. Happy to keep working and supporting them in return! For the Car Boot Sale, I've donated a bunch of treasures that hopefully someone else can enjoy!" 

Mary Katranzou

London based luxury brand Mary Katrantzou was launched in 2008 and is widely acknowledged to have pioneered the digital print revolution, building a distinctive visual language that has grown to define textile innovation, digital craftsmanship and an affinity to feminine and architectural silhouettes. Katrantzou's thematic collections are inspired by art and the cultural significance of design. They rely on innovation and precision engineering of form and texture to create desirable and immediately recognisable collections.

Mary Katrantzou studied at Rhode Island School of Design before transferring to Central Saint Martins to complete a BA in Textile Design. She then went on to graduate from Central Saint Martins with a distinction in MA fashion, which in turn led to the launch of the eponymous Label in October 2008.

"I am proud to be supporting Women for Women International - by highlighting the plight of women in war torn countries they are making change possible and paving their way to a brighter future. Brita is such an inspiring woman and as soon as she told me about their mission, I wanted to help in any way that I could."

SamataSamata will be donating clothes and accessories from her favourite brands including Vivienne Westwood and Diane Von Furstenberg, as well as an exclusive mentoring session and a signed copy of her book for our Luxury Tombola. Fashion entrepreneur Samata is a womenswear designer, published author (Bloomsbury - The Fashion Designers Resource Book) and producer. As Global Campaign Director for Oscars project Red Carpet Green Dress (founded by Suzy Amis Cameron and James Cameron) she works with global brands to showcase fashion on the red carpet at the Oscars each year. Samata is also known for her fashion journalism with the Guardian and Vogue. Find her on Instagram, Twitter, and www.samatahome.com.

“The work that Women for Women International does is crucial and supporting womanhood globally is a necessity. I am honoured to be part of this exciting event alongside so many incredible women- earlier this year I dedicated my birthday party as a fundraiser for the charity and for me that was just the beginning!"

Natalie Wansbrough-JonesNatalie Wansbrough-Jones
has extensive experience in the fashion industry, previously holding the position of Senior Fashion Editor at Elle UK for five years before becoming a Freelance Stylist and Art Director. Earlier this year she launched a blog with her great friend Stacey Duguid (a fashion writer) celebrating a love of fashion and parenting, Mothers and Fathers, Boys and Tomboys called www.nicoandnate.com. Find her on Instagram.