It is International Women’s Day and at Last Yarn, we are drawing inspiration from some incredible women making a significant impact. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we have a long list of amazing women who have left an indelible mark in their respective fields, and while we wish we could highlight all of them, we have chosen four women for their exceptional accomplishments and the messages that they embody, inspiring us to lift each other up and work together in unison. They are true trailblazers who have shattered glass ceilings, pushed boundaries, and paved the way for future generations of women. It’s worth noting that to honour these remarkable women, we have paired their photos with matching surplus items from our sellers. We hope that their stories and outfits will inspire you as much as they have inspired us!
Orsola de Castro
Lesson: WORKING TOGETHER
Orsola de Castro has shown us how one can truly galvernize multiple communities to create lasting and meaningful action. Orsola is the founder of Estethica, a platform creating agency for change in the fashion industry with innovation and inclusivity at it’s core. However we came across her work as the co-founder of Fashion Revolution – a global movement demanding equality across the fashion supply chain through programmes such as the Transparency index and Fashion Revolution Week. Orsola has shown us the dimensions of fashion and sustainability since founding upcycling brand, From Somewhere, in 1997; to supporting students and emerging artists over the years through mentoring, curating showcase opportunities via The British Fashion Council, Fashion Open Studio and at Universities. Orsola is also the author of Loved Clothes Last – a book exploring mending which we highly recommend.
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Lesson: SHARING OUR VOICES
To understand consumerism and why we are fighting for justice in the fashion industry – Aja Barber is your woman. We came across Aja on Instagram, a few years before the pandemic, where she openly shared her thoughts in digestible ways through colourful grid-posts packed with thoughtful and provocative dialogues during a time the industry was afraid to face the facts. Proudly being a New Yorker in London voicing her opinions on why fashion needs to be slower, and breaking down fashion’s involvement in complex topics such as “why Billionaires shouldn’t exist” and “Inclusivity across multiple specturms” and “colonisation’s impact on the industry today”. Also the author of consumed – Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism.
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June Angelides MBE
Lesson: LIFTING EACHOTHER UP
It takes a bold person to stand in male-dominated industries such as tech and venture capital; who then extends their arms for others to join them. We are thankful for the work of June Angelides, who was awarded an MBE for services to Women in Technology in October 2020. June has pivoted her career three times whilst brining up three children and being an advocate for working mums. She was known for starting Mums in Tech – a coding school for mums – whilst on maternity leave; and is now a handful of Black Women in Venture Capital, championing some of our favourite (women-owned) fashion start-ups including peer-to-peer rental platform byRotation and garment repair service – Sojo. We’ve caught June sharing and empowering others through talks, speaking at events and her podcast – Believe It, Achieve It.
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Lesson: BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE
Amy Powney has been an example of how we can be influential within our day jobs and for those of us wondering how we can influence broken systems – Amy started off as an assistant, sweeping the cutting room floor in 2006 at Mother of Pearl and is now Creative Director and owner and has significantly shifted the company’s culture so that they are recognised as one of the most sustainable brands. Her upbringing on a farm in rural Lancashire, later on heavily influenced her attitude towards our relationship with the earth; now she influences the supply chain, and most recently openly collaborating vertically and including academic Claire Bergkamp, the activist Dominique Palmer, the resell expert Melanie Milham, founder of Sojo Josephine Philips, the film-maker Alice Aedy and the problem-solver Nina Marenzi (a female-powerhouse) – Amy Powney is changing the way that fashion can operate whilst showing us the power of unconventional collaborations.