Soho is known for its fashion and iconic style, and the women of Soho really make the area what it is today. From running fashion businesses to being restaurant and barbershop owners these women really are the full monty, and they are an inspiration. 

Read on to find out what International Women’s Day means to these women and what inspires them…

 

Kai The Soho Girl and founder of My Soho Times

What does IWD mean to you?
IWD is an opportunity for all women to be celebrated for their accomplishments. I love the buzz of events happening all month long - it's an opportunity to share, learn and connect with inspirational women.
 
What is the most important piece of advice you have been given as a woman in the industry?
A mentor once gave me this great piece of advice to use anytime I can't say no, instead say "It's not part of our policy", that way it's not personal.
 
What is your piece of advice to all the women who are striving for a career in your industry?
Don't take “no’s” personally.
 
If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be and why? 
The three inspirational women I'd have dinner (or drinks with!) would be my mum, Aunty Marian and my grandmother. I was lucky enough to grow up in a household of strong fearless women. Unfortunately my closest cheerleaders have since passed on, but their legacy lives on through me.


Veronica, Marketing Director at MÜHLE 

What does IWD mean to you? 
For me, International Women's Day serves as an important reminder and opportunity to reflect on the crucial contributions women make, from all corners of the world, industries and in different aspects of life. Recognising women in leadership roles is vital to progress; a world where equality is championed and women and girls are perceived with the same limitless potential as anyone else is a better world for all human beings. 
 
What is the most important piece of advice you have been given as a woman in the industry?
Not exactly my industry, but I recently listened to a Brene Brown podcast where she interviewed Abby Wambach about her book on leadership, "WOLFPACK". Abby breaks down old rules for leadership and rewrites them. One that stuck out for me was "Old Rule: Be grateful for what you have. New Rule: Be grateful for what you have AND demand what you deserve." It's often hard for women and girls to demand or even ask for the recognition, but it's important that we do because we can't expect anyone else to do it for us. 
 
What is your piece of advice to all the women who are striving for a career in your industry?
Well, I work in marketing and sales for a shaving brand, but also for other beauty and grooming brands- many of them heritage brands. I would say, look for authenticity and be genuine with customers, they'll come back and you'll enjoy what you do more.
 
If you could have one inspirational women's wardrobe, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Audrey Hepburn, because she combines elegance, functionality and comfort so well- I love the simplicity of her style.

 

Who are the inspirational women in your life? Let us know on Instagram and tag @ThisIsSoho. 

 

 

 
Discover the concept store at 3 Berwick Street.

The Women of Soho for International Women's Day