Where would we be in a world without women? A less colourful, less resourceful and quite frankly a poorer society. I feel slightly conflicted this #IWD, as in the UK right now, the burden of being a woman in society feels to be widening, rather than obtaining the ultimate goal of gender equality.
But today, we choose to highlight and celebrate the amazing independent artisans who really do make every day here at Flora Lab HQ a little bit special.
We're running a competition tonight on your every day female power- and we'd love to hear from you! Submit your every day power here.
A wizard with a pen, a brush and a crazy obsession with everything botanical, The Flora Lab wouldn't be the brand you see today without the incredibly talented Emily Wainwright (or The Mossy Hill as she also goes by). Forever with a smile on her face and a paintbrush in her fingers, Emily is the artist responsible for unpicking the vision for Flora in my head, and bringing it to life on our boxes. Forever grateful, we love you Em!
The women of North Cross Road:
It takes quite a hardy bunch of women to get up through rain, sun, sleet and snow at 7.30 every Saturday. To lug gazebos, to set up tables and work day and night on their passions takes alot of courage, and the journey of The Flora Lab certainly would have been very different without these warriors beside me.
If you're looking for a woman who has proved that the sky is the limit- Kate Bentley is your girl. She's the ceramist behind the beautiful hand made tea-light houses we can't keep on our shelves long enough, working with her expanding team in her West Yorkshire studio.
Sadly no longer with us, but my Grandma is the ultimate OG when it comes to feminist role models for me. Coming from nothing, Mary Parker built herself a successful nursery in Marylebone- and proved that you can still work hard with heels on. Forever the most inspirational woman in my life.
All our female Independent Shopkeepers and Buyers.
As our beautiful Flora grows, we're lucky enough to work with quite a few independent shops and buyers of larger stores. And we're always blown away by how many of these business, which are often at the hub of a community, are run by women. These are fearless females who tackle daily challenges head on, work long hours and ultimately bring so much to our local high street. We salute you!