Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine &
Design Cape Town

A conversation series founded by Jessica Walsh
Hosted by Calsi Adams, Carla Latsky and Deirdré Groenewald

Ladies, Wine* & Design is a non-profit initiative with chapters in 280 cities worldwide. Only .1% of creative agencies are founded by women & non-binary people. Our mission is to see more diversity in the creative industry. Join the community for support and inspiration by following us on Instagram and attending our meetups in Cape Town that cover a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. *Alcohol is entirely optional; you can drink tea, coffee, or whatever you like!

February 2022, Date TBC New Kids On The Block (Party)

Watch this space for more information about our next event, to be hosted by the new Cape Town chapter leaders Calsi, Carla and Deirdré in the final week of February.
Opening Soon

April 30 2019, 6pm Emotional Intelligence

A workshop evening focused on activating and fine-tuning our emotional intelligence to help get the responses we desire.

Venue: Colourlab, 39 Salt River Road

March 27 2019, 6pm The Business of Style

Preparation, Execution and Delivery in SA's fashion industry.
We are so pleased to have Cynthia Edwards from Lichen & Leaf, Shelley Lee from VERSE and Kimberly Lardner-Burke from Sama Sama come and talk to us about the three phases of turning creative dreams into thriving realities.

Venue: Jarbar, Spin Street

January 31 2019, 6pm Active Pursuits

Its our 1st BIRTHDAY! And we have so many reasons to celebrate. We want to start the year off right with you and help you to achieve your goals for 2019.

December 5 2018, 6pm Garden Picnic Party

We are so thrilled to have had such a wonderful year with all of you talented creative ladies. The LWD team would like to say thank you to our amazing members, speakers and partners that have so graciously given of their time and energy to our organisation.

Venue: Orangezicht

October 30 2018, 6pm On Storytelling

Join us this month for a journey through storytelling with Buhle Ngaba, a South African actress, author of The Girl Without A Sound and advocate for the rights of young black women. Buhle is the director of KaMatla Productions which is an NPO created to aid the development of the arts in underprivileged communities and to develop the legacy of storytelling amongst the youth.

Venue: Hope on Hopkins

September 27 2018, 6pm Crystal's Headspace

Meet The Real Crystal Birch ~ a maverick milliner whose irreverent designs of classic hats have become beloved adornments on the heads of South Africa’s fashion conscious.

Venue: Crystal's Factory

August 27 2018, 6pm Women in Craft

Taking back the magic of traditional arts with Pull the Wool and Pichulik.

Venue: Pichulik

July 2018, 6pm The Art of Making

Local designers Fabrica, Stay Evil Kids, Douglas & Co and Myūzu will be hosting a walkabout session at their exhibition, Welcome Home Design Store. The designers will take us through their process of making products, the challenges of designing and making in South Africa and what tools they have found useful throughout their journey.

Venue: Speaker's Corner

June 27 2018, 6pm Altered States

Bielle Bellingham chats about patterns of procrastination and how to learn by unlearning.

The conversation will touch on imposter syndrome, the pros and cons of stoicism, the strength of softness, The War of Art, the importance of play, digital and data fluency.

Venue: Inner City Ideas Cartel

Jessica Walsh, a New York based designer, started Ladies, Wine & Design after doing a lot of thinking and reading on why there are so few women creative directors. She believes we can change that through mentorship and championing others' work. We couldn't agree more. By championing the fierce female creatives in our city we hope to build the female presence in the industry and grow the confidence of the ladies wanting to get into it. Check out what inspired her to get the ball rolling and other cities that have started this great initiative:

Jessica Walsh: Ladies, Wine & Design

Numbers show that there's a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. However, we find the people we're inspired by most are often other talented ladies. Here are a few Proudly South African creatives and some fierce internationals we have admired, worked with, or had our eye on! Email us if you would like to nominate someone for this list.