Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine &
a bit of Design
Cape Town

A conversation series founded by Jessica Walsh
Hosted by Wendy Dixon and Mel Cook.

A salon night held monthly for all those fierce creative females in Cape Town. We’ll wine, dine, and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. If you’re a female student or creative and would like to join, please do email us. It’s free and reservations are first come, first serve, space is limited to 15 ladies per night. If you'd like to host us in your space, teach a workshop, or lead a discussion, please do get in touch. Like us on Facebook and keep up to date.

January 31 2018, 6pm, 2018 Beginnings

2018 feels like a year of transformation. Kayli Vee Levitan talks to us this month about positive change and new beginnings.

Venue: The Drinkery

February 28 2018, 6pm, 2018 The Philosophy of Failure

A guide on how to pet the sweaty by Nicci Martin.

Join Nicci as she talks about drawing experience from & embracing f**k-up's this February.

Venue: Workshop17

March 16 2018, 3pm, 2018 Living, Learning & Leading

In a world where creativity is increasingly the new currency, Lauren Woolf shares her experiences and recent research into creative companies to give us a fresh perspective on creative leadership.

Venue: Tiny Empire

March 28 2018, 6pm, 2018 Law for Creatives

Catherine Marcus & Reneesha Davidson are two power lawyers who work for Legalese, a creative legal agency based in Cape Town.

Join us for a fireside conversation with these ladies as we discuss navigating the legal world through creative enterprise.

Venue: Inscape

April 25 2018, 6pm, 2018 Exploring Power

Behavioural digital media strategist, speaker, Facebook Africa ambassador and humanist, Ramiza Abdool explores the concept of power and how these ideas affect empowerment and gender differences.

Venue: Priest

May 30 2018, 6pm What is your Brand DNA?

Brand specialist Danielle Ehrlich from True Story Studio will be hosting a workshop with us to help you to discover the WHY behind your brand.

Venue: Work & Co.

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

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

August 27 2018, 6pm Women in Craft

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

Venue: Pichulik

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

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

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

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.

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

April 30 2019 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

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 of our very own Proudly South African creative women 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.