Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine & Design


A monthly happy hour with casual conversations
on topics relating to creativity, business, and life.

Hosted by Sam DeLoof.

Ladies*, Wine** & Design was started by Jessica Walsh after this happened and she realized that sometimes peers can be competitive or unsupportive of one another. Only a small percentage of creative directors are women or non-binary, and LW&D wants to help change this through mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, talks, and creative meet ups. In less than two years of launching, LW&D has spread to chapters in over 250 cities around the world.

*Our space is inclusive of all women, non-binary, agender and gender non-conforming people. Self-definition is at the sole discretion of that individual. If you feel you could benefit from a space meant for people who do not identify as men to share ideas and collaborate, you are welcome. **Alcohol is entirely optional; you can drink tea, coffee or whatever you like! To join, please subscribe to our newsletter.

06.18.19 / 5:30 pm LW&D × COLORS & COCKTAILS

Have a wonderful evening of socializing, relaxing, retail therapy, & drinkable glass painting with your favorite ladies! You’ll get to relax in the lounge area, enjoy shopping in the retail shop, snack on popcorn from Kalamazoo Kettlecorn Co., and let your creativity run wild painting glassware!


10.25.18 / 6 pm B.Y.O.Craft

How many times have you scrolled on social media to find an interesting tutorial, then told yourself I don’t have time to recreate that?

This month we’re getting festive and exploring creative outlets outside of our profession. Pumpkin painting, handmade decorations, last minute costumes — the list is endless. Join us for all things fall by bringing a new craft and your favorite craft beer (or hard cider, PSL, Witches’s Brew, etc. — we won’t judge!).

We’ll be burning our favorite seasonal scents from Kalamazoo Candle Company and playing some tunes to get you in the sweater-weather mood.

09.27.18 / 6 pm Creativity & Inspiration

How do you get out of a creative rut? For some of us the answers are found within a self-help book, for some it's as simple as going for a walk to clear your head.

This month we'll celebrate our unique creative processes and share our tricks of the trade. We invite you to bring something that inspires you; be it a book, object, or person—and your favorite drink to sip on (we recommend wine, but hey, it's just in our name!).

September marks the 1 year anniversary for Ladies, Wine & Design in Kalamazoo—join the party and get to know like-minded creatives within the Kalamazoo community!

08.28.18 / 6 pm Open House

Join us for tasty drinks, Sarkozy cookies and creative conversation with these smiling faces (plus Circa Co-Founder Laura Deleot in town from Nashville). At Circa, our mission is to help good ideas grow through strategic design and branding. In 2017, we had a great idea: open a second studio in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Now, nearly a year later, we want to open our doors to you: drop in and say hello!

07.26.18 / 6 pm Movie in the Park [Trades Center]

This month, we will be inviting the guys to join us for BYOB Movie Night! We are watching Design Disruptors, a film by InVision. Grab your friends, bring some drinks, and enjoy this great documentary. We will be providing popcorn from Pop City Popcorn!

06.21.18 / 6 pm Mixed Media Workshop

We will spend time learning about Emmy Kastner's approach to creating art and books. The bulk of the night will be a casual conversation with a hands-on exploration of discussed techniques, making collage & mixed media art.

05.22.18 / 6 pm Clean-Crafted Wine Tasting

Anne Moreland with Scout & Cellar will be joining us to discuss clean wines and where to purchase them!

04.25.18 / 6 pm Self-Care Workshop

This month we'll be joined by Joanna Merrill, co-owner of The Kalamazoo Stillhouse and Valencia Scott, owner of The Perfect Pucker for a Self-Care Workshop including cocktails, group discussion, homemade bath-bombs, and products for sale!

03.13.18 / 6 pm Side Hustles & Passion Projects

This month we will discuss the work that feeds our soul. Bring your goals!

02.06.18 / 6 pm Hand Lettering Workshop

Jacquie Timm will present her knowledge and techniques for hand-lettering—followed by handmade Galentine's day cards for our female mentors and loved ones!

01.23.18 / 6 pm #GIRLGANG Get-Together

Kicking off 2018 with customized branded wine glasses & a first-look at upcoming events!

12.19.17 / 6 pm Holiday Happy Hour

Since December is such a busy month with holiday commitments & celebrations, we are scheduling a little happy hour for our monthly meeting instead of our usual meeting around a creative topic — we could all use a drink or two!

11.30.17 / 6 pm Creative Leadership

This month will be hosted at Curate & Co. Women still only represent a small percent of creative director positions. We'll discuss what we can do to shift these numbers, and discuss topics around business & creative leadership. Tori Thomas, Christina Oropeza, and Elyse Flynn to join our panel discussion.

10.17.17 / 6 pm Inspo & Process

Where do ideas come from? How do you start a process in order to come up with a good idea? What are the best methods or tricks for working creatively? Bring a project you’re working on, and we’ll discuss the concept and thinking behind it.

09.12.17 / 6 pm Meet & Greet

Kicking off the first meeting with casual introductions, dinner & drinks at Fuze kitchen & bar, located in downtown Kalamazoo.

Thank you to those in our community who have supported & collaborated with us: