Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine &
Design London

A conversation series
for London Creatives

A salon night held monthly, for women* creatives. We'll wine**, dine and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. If you’re a student or creative and would like to join you can find our current events here. It’s free and reservations are first come, first served.

*Our meetings should be inclusive and supportive spaces for all women (trans, intersex and cis) and all nonbinary, agender and gender variant people. Self-definition is at the sole discretion of that individual. If you are here it is because you feel that you are included by our gender inclusion policy, and therefore you are welcome. Our meetings and spaces are not open to people who identify solely or primarily as men. If you have any queries regarding our gender inclusion policy, please don’t hesitate to ask questions.

**booze is entirely optional, you can drink tea, coffe or soft drinks!

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If you have any questions you can email us, join our facebook group or follow us on instagram.

15th of August 2019, 7pm Summer Picnic

Unlike our other events, which we keep small and intimate, this is an unlimited drop-in meet-up so everyone can come! It's a great chance to come and network, meet new friends and check out our great community.
Please bring your own drinks & food for yourself (and sharing!)
Dress code: colourful
We will be meeting within sight of the Canada Memorial in Green Park. Look up for us with the signs red balloons and bunting. Please click here
to register on Eventbrite and see a map of the park with our meeting point.

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12th of July 2019, 7pm Show It Off

We have partnered with D&AD for their New Blood festival to bring you portfolio reviews with some amazing female/non-binary mentors!

***Note this is open to people of any gender to attend, so please share with your friends***

Our amazing mentors work in design, art direction, advertising, animation, digital, broadcast, illustration, publishing & more! Check them out below:
Adeline Chong – Design Director at Impero
Beta Yee – Senior Digital Product Designer
Kate Gallé – Creative Director at Design Bridge
Monique Bissell – Senior Art Director at Design Bridge
Lauren Pleydell-Pearce – Executive Creative Director at PwC
Helen Chapman – Senior Book Designer at Bloomsbury
Ciara Phelan – Illustrator agent at Grand Matter
Sally Green – Associate Creative Director at Pentland Brands
Emilia Buggins – Creative Director & Founder at Kireli studio
Anna Fernandez – Conceptual Designer and Art Director at We Are Social
Claire Nowrozian – Director and Creative at BBC
Lisa Rahman – Freelance Creative Director and Graphic Designer in editorial and publishing
Daisy (Margarida) Aleixo – Creative Product Design Lead at Novoda
Melissa Wong – Senior Art Director at Ogilvy & Head of Social at SheSays London
Julia Petretta – Product Design Director at Sparck
Kath Tudball – Creative Director at Superunion
Gloria Bertazzoni – Digital Creative Manager at Universal Pictures

There is a £5 (+VAT) deposit, refundable after attendance to event.

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4th of July 2019, 7pm Tete at Tete with Astrid Stavro

We’re really excited to announce our next event, a Tête-a-tête with Astrid Stavro, partner at legendary design firm Pentagram.

Astrid is a graphic designer with an international reputation for concept driven design, distilling complex ideas into uniquely simple and emotionally engaging solutions applied with exquisite typography and craft. Born in Trieste, Italy, she studied graphic design at CSM (BA) and the Royal College of Arts (MA), graduating with Distinction from both colleges. She directed her own studio in Barcelona for ten years, working on editorial, identity and exhibition design projects before co-founding the design consultancy Atlas with Pablo Martín in 2013. She joined Pentagram London office as a partner in 2018. Her work encompasses brand identities, editorial and exhibition design, wayfinding systems and packaging for clients such as the arts and culture magazine Elephant where she was Art Director and Contributing Editor from 2013 to 2017, Barcelona Design Museum, Phaidon, Camper, The National Portrait Gallery, the Miró Foundation and Wallpaper*.

Tête-a-tête is an opportunity to meet established creative ladies, and to talk with them about your experience and the industry. We’ll release a small number of tickets to allow more intimate conversations to arise and to make sure everyone gets the chance to ask questions.

This event will be hosted by the The Collective Venues and is now fully booked.
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30th of May 2019, 7pm Show it Off

Come join us for our portfolio review at Wunderman. You'll have the chance to show your work to and speak with six amazing mentors who cover art direction, design, digital and illustration:
Sarah Boris, who runs her own studio and has worked previously at Phaidon and the ICA
Lisa Campana, Director of Design at Wunderman
Rebecca Clarke, Senior Graphic Designer at Design Bridge
Ana Curbelo, a freelance multidisciplinary creative, who has previously worked at the BBC and is currently working towards transitioning into full time illustration
Laura Lee, Illustrator Agent at Début Art
Lisa Rahman, a freelance Creative Director who has worked at Elle and Glamour UK

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1st May 2019, 7pm Big Meet Up

Join us for the Ladies, Wine & Design London Big Meet-up!
Bring your friends and colleagues for casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life.
This event is limited to 100 ladies so it will be a first come with our Eventbrite free ticket, first served for entry policy.
The events are open to students and professionals at any stage of their career.
This month we are being hosted by the TransferWise Design Team for food and drinks at their offices.
Get a free ticket to secure your entry:CLICK HERE
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27th of March 2019, 7pm Comeback - Back to work from the ladies who’ve done it

This event will be about overcoming the challenges of returning to work after an extended break. Whether it’s maternity leave, a career break, illness or battling your own fears, the lack of support from the industry can be daunting.

We are welcoming some incredible mentors for this event sharing their experiences: Rania Svoronou, Kate Miller, Karen Burbano and Piarve Wetshi.

Tickets will be released on Wednesday 13th of March.
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28th of February 2019, 7pm Tete-a-Tete with Claire Robertshaw

A salon event with Claire Robertshaw, Executive Creative Director at Design Bridge, an award-winning global strategic brand design agency. Working across Design Bridge’s portfolio of clients, Claire is responsible for the creative management of the London Studio. Passionate about creative freedom and empowerment, Claire is also a mentor for Kerning the Gap; an organisation dedicated to achieving gender equality in the design industry, with a focus on women in leadership roles.

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30th of January 2019, 7pm Newbies

We kick off the year with a Newbies event at Novoda. An informal evening of discussion, chat and drinks with six ladies. If you’re not sure where to start or just new to the city, this is a great introduction to Ladies, Wine & Design London.

This meet up is limited to the girls that have never attended any of the ticketed LWD events before.

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13th of December 2018, 7pm Christmas Party

Join us for the Ladies, Wine & Design London Christmas Meet-up!

If you're new to Ladies, Wine & Design, come and find one of the hosts when you arrive (we'll be wearing the lanyards) and say hello. We'll find you some inspiring ladies to chat to.
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29th November 2018, 7pm Minds Matter: Creatives Coping with Mental Health

A recent study by Ulster University has shown that people in the creative industries are three times more likely to experience mental health problems.

Minds Matter: Creatives Coping with Mental Health is an evening of discussion with a group of women, all with different experiences of mental health in the creative industries. We are welcoming some incredible mentors for this event including Zoë Hough, founder of Anxiety Empire and Shona Beats, Co-Founder of Sphere.

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18th of October 2018, 7pm Show It Off!

Ladies Wine Design London and D&AD are teaming up to celebrate the launch of their 2019 New Blood Briefs and deliver a free portfolio review event for women creatives who are currently studying or recently graduated.

Get valuable advice from 16 women leaders in the creative industry on your portfolio or a piece of work you want to discuss, insight into the realities of the industry and expand your creative network.

Mentors names and info on our Facebook page.

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14th of November 2018, 7pm Creative Gym - Letterpress-ups!

Our next instalment in the Creative Gym series is a great evening in a traditional LETTERPRESS studio, New North Press in Hoxton, with the lovely technician Klara Vith.

Klara will take us through the machinery and presses, how to set a line of type and how to print. We will work together to create a group composition and you will be given a print to take home with you.

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26th of September 2018, 7pm The Big Meetup

Come and mingle with other amazing creative ladies at the Fable in Farringdon.

This event is unlimited in numbers.
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29th of August 2018, 7pm Newbies

Have you just discovered Ladies, Wine & Design? Our newbies event is for you! An informal evening of discussion, chat and wine with six ladies in the same situation. If you’re not sure where to start or just new to the city, this is a great introduction to Ladies, Wine & Design London. Newbies is open to anyone who hasn’t attended a Ladies, Wine & Design London event before.

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26th of July 2018, 7pm Represent!

The UK design industry is overwhelmingly white - 87% so in fact. And just 12% of London’s Creative Directors are female. So what does it mean for Women of Colour?

Studies show that we all benefit from diversity and equality, especially in working team environments, so how can we create change?

We've partnered with Anoushka Khandwala to assemble a line-up of inspiring women and trail blazers, who will talk about their experience as Women of Colour in the Creative industry, share their advice and answer your questions:

- Nicole Crentsil
- Marisa Jensen
- Kei Maye
- Kajaal Modi
- Jade Tomlin

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28th of June 2018, 7pm The Big Meetup

Come and mingle with other amazing creative ladies at the Fable in Farringdon.

This event is unlimited in numbers.
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20th of June 2018, 6.30pm Creative Gym - First Class Scamps

"First Class Scamps" is a workshop for ladies wanting to improve their skills in the art of the scamp, storyboarding, mocking up and quickly expressing ideas through illustration.

We are running this workshop in partnership with visualisation agency Three Blind Mice: www.three-blind-mice.co.uk

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24th of May 2018, 7pm Tête-à-tête with Kath Tudball

Have you always wanted to have a great discussion with an amazing creative lady you admire? experiences? Enter Tête-à-tête, a Ladies, Wine & Design London event series.
Our guest this month is the amazing Kath Tudball - Design Director at Superunion. Kath is a multi-award winning designer with over 15 years experience at design agencies Johnson Banks, the Partners and Superunion. She has worked on numerous projects in the arts, culture, education and non-profit sectors, more recently the Shakespeare Globe Theatre rebranding.

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21st of May 2018, 7pm Newbies

Have you just discovered Ladies, Wine & Design? Our newbies event is for you! An informal evening of discussion, chat and wine with six ladies in the same situation. If you’re not sure where to start or just new to the city, this is a great introduction to Ladies, Wine & Design London. Newbies is open to anyone who hasn’t attended a Ladies, Wine & Design London event before.

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19th of April 2018, 7pm Go Solo

Going freelance or starting your own studio from the ladies who've done it.

An evening of discussion with guest speakers - Sarah Boris, Helen Friel, Claire Hartley, Helen Fleming / Melissa Phillips from Mavis and Haidée Drew. Including a chance to ask your questions in small discussion groups with the speakers.

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22nd of March 2018, 7pm The Big Meetup

Bring your friends and colleagues to the Doodle Bar in London Bridge for casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business and life.
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28th of February 2018, 7pm Show it off, a CV and portfolio review session

Bring your CV and/or portfolio to receive personalised feedback and advice from our lovely mentors:
Jack Renwick, creative director at Jack Renwick Studio
Lauren Pleydell-Pearce, creative director at Wunderman
Mireia Lopez, freelance design director, former creative director at Dare
Laura Lee, illustrator agent at Début Art
Lisa Goff, freelance senior creative

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25th of January 2018, 7pm LWD x Lemonade - Take the Leap

How to change your career from the ladies who have done it.

An evening of discussion with guest speakers - Naomi Edmondson, Jamica Ortiz, Emily Ayres and Carolyn Jackson. Including a chance to ask your questions in small discussion groups with the speakers.

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13th of December 2018, 7pm Christmas Party

Bring your friends and colleagues to the Doodle Bar in London Bridge for casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, life and Xmas wishes.

This event is not limited in numbers.
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Jessica Walsh started Ladies, Wine & Design in New York 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, and we also think it would be fun to meet other lady creatives, so we reached out to her and Ladies, Wine & Design London was born.


Numbers show that there is a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. Here are a few women based in the UK we have come to admire. Email us if you want to nominate someone for this list.