Ladies, Wine & Design

Jessica Walsh started LW&D in New York after doing a lot of thinking and reading on why only 3% of women in the creative industry are creative directors or in leadership positions. She believes we can change that through mentorship and championing each other's work. We couldn't agree more, and so LW&D (Southampton) was born. We look forward to meeting you lovely creatives soon to wine*, dine and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life.

We believe that all genders can be allies in our shared goal to #EmpowerWomen, and so, our meetings are gender-inclusive and supportive spaces for all. And as part of our mission to 'leave no creative behind', our events are (mostly) free o' charge** (and so's the wine!). We only ask that our guests respect the inclusive atmosphere and continue to engage in discussion, and idea generation, for the promotion of equal opportunities for female-identifying*** creatives.

* Booze is entirely optional, you can drink tea, coffee or soft drinks!
** Some events may require a small fee to cover material costs.
*** Any Q's regarding our gender policy, email us.

15th June, 2022 (7-9pm) Chapel Chats

Introducing Chapel Chats — a relaxed and intimate evening of open conversation for creative students, professionals & enthusiasts. Big up The Design Chapel for hosting us!! We can’t wait to experience your space with faces old & new! Get your free tickets here (hurry, limited space!).

4th December, 2021 (10am-5pm) GHT Makers Market

What a joy it was to sponsor the very talented Lydia Marshall at GHT’s festive Christmas market. Lydia’s bag designs are eco-conscious, low-waste, practical and minimalistic! Visit Kettle&Co. to get yours!

16th November, 2021 (6:30-9pm) Woodland Watercolours

A lovely evening spent with brush to paper, exploring strokes and techniques with our lovely guest host Amy Harwood. Check out the antics here.

14th October, 2021 (7-9pm) Tower Talks

A splendid evening, spent with faces old & new, discussing what it means to be a creative of today in an ever-changing world. A huge thanks to GHT for having us, and to all the lovely ladies that joined. Check out the photos here.

27th March, 24th April & 22nd May 2021 (3-6pm) Design Drop-In

Throughout lockdowns, we hosted a series of online Design Drop-Ins. It was great to catch-up with our local community of creatives and meet some new faces too. Find out more here.

21st January, 2021 (2:30-4:30pm) CNS Talk

We discussed our LW&D journey so far, how we can use #CollaborationOverCompetition to fuel change and presented our research into how Solent can better support its creative communities as we emerge from lockdown. A huge thanks to CNS for having us, and to the guests for their thoughts & ideas. Find out more here.

30th September, 2020 (5:30-7:30pm) Tiny Talks

Introducing Tiny Talks — our first ever mini-event series, where we talk all things business, life and creativity with the shared goal to listen and support one another. This event was cancelled due to Covid, but we aim to have these sessions back up & running in 2022. Find out more here.

7th June, 2020 (5pm+) Feeling Colours
& Shapes

Thanks to those who tuned in with their feelings for an afternoon of contemporary zine-making hosted by @artizineuk and @doubles_creative in our first ever virtual workshop. Check out the antics here.

26th February, 2020 (7-9pm) Do you even Design

We partnered with @rosschapman, Head of Design Sprints at Etch UK to bring an action-packed workshop where we explored how Southampton can better support its creatives.

18th December, 2019 (4-9pm) Sleigh All Day
Makers Market

A fab turn-out at Southampton's newest co-working space, Network Eagle Labs with our largest guest list to date. Check out all the antics here.

29th October, 2019 (6-9pm) See Ya Laser

What a blast our latest 'See Ya Laser' laser cut a wine box workshop was at the Makers Space! We were so impressed with the designs you lovely ladies created!

27th August, 2019 (6-9pm) Brush Lettering

Thank you to those who joined us for a delightful evening of Brush Lettering with the fabulous Marte Vik Eriksen from epletyv.

16th May, 2019 (7pm+) Schmooze with Booze

Thank you to all the lovely ladies that joined us to chat all things female and creative at our latest Schmooze with Booze meet & greet event at the stunning Olive.

2nd April, 2019 (7-9pm) Bring & Share
Zine Workshop

Thank you to all the lovely ladies that joined us for wine, pizza and creativity as we explored collaboration over competition in our first-ever Bring & Share workshop at Etch UK.

“Southampton — typically known for its waters and industrial history — is starting to take shape as a creative city. It really feels like we are on the cusp of something exciting and it’s a privilege to be at the forefront of connecting and empowering the incredible creative community who live, work and play here.” — Jazzy (LW&D Soton Chapter Lead)

A huge thanks to our sponsors: Barclays, Etch, Fenner, Fedrigoni, GHT, Hinge, and You Agency for supporting us creative folk and keeping our chapter alive! If you or your company would like to support our creative community, email us to find out about sponsorship opportunities.

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