MEET THE MENTORS
Following over 15 years of fashion design, development and manufacturing experience, working for luxury brand like Burberry, J&M Davidson and Smythson, Dessy Tsolova founded utelier.com – an online B2B fashion manufacturing marketplace and community that connects entrepreneurs with ideas to the right designers, manufacturers and industry wide specialists. Atelier.com helps businesses connect, work and profit together.
Through Utelier, Dessy tirelessly works to demystify and bring transparency to the fashion industry. Mentoring, educating and empowering the next generation of start ups to deliver better fashion product design, manufacture and sound business practices.
Bidemi Zakariyau is the Founder & CEO of LSF|PR – A full service public relations consultancy based in nigeria. with core competencies in corporate communications, consumer and lifestyle brands.
She recently founded and is the head of business development at The Luxe Digest (www.theluxedigest.com) a pan-African luxury content platform.
In 2015 she was recognised as one of the leading female entrepreneurs under 25 in Nigeria by SME100 and in 2016 she was awarded The Future Awards Africa Prize for media enterprise. She was recently recognised as one of the 100 most influential women in Nigeria by Leading Ladies Africa.
Bidemi is member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations. She is also a board member of Réle Art Gallery.
Hannah Rafter is a graduate of Fashion Management and is currently working as a Fashion Editor and Community Manager at the fashion app Style Counsel. Hannah also founded and continues to run The Intern 247 a blog dedicated to giving young individuals advice and access into the industry from young minds.
Hannah has worked for 7 different agencies and brands in London and New York and has extensive knowledge on PR, Social Media, Marketing, Blogging and start up life! Hannah was recently on a BBC panel with Emily Sheffield former British Vogue deputy editor.
After graduating with a first class degree in Fashion Promotion from Ravensboune, Jasmine now works as freelance graphic designer alongside setting up her own brand; FYI (Find Your Intern).
After interning in the fashion industry for 5 years, FYI evolved from her FMP (Final Major Project) into a business. It was created due to personal frustrations over the lack of a powerful platform for finding internships. She just knew there had to be a better way!
FYI was created to be an app that matched employers with quality interns, but for now Jasmine is focused on creating a buzzing intern community through social media. To further prove the concept, Jasmine is doing the job of the app via Instagram by matching brands with interns by posting the internship and matching them with a quality, talented intern.
Jessica King was formally a buyer at Alex and Alexa and Selfridges, being named as one to watch by Drapers in their 2014 ‘30 under 30’ list. The Mini Edit concept is all about King’s two favourite things – fashion and family. After becoming disillusioned with the kidswear industry for having an outdated view on service and product in comparison with adult fashion, King packed in her job as buyer of the kids and toy department of Selfridges to work on The Mini Edit full time.
Jessica has been on a whirlwind journey since then, launching the site in July 2015, their first bricks and mortar pop up concept in August at Fenwick Bond Street and dressing some of the coolest kids on the planet via the online store every day since! They have partnered with the best kids’ fashion brands in the world, across a wide range of price points, including Mini Rodini, Stella McCartney and MSGM.
Born and raised in Sweden by Ghanaian parents, Edwina Kulego manages International Business Development at UBM Fashion Group. She began her career working for Zara / Inditex Group, as a Sales Manager in Copenhagen, Denmark. She moved to New York in 2007 where she interned at various companies such as Essence Magazine, Tommy Hilfiger and PROJECT Trade show.
After graduating from Berkeley College with a Bachelors Degree in International Business she landed a job as the Executive Assistant to the President PROJECT. After that, she became the Business Coordinator to the CEO and eventually went on to manage International Business Development at UBM Fashion Group. This role includes helping international fashion brands create pathways into the US market.
She is a proud member of African Health Now, a non profit organization that provides accessibility to primary health care in Africa.
When 26-year old, London born Jamelia Donaldson told naturalistas across the UK, “The hunt is over”, she wasn’t joking. The founder and CEO of Treasure Tress. At the tender age of 18, a keen and determined Jamelia embarked on her journey to the other side of the world to intern as a marketing assistant in Beijing. Armed with a growing toolkit of vital skills; at 19, Jamelia took to the vibrant, bustling city of New York to work alongside PR and entertainment maven, BJ Coleman. With Coleman Entertainment Group’s client list boasting of the likes of Naomi Campbell, Vivica A Fox, Tyson Beckford and Tatiyana Ali, this was the beginning of a fascinating journey into the world of PR, Communications and Brand Development.
Jamelia has since worked in both London and New York, in the financial services industry, for the worlds most powerful Asset Management firm. Leading projects involving upwards of eight figures worth of investments, providing exceptional service to the firms largest clients and working closely with traders. The birth of her niece, and her clear desire to educate and equip young girls and women with knowledge on their natural hair is what caused Jamelia to birth Treasure Tress. Her love for the subscription business model meant that she was easily able to merge the two and deliver a salon
experience straight to the front doors of many.
Ellen Ormerod is a freelance Journalist and Content Creator. She was formerly the lead on Communications and Community at WAH London, managing the social media channels, creating content and running campaigns across WAH’s digital platforms. Passionate about girl culture, Ellenalso headed the WAH community, connecting with WAH fans and customers, as well as managing a curated group of brand ambassadors and influencers.
As a freelance content creator, Ellen has worked for brands such as Motel Rocks, Lee Stafford and E45, she also consulted for American Eagle Outfitters on their UK launch in 2015. She is currently working on a documentary film on what it feels like to be a girl in love with a girl in 2017, exploring themes of LGBTQ+, feminism, race and art.
Lisa Maynard-Atem is an accomplished Social Media Strategist and outstanding woman in retail nominee with a proven track record at the world’s most famous luxurious department store, Harrods.
Lisa built and developed a global social portfolio that now boasts over 2.5 million followers across key social media platforms. Lisa set up and continues to drive the development of their lead social channel, Instagram which now has over 1 million followers. Harrods is now one of the most followed luxury department stores in the world.
Anna Radke graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Fashion Merchandising Management as well as from the Benjamin School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. Anna works as a creative industry consultant and as an editor. She advises designers, artists and athletes, among others. She publishes articles for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar Poland and SEZON. She has gained professional experience while interning at Vogue, Coach, Thomson Reuters, Dentons, The Fashion Law Group, Medenica Law and Radke Law Firm.
She served as an adjunct at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she taught Business Law for the Artists course. She was a teaching assistant to Professor Barbara Kolsun, Professor Sherry Jetter and Professor Michael Pantazakos at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law as well as a research assistant to Professor Jeannie Suk Gersen at the Harvard Law School. She developed a Legal Summer Lab course at the Center for American Studies at the University of Warsaw. She also lectured about licensing negotiations at a summer school at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan.
Since graduating with a Master's degree in Psychology for Fashion Professionals from University of the Arts London, Shakaila has held positions at premium brands engaging in PR, Marketing, and Social Media management.
She founded and runs The Psychology of Fashion Blog™ - one of the world's first platforms dedicated to news, research and style features all within the field of fashion psychology. She is also a workshop facilitator and freelance writer who's had her work published in Marie Claire UK, i-D magazine and All Walks Beyond the Catwalk.
Rebeckah Kemi Apara is a textiles designer and founder of Embellished Talk; a platform to explore textiles through digital events and creative workshops. She has collaborated with GURLS TALK the platform founded by model Adwoa Aboah. She’s also run embroidery and embellishment workshops in WAH Nails, West Elm, WeWork, Second Home and Boxpark. She graduated with a degrees in fashion textiles in 2007 from The London College of Fashion