International Women’s Day Celebration: Panel and women-led brand showcase

in association with Brand South Africa

The evening featured a discussion with inspirational women in business, including Zeze Oriaikhi-Sao, Founder of luxury body care brand Malée, Meera Santoro, Founder of Santoro, and Pumela Salela, UK Country Head of Brand South Africa and Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Scholarship Alumni Association.

The event also played host to a showstopping showcase of female talent and women-led brands, all with links to South Africa, across wellness, fashion and lifestyle.

We had an opportunity to chat to the respective founders and business owners as well as indulge in some pampering

Brands that took part included organic African wellness brand Africology, which recently opened a flagship store in Covent Garden; urban sleepwear company Nightire; luxury African skincare Malee, sustainable leather goods brand Okapi and influencer brand collaborative Our Social Collective.

We feasted on African-inspired canapes crafted by the Devonshire Club chef and drank sparkling Miss Molly rose from the women-led Moreson wine estate in Franschoek, as well as gin cocktails made with South African Inveroche Gin and Barker & Quinn mixers — all made by women!

What a heart-warming, joyous evening in celebration of women and hopw truly phenomenal things happen when we come together to support one another.