CCAD Supporting International Women’s Day

Yesterday the women of the world came together in celebration of International Women’s Day. Whether you attended a conference, supported on social media or wore your ‘Girl Power’ t-shirt, the day was a powerful day for womankind. We wanted to bring you a rundown of the perfect pieces you can purchase (or oggle) right now. The companies and brands we’ve featured are not only backed by a feminist attitude, but they also stock some of the coolest pieces.

Elizabeth Ilsley, Jacket £500

You know that age old “if you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring?”, THIS! Okay, okay, it’s not totally ‘desert island’ appropriate, but we are all over this brand, as are the likes of Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Kanye, Florence and the Machine and not to mention the 26k followers on Instagram. Started by a 19 year old student from the West Midlands, with a painted £10 charity shop leather jacket posted on Instagram, Elizabeth, now 21 has her own empire of a brand, exclusively stocked in Liberty. “Towards the end of my university course, Liberty London got in touch and wanted to stock my leather jackets in the shop,” she told the Daily Mail. Elizabeth made 24 jackets for the store, which all sold out within six days. She said: “I’m currently painting a jacket for Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine. Her manager got in touch and stated that Florence loved the jackets and wanted one of her own. I’ve also done four jackets for Kayne West. He got in touch asking for three for his daughter, North West and one for his wife, Kim Kardashian. He shipped over his own jackets and I painted Kayne West lyrics on them at his request.”

Check out the website here >>>



Double Trouble, T-Shirt £39.00

This new brand has well and truly hit the fashion scene with a huge explosion! Double Trouble are supported by the likes of Vogue, Teen Vogue, lots of amazing independent magazines and super high profile bloggers and ‘IT girls’. Each piece is embroidered with a slogan, we love this “girl gang” one, very apt for the day of GRLS.


Punky Pins, Feminist and Proud Pin £6

Founded by CCAD Alumni, Claire Whaite using a kids badge machine in a spare room back in 2005, it grew into this amazing business based in Middlesbrough. Punky Pins creates unique enamel pins, patches and accessories, inspired by pop culture, movies, cats, feminism and other cool things! We’d have these covering every square centimeter of everything in our wardrobe if that was acceptable… is it?


Limpet, bag £18

Keeping with the theme of business by girls, Limpet was started by fashion graduate Emily Fluen in 2015 which immediately caught the eye of Topshop who stocked Limpet in their flagship store in London. We love support new businesses like Emily’s especially for International Women’s Day!

Sunday Girl Magazine, £7

Now we may be biased on this one, but Sunday Girl is the girl power magazine we all need in our lives! Supported by Alexa Chung’s brand Villoid, Daisy Lowe, Gabrielle Aplin and high profile bloggers such as Olivia Purvis and Lily Pebbles, after launching two years ago Sunday Girl has gone from strength to strength. Middlesbrough born Sunday Girl is now launching its fourth issue, stocked in stores such as Selfridges and WHSmiths, and heading to 77 countries! Covering topics ranging from business, fashion, literature and history, the girl power theme rings through from page to page.

Check out Sunday Girl Magazine here >>>>


Any others that spring to mind? Comment below and let us know!


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