SheWorx AAA Spotlight: Stacy Chan, Founder & Creative Director, Stacy Chan London
Founders in SheWorx are women who embody three core values. We call these the AAA Values: Ambition — We set big goals and push ourselves outside of our comfort zone. Action — We work around constraints and always find a way to get things done. Altruism — We give back to our communities and encourage the success of other women.
Meet Stacy, one of the many incredible founders attending the upcoming SheWorx100 Summit.
1. What does your company do?
The Stacy Chan brand takes unique, minimalist construction as a starting point for luxury fashion. Known for its clean lines and geometric shapes paired with bold colour, our handbags are all designed in London and handmade in Italy. The brand is dedicated to using the highest quality materials and craftsmanship.
2. What impact are you making? What does this impact look like in 10 years?
In the age of fast, throw-away fashion, Stacy Chan works with Italian tanneries and manufacturers to produce our classic, yet modern designs to make high quality handbags that will not only last, but look beautiful from season to season. There is a shift in the mindset of customers who are starting to move away from wearing the same ubiquitous fashion coming from large brands towards independent designers who are introducing something more unique. In addition, the hope is that people begin to become more socially conscious about workers’ rights and the resulting footprint of throw-away fashion. This will mean in 10 years, consumers will be buying less and spending more on quality, unique items that support both independent brands and a living wage for those who produce their items.
3. How do you embody the SheWorx AAA Values of Ambition, Action, Altruism in your work and life?
The AAA values are definitely things that are important to me both personally and professionally. I have always been up for a challenge! After working in finance for 10 years, I left my career to pursue my passion for handbags. It was a difficult decision to leave given the network I had built and the years I dedicated to this path, but I knew I was ready for the next step as an entrepreneur. Starting your own business is always difficult, but to move into the fashion industry, difficult is an understatement! The business forces you to constantly learn and change and grow, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Personally, I have run the London marathon, trekked Kilimanjaro and to Everest Base Camp. I also spend time working and collaborating with new designers and organising pop-up shops in London.
4. Why are you excited about the SheWorx100 London Summit? What is the best part about being in the SheWorx community?
I am excited to be a part of the SheWorx community as it is always inspiring and empowering to meet other women pursuing their dreams — we all need to support each other! The SheWorx100 London Summit is of particular interest as I look to grow my business further and meet potential contacts who are interested in investing in and meeting female founders.
By Lisa Wang: She is a serial entrepreneur and the Co-founder of SheWorx, the global collective of ambitious female entrepreneurs redefining leadership.
Originally published at www.sheworx.com.