Over the last few months, we have had a great time discovering and interviewing some seriously inspiring entrepreneurs. Their products and ideas are all unique, often give back, and most are not available yet to the mass market. So if you are looking for a really special Christmas present check out our Suit & Pie Christmas Gift List…
ClubCEO is a new brand of workwear for women founded by the inspiring Farley Pearce. The brand is targeted at the young professional market with pieces that will range from £100-£200 for an outfit (the ‘highER ‘street) and will give businesswomen ‘an excuse to promote and celebrate success in the workplace’. The brand itself is launching in 2016, but you can get hold of their GINNI blazer by contributing to their Kickstarter campaign.
Aer Blow Dry Bar is the blowdry, brow and beauty destination for South Kensington. The brain child of Anushka Lakhani, the bar (which also serves as a ‘beauty hub’ where you can have a coffee and unwind) offers bespoke blowdries and updos without the extortionate price tag. Perfect for some pre-Xmas party prep! Blowdries start at £35, updos at £30. Packages are available.
100 Leading Ladies is a beautiful hardback book chock full of portraits of inspiring women taken by award-winning photographer Nancy Honey (who famously sold her house to fund this project). The women range from the well-known to the less well-known women of Nancy’s generation (most born pre-1957). They share the stories of their triumphs and setbacks with ex-Times journalist, Hattie Garlick. Books can be ordered here for £30 each. Signed copies also available.
Oh My Sock is the creation of the very talented Ha Do. Oh My Sock socks are made out of bamboo which makes them extremely soft (just ask Mr F!) and odour resistant. They also come in a pack of 7 identical pairs, which means no more time spent trying to find matching pairs! Their Christmas gift packaging is fantastic so do check out their website where you can order socks ahead of 30 November to ensure delivery in time for Xmas. Pricing starts at £35 for 7 pairs of socks.
For the home
We featured the very talented Mr Warren in our Arts issue where we fell in love with his watercolours and drawings of little men (see our Mr Smith’s Corner customised pic) and funny sheep. Jon has now set up shop on Etsy and Society 6, so do check out his prints and watercolours. Prices start at £12.50 for an original sheep watercolour. Commissions also accepted.
For the family
Nimble Babies is a brand created by Von Sy that makes products which help make cleaning after babies faster, easier and more effective. Their first product, the Nimble Babies Milk Buster is a milder version of washing-up liquid that helps get rid of odour and milk residue in baby bottles. It has also just been shortlisted for a major product award so do give the Milk Buster a try. Prices from £5.99 per bottle.
For the foodie
We can’t get enough of the amazing biskies (a heavenly mix of cookie, cake and biscuit) and dream cakes at Cutter & Squidge. Annabel and Emily Lui, the bakers and businesswomen behind the brand, have gone from strength to strength. You can now find them at their permanent shop on Brewer Street or order a gift box to be delivered anywhere in the UK. Prices from £22.95 for a box of 8 biskies and from £32.50 for a (giant) dream cake.
For the TV addict
If you are looking for a new series to get hooked on in the new year, look no further! Containment (from Vampire Diaries’ executive producer Julie Plec) explores what happens when a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta. A vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure. The series features Suit & Pie interviewee and very talented actor, George Young.
If you feel like giving back
Finding Rhythms is an incredible charity that uses music to help rehabilitate prisoners and teach them transferable skills, all while recording a professionally produced album! We interviewed the inspiring co-founder Emily Vermont in our Arts issue. If you feel like giving back this Christmas, the charity sells the albums they produce through their Etsy shop here. Give them a listen on Bandcamp and of course, they welcome donations too.
The Soap Co is an amazing social enterprise that employs people who are blind or disabled from the Keswick community (where the company is based) to create luxury soap products. With amazing fragrances like White Tea and Black Poppy & Fig, we can’t think of a better way to give back this Christmas. Soap bars start at £5, Christmas gift trios start at £20. Order for delivery here.
For the new year
If you do need a hand getting back into shape post Christmas indulgence, look no further than Project Fit. This HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout which mixes treadmills with strength training will have you back to your pre-Christmas form and beyond within a few sessions. Be prepared to work hard for maximum results! The first session is 50% off so there are no excuses. Classes start at £20 per session with savings if you buy bundles. Also available on ClassPass.
The revolutionary recruitment business Lifeshifter places highly skilled women in jobs that allow them to work flexibly. So if you are looking for a bit of a change in the new year, do check our their website which also features some great articles on women in tech and female entrepreneurs and check out our interview with founder Jana Hlistova.
If you are feeling a little lost in the new year sign yourself and your friends up to The Quarter Club. This amazing network founded by two extremely inspiring women, Saskia and Jo, helps fiercely ambitious, freelance creative women of all ages navigate the quarter life crisis through a host of Salons, Quarter Labs, Supper Clubs and Pitching Parlours. Check out their upcoming events on their website and their interview with yours truly (!) here.
Do get in touch with us if you would like more detail or are having trouble ordering any of the products featured (as they are still brand new there are sometimes some ordering glitches!). And have a very Merry Christmas!