Bring Out Her Bright Side: Celebrating International Women’s Day

All hail International Women’s Day! A time when the whole world steps up to support and elevate women. The truth is that at Cath Kidston, every day is a celebration of women.We’re not just talking about our history, being founded in 1993 by the one and only Cath. And it’s not just the fact that our team – from artists and designers to managers and directors – is mostly made up of women.

 

What we’re really proud of is the way we lift each other up and bring out one another’s bright side. This means more than a “well done” for a task completed. There’s an unspoken agreement at Cath Kidston HQ which sees everyone strive to make each day the best it can be – whether that’s with kind words of advice, working extra hours to help get a job done or just a really, really great brew.

 

So this IWD, step into our office, as we celebrate the women we work with every day. We hope it inspires you to do the same.

Jo White on Hattie Barkel

How does she bring out your bright side?
She always has a smile on her face and looks on the bright side of any situation. If you are ever feeling down or stressed, Hattie is always there to pep you back up again.

What’s something you would celebrate about her? 
I love her wardrobe! She is so confident and makes everything look effortless.

How does working in a predominantly female workplace affect your life? 
All of our different personalities complement one another and make for a brilliant team environment. Everyone is very supportive and willing to help – it makes it so much easier to get the job done. We can go from having serious conversations about work projects, to trash TV, and back to serious work stuff in less than 10 minutes – it is called multi-tasking!

When is she most joyful? 
When the drinks trolley comes round… 😊

What are the stories we tell ourselves as women that we should change?
We need to celebrate our achievements more – men are really good at it, so why aren’t we?

Hattie Barkel on Jo White

How does she bring out your bright side?
She always offers to stay late or get up early and support the team and myself, no questions asked!  She’s always ready to listen to a problem or two that you may have and offer kind words and advice. She ALWAYS keeps the team going with delicious snacks from the local delicatessen: co-op!

What’s something you would celebrate about her? 
She has the best leather trousers and fuelled my love for Veja’s. PLUS she’s all in all an amazing supportive woman.

When is she most joyful? 
When she receives a bunch of daffodils! When sharing pictures of her beautiful cats – that or her beautiful home.

What are the stories we tell ourselves as women that we should change? 
Imposter syndrome is real and we need to back ourselves more and celebrate our achievements.

Nicole Gray on Modupe Ogunniyi

How does she bring out your bright side? 
Modupe is my super mum inspiration. As a new mum myself she gives me the confidence that I can juggle both work and home life and still be me.

What have you learned from her in the workplace? 
We work really collaboratively together and tag team on projects to get the job done. Modupe is a dream to work with, always calm and collected while working at a million miles an hour.

When is she most joyful? 
Exploring new places and going on adventures with her son.

How does working in a predominantly female workplace affect your lives? 
Everyone is very understanding of life vs work, we understand each other and have a great laugh working together.

Modupe Ogunniyi on Nicole Gray

How does she bring out your bright side? 
She’s always smiling, regardless of how much pressure she’s under. Also, I LOVE how she maintains a sense of humour in meetings – people can be so serious, but Nicole brings a sense of joy to every room she’s in.

Why are you lucky to work with her? 
It’s always great working with other working mums as you both appreciate the balancing act of work and being a mum.

What’s something you would celebrate about her? 
I’d celebrate her confidence to take on new tasks and ensure that everyone is on board and aligned

What are the stories we tell ourselves as women that we should change? 
That we have to compete with other women and that there’s not space for all of us.

Lauren Gray on Lauren Clarke 

How does she bring out your bright side? 
She’s great for a lunchtime natter and we never run out of nonsense to talk about. She even laughs at my bad jokes! Lauren also makes the best cup of earl grey I’ve ever tasted (even if she does break the rules and puts the milk in first)

Why are you lucky to work with her? 
Lauren has an amazing ‘can do’ attitude and is someone you can always rely on. We make a really good team and are known in the office as ‘The Laurens’.

When is she most joyful? 
When she has a packet of custard creams or when she’s adding to her ever expanding mug collection.

What’s something you would celebrate with one another? 
Lauren has an amazing brain that stores endless knowledge of Cath Kidston product and print. Ask her what that cream floral print from 2017 is called, and she can tell you without hesitation.

Lauren Clarke on Lauren Gray 

How does she bring out your bright side? 
She is the most positive person I have ever met, it’s really hard to have a bad day with her around!

What have you learned from her in the workplace? 
She taught me how to accept help. I was really under pressure working towards a deadline and she was the one who took her time to stay and help. That was probably the start of our friendship.

When is she most joyful? 
When she crochets! She is so talented and makes the cutest little crocheted characters. Always challenging herself with new projects.

How does working in a predominantly female workplace affect your lives? 
There’s always emergency chocolate stash in the office!