Tell us your bold boss story!
Lucky Sixpence Bridal is run by me, Anna, and a fluid team of co-conspirators and collaborators who all believe that there's just something wrong with spending the average £2k on a dress you'll wear once!
I fell into the wonderland of weddings in 2015 for my own wedding and started to appreciate why so many brides end up paying over the odds for their wedding outfits. There just weren't that many alternatives!
For our big day I sourced a late 70s handmade wedding dress and after a few tweaks I was set and Lucky Sixpence Bridal was born...
I personally find it upsetting that so many brides are taken for a ride (price wise and 'computer says no' wise) when buying their outfit, especially when many pieces are made in factories half way across the world. Upcycling a preloved or vintage item is not only eco-friendly but also gives you an incredible, unique look on your day that no-one else will have.
I am a bit of a vintage magpie and love finding beautiful pieces for my BadAssBrides. Together with my team of designers, we can change this industry, reduce the eco impact of weddings and make our brides look freaking awesome in the process.
Alongside Lucky Sixpence Bridal I created the popular series on female entrepreneurs for www.HouseofCoco.net #GirlBossesofGreatBritain. This has been a web series to date but the first print interview will be coming out next month!
We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!
I think my bold boss moment to date has to be being featured on a BBC Radio 4 documentary and its teaser video! I collaborated on an upcycling event with an innovative not-for-profit who works to turn vacant commercial properties into community space. They made the introduction and it went from there. Just last week I was contacted by a lady who heard me on the show and wanted to donate her own wedding dress to be upcycled for another bride!
What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?
As I'm in my early days of the business I have found most inspiration from speaking with other entrepreneurs and finding support from people going through very similar things! If you are new to being your own boss I'd recommend networking with everyone. I was told about the theory of 'loose connections' and that you can greatly amplify your network by speaking to that person you really don't know. So you'll find me chatting up people who work in Starbucks!