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Inspiring quotes from female founders in honour of International Women’s Day

Here at Positive Luxury, we work with dozens of brands founded and run by women. To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March, we collected inspirational quotes from 24 of them. Read on to learn more about their paths to success, the challenges they faced and their best pieces of advice.

Elisa Pantazopoulos, Jewellery designer and Founder of ELI-O

“I used to spend hours and hours watching videos of women explaining how they launched their own jewellery business and showing their art. I was so inspired by these women. They gave me the courage. I said to myself ‘If they can do it, why not me?'”

Amy Christiansen Si-Ahmed, Founder of Sana Jardin

“It can be an emotional roller coaster to be an entrepreneur and so one needs to be able to detach and have faith that the bumps will even out when things are challenging. I have also found that when I make decisions from the heart and from a position of love and not fear or insecurity it is in the best interest of the business.”

Mary Price, Founder and Creative Director at Ocean + Main

“There is never a perfect time or a perfect path.  Start where you are and you never know where your path will lead you.”

Jacqueline Lopez, Founder of Jaline Resort

“Follow your passion and don’t think too much about it, just do it. I never wrote a business plan, because I just started creating and it took time. But I believe when your heart is part of your project it will always be successful.”

Mariana Gramunt, Co-founder and CEO of Sidikai

“Work hard, be resilient and always listen to your gut. We also believe it is everyone’s duty to build a better world with the resources around us. That belief affects every decision we make. We try to direct our passion, design, towards generating the maximum positive impact possible.”

Diana Verde Nieto, Co-founder and CEO of Positive Luxury

“Dig deep within yourself what you’re passionate about, what you can’t live without. If you can’t find it, make it yourself. Then, you have to lean on other women, and other people. You can’t create anything by yourself, and you need a village to run a business.”

Kiron Barui, Founder of Wearing Memories

“If you keep persisting, even if it is in some small way, you find that time goes on and the experience and lessons you have learnt from running your business and developing your product seem to elevate your credibility in this world.”

Danielle Fichera, Founder of Danielle Fichera

“Ask for help and put your pride aside. I asked a ton of questions when I began, and I asked for a lot of help and advice. Nobody starts at the top, and everyone can teach you something if you’re open and willing to learn.”

Bav Tailor, Founder and Conscious Creative at Bav Tailor

“Circle yourself with people who radiate positive energy, remember that your strength is paving the way for new generations and respect your body and your sphere in all that you do.”

Anya Hindmarch, Founder of Anya Hindmarch

“It is never the journey you expect it to be, so there is no point over-thinking or over-planning it. Better to just get going and then learn to duck, dive and adapt as needed.”

Bénédicte Foucart, Founder of Valeur Absolue

“After interviewing women of all ages around the world, I clearly identified a need for an alternative approach to perfume: healthier, anchored in sustainable values, born from differentiated and meaningful creativity. I wanted to take an active role in making perfume bigger than just a pretty scent and support women to be their absolute self.”

Irene Forte, Founder of Irene Forte Skincare and Wellness Director at Rocco Forte Hotels

“Surround yourself with the right support network. Have a team you can rely on, trust and that complements your own skill set. Learn to take criticism and adapt things following feedback. Things will always go wrong and you just need to be strong enough to keep persevering.”

Monica Magdas Miller, Founder and CEO of Santicler

“One of my biggest lessons was to be patient and not rush things. At first, I was so eager to make things happen and make them happen fast. But doing things right means taking the time to set things up correctly, forge relationships with my suppliers and my manufacturers, ensure the supply chain can scale the right way and more than anything, that the product quality is superior before going to market.”

Livia Manca di Villahermosa, Founder and Managing Director at Balance Holidays

“The truth is, no matter what stage you are at, we all face identical challenges. It’s common to have at least one or two existential crisis a day! Keep believing in what you are doing and cultivate healthy relationships, cheerful hobbies and strong mental health.”

Michelle Watson, Founder of Michi

“You need to be very honest and authentic with yourself. Remove judgments from your mindset and stay focused while not caring what other people are doing (ie. partying, getting money from their parents, getting married, or living what seems to be an easy life). Starting your business requires sacrifice and extremely hard work so you must be ready to commit to both.”

Rachel Bates, Founder and CEO of Rachel Bates

“Be passionate about the running of your business day to day and in your beliefs. Starting your own business is not for the faint hearted and is the most difficult thing you will ever do. You have to love what you do because there will be days, weeks and months where the stuffing is well and truly knocked out of you and if you don’t believe in yourself and your journey you will not be able to push on through.”

Marcella Cacci, Founder and CEO of One Ocean Beauty

“Work for different types of companies which have a direct correlation to your new endeavour. It will help you to learn your métier and identify pitfalls and opportunities before you launch your own company.”

Joy Isaacs, Founder and CEO of ARgENTUM

“Women have great power. We need to acknowledge and harness this feminine expression as it can certainly move mountains. Be true to yourself, believe in yourself and always express who you are so that following your dreams becomes second nature.”

Melissa Obeid, Founder of LA FERVANCE

“We must be less hard on ourselves when the work/life/family ‘juggle’ isn’t perfect, and make time to refuel the soul and seek the inspiration to keep the dream alive. For me, this means a stroll through the streets of Paris, which excites me as much now as it did on my first visit 25 years ago.”

Alice Temperley, Founder of Temperley London

“It’s so important to believe in and enjoy what you are doing creatively and do it because you love it. The world is changing so quickly and there are so many facets to the industry today. Building a team that you trust and that share the same vision as you is essential.”

Felicienne Bloemers, Founder of YiY (Your Inner You)

“In line with the brand philosophy I would advocate to connect with Your Inner You. That will give you the energy and stamina to keep going and the ability to live in the moment. By doing that, you can let go of expectations of yourself and others and can be free and fearless.”

Ivana Iesini, Founder of ALBIVA Skincare

“Make sure you have a good support network. If you don’t have a strong network in the industry you’re going to target, make sure to step up your networking efforts by attending the right events. I have been lucky enough to connect with some fantastic senior women in the industry who have been very generous with their time and advice.”

Sara Griffiths, Founder of The Universal Soul Company

“I am always amazed at the capacity women have to deal with things, manage complex situations, both logistical and emotional, and keep going. If you wish to start a new venture, or in any area of your life, listen to yourself, and trust yourself. I guarantee you are more amazing than you will ever give yourself credit for. COURAGE! (said in French) was always my mantra. Something women have in spades!”

Mateja Benedetti, Founder of Benedetti Life

“The results do not come overnight, the higher the goals the more love, effort, motivation, faith you need.  Keep the focus and listen only to the inner force that gives you the correct instructions. Be open and honest and inform a lot about suppliers, not all are what they sell.”

Almira Armstrong, Founder and Creative Director at LUMIRA

“My number one piece of advice is simply don’t wait, just begin. You will learn and evolve as you go. Once you’ve started, take any opportunity to learn and improve as you build your company. Finally, stay true to your vision and persist with the path you believe in. For every no you receive, there will be an even better yes around the corner.”

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