We at Romilly Wilde are all about the power of women and their place in the world as Wilde forces of inspiration, hope and conscious change. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we thought there was no better time to shine the light on two of our muses who inspire us all to live a more conscious life. We had the chance to speak to them about what galvanises them and other pioneering women that have made an impact on their lives.

 

Emma Slade Edmondson

With over ten years of marketing and communications experience, Emma Slade Edmonson has made it her mission to help brands and organisations become more socially conscious and sustainable. Her belief, “to create behavioural change over time,” and initiatives focused on social good. Founder of Charity Fashion live, Emma put on her stylist hat and set out to recreate runway looks – in real time in a charity shop – using one off gems found in second-hand shops. The aim, to make fashion more accessible, highlighting that sustainable fashion should be tantamount and sartorial treasures can be found anywhere, even in your local charity shop. If that wasn’t enough, Emma also co-produced Love not Landfill, a campaign to inspire young Londoners to donate their unwanted clothes, swap, and buy second hand. You can currently tune into her IGTV series, ‘Come Second-Hand Shopping With Me.’

What (or Who) has been a source of inspiration for you?

Orsola de castro has always been a source of inspiration for me. I greatly admire the way she effortlessly brings people into the room and brings people together over a common cause. Her earth and passion for us all being better is infectious and her creative approach to the problems we face when it comes to fixing fashion has always driven me to do and lead by example. Also, my mum who has sadly passed has always been my inspiration to do the most when it comes to my creativity.

What inspiration set you on the path you’re on?

That’s a big question. I’ve always been into second hand and vintage – clothing that has a story before me is magic to me. I’ve always worn my mum’s clothes and because I’m mixed heritage and she was very petite (we had very different body shapes), I started to wear her gown up clothes when I was just 12,13,14, and so I got a taste for more adventurous clothing and slightly more risqué looks. It was a big part of building my visual identity and my aesthetic. I realised I liked looking different to other people and so I was into finding unique pieces to wear. Having worked in advertising for many years, I also realised that I didn’t want to sell people things they didn’t need or want. It wasn’t feeding my soul; so I was always looking for brands, businesses and ideas that were different and more fulfilling. When my mum passed away in 2015, realising mortality and losing someone will do a thing to you where you become even more sure that you want to be working on things that feel important and bigger than you.

For those wanting to get involved or bring about change, what advice would you give?

Read as much as you can. Throw yourself into ongoing learning and simply try to be more thoughtful/present in your everyday interactions.

Name three women that inspire you:

Three is hard! Nina Marenzi – Founder of the Sustainable Angle, Afua Hirsch – Author and Journalist and Noëlla Coursaris – Founder of Malaika.

 

Bex Band

Bex Band, adventurer, conservationist, and blogger truly speaks to our profound love of the Wilde. Founder of Love Her Wild, Bex set up the expedition company to inspire women to engage their dauntless spirit and realise their leadership potential through communal adventure. “My hope with Love Her Wild is that it creates a space for women to get inspired by adventures but in a non-competitive or judgemental space. It’s not about going the furthest or the longest but just about getting outdoors and having a good time.” With female centred expeditions all over the world, from sailing the Scottish coastline, to tracking elephants across Namibia, each expedition is meant to inspire, educate and help teach environmental conservation. As well as running Love Her Wild, she co-founded Paddle Pick Up in August 2017, an expedition that saw a group of women kayak the full width of Britain through the waterways. Along the way, the team was picking up plastic and raising awareness on this important environmental issue.

 

What (or Who) has been a source of inspiration for you?

Books are always a huge source of inspiration for me. Hearing insights from others and how they choose to live their lives always sparks new ideas. I’ve also loved following Greta Thunberg over the last few years and have learnt loads from the way she is making a difference in what she believes. She has such strong principles and will never compromise – no matter what the personal gain or reward is – I think it’s incredible, and even more so as she’s so young!

What inspiration set you on the path you’re on?

Really I have mother nature to thank for the inspiration that led me to achieve everything I have over the last years! It was going on my first adventure – hiking the length of Israel – and having time in nature that helped me build back my confidence and realise my full potential. It gave me thinking space and a sense of calm and creativity. As soon as I finished that hike I launched my community, Love Her Wild, and have been on an incredible journey ever since.

For those wanting to get involved or bring about change, what advice would you give?

I think everyone has the ability to bring about positive change in their own unique way. Rather than looking at all the things you can’t change, focus on what you can. Find something that uses your skills and something that you genuinely enjoy doing….you’ll always be much more effective in your mission if you are having a good time in the process. And believe in yourself!!

Name three women that inspire you:

Lizzie Carr, Emma Rosen and Wangari Maathai

 

So this National Women’s Day, ask yourself not only who inspires you and fills you with the desire to engage more consciously, but how you can inspire those around you!

 

Cover Artwork by Laura Berger