March is all about female power because strong women and female role models are important. They're inspiring and deserve it to be seen. Because women support women!
Strong women allover the world support helen b. They aren't scared of some challenges and they all have their own story. Get to know these female entrepreneurs!
Anita of Journey East, Singapore
"The philosophy of the yoko illustration (don't be afraid of what you don't know) has guided me from the time our family moved from Madagascar to Vancouver and now to Singapore where I explore South East Asia."
"Journey East was born in 1995, 5 years after I had landed in Singapore. The shop was a result of a belief that the vintage furniture we saw in Asia could be restored to its original beauty for generations to come. We also met young talented designers with visions of their own, and our collections diversified to include new furniture brands and home accessories. We were able to represent these new designers in our shop, and thus evolved Journey East into a multibrand store."
Petra of Petra König, Austria
"I recognize myself in eye rolling eve as I'm a very down-to-earth person and I don't really like it when people are whining and complaining."
"My shop was born in 2016. The goal was to create something different in this small town, my shop is like a cozy living room. The most important thing for me is to follow your gut feeling and to know what you want."
Petra with the big shopper paulien & stijn.
Amy of The Modu Shop, Luxemburg
"My new favorite porcelain cup
is peace girl. I love her body type and the positive message. We all need more peace, now even more than ever."
"I don't want to sound too cliche but really, my mom is my role model. I am the woman I am today because of her never-ending support, wisdom and strength. From an earlier age, she encouraged me to pursue my passions and be an independent woman, which was not as common back in the day for Asian women."
"The Modu Shop started in December 2017. I had always wanted to be a social entrepreneur and my unexpected move to Luxembourg finally gave me the time to start this new venture. My goal was to bring stylish conscious fashion, accessories, home and lifestyle products from all over the world into one shop. Modu means All in Korean and I thought the name was perfect for the vision - that we are all connected through our actions including the act of purchase of products that help others and the environment."
Lien of Detailshop, België
'At the beginning of 2020, I decided to go for it and follow my dreams: opening up my own multibrand store full of beautiful products. That instant crush you have when discovering a new brand or when you see a new collection, that makes me happy! Sharing that feeling with my customers is the best thing!
"The illustration zen with cats reminds me of myself. Or actually: it's the version of myself that I want to see more. A little more peace in my mind and being more zen: that's really welcome. Using the porcelain cup zen with cats is always a good reminder!"
Tanja of Frau Schmitt, Germany
"Cowboy girl is my favorite illustration. It reminds me of my youth, because cowboy boots were totally
hip in the 80s. Every time I see cowboy boots, it triggers fond memories."
"If there is one advice that I can give to female entrepreneurs? Just go for it! I've been dreaming of my shop for a long time and finally dared to do it. This shop has been a heart's desire for a long time and I'm glad that I haven't given up on my dream. Because I love what I do! I believe that you can do the things you really want to do. But you have to do it yourself, out of your own drive and with perseverance."
Julie of Française shop, Californië (USA)
"We opened the store in January 2021, but the idea was born long before. My family and I left France in January 2018, to sail the Caribbean seas for almost a year. On board, I was dreaming of all the objects and brands that I missed and that could have equipped my beautiful boat. And that's it! I asked my sister if she wanted to help me gather in one place all the items for the home that we love and share. We had always dreamed of working together to create a beautiful space."
"My advice for female entrepreneurs? Don't be afraid to do things "the female way". Women have a very different way of engaging and approaching things than what the legacy of male entrepreneurship teaches us. Don't be afraid to make humanity a core value of your business. You have the right to see the world with kindness, even in business."
Sanni & Renate of Quartier172, Duitsland
"The porcelain cup bye bye girl reminds us of the last 2 years.We have opened up our store 2 weeks before the first lock down in Germany. Nobody really knew about us but we're so thankful for all the support we've got."
"As you can see, we like Frida Kahlo. But we also love all the women who's cups are half full, who don’t give up even when struggling, who would find a solution -or if not who at least have tried. We all know that it is not easy at all to fulfill all roles at one time: being a mother, a wife, a girlfriend, an entrepreneur. But we are stronger than we think.
Sanni & Renate with the porcelain cup bye bye girl.
Gaëlle & Veerle of Tangram, België
Veerle: "Flower girl is my favorite illustration because I love to have flowers in my house and I also love to give flowers as a present. Flowers radiate happiness and generosity."
Gaëlle: "The shop was founded 35 years ago. Initially, my mom sold everything that was needed in order to make your own jewels. After a while, the shop also supported small brands of local designers. Right now, our multibrand store is a mix of jewels, clothes, bags and interior.
Gaëlle & Veerle: "Our advice for other female entrepreneurs? Follow your gut feeling and dare to jump!"
The customized porcelain cup of Veerle & Gaëlle.
Klara of Coverover, Czech Republic
"There are many helen b illustrations that I relate with! Helen hits various situations and periods of my life. Today I would choose Zen with cats - I live a busy professional life and at home I try to slow down, relax with my family ... and I have two cats!"
"My role model is my family. After the Velvet Revolution, my parents, grandparents, aunt and uncle started various businesses. So I've been watching business since I was a kid. Everything is possible and the result is up to you. Last but not least, my role model is my husband, with whom we complement each other perfectly."