International Women’s Day. The Entrepreneur | Caroline Sciamma-Massenet
Making jewellery that empowers women isn’t just what we do; it’s what we do best. Stephen has always questioned the rigid traditions evolving around jewellery and, actually, the cases that excite Stephen the most are when a woman comes into the store, knows what she likes, purchases for herself, and wears the piece with confidence. Perhaps ‘empowering jewellery’ has always been our unwritten mantra, nevertheless, it’s one we will proudly continue.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have chosen to celebrate 5 inspirational women who are part of the Stephen Webster community, to share their thoughts on what it is to be a woman, and what International Women’s Day means to them. Here continues the series.
Caroline Sciamma - Massenet
Founder and Creative Director Caroline Sciamma-Massenet began her fashion career in front of the camera. As a model she learned what women love to wear. 17 years later, as a Stylist with French Vogue and CR Fashion Book, she learned what women need in their wardrobe. Caroline encourages the SKIIM Paris woman to play with her style, mixing luxury leathers with vintage denims, emerging labels, organic silk, cotton and wool, to avoid total-looks and build on her own spirit and identity. .
1. What does International Women's Day mean to you?
International Women’s day means a lot to me and SKIIM, as we represent everything about women’s power, almost like an homage to them. Women inspire strength, nurture, beauty, elegance, charisma, a multitude of talents and more. International Women’s Day is meant to highlight, remember and empower women all around the world. It’s important to SKIIM that we recognise them and elevate them as equal beings, as well as appreciate their outstanding capabilities.
2. What barriers have you faced as a woman, in becoming successful in your field and how did you overcome them?
I’ve had quite a few barriers to surpass as a woman, one example would be when I was visiting my suppliers. A lot of them didn’t take me seriously for wanting to start my business in the Leather part of the industry. As a young woman, I realised these were just bumps in the road to discourage me from moving forward, and make my way up the road. It almost felt like women were not capable of taking any risks or did not have the strength to achieve something that a man would easily do. Nevertheless, I remained tough! My perseverance, hard work and fearlessness permitted me to get my brand to where it is today as well as getting recognition and respect along the way.
3. Which women do you admire and why?
I admire all different kinds of women. First of all, I admire Mothers. One of the hardest tasks is being able to educate your children while balancing your role as a wife, and on top of that, a job. My Mother managed to raise my brother and I, all the while being the perfect wife and working alongside my father in the hosting business. Furthermore, I admire beautiful, charismatic women who maintain their opinion and speak up. Brigitte Bardot, for example, she was strong, she spoke up and always defended her opinion in her early years, she had no fear and had various charities to protect Animals from cruelty; and leaving your immense career to pursue and fight for such important matters, I found that remarkable. I actually walked my first fashion show for her anti-fur activist show. I also admire Amanda Gorman, an American poet, who spoke up in front of millions of people, and managed to brilliantly explain the world and its difficulties at such a young age. Overall, I admire women who are able to share their ideas to elevate the world all the while respecting the planet we live on.
4. What are you most proud of doing?
I am proud and very lucky to wake up in the morning and do what I love, by using natural products and creating beautiful pieces. I am very proud of our sustainable approach in sourcing and manufacturing the entire SKIIM Paris brand. We remain transparent on every step of the way, up until the clothes are ready for sale. Each material is chosen attentively and is recycled by-product of the meat industry, and I am very happy that I managed to create collection after collection in the most ethical way possible. I am also extremely proud of being a Mother and having a family who are there for me and support my work and my passion.
5. If you had one piece of advice for aspiring women, what would it be?
My advice for aspiring women would be to believe in yourself, stay tough and push past all the barriers that may come against you. Your perseverance, hard work and passion will take you to where you want to be.
Thank you to Caroline for sharing her thoughts with us, check out her brand Skimm Paris here.
Discover our other inspiring women from the series below.