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.

SOPHIE QUY

Sophie Quy – IG @sophielouseiquy.

Sophie Quy is Commercial Director at luxury social and chat commerce platform, Threads Styling. An experienced luxury retailer, and leader in the Fine Jewellery industry, Sophie spent 11 years working as a buyer at Harrods and then Net-a-Porter, before joining Threads, the global pioneer of luxury chat commerce, at the start of 2018. At Net- A Porter she spearheaded the launch of Fine Jewellery and Watches, and today, Sophie is responsible for growing Threads Brand Partnerships and continuing to grow Threads position as a leading retailer and media platform. She played a pivotal role in Threads winning the Retail Excellence award at the 2019 GEM Awards. Sophie is passionate about changing the retail landscape- particularly in Fine Jewellery.

1. What does International Women's Day mean to you?
I have been lucky enough to grow up in an environment that championed women, and have had a lot of strong women in my life- 2 sisters, a strong mother, an even stronger grandmother, I went to an all girls school, and I now have 2 daughters. This has also been reflected in my career where I have had the opportunity to work for so many incredible women- including 2 great founders- Natalie Massenet and Sophie Hill. This is the day to celebrate them.

I have always been told women could do whatever we set our minds to and deserve a place at the table as much as anyone else, so to me International Women's Day is a day to share this message.

2. What barriers have you faced as a woman, in becoming successful in your field and how did you overcome them?
I feel so lucky that throughout my career I have worked for and been mentored by incredible women including Natalie Massenet, Holli Rogers, and Sophie Hill to name a few. I have been supported, pushed and championed by them all.

The biggest wake up call has been since having children and how as a woman you are expected to quietly juggle both huge full time jobs successfully and separately- not really mixing either world. I have amazing support from my team at work and from my husband, but that doesn’t change the fact that everything needs to be done.

I would also say that the more my career has progressed, the more I have been exposed to disparities between men and women and the more it has made me want to push for women and men to be seen as equals.

3. Which women do you admire and why?
The Queen- for always being so graceful and elegant- in both character and style.

Kamala Harris- it is so incredible to see the first female Vice President in the US.

Serena Williams- everything she does is so inspiring, and I love tennis.

All of the amazing female led brands i get to work with daily- over 64% of our brands at Threads are female owned!

4. What are you most proud of doing?
When I look at my career I am proud of how I have kept moving forward, and have only worked for companies I believe in and respect. I think it’s important to always have a goal, so when you’re doing the hard work and the hours you know what it’s all for. I’m also so proud to have 2 incredible daughters- Margot and Lola, and an amazing husband. As soon as I had children my perspective changed- I worked as hard, and stayed focused, but I also put them first. It changes how you feel approach things when you have 2 people looking to you for everything- and makes you want to be the best you can be everyday

5. If you had one piece of advice for aspiring women, what would it be?
Keep going. You’ll have ups and downs, good days and bad, wins and failures, but you can get to wherever you want to so don’t give up.

Thank you to Sophie Quy for sharing her thoughts with us.

Discover our other inspiring women from the series below.

Sue Webster - The Rule Breaker

Arizona Muse- The Environmentalist

Caroline Sciamma - Massenet- The Entreprenenur

Amy Webster- The Next Generation

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