Monday, 21 November 2011


The First Lady Fayre press release

The First Lady is back with its third installment of the First Lady Fayre.  This event is a double celebration, marking their first anniversary and second Christmas Fayre! The First Lady Fayre is a unique retail extravaganza showcasing a range of products, goods and services from female creative entrepreneurs. In addition to this we have live performances from some fantastic musicians and workshops focused on developing your business/ business idea and wellbeing (this includes two Zumba classes!).

This latest shopping event, which follows our two previous successful events, features retail stands from over fifteen of London’s finest independent and emerging brands including, fashion, hair and beauty, art and yummy cakes!  In terms of music we bring you “The Blackout Sessions” live acoustic sets from some super fly UK talent including Sherry Davis ( ), Ash Catch’em ( ), Lekhem ( ) and more to be confirmed please check out our website for updated information.

We have some excellent workshops that will enable you to grow your creative business, look at the way you view yourself and have fun:

Jennifer Williams-Baffoe of Willbaforce - Are you ready for retail?
Jennifer is a business consultant for creative businesses, she lectures at Central St Martin's College and London College of Fashion.  Jennifer has been involved in a number of initiatives throughout her career including organising creative events for the mayor of London's office and The Brick Lane Festival.

Yvonne Witter of Ampod - Effective business plans
Ampod Business Consulting & Training provides services to develop and sustain organisations in the Private, Public and Third sector. Ampod offer a range of customised services especially designed for micro businesses and SMEs.

Body Gossip’s Natasha Devon - Image and confidence.
Body Gossip are a registered charity campaigning and challenging the common distorted images we create about what our bodies should look like.

Handle your Heels by Maxine Griffiths:
Maxine is the founder of The Platform Creative Arts and Entertainment. Maxine and her team have developed a series of workshops & tuition classes designed to enable the individual to become refined & active within the fashion & entertainment industries.

The First Lady organisers, Tamu Thomas and Sonia Meggie aim to continue to support deserving projects in Africa.  During this event we are collecting pre-loved books, toys, stationary, clothing etc for children aged 3 – 10 yrs to send to Heaven's Gate Nursery in Majay Town Sierra Leone. The items MUST be in GOOD condition.  Heaven’s Gate is an infant and nursery school established by a local pastor that feels passionate about educating local children. The First Lady would like to support Heaven’s Gate by sending the items listed above to Heaven’s Gate.  

If you have any of the listed items we would be very grateful if you could bring them to the event so that we can ship them to Sierra Leone.  You’ll be helping the environment whislt supporting others!

The items donated will not end up on a market stall in Sierra Leone. They will be hand delivered in February to ensure the safe delivery of the items.  It will also serve as an opportunity to catch up with the two girls we have provided scholarships for at The Holy Rosary School in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

We welcome you to come together and celebrate our first year at The Rag Factory just of London’s famous Brick Lane.  Join us for some festive shopping, learn from some phenomenal women and network while being entertained.  We guarantee that you will leave feeling inspired.

For up to date information and interviews of the brands/ acts featuring in the event please log on to or follow us on Twitter @TheFirstLadyLDN

The First Lady
Sunday 18th December 2011
11 - 6pm
The Rag Factory,
16 – 18 Heneage Street
Off Brick Lane

The line up for the First Lady Christmas Fayre includes:

Tina Lobondi -
Beni Huwa -


Hair and Skincare:


Gift cards:


'Free From' cakes from Sweet crumbs bakery -

Music - The First Lady presents, "The Black Out Sessions" no frills just great music stripped bare.
Ash Catchem -
'The Raise EP' is now available via

Gelish and Minx nails from NailsbyAma -

Zumba Zumbata -


Under 16's free