In 2020, we launched our Community Connection campaign – a global initiative where we swapped French for ‘Community’, supporting, and celebrating our local and wider communities.
As a branch of our Community Connection campaign, and as part of our week of International Women’s Day celebrations, we’re joining forces with The Bamby Collective - an all-female community bringing young women together. Both online and offline, the Bamby Collective provides a platform for like-minded young women to forge new friendships, seek advice, share stories and build positive connections.
Since its launch in 2019, the online community has grown considerably and now has over 30,000 members around the world. They host in person events across the UK and beyond every month, as well as virtual events, so young women can meet up in a safe space while doing something fun and uplifting.
We caught up with Bamby Collective founder, Ambar Driscoll, to discuss all things female friendships, International Women’s Day and what’s next for her community.
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Ambar, tell us a little bit about why you created the Bamby Collective community...
I created Bamby Collective as I wanted to create a positive corner of the internet where young women could come and connect with each other and feel supported. It started out online but has now grown to having in person events in different cities throughout the UK.
What was your aim/goal when creating this community?
What’s your favourite part of your Bamby Collective job?
How important is it to forge positive female friendships in your 20s & 30s?
As part of your platform, you also provide Pen Pal Matching, how does this work?
What are you top tips for creating new female friendships in your 20s & 30s?
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
What’s been your biggest achievement/proudest moment so far?
Have you had any challenges along the way?
Definitely had challenges during lockdown. I had to find ways to keep people connected every week which was challenging but very rewarding. We did things like Netflix parties, live workouts, live bake a longs.
Who is a woman in history who has inspired you most in life/your career?
What’s next for the Bamby Collective in 2023?
Quick fire round
Describe The Bamby Collective in 3 words…warm, open, supportive.
Your favourite Bamby Collective event so far... definitely our summer retreat last year!
Currently reading... I'm currently re-reading Daisy Jones and the Six, since the series has just come out.
Spring summer or autumn winter…Summer by far!
Currently binge-watching… I’m bingeing Grey's Anatomy for the first time, I get the hype.
What's the one thing you can't live without? My kindle!
Whether you've just moved to a new city, or just want to be part of a supportive online community, find out more about The Bamby Collective here.
French Connection x Young Women's Trust
To celebrate International Women's Day and our partnership with Young Women's Trust, we've created a limited edition selection of our best-selling Rhodes Popover shirts exclusively embroidered with four inspirational quotes.
We’re proud to be donating 20% of revenue from all four limited edition embroidered shirts to Young Women’s Trust, to help their ongoing work in supporting young women. These bespoke shirts will be available exclusively online and in our top stores.