Meet our Advisory Panel!

Meet our Advisory Panel!

Advisory Panel – Meet our Panellists! 

Lucy & Yak are committed to being as inclusive as possible - we want everyone to feel comfortable in our clothing, and are committed to making the company more diverse and more inclusive as we grow.  

As part of our approach, we are very excited to announce the launch of our Advisory Panel which we've been working on putting together for the past several months. The group is currently made up of 6 wonderful people who will advise the brand on a range of topics, aspects of the way we operate, our upcoming products and our social campaigns. Each person has unique and intersectional expertise and lived experience, and a different story on how they became a part of the panel. We thought you’d love to hear about them; plus, we had a few other questions for them too! 

While we have internal employees who each bring their own knowledge and experience to their roles - from ethics and supply chains to sustainability, our team in India, our garment technologist, our QC team, and our warehouse logistics - we feel it's important to have a specific panel who can openly and candidly discuss important topics to make real change and progress, so we are really excited to have this group to help us do that.

Our panel is currently 7 people strong, and we hope to increase this as Lucy & Yak grows over the coming months and years to fully represent the diverse voices across our business, fan base, and customers. Part of our work with the panel will also be to identify gaps and other voices that need including in the future also. 

Let's get started! 

We'd like to welcome our newest Panel member - Imogen Fox!

What is your name and your pronouns? Imogen Fox, they/she 

What are your passions and interests? I absolutely love creating images, writing politically but poetically and being with my chosen family. I enjoy long rambling walks and cooking up big feasts of new and interesting foods to share with my friends.

What has brought you to the panel? I joined the panel to share my views as a Queer Disabled person, here’s hoping we can start conversations other people are too unsure to have.

How did you become a friend of the brand? I’d been coveting some L&Y items for the longest time when a friend suggested I contacted you to ask if you’d be interested in working together, I decided to reach out and the rest is history - I like to tell the story like it was love at first sight and suggest we will live happily ever after together!

What is your favourite Lucy & Yak Item? I am torn, in the summer I live in my Luna’s, both current and vintage. But I adore my Eastons too! 

What is your plan for when life returns to normal? As a Disabled person, I’m hoping life doesn’t return to ’normal’ to be honest, access for my community has never been so good! I really want to sink a few cocktails and hug my friends though, that will be bliss!



Sara Brown


What is your name and what are your pronouns? 

My name is Sara Brown and my pronouns are She / Her 

What are your passions and interests? I am absolutely obsessed with colour and making the fashion world more size inclusive. Everything I do stems from these concepts, whether that be working on my own instagram to promote colour confidence in our wardrobes and homes, starting my own brand Dolly Rocket or working with Fashion Brands to Expand their size ranges and understanding of Anti Fat Bias. Aside from that I am head over heels in love with my British Shorthair kitties Salvador and Paisley, I love to do hand built ceramics, and I love being the hostess with the mostess and creating incredible tablescapes for my friends and family. 

What has brought you to the advisory panel? 
Throughout my career I have focused on plus size fashion; it has always been a passion of mine to challenge brands I work for to design more inclusively. This alongside my experience as a fat person has led to me being an advisor for size inclusivity. I first met Lucy through the fantastic Elizabeth Stiles after we were both guests on her podcast, the Fashion Feed.   

How did you become a friend of the brand? 
I first heard of Lucy & Yak many years ago when my friend was telling me about how much she loved their dungarees. This was back in the time of them only stocking sizes S, M and L so I sadly couldn’t fit in their designs, but I kept following their journey as I loved their styles and their ethical ethos. As my career progressed my interest in ethical and sustainable fashion massively grew, so I kept coming back to Lucy & Yak's colourful and fun designs. I am so excited to be helping with their size expansion to make their designs available to more people. 

What's your favourite Lucy & Yak Item? 
It has to be the colourful printed Eddie boilersuits, I'm so excited to own a pair when we have launched the bigger sizes.   

What's the first thing you'll be doing once life returns to normal? 
Going to see my parents up north! We live about 6 hours away from them so it's been ages since we’ve seen each other. Plus they homed one of my cat's kittens last year and I'm so excited to see her grown up and give her a cuddle.

 

 Winkate Bendig


What is your name and what are your pronouns?
 
Winkate Bendig and my pronouns are She/Her. 

What do you do for a living?
I'm a Lecturer at the European College of Business and Management, with a background in Ethics & Sustainability and the humanitarian sector.

What has brought you to the advisory panel?  
The need for deeper conversations.  

How did you become a friend of the brand?  
I met Lucy and Chris at their first ever pop up in Shoreditch and I have been a friend of the brand ever since! 

What's your favourite Lucy & Yak Item? 
The Original dungarees.

What's the first thing you'll be doing once life returns to normal?  
Hug people without feeling guilty!


Xandice Armah

What is your name and what are your pronouns? 
Hey! I’m Xandice Armah and I use They/Them pronouns. 

What are your passions and interests?

I have a passion for music and when I was growing up I always hogged the aux cable at house parties. Whilst I was studying, I worked as a cloakroom attendant in a nightclub. Here I made friends with the venue owners and promoters that ran nights at the club and eventually began DJing. I met my fiancée at this same club and we started Gal Pals together and I haven’t looked back. Gal Pals is a queer dance party and an intentional space created to address the lack of safe spaces for queer women, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people. At the moment, we're running monthly virtual parties on Zoom and doing the occasional private virtual birthday party/wedding reception. Gal Pals is my passion, it's a labour of love and one of the things in my life that I am most proud of. 
Outside of this, I'm currently studying software development so that I can begin working as a web developer as I also love fixing things and building things and troubleshooting/problem-solving. I've basically always been the unofficial 'resident tech support' person and it felt like a natural progression to learn how to do this professionally. In my spare time I enjoy playing basketball, playing video games, worrying about whether my plants have had enough water, and eating spicy noodles. 

What has brought you to the advisory panel? 
I have previous experience working in advisory positions, as I previously served as the Chair of the Board of trustees for Brighton Students' Union and as a Governor for the University of Brighton. As a fan of Lucy & Yak, I deeply appreciate the values of the brand and I want to help them to uphold these values in whatever way I can, so I'm looking forward to applying my previous experience to this role. 

How did you become a friend of the brand? 
Scarlett dropped in a flyer at the old pop-up shop and the whole team came to Gal Pals for a staff night out. I subsequently got an email asking me to DJ for one of the product launches in London and the rest is history... 

What's your favourite Lucy & Yak Item 
I'm very partial to my Olive Green Umi's at the moment! 

What's the first thing you'll be doing once life returns to normal? 
Running an in-person Gal Pals party again! One for every night of the week. 

 

 Ben Pechey

 

What is your name and what are your pronouns? 
Oh hello darling, I’m Ben Pechey, and my pronouns are they/them. 

What are your interests and passions?
I’m passionate about Writing, Speaking, creating Content, Presenting, Diversity & Inclusivity Consultancy, and LGBTQIA Advocating! 


What has brought you to the advisory panel? 
It sounds very silly, but my goal in work and life has always been to change the world. Now, this sounds like some superhero affair, but in actuality is very possible with small changes. Through the panel, I hope to educate and broaden the conversation around diversity, gender and the place of the wider LGBTQIA community within the world of Lucy & Yak.  

How did you become a friend of the brand? 
I have been a long term fan of the brand for years, but it was a chance purchase of the trusty Atlas dungarees at the beginning of 2020, in an increased size that allowed me to finally step into the product I had been lusting after for so long, and the rest, as they say, is history. My trusty Atlas’ kickstarted a love affair and relationship that saw me, model, mediate conversations, create blog posts and share my wisdom through the Lucy & Yak social channels. This has been an example where mixing business and pleasure has been a great thing! 

What's your favourite Lucy & Yak Item? 
I am so in love with the Olly Jacket in the Oversized Pink Floral pattern, I cannot stop wearing it, the minute I saw it, I had to have it! It is so bright and funky that it goes with nothing, and as a result, goes with everything!!! It is the perfect thing to chuck on for that zoom call you had forgotten about - you instantly look radiant!  

What's the first thing you'll be doing once life returns to normal? 
I miss wandering about London without an agenda. I haven’t left the house other than to exercise since last November. Currently, we can only leave the house for a real purpose. I just want to be out of the house for 8 hours with no plans, and end up reading a book in the V&A courtyard whilst celebrity spotting! Oh, and I will hug all the people I haven’t been able to see for the last year!  

 

Emmy
 
What is your name and what are your pronouns?  
I'm Emmy, and I go by she/her (or hi/honna if you speak Welsh!) 
 
What are your passions and interests?
Above all I enjoy making music, theatre, and other people laugh! Other interests include talking, writing and encouraging myself and others to question the systems that they operate within. I feel passionately about the Social Model of Disability, sustainability, human rights, the preservation of the Welsh language, Fat Liberation and food. 

 
What has brought you to the advisory panel?  
I mean, Lucy & Yak's reach seems to be unending, and that's no surprise to me. Here's a brand that has far surpassed its aim to make game-changing dungarees, and I think it's become apparent that its community's needs run much deeper. Lucy & Yak feels somewhat like a social movement (dare I say!) that's owned by us all; every consumer, coordinator and collaborator is given a platform here, however small, to help shape the future of the brand. That's what makes this company so remarkable, in my opinion. Being on the advisory panel will be an honour, as I can only imagine what Lucy & Yak will discover when they consistently champion a more diverse range of voices.  
 
How did you become a friend of the brand? 
Working with Lucy & Yak as a model has led me to open conversations with the brand around accountability, leadership and their vision at large. Quite organically I've felt compelled to utilise my position of privilege from within the brand to help influence discussions on wider issues, and Lucy & Yak have not only welcomed my contribution, but I feel as though they've honoured my stance as a Queer woman from a working-class background.  
 
What's your favourite Lucy & Yak item?  
If we're talking about most lived in, then mine's a boilersuit any day of the week. I have two Lucy & Yak boilersuits - an oldie from Depop for scruffs, and a new pin-striped one for turning heads (on the daily walk around my local park). I've been an advocate of the 'one-garment outfit' for years, and frankly, I'm chuffed to finally be making a career out of it! But really, anything with an elasticated waist will get me out of bed... 
 
What's the first thing you'll be doing once life returns to normal? 
I seriously miss going swimming, so that would be pretty high up on the list! Gimme a pond or a pool where I'm not going to feel high levels of anxiety about the passing of germs and I'M THERE. I'll also be rushing to give my gorgeous grandparents (who now think I'm super famous) a cwtsh back in the Valleys. I'm not entirely sure they understand the concept of algorithms, but they're incredibly impressed that I seem to be advertising Lucy & Yak clothing on the side bar of every website they use! There's no denying their devotion to the Lucy & Yak website 😉 

 

Shannon Powers

What is your name and what are your pronouns?  
Shannon, she/her/hers.

What are your passions and interests?
I am passionate about many things. I love to sing (I won a competition at school when I was 12, even!). I also thoroughly enjoy reading and writing. You will often find me with a pretty notebook and pen in my hand. There is something so serene about writing everything down on paper and not relying so much on electronics. I am an academic researcher as well and have worked on a few articles relating to diversity - one was about the school-to-prison pipeline and the other about misogynoir in video game advertising! I am passionate about Black joy and celebrating others' accomplishments. I am big geek who loves delving into the intricacies around and intersections between race, gender, and sexuality.


What has brought you to the advisory panel?
I felt that my experience in D&I would benefit the brand. 

How did you become a friend of the brand? 
I applied for a job, but also put myself forward to do some training for the brand last year and fell in love with the clothes and the ethos of the brand.  

What's your favourite Lucy & Yak Item?
I love the Denim Eastons.

What's the first thing you'll be doing once life returns to normal?  
I think this is probably the new normal for the foreseeable future, but I am looking forward to going back into a cafe with my friends to drink good coffee. I also cannot wait for swimming pools to open up again. 

And that’s a wrap, for now! We will be having meetings every month with our wonderful panel to discuss the direction of the brand, and will be sure to update you all via our website and social platforms with the progress we are making. We can't wait to get started!