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ESCADA celebrates exceptional and influential women and provides a platform for them to share how they embraced their opportunities, dealt with failure, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of empowerment. Throughout its history, ESCADA has been synonymous with strong women. The company was founded by a woman, Margaretha Ley in 1978, a time when women in business were rare. Since then ESCADA has pioneered female tailoring and dressed some of the world’s leading female politicians, as well as cultural and business leaders. The company is proud to have upheld that spirit of empowerment, today employing women in 80% of roles globally, with a senior leadership team that is made up of 50% female directors.


Supporting Women into Leadership

ESCADA is a member of the Initiative Women into Leadership (IWiL). The purpose of the initiative is to support female leaders in their professional development. The initiative forms a broad network across business and society and offers technical support as well as a continuous exchange of experience through cross-mentoring beyond traditional corporate boundaries.

ESCADA sponsored the 6th annual Global Female Leaders Summit in 2019. The summit brings together female leaders from all over the world and gives focus to new ways of thinking and collaboration. This global gathering enables women who shape their societies and their organizations to stimulate an important dialogue that pushes for progress.

Championing Financial Independence for Women

ESCADA is delighted to be a long-term partner of Women for Women International. The organisation supports the most marginalized women in countries affected by conflict and war. Their programs enable them to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, women are able to create sustainable change for themselves, their family, and community.