How Two Best Friends Turned a Love of Entertaining into a Full-Time Business

Female Founders

Perhaps the only upside to workplace inequality is it has driven a lot of amazing women out of corporate America—and straight to the helm of their own companies. We decided we didn’t want to just cheer them on anymore. We wanted to meet them and interview them and write about them. With that, we give you: Female Founders, a column featuring women who create, design, and inspire.

Dreamed up by two best friends, June Summerill and Bernadette Bishop, who met through their kids, London-based Summerill & Bishop has exploded since it started. What was once a groundbreaking kitchenware shop has become a worldwide purveyor of famously exquisite hand-painted tablecloths, with napkins, aprons, and place mats to match; there’s also glassware, serving trays—you name it.

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