founder | director of serendipity & us|uk operations
With a classical education in Interior Design, Studio Art &
Architectural History combined with over a decade of experience in
sales, marketing, and brand development, Alva began GINGHAM CREATIVE
in 2013. Having worked and studied on both sides of the Atlantic, Alva
maintains an international network of colleagues, freelancers, and
marketing associates, helping her create sensational marketing
footprints for businesses, individuals, and non-profit organisations alike.
Throughout her career she has previously managed over 2000 accounts
with clients as diverse as the US military and former professional
athletes. Central to her belief in purpose over profit, she encourages her clients with the unwavering thought that the future is limitless when you are diligent, authentic & kind.
director of alchemy & european operations
Bernadette is Swiss-based entrepreneur and economic marketing adviser for global brands with over 15 years experience. As the founder of ONO, an eco-fashion manufacturer, Bernadette successfully marries beautiful design to sustainable solutions in order to promote economic and environmental well-being. Her specialties include: designing & implementing robust business plans, coordinating strategic marketplace placement, establishing & maintaining relevant corporate identities and social responsibility, as well as, raising brand awareness through design-based marketing. Bernadette serves as a model, leader, and advocate for startups, specifically, that are ready to establish, advance, and proactively align their brand to consumer’s needs and desires.
the magic maker
Laken implements communication strategies specifically tailored for creative entrepreneurs, contemporary designers, independent fine-art artists, and health oriented organisations. With a formal background in Public Relations + Arts Entrepreneurship, she capitalizes opportunities that connect seekers and consumers to products, services, and experiential opportunities. Frequently, she provides functional social media content, purposeful copy and website content, and pivotal brand placement, to ultimately establish authentic market-place alignment and diversification. In addition to making magic at Gingham Creative, she is also the Programs Manager at VAE Raleigh, a writer for ArtsNow NC, and a certified personal trainer. Laken's career path is intentionally anchored in inspiring others’ self-discovery.