The Old Girls’ Club
Exclusive women-only clubs are proliferating
Life / 13 Mar 2013
In the 18th century, London’s West End was filled with members-only clubs that were exclusive to upper class British gentlemen. Today, a similar trend is emanating from the UK capital and resonating all the way from Minneapolis to Majorca, where modern women are turning the tables on their male counterparts with female-only clubs that are redefining traditional notions of “ladies night.”
Grace Belgravia:
London-based Grace Belgravia is a luxurious wellness sanctuary that features a health spa, restaurant, bar, boutique, nutrition service, and medical care (from the Queen’s doctor, no less). The holistic club aims to provide women with a nurturing environment in which to socialize with likeminded, health-conscious peers. Each member is assigned an “angel” to guide her through a menu of medical treatments, anti-aging therapies, and gym programs to ensure she is achieving the ultimate mind-body experience. A twist on the centuries old rule imposed by all-male clubs, men are only allowed into Grace Belgravia on Thursdays, and then only for dinner.
KC'z Bar:
Last month, Sofakingcool in London’s Soho neighborhood reopened as a women’s-only restaurant and networking hub called KC’z Bar. Owner KC Gates explained to The London Evening Standard that the reinvented space is intended “to be a place women can come to after work. It’s not about preventing men from coming in but (rather) putting what women want first. It is by women, for women.” Some have questioned whether such gender-exclusive clubs are discriminatory, but Gates believes that women yearn for havens where they can let loose without having to deal with unwanted advances. After all, there are apps for that.
: Last November, Miu Miu invited models, actresses, and other creative types to an exclusive women-only pop-up club, miumiu-london. Attendees of the three-day event were asked to abide by cheeky house rules like “Come as you are,” “Start a conversation with a stranger,” and “Photography and sharing strictly encouraged.” Staged at Café Royal, the club offered an array of cultural activities that went beyond the debut of the brand’s Resort S/S 2013 collection. In addition to music, film, and culinary events, a dedicated Conversation Room set the stage for intellectual discourse, as style icons led a forum exploring the feminine role in contemporary society.
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