#HerAgendaLive: The Power Of Partnership With Lola Banjo And Vanessa Simmons


Jun. 28 2024, Published 12:00 p.m. ET

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In a conversation with Her Agenda, Vanessa Simmons, actress and entrepreneur, and Lola Banjo, founder of Silver & Riley, discussed their partnership, the brand’s mission and the challenges of building a legacy in the luxury market.

Banjo founded Silver & Riley to fill a gap in luxury travel products, drawing inspiration from her experiences as a consultant. She aims to build a brand that rivals other fashion legacy brands, despite all of the challenges faced by Black women in business from funding to manufacturing. Banjo focuses on combining fashion and function to create products that offer value.

She is committed to building a brand that offers value rather than following trends. This approach sets Silver & Riley apart in an industry driven by fads. Banjo’s strategy emphasizes craftsmanship and design, ensuring that each product becomes an investment for consumers.

Vanessa Simmons, known in fashion for her work with Pastry, resonates with Silver & Riley’s mission of producing items. Her style aligns with the brand’s focus on quality, making her a brand ambassador and partner. .

Their partnership evolved from mutual respect into collaboration. Simmons was impressed by Banjo’s leadership and commitment, and Banjo admired Simmons’ personality – entrepreneurial and down-to-earth.

Together, they are collaborating to build a brand that stands for quality, legacy and innovation. Their expertise promises to elevate Silver & Riley’s position in the market on a global level.

Check out the video for the full conversation about their work together and the vision for Silver & Riley.

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By: Dominique Johnson-Lindsay

Dominique Johnson-Lindsay is Digital Community Manager at Her Agenda, focused on furthering the mission by bringing ambitious women together through meaningful programming and building bonds with one another. Beyond her role, Dominique is an award-winning multihyphenate marketer and business owner based in Birmingham, Alabama. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) graduate and digital marketing enthusiast loves marketing technology, community-building and mentoring the next generation of marketers.

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