Folks, it's here. December has finally arrived and with it a sense of conviviality, holiday spirit, and self-reflection on the year gone by. Inspired by our friends in America who celebrated Thanksgiving last weekend, we thought we'd list out the things we find ourselves grateful for in 2021:
Heroes. Champions. We owe a debt of gratitude to medical staff, supermarket employees, daily wage workers, e.t.c. who have propped up countries and endured the worst of COVID to make sure we can go about our daily lives. As we head into a jam packed season it is important to note that COVID is still a prevalent threat and we must do all we can to ease the burden on frontline workers. You know the drill: get vaccinated, mask up, and social distance when possible.
WHO RUN THE WORLD…
From Ms.Kasturi Chellaraja, the first female Group CEO of a Public Quoted Conglomerate in Sri Lanka to Yohani whose musical success has transcended the continent, Sri Lankan women in several industries continue blaze trails for the rest of us to follow. We are proud of Prof. Neelika Malavige, Prof. Meththika Vithanage and Dr. Anushka U. Rajapaksha from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura who were included on Stanford University's list of the top 2% scientists in the world. Elsewhere marine biologist, Asha de Vos continues to make leaps and strides with her conservation research. Additionally, there are many more who don't always get the recognition they deserve so we take this chance to salute women like Shashikala Siriwardena(former Sri Lankan Cricket Captain of the national women’s squad) and Angel Queentus (transgender human rights activist and co-founder the Jaffna Transgender Network). Thank you, ladies!
Ms.Kasturi Chellaraja, Group CEO of Hemas Holdings
After an intense year it was good to see Olu Swim Week Colombo back for another round - this time bolder than ever. Featuring designers like Indi Yapa, Charini and Aslam Hussein who exhibited their designs on the sandy dunes of Port City, the show exemplified what the future of Sri Lanka could look like given the space for fashion and art to thrive. Keeping in mind the commitment to making and investing in environmentally conscious garments, we hope to see Colombo set an example for the rest of Asia to follow. Congratulations to Ajai Vir Singh, Fazeena Rajabdeen and the rest of the CFW Team for pulling off yet another flawless show!
Indi Yapa for Olu Swim Week Colombo 2021
OUR LOVI FAMILY
Finally, thank you to our amazing clients. We are so grateful for your support time and time again. Your commitment to supporting Sri Lankan designers is unparalleled and we can't wait to share our new collections with you. Bring on 2022!
A huge thank you also to our amazing LOVI Team - we could not do this without you!
But over to you now. As 2021 draws to a close, what are some things you are thankful for?