Istanbul Edition

As part of our "True Role Models" campaign, we invited charismatic female personalities to travel to Istanbul together with Nazan Eckes. The focus of the stay was on encounters and exchanges between women who follow their passions and thus become role models for others.

Participants included actresses Sibel Kekilli and Elmira Rafizadeh, influencers fusunlindner (Füsun Lindner), vildan_cirpan (Vildan Cirpan) and vanessa_tamkan (Vanessa Tamkan), author and Youtube star haticeschmidt (Hatice Schmidt) and entrepreneurs Vivien Wysocki (Saint Sass) and Ann-Kathrin Carstensen (Rita in Palma).


The imposing building of the former U.S. Embassy, where the legendary Soho House Istanbul has been welcoming guests for several years, was the home of our guests for the duration of the trip. From there, they went straight to the welcome dinner at the trendy Aheste restaurant in the hip Beyoğlu district in the European part of the Turkish mega-metropolis.

At the location, Ann-Kathrin Krusemeyer, Head of Marketing comma, welcomed the guests. Afterwards, Nazan Eckes, moderator and co-host of the event, spoke impressively about her Turkish origin, social constraints and her personal path to success.

The crowning glory of the first day was the trip on the yacht on the Bosporus, including a musical interlude by Selin Gecit and a breathtaking view of the city.

"Women networked, new connections were made, conversations were about courage, change, being a role model and how important that is."

Vivien Wysocki, entrepreneur and model


On Saturday, the city was explored in many ways: Artist Sedef Gali showed us "her" Istanbul - very personal places that you won't find in any tourist guide. The tour led through the narrow streets of the Beyoğlu district, which is particularly known for its historical charm and multicultural coexistence. Gali herself draws her inspiration from the cultural clash of women and their place in the world.

Modern Turkish cuisine was served up in Salon Cuma, a hidden private club on the second floor of a gallery building. Here, there were also exclusive first glimpses of the upcoming fall-winter collection by comma and comma casual identity. The day was rounded off by Elmira Rafizadeh: In a motivational speech, the actress and entrepreneur shared moving details from her vita, spoke about her origins, women's rights and social role models.

In the evening we went to dinner at the rooftop restaurant MIKLA. With a breathtaking view over Istanbul, the participants were able to soak up all the impressions of the day. 'Rita in Palma' founder Ann-Kathrin Carstensen took the participants on an emotional journey through eleven years of her self-employment, in which she combines integrative work with Turkish women and high fashion designs in an extraordinary way.

Finally, Merve Caglar from the Generous Listening initiative presented her inspiring theses on the art of listening - two strong voices that resonated for a long time at the dinner that followed and inspired further conversations.

The styles of comma and comma casual identity were presented individually and diversely by the inspiring characters.



Istanbul provided the perfect location to pick up on the campaign's central theme and to meet, introduce and connect strong women from different walks of life.