With women continuing to struggle to have access to equal opportunities and the impacts of the pandemic on their corporate careers, supporting women is so important. One way to do that is to support women entrepreneurs and brands! So in that spirit, here’s a list of some of my favorite businesses owned by women.
Founded by Danielle Martin in 2012 and based in Chicago, the Soap Distillery creates unique, sustainably made soaps that are inspired by cocktails! The descriptions are super fun and witty too. Gin and Negroni are my favorites!
These stylish accessories for girls are so fun and made with high-quality materials. Jewelry in great designs and they now have a “masklace” which is the perfect accessory to a facemask! Their messages of empowerment make this brand a great choice for girls.
Moms of tween girls started this undergarment brand. They use eco-friendly fabrics in comfortable, age appropriate styles for girls. JstBU has some wonderful options for a first bra and even a new strapless style. They include empowering messages on the inside of their pieces. Definitely worth checking out.
I first shopped with this brand a couple of years ago and was not disappointed. Founded by Jackie De Jesu, these shower caps are high-quality, washable and come in several patterns and colors that are so stylish, you wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen wearing them.
Magda Lasota is the mom behind this innovative brand. She designed the #LittleBlackBreastfeedingDress for new moms who need a stylish, versatile dress that allows them to easily breastfeed while doing everything else they need to do and look good doing it. The dresses are ethically made using sustainable fabrics too! A must for new moms.
Here in Chicago, this bookstore is a Black, woman-owned shop that’s doing important things to support the community. In addition to having well-curated book lists on their website that make you want to get them all, they also have a non-profit organization, Parenthesis, that provides free books to Chicago Public Schools students.
I’ve recommended Ellevest to several friends. Founded by Sallie Lee Krawcheck, she has made it her life’s mission to support women in unleashing their financial power and reaching their goals. The investment industry has been mostly owned and run by men, and has historically kept women from achieving their goals. Ellevest has set to change this. Their platform is incredibly well-designed and easy to use. It makes things simple and clear and allows you to set specific goals, then helps you get there.
This feminine care brand uses quality ingredients without toxins and dyes. It’s also customizable, so you only pay for what you need. They donate menstrual products across the U.S. to help ensure all women have access to them. Plus, they have an awesome First Period Kit that’s perfect to have on hand for your daughter’s first period.
The tees, bralettes, and other pieces from Richer Poorer are some of my favorite. Their pieces are simple and stylish, with quality fabrics that are so comfortable you want to wear them all the time. This California brand was co-founded by Iva Pawling and has that laid-back, cool style that SoCal is known for.
I discovered Blk Mkt Vintage on Instagram and love the visual aesthetic of their brand. Curators of Black cultural antiques, they have a shop in Brooklyn, an ecommerce shop, plus they do interior styling and prop and set design! It seems there’s nothing founders Jannah Handy and Kiyanna Stewart can’t do. Check out their Instagram and website to be in awe.
I’d love to continue this conversation and make this an on-going blog subject in order to support women-owned businesses. Please comment or email me with any recommendations on the brands you love!