5 Female Owned Fashion Brands You Should Start Shopping Now
Who runs the world? Girls!
This year, organizers of the Women’s March made their theme “A Day Without A Woman.” Not only did this slogan encourage females to give themselves the day off, it also asked them to avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women and minority owned businesses), and to wear red in solidarity. A Day Without A Woman was intended to recognize the enormous value women of all backgrounds have on our society while uniting females as a powerful, driving force. When it comes to the fashion industry, most of the well-known fashion and beauty brands that dominate today are created and run by men – both on the back end of the business side and the forefront of the design side. Though it’s not always advertised, the fashion industry is overflowing with talented females who are constantly taking the industry to the next level through their innovative designs and unfaltering creativity. Here are 5 Female Owned Fashion Brands You Should Start Shopping Now that are not only created and owned by powerful women, but are changing the industry without having the name-recognition and popularity that big-name companies have already achieved.
Katie Gallagher, the creator of this New York based brand, reminisces on her childhood days and how she used to hate wearing clothes. Clothes quickly became a passion for her though, yet she doesn’t believe fashion is the end goal, rather the stories, personalities, moods, ideals, and attitudes are. These are all aspects that are loudly portrayed in her clothing line, which gives off an ominously romantic vibe with a hint of danger. Her integration of romantic lace along with statement leather pieces is what makes her clothing rebellious yet chic.
Co-Founders and sisters Margaret Kleveland and Katherine Kleveland created a line of clothing inspired by vintage designs and their nostalgia for the California of past decades. Not only do they make elevated yet wearable pieces for the everyday lives of women, but they also support the presence of women in the workplace while striving towards decreasing the gender gap through working only with factories that are either owned or co-owned by women.
While bouncing between jobs in the arts, fashion, and theatrical costuming, Erica Weiner taught herself to make jewelry in the mid-2000s, and quickly developed a fan following. By combining vintage charms and chains, and hiring her friend Lindsay to help keep up with her growing amount of orders, the pair opened up a retail shop in downtown Manhattan. Featuring collections ranging from both inexpensive antique jewelry to antique engagement rings, her jewelry line is as heart-eye inducing as it gets.
Twin designers Corianna and Brianna Dotson founded Coco and Breezy in 2009 after their early, handmade designs became an instant hit in New York and were found being rocked by major celebrities and entertainers within weeks of the brand’s launch. As if the twins’ design talent wasn’t enough to make them empowering females, they also DJ and create visual art in their spare time.
Having an artistic nature, Beauty Bakerie was an extension of CEO Cashmere Nicole’s prior passions that were constantly evolving and developing. Nicole pursued this interest relentlessly and found she was unable to walk away without taking it to the next level. This cruelty-free and vegan line revolts against the popular “bad girl” persona, stressing to girls that there’s nothing wrong with being sweet and friendly. Nicole overcame the struggles of teenage parenting, overcame breast cancer, and arrived at a place of peace, and Beauty Bakerie is this piece of peace she strives to share with all of us.