International Women’s Day is today! In honor of this day, I’ve uncovered six chic clothing brands that were created by some inspiring females. Supporting women and buying a whole new outfit? It’s a win-win for me.
ABLE, a brand specializing in high-quality bags, apparel, shoes and jewelry, was created by Barrett Ward. While she was living in Ethiopia, she witnessed impoverished women resort to prostitution in order to support themselves and their families. Ward wanted to provide an opportunity for these women to earn a living and break free from the cycle of poverty. ABLE’s website states,
“Only 2% of fashion workers make a wage that meets their basic needs, but if brands absorbed the cost of bringing workers to a living wage, it would likely only cost between 1-3% of the cost of the garment. When you put it that way, it doesn’t feel so insurmountable, and we believe that a radical shift can happen in the fashion industry if consumer demand pushes for it.”
2. The Outrage
The Outrage is a female-founded brand that launched in October 2016. Their first collection, “Nasty Women Unite,” donated 100% of the profits to Planned Parenthood in Donald Trump’s name. Now, the Outrage carries around 20 different collections that support various groups such as Families Belong Together, Everytown for Gun Safety, and the ACLU. Their products are aesthetically appealing, and they pack a political punch.
Established by Paola Masper, Mayamiko The Label is an ethical and sustainable brand. They supply clothing, accessories, and homeware. Mayamiko works with Mayamiko Trust, a charity organized by Masper after her travels in Africa. Mayamiko aims to help those who are disadvantaged in Malawi by nurturing their creative talents. Every Mayamiko product is lovingly made in Malawi by a passionate team.
Daniela Salazar is a womenswear brand that was created by Daniela in 2015. Daniela writes,
“[The clothes] are a combination of the laid-back and colourful attitude from my Latin-American roots and the practical European minimalism, from the cities I have lived in.”
The brand uses ecologic and deadstock fabrics from European suppliers, and all of the production occurs in Berlin, Germany so the process can be easily controlled. The pieces are manufactured both ethically and socially conscious.
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Tuesday Bassen produces size inclusive, ethically made clothing. All clothing and accessories are by Los Angeles based illustrator Tuesday Bassen. Most of the brand’s products are made within 5 miles of their shop in a sweatshop-free sew house. They always use vintage, post-consumer or locally produced fabrics first. Their apparel is bold and beautiful!
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The black Apron Dress has been stealing the show, but we’re equally enamored with the Oxblood colorway—a deep wine burgundy dress that looks amazing paired with the black Loretta top, a striped ringer tee, or evennnn a solid mustard tee (we don’t have them, but hey! It would look great 👀) ✨ XXS-5X
Wildfang was started by three women who quit their day jobs to pursue their dream: CEO Emma Mcilroy, COO Julia Parsley and Creative Director Taralyn Thuot all aimed to create an inclusive and inspiring space for women everywhere. In February 2018, Wildfang raised over $100,000 to help save the last abortion clinic in South Dakota. In June 2018 they raised over $250,000 for RAICES with their “I Really Care” collection. Additionally, a portion of all full price goods across their entire site go to a rotating monthly charity. Wildfang’s clothes are fierce. Looking for a power suit? Wildfang has got you covered.
Have a great International Women’s Day!
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