While in the United States the month of March is marked as Women’s History Month, the whole world is now known as International Women’s Day. To celebrate, you can shop a variety of women-owned businesses that not only create beautiful products, but also support founder communities and beyond.
To help you in your search for brands to buy, lifestyle expert Amy E. Goodman stopped by TODAY’s 3rd hour to share seven women-owned businesses that are giving back.
From newspaper collections that support women survivors of war and conflict to a sustainable decorating business that supports its workers, there are brands and products for everyone.
Read on to shop for hair accessories, comfy tees and more this International Women’s Day.
Jennifer Tsay, co-founder and CEO of Shoott is a SAG-AFTRA actress who has experience with side hustles, which led her to launch this affordable photography company that prioritizes creatives and freelancers. . Shoott, which is an Asian American women-owned business, offers free 30-minute sessions at local parks and hotspots in cities across the country. After the session, you will receive over 40 high-resolution photos in three to five business days. The best part is that you only pay for the photos you like.
Autumn Adeigbo is the founder of this colorful lifestyle brand that draws inspiration from her Nigerian American roots. Each piece is made to order and ethically created in women-owned production facilities across the country. As a brand, they provide artisans around the world with meaningful jobs and fair wages, and they also strive to minimize fabric waste, over-manufacturing and excess inventory.
These headbands are stylish accessories and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Designs range from intricate seed bead designs to padded options, which have been very popular recently, to a more traditional twisted design.
The Adeigbo brand also offers colorful and fun scrunchies. On her website, there are a variety of options, including floral patterns, cube patterns, and plaids.
Jill Boylan is the designer behind every piece of Soul Journey jewelry and is inspired by the flora and fauna of Southern California and the Pacific Northwest, where she grew up. Her jewelry has an elegant, bohemian and spiritual allure and each of the gemstones used is charged with a specific energy and intention. With each purchase of a bracelet from the Petite Bundle collection, 30% of the sale is donated to Dress for successa global non-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing professional attire, a support network and development tools.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Papier released a limited edition collection created by twin sister artists Liv and Dom Cave-Sutherland to celebrate and give back to women. Their collection includes journals, planners and notebooks with playful designs inspired by women as well as bright yellow mimosa flowers, which is the traditional flower for International Women’s Day. 100% of the profits from the collection will be donated to Women for International Women, an organization that works to help women survivors of war and conflict, with a current focus on women in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and other countries. This campaign will last until March.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Vera Bradley, owned by Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller, is partnering with New Hope Girls to launch a new collection of bags and accessories. From March 8 through July 5, 75% of all sales will go directly to supporting organizations’ work in the fight against human trafficking and exploitation by providing rescue, shelter and restoration. Some products include a patchwork hobo baga fleece and one cosmetic pouch.
MMLaFleur was created when Founder and CEO Sarah LaFleur was frustrated with the lack of stylish yet practical women’s workwear options. She then teamed up with Miyako Nakamura and Narie Foster to launch the brand in 2013, and it’s only grown since then. Their goal is to create comfortable, functional and stylish women’s clothing. Modern, minimalist clothing designs are chic options, and the brand is offering a 10% discount on heroes for women in the military, or who are first responders, medical professionals and teachers.
These durable home decor baskets are handcrafted in South Africa using unique materials such as ultra-durable PVC plastic, which is reclaimed from landfills and construction sites throughout South Africa . Mo’s Crib was founded by sisters Mo and Michelle Mokone in 2016. The brand’s staff is over 90% female, and all female artisans who make the products enjoy fair pay, housing, hot meals, transport, internal health and welfare care. health checks in addition to vocational training, which includes English lessons. Each beautifully designed basket takes between four and seven hours to make.
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