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We celebrate women around here every day, but as International Women’s Day approaches, here are 15 companies founded by women to check out and support.
Today is International Women’s Day so it only seems appropriate to take some time to highlight some awesome companies founded by women. I’m happy to shop pretty much anywhere, but I always love throwing some extra support to women who kick a$$ and work hard every day to live their dreams.
Want to celebrate and support other women today? Here are 15 awesome companies founded by women to check out.
15 Companies Founded by Women
Katia Beauchamp – Co-Founder // Hayley Barna – Co-Founder
Birchbox is one of the companies that started the subscription box craze here in the United States but they have emerged as a leader of the entire beauty industry. You can still get their trademark box of 5 deluxe beauty samples for $10 per month, but the Birchbox Store now carries many of the best beauty brands, as well as brands you won’t find anywhere else, and they recently launched their own line of beauty products.
Kena Paranjape – Co-Founder // Jen Lee Koss – Co-Founder
If you love the handmade movement but are looking for a more curated aesthetic than you might find at Etsy, Brika is your store. At Brika you will find a fantastic selection of handmade items, as well as stories about those products and their makers. You’ll feel good about shopping at Brika and the bright and colorful store is fun to shop, too!
We most recently featured Brika in our list of 13 Best Stores for Purchasing Unique Gifts Online.
Jess Ekstrom – Founder
Headbands of Hope was founded by Jess Ekstrom when she was just a junior in college. During an internship for a wish-granting organization, Jess noticed that many of the children wore headbands after losing their hair in treatment. She realized that this helped the kids to feel more confident and beautiful during such a tough time, and wanted to do something to help. She decided to sell headbands and gives one headband to a child with cancer for each headband sold.
Since it’s inception in 2012, Headbands of Hope has donated to every hospital in the United States and in 15 countries!
Payal Kadakia – Co-Founder // Mary Biggins – Co-Founder
Classpass is a membership that gives you access to fitness classes in more than 25 cities around the world. The cost of a monthly membership varies by city – in New York City you’ll pay $135 a month for 10 classes while Chicago costs $115 for the same plan, but in places like Nashville and Seattle you’ll pay $89. With Classpass, you can go to boutique fitness classes at places like Pure Barre, Flywheel, and Rowhouse. The only catch? You can only go to one studio up to three times per month. This is annoying if you really love one location but awesome in that it gets you to try new things!
Christine Hunsicker – Founder
Gwynnie Bee is a plus size clothing rental company. Women can rent all types of clothing and the cost of the service depends on how many items one wishes to have out at a time. Gwynnie Bee carries all of the best plus size clothing brands and even has items that are exclusive to them, such as a new collaboration with premium denim company James Jeans. I rented the Kiyonna dress above for a wedding two years ago.
Christina Zilber – Founder and Creative Director
Launching a beauty company isn’t exactly easy, but that’s exactly what Christina Zilber did a few years ago when she created Jouer. You can now find Jouer cosmetics featured at stores like Nordstrom and Birchbox, as well as on their own website.
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy – Founder and Chairman
Joyus is an online marketplace where mini videos are available that showcase the highlights and benefits of many of the products being sold. They frequently highlight new fashion, beauty and lifestyle products, including tips from experts on how to wear and use the items being sold.
Marie Tillman – Founder
The best way I can think of to describe Mac & Mia is that it’s like Stitch Fix for children. You – or your child – takes a style quiz and then they ship out a box of clothing that will hopefully suit your child’s tastes. You only pay for the items you decide to keep. All items in the box can be worn individually, but they’re also chosen to be worn together. Basically, it’s a wardrobe in a box! Most clothing pieces have an average retail price of $35 and accessories cost an average of $12, but Mac & Mia’s focus is on finding quality items from companies that pay their workers honest wages and offer safe working conditions and all items are organic.
Miko Branch – Co-Founder and CEO // Titi Branch – Co-Founder
It doesn’t get much better than Miss Jessie’s for us curly-haired girls. I thought I was destined for a life of frizz before I found Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls, which I swear is a wonder product. The brand was founded by sisters Miko and Titi and named in honor of their grandmother.
Aslaug Magnusdottir – Co-Founder // Lauren Santo Domingo – Co-Founder // Deborah Nicodemus – CEO
Moda Operandi is a luxury online retailer that lets its customers pre-order items right after they walk down the runway. They also offer a curated selection of in-season designer items.
Claire Mazur – Co-Founder // Erica Cerulo – Co-Founder
Browsing at Of a Kind can be addicting because only a limited quantity of each item is available, which sometimes means that you have to shop fast! Each piece sold on the site is made specifically for Of a Kind, so the items you purchase will truly be unique! You will mostly find items for women, as well as home goods, at this online store.
Jennie Rips – Founder/CEO // Maria Littlefield – Partner/President
Owl’s Brew is a company that makes tea-based cocktail mixers. The mixers can be paired with spirits, wine, or beer. The mixers are created using blends of tea, fruit, spices and herbs. I’m not sure when I first heard about Owl’s Brew, but it is something I’d been wanting to try for awhile and I got my chance this past weekend when I found the brand at Whole Foods. If you like cocktails, Owl’s Brew is definitely worth trying!
Angelia Trinidad – Founder, CEO, and Designer
Angelia was looking for a way to get on track after college and not finding exactly what she wanted on the market, she created something herself. The Passion Planner can be customized exactly to your needs. Use it as a traditional planner or to track your goals. Set challenges for yourself. Be inspired by the positive quotes inside the planner. However you use it, the Passion Planner may be just what you need to start chasing your own dreams.
Jenn Hyman – Co-Founder // Jenny Fleiss – Co-Founder
Rent the Runway is the original clothing rental company, allowing women to rent dresses that they may not want to purchase for just one occasion. Rent the Runway carries traditional and plus sized dresses. They also recently started carrying everyday clothing that’s available for rental. Even more exciting? They have opened up storefronts in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Las Vegas!
We’ve previously featured Rent the Runway as a great option for new moms who need to dress nice but aren’t yet back to their pre-baby size.
Olga Vidisheva – Founder
I imagine most of us wish we could spend the day visiting boutiques in places like New York or Paris but find that’s just not possible. Thankfully there’s Shoptiques, which brings the best boutiques from around the world to your computer. Boutique stores partner with Shoptiques to sell their items in one large online marketplace, making it entirely possible to build an authentic Parisian wardrobe without ever stepping foot in France.
Do Tell: What other companies founded by women are there that offer great shopping? Please share!