Come for the spring shoes and flared leggings, stay for the womenswear brands, which feature stunning jewelry, must-have clogs and all the vintage-inspired dream dresses your wardrobe has been waiting for. After all, every day is a good day to support women in their work, whether it’s with an Instagram post, donating to women-led nonprofits, or buying products from their companies.
So we’ve rounded up the female-led fashion brands that are filling our carts right now. Some of them, like Universal Standard or Matteau, jumped in to fill a gap in the market; others, like Summersalt, have used data and technology to design perfectly tailored products. Here are 23 fashion brands by women and for women to keep on your radar and what to buy from each.
What do Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker and Busy Philipps have in common? They love all of Dôen’s vintage-inspired blouses and dresses. The brand follows a “by women, for women” philosophy: it was co-founded by Katherine and Margaret Kleveland, the majority of its pieces are produced by women and the brand works with non-profit organizations focused on women. like Planned Parenthood and Room to Read, which supports education and gender equality in India and Africa.
Old vogue editors Valerie Macaulay and Meredith Melling teamed up with former Rag & Bone business development manager, Molly Howard, to launch La Ligne in 2016 out of a shared passion for timeless essentials and to celebrate women in (and out of) business. The label’s wear-everywhere collection is made up of sensible basics, striped prints and cozy sweaters. Oh, and don’t forget to check The banda series of portraits of inspiring women such as Cleo Wade, Olivia Wilde and Paloma Elsesser in their favorite La Ligne pieces.
With her eponymous jewelry line, Monica Vinader was among the first to make relatively affordable balls, chains and bracelets. It’s no surprise, then, that it’s a favorite among royals past and present, including Kate Middleton and Meghan. Markle. And with a huge range that includes traditional designs as well as more whimsical pieces, like this one colorful gemstone necklaceVinader offers something for everyone, royal or not.
Wear your art on your sleeve – or, okay, on your wrist and fingers – with At Bea Bongiasca creations inspired by contemporary art. This Italian jewelry designer pairs gemstones (think amethyst and quartz) with enamel in vibrant colors like neon green and turquoise to make a bold and playful statement. This has made her line a favorite among celebrities like Camila Cabello and Doua Lipa.
When supermodel Liya Kebede – arguably one of the best models of the 2000s – visited her native Ethiopia, she found local weavers losing work due to a drop in demand. This led her to create Lemlem in 2007 in order to develop and maintain employment opportunities. The brand has since expanded into swimwear and prides itself on its sustainability credentials, with swimwear fabric sourced from recycled plastic bottles and 80% of the cotton sourced locally in Africa.
Aurora James created accessories brand Brother Vellies in 2013 to keep traditional African craftsmanship alive. Using sustainable materials like vegetable-tanned leathers, recycled tires and hand-carved wood, each shoe or bag is handmade using techniques passed down from generation to generation.
Gigi has one. EmRata also owns it, as does Megan Fox. That’s what happens when you make a really good handbag, like the model-approved, celebrity-adored Gabbi bag. Founder Stephanie Li (with her husband, Yang Pei) founded the line in 2017 to make fashion accessible and effortless. At under $100 and made from vegan materials – in some cases recycled plastic water bottles – the bags are proof of their success in this field.
Consider AAPI-owned jewelry brand Notte, founded by former accessories trend director Jessica Tse, an ode to the mid-19s. The aesthetic is dreamlike, with candies, hearts, flowers, and even tiny pill capsules in the mix, with everything meant to be layered for more-is-more effect. Ultimately, Tse’s goal was to spark happiness with her designs – and it seems like she succeeded.
Leave it to a model, a singer and a designer Anine Bing to put a little punk back into our lives and our closets. His eponymous label takes a “rebellious approach to style,” as the label puts it, whether through classic-inspired masculine versions (like a short buttoned shirt) or a graphic t-shirt that looks like it came from the merchandising table of a progressive rock concert.
sisters Erin and Sara Foster (from the reality show-satire barely famous) wanted to design clothes that would fit in their own closets, and that’s exactly what they did when they launched their line in 2020. The clothes evolved from loungewear-inspired basics to include an assortment of denim tightly edited as well as a range of flower- emblazoned blouses and dresses, just in time for spring.
Candy colors, mixed textiles and unexpected designs – not only are Soraya Hennessy’s bags beautiful to look at, but you can also feel good about what you’re wearing. Each is handmade by women from the Wayuu tribe, an indigenous community that spans several South American countries. Venezuelan-born founder Soraya Hennessy sought to secure and protect their economic success with its line, which features a variety of shapes and styles.
Don’t even think about taking a vacation without stopping at Sensi Studio, which is known for its wide range of slouchy Panama hats, woven bags and clothes that look like they should come with a pool and a margarita. Designate Stephany Sensi works with women artisans in the Andes region of Ecuador to both support long-standing craft methods and provide work for the local community.
It should come as no surprise that the designer Marina Raphael is into accessories—she’s a member of the Swarovski family, after all. But rather than solely mastering crystal, she turned to handbags, where she creates architecturally inspired handbags that make a statement. She uses materials like raffia, laser-cut leather, and yes, crystal to create truly unique bags.
Founder Nadine Kahane wanted to replace fine jewelry exclusivity with a line that celebrated “affordable jewelry, a feminine ethos and meticulously crafted quality pieces” without the usual markup – and so Stone and Strand was born. Not only does it make high-end jewelry accessible, but the brand has also established the good mission girlwhich donates a portion of the proceeds from dedicated items to a different charity each year.
The idea behind Universal Standard came to founders Alexandra Waldman and Polina Veksler from a problem curvy women know all too well: the near-impossible task of finding plus-size essentials. In the years since Universal Standard’s first collection, the brand has changed the status quo with an ever-growing assortment of limited-edition workwear, activewear and collaborations in sizes 00-40.
Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah co-founded Cuyana, the Marie Kondo of fashion brands, in 2013. Following a “less is better” philosophy, the brand is known for making sturdy (but buttery leather) bags and effortless essentials that celebrate craftsmanship , sustainability and transparency .
Summersalt first caught our attention with its all-inclusive offerings and commitment to sustainability— and, well, popularity on Instagram. The brand was co-founded in 2017 by Reshma Chamberlin and Lori Coulter, and the brand has since expanded into underwear, sleepwear and travel wear.
College friends turned business partners Alexa Buckley and Sarah Pierson founded Margaux in 2015 with the goal of getting women the right shoe size through custom flats. Margaux first launched a classic ballerina, but has since expanded to include menswear-inspired boots, block heels and loafers. We have a thing for minimalist black mules, which you can buy in a narrow, medium and wide fit, and in half sizes and extended sizes (from US 3 to US 14).
Frustrated with the lack of elevated maternity clothes, Ariane Goldman founded Hatch in 2011. More than a decade later, the brand is a mainstay of simple-yet-elegant clothing for breastfeeding and moms-to-be (though you don’t have to expect to want to wear its flowing dresses, its versatile tops, and easy combinations, like the one pictured). Not only that, but the brand is also responsible for some of the best pairs of maternity leggings in the game.
Christina Tung, who also runs PR agency House Of, launched SVNR in 2018 with the intention of creating memorable jewelry that is both beautiful and durable. True to form, each hair accessory, earring or necklace is made from found, reused, recycled or natural materials. The pictured necklace is the kind of pastiche the brand excels at, featuring a mix of agate, quartz and seashell in a color palette inspired by the colorful seaside villages of Italy’s Cinque Terre.
If you needed a reason to get excited for the warmer weather, check out Matteau’s swimwear to match. sisters Ilona Hamer and Peta Heinsen design no-frills tops, bottoms and one-pieces with levels of coverage to fit every body type. For your next beach vacation, consider the plunging swimsuit; the cut is as comfortable as it is timeless.
Based in Bangkok Pipatchara Kaeojinda co-founded her eponymous brand with her sister, Jittrinee, to display their passion for craftsmanship, especially when it comes to macrame, which uses intricate knotting techniques. When paired with the stiffer structure of handmade bags, the result looks almost like a work of art, resulting in pieces that look as good on the arm as they do on display.
Born in Bahrain and raised in London, Misha Nonoo, founder and CEO of her eponymous brand, is a fashion designer known for her focus on sustainability. An early adopter of the direct-to-consumer model, Misha Nonoo creates timeless pieces for active women, like her signature white shirt that can be personalized with buttons and monograms.