Ethical brands we're loving in honor of International Women's Day, founded by women, for women.
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One of our favorite socially conscious jewelry lines for their crisp colors and designs, 31 Bits works with displaced women in Northern Uganda to combat poverty through fashion. Inspired by the women they met on a trip to Uganda who lacked formal education but made up for it in skills and resourcefulness, founders, Kallie Dovel, Alli Swanson, Anna Toy, Brooke Hodges, and Jessie Simonson launched the beautiful jewelry line that is now 31 Bits. In addition to a sustainable income, 31 Bits employees are also offered counseling, health education, finance training, and business mentorships. After five years in the program, 31 Bits employees are ready to graduate. A graduated beneficiary has her own business and is educated, healthy, and confident.
(I admit) I was initially skeptical of the “period panties” brand that was breaking the internet with its taboo-shattering ads. But a few weeks ago I had a chance to hear founder Miki Agrawal share her vision for THINX at a conference in LA and immediately ordered some THINX underwear for myself. I’ve been converted. I can’t get enough of this brand or their products. Their messaging is liberating, their is technology a game-changer (named one of Time’s Best Inventions of 2015), and their give-back mission is changing the lives of girls around the world through THINX’s partner, AFRIpads. THINX underwear is made at a family-run factory that has an outstanding commitment to providing supplementary education and training to its female employees, empowering them to become leaders in their communities. Here's a $10 off code so you can try them too. ;)
Former model and actress, Sarah Dubbledam founded Darling Magazine to spread the messages women need to hear most: you are beautiful, you are interesting, you are original, good enough, and here for a purpose in the world. The quarterly women's magazine has a strict “no-retouching” policy and has become a movement for women who challenge the cultural “ideals” of beauty, questioning its exaggerated importance and celebrating true femininity in a variety of ways. The stunning publication is one of our team’s favorite go-to’s for editorial inspiration.
While living in Uganda as a journalist, Liz Forkin Bohannon met a group of incredibly talented and ambitious young women who needed economic opportunity in order to continue on to university and pursue their dreams. Sseko began as a way to generate income for these high potential, talented young women to continue on to university in Uganda. The company sells a beautiful line of sandals and accessories made by young women employees by Sseko. To date, every woman who has graduated from Sseko is currently pursuing her college degree or has graduated from university and is on her way to making our world a more beautiful place.
Bird + Stone
Founder of Bird + Stone, Elana Reinholtz traveled to Kenya to teach business and implement micro-loans. After coming face to face with women just like herself -- but that didn't have the same access to opportunities -- Elana started Bird + Stone as a way to use jewelry as a funding vehicle for change. The company funds entrepreneurs in Kenya with $200 micro-loans who are then able to: start businesses, send their children to school, get healthcare for the first time and follow their dreams.
SeeMe’s fair trade heart shaped necklaces and accessories are handmade by women who have been victims of violence in the Middle East and North Africa. For the first 15 years of her career, Caterina Occhio was a development aid manager specializing in social inclusion. As a pioneer in the fair luxury movement, she founded SeeMe in 2013 with the belief that charity is not sustainable and independent income is required to achieve long term, positive change for women who have been survivors of violence .