Awe, Petit Kouraj, Kat Maconie

How are you celebrating International Women’s Day this year? Perhaps with a drink (or three), maybe with a nice hike, a good book? Spending time with friends or family? All are great ideas. I plan to toast all the women in my life with a spring cocktail (it’s a celebration!), but today—and moving forward—I will also be shopping from businesses that champion women. There are so many fashion houses and brands that are women-owned, women-designed, and women-led, why not thoughtfully fill your closet with the best designs on the market?

As the fashion industry continues to evolve by embracing sustainability, elevating Black-owned brands, and continuing their long-standing collaborations with female artisans worldwide, it’s still important to celebrate women who shine. The IWD’s 2021 campaign is #ChooseToChallenge, and challenge we have, and will continue to do. Yes, being a woman can include fashion, fun accessories, and the newest lipstick, but femininity, the female experience, and feeling embodied and empowered as a woman is an experience that doesn’t have a look or trend, it belongs to all of us. Let’s continue to challenge the world around us, to make it a nicer place for women, and everyone. It’s about time.

Part of this movement is shopping consciously to support women. From the major knee-high boots by Chelsea Paris and the elegant swimwear of Acacia, to the downtown cool of Michelle Waugh, there is a woman designing for every iteration of yourself that you could imagine. We’ve compiled some of our favorite women-owned and women-designed gear below.

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Bo Knee Boot, Black Patent

Chelsea Paris


 Founded by Theresa Ebagua and named after her two daughters (Chelsea and Paris), Chelsea Paris’s glossy  knee-high boots are all the rage.

The Emilie

Michelle Waugh


Michelle Waugh creates beautifully tailored pieces with a masculine influence. Each piece is a classic, think of it as an investment you will love for years to come. 

Alula Blush Bag



Sanaui’s sustainable luxury bags are the perfect staple for your day to day life, exactly as founder Sanae intended.

Frida Velvet

Marie Laffont


When Paris native Marie Laffont founded her namesake brand, she believed that comfort didn’t have to be sacrificed for style. Looking at these gorgeous velvet combat boots, we can’t agree with her more. 

Vee Midi Slip Dress



SVNR is a sustainable, environmentally conscious brand founded by Christina Tung that incorporates upcycled materials into its ready-to-wear and jewelry. Her signature slip dresses are hand-dyed, giving each one a unique flair.

Ecru Kokoye Tote

Petit Kouraj


Petit Kouraj was founded by fashion stylist Nasrin Jean-Baptiste. The accessories brand was inspired by her home country, Haiti, where each bag is handmade to this day. 

Venus Raffia Mule Rose



Leonora Giovanna Arslani founded Giovanna with the pillars of family, “east meets west,” and travel in mind. Her main inspiration for the collections is her stylish great aunt, Giovanna.

The Forevermark Tribute™ Collection Open Star Ring



As part of the De Beers Group, Forevermark makes beautiful jewelry and has pledged to support 10,000 women entrepreneurs and engage 10,000 girls in STEM. Now that’s a diamond worth showing off! 

Gris Plaid Bow Sandals



GOYA’s designs are made in Spain and inspired by the classic menorquina sandal. Founder Kimberley Tecles-Byrom named the brand after her grandmother. This spring, we’re loving these plaid bow sandals with tights and a mini skirt.

Lauren Clutch Wallet



Toni Ray co-founded HOBO in 1991 after working in some of the best leather shops in the world. As the brand approaches its 30th anniversary, her daughter, Koren Ray is still staying true to her roots by creating high-quality bags with personal touches. 

Rosie (Rosebud) Kungfu Jacket in Ice White Lambswool

YanYan Knits


YanYan, which means “everyone” in Cantonese, was founded by Phyllis Chan and Suzzie Chung. They create unique, whimsical pieces that will put a pep in your step!

Athena Necklace



This necklace featuring the Greek goddess Athena is a reminder to all women to embrace their inner strength. Founder Jill Johnson is a three-time cancer survivor who wanted to create a brand of high quality jewelry that also gives back. Awe currently works with four charity partners, to whom they donate 20 percent of their proceeds.  

Miss Button Midheel

The Office of Angela Scott


Originally created by Angela Scott based on the idea to empower women in business, The Office of Angela Scott creates classic shoes with a very high level of craftsmanship and style. This year, The Office of Angela Scott made a pledge to donate $100,000/year for the next ten years starting off with a $10,000 donation to their IWD partner, the American Association of University Women, one of the largest funders of women’s graduate education. The donation will create the For Women Who Mean Business™ Career
Development Grant. Additionally, 100{0c50a39dd584ba5fb4b6467726ffaa15c472727d41971bd60f72623a9464340d} of proceeds from March 8th will be donated to the AAUW. Now that’s a shoe you can be proud to wear!

Unstoppable Tee – Washed Black

Ena Pelly


This t-shirt by Ena Pelly is for a good cause: 10 percent of sales go to the Sebastian Foundation, which helps women struggling with mental health. 

Olivia Halterneck Floral Print Linen Maxi Dress

Agua by Agua Bendita


Started by two friends Catalina Alvarez and Mariana Hinestroza, Agua by Agua Bendita works with Colombian artisans to create  beautiful, lush garments.


Kat Maconie


Kat Maconie’s fun and eclectic shoes capture the spirit of London, and reference her love of the 1980s. 

ba&sh x CARE’s #I’mEveryWoman Campaign T-Shirt

This limited edition shirt by ba&sh was designed in partnership with the French Institut Women & Children Safe. All proceeds of this super trendy shirt will go to the organization. Plus, we love its laid-back style.

Deusa Ring



This ring was created exclusively for International Women’s Day to showcase female power and energy. Ten percent of all sales will go to Plan International, which works to give girls equal opportunities across the world. 

International Women’s Day Printed Organic Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

Emilia Wickstead


English designer Emilia Wickstead teamed up with Net-A-Porter to create this limited edition t-shirt celebrating International Women’s Day. 100{0c50a39dd584ba5fb4b6467726ffaa15c472727d41971bd60f72623a9464340d} of the proceeds will benefit Women to Women International. 

International Women’s Day Embroidered Supima Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

Simone Rocha


Simone Rocha and Net-A-Porter have created this embroidered pink t-shirt to benefit Women to Women International. 

Bright Idea Pearl Necklace



Known for its pearls, Donni is a super cute brand founded by Alyssa Wasko. When you purchase this classic pearl necklace, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Black Girl Ventures, an organization supporting Black women entrepreneurs. 

Small Pink Tourmaline Bell Earrings



For International Women’s Day this year, Prounis will donate 20 percent of proceeds on these earrings to the National Women’s Law Center. Beautiful jewels and giving back to the community is a win-win. 

Kinderstern Handbag Charm

Not only is this keychain by Akris adorable, the star symbolizes Kinderstern, an organization that assists children worldwide. Akris will be donating to the organization with each purchase. 

9 Diamond Necklace



Chari Cuthbert founded ByChari in 2012 to give women jewelry that was modern and elegant. (You might recognize her work from Michelle Obama’s “Vote” necklace). Whether you want to make a political statement or just wear beautiful jewelry, ByChari will have the right piece for you. 

Lonny Full Piece

Acacia is a collective of women based in Hawai’i who take pride in their heritage and femininity. Their mission was to create beautiful, wearable silhouettes (in swim and resort wear) for women at all stages of their lives. Creative director and head designer Naomi Acacia Newirth takes great pride in not only designing gorgeous swimwear, but the company is making efforts to be sustainable as well. All in all, Acacia garments are guaranteed to be comfortable, beautiful, and effortlessly chic. 

14K Yellow Gold Vermeil Paperclip Chain Bracelet

Saks Fifth Avenue Made in Italy


Saks Off Fifth has partnered with Girls Inc., an organization that empowers girls through mentorship, research-based programs, and a “pro-girl” environment. Fifteen percent of the proceeds of this bracelet will go to Girls Inc. But act fast, it will only be available in the month of March.

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