Shop at These Woman-Owned Companies in March
Whether you’re a fan of drool-worthy Kate Spade shoes or the luxury candy line of Sugarfina, some of the sweetest companies are owned, run, or founded by women.
International Women’s Day is March 8 and it’s the perfect chance to purposely support these lively ladies with a women-oriented shopping spree (or keep this list in your back pocket throughout the year.)
Check out our list of some of the coolest companies founded or run by women to get you started.
Founded by Women
We pinpointed a grand handful of companies founded by women that offer everything from vintage décor to ultra-modern bras.
This clothing brand boasts comfy, sophisticated clothing. The biz was founded by Eileen with her $350 savings account and a vision of clothing worn with elegance and ease.
For high end shoes, women’s wear and other accessories, your answer is Kate Spade, founded by Kate for women to showcase a chic, upbeat style. Get coupons here.
Head to Girlfriend Collective, co-founded by Ellie Dinh for sustainable active wear. The company’s leggings and other apparel is made from recycled water bottles in a safe, fair-wage, certified factory in Vietnam.
For vintage-style fashion, clothing, and decor, ModCloth is your first stop. Founded by Susan Gregg Koger, the company serves up retro-inspired styles.
For posh cosmetics, indulge in Bare Escentuals. Founder and former CEO Leslie Blodgett stepped down last year, but not without first building a beauty empire. Get coupons here.
For total control, Spanx is it! Sara Blakely is the brains behind Spanx, which offers a lineup of slimming leggings, shapewear, bras, and more. If you don’t own a pair of these, you’re missing out.
For safe, responsible lifestyle products for baby and home, head to the Honest Company, cofounded by Jessica Alba when she couldn’t find baby products that were eco-friendly, sustainable, and affordable.
Dive into Sugarfina, a luxury candy brand founded by Rosie O’Neill. “Yummy” is the only explanation needed for this one! View coupons here.
ThirdLove will be your first love. Founded by Heidi Zak, ThirdLove has revolutionized the bra industry with half-cup sizes and other features that transform an annoying garment into a comfy luxury.
Run by Women
A lineup of other companies may not have necessarily been founded by women, but they currently feature women at the helm in the position of CEO. Give your applause (and your business!) to the following fabulous females.
Barbara Rentler, CEO of Ross Stores, the department store where you can “dress for less” (without anyone knowing it was less.)
Mandy Cabot, CEO of Dansko, where you’ll find adorable, comfortable, and long-lasting shoes. Did we mention they’re adorable?
Mary Dillon, CEO of Ulta Beauty, a well-known chain of beauty and skincare products. When she became CEO in 2013, she re-focused the brand on customer experience and convenience, growing Ulta’s stock by 37% despite declining department store profits. See coupons here.
Jenny Ming, CEO of Charlotte Russe, your one-stop shop for trendy clothing and shoes. Since becoming CEO in 2009, Jenny Ming has focused on improving the retail experience, streamlining displays, and creating a user-friendly e-commerce site.
Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey
Kay Krill, CEO of Anne Inc., the parent company of clothing shops Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey. Under Kay, ANN INC began working closely with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research.
Linda Heasley, CEO of Lane Bryant. The plus-size, fashionable clothing chain was actually founded by a woman, as well: American fashion designer Lena Himmelstein. Get coupons and cash back here.
Empowerment for Women
Outside of these powerful brands, we are huge fans of supporting women-run small businesses, which is why you’ll find us shopping on Etsy too. The online marketplace for handmade and vintage goodies boasts a massive amount of women sellers—86 percent to be exact.
With thousands of women starting their own businesses, running corporations, and founding companies of every shape, size, and product line, you have oodles of shopping options this International Women’s Day. And we gals wouldn’t have it any other way.