Female Brands + Creators Making Their Mark
Women’s History Month may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean we’ll stop celebrating the achievements of female designers, creatives, and makers! Read on to discover more modern women-led brands that deserve your coin this month and always! And in case you missed it, you can find the first installment of our women-owned brands roundup here. Happy shopping!
A Scotland-based creative studio led by founder and designer Kirsty Thomas, Tom Pigeon creates beautifully designed art prints, jewelry, and homewares that embody a modern and playful aesthetic. A minimalist take on the shapes, colors, and patterns found in nature; Tom Pigeon designs bring a colorful, geometric flair to your everyday life.
A San Francisco-based artist, designer, and builder, Yvonne Mouser’s modern home objects tell a story through their function. Mouser’s furniture pieces embodies a simple, multifunctional design that leaves room for a variety of styling possibilities and lets their craftsmanship and material do the talking.
Basit’s modern kitchen accessories and cookware are thoughtful meditations on the simple joys of everyday tasks. Inspired by family gatherings in the kitchen, Basit’s goods prioritize function and modern, aesthetic simplicity above all. Their wooden plates and accessories are a sleek, stylish way to add natural texture to your kitchen!
AAPETPEOPLE makes luxe, fashion-forward goods and apparel for pets and their people. Founded by model, actress, and multi-hyphenate, Anneliese Aeria, Dallas-based AAPETPEOPLE is the culmination of her love of animals and passion for fashion. For every piece of modern pet wear in their collection, there’s a complimentary item designed to be enjoyed by humans for an adorable matching moment.
Kelly Harris Smith
A Design Milk reader favorite – textile designer and creative director Kelly Harris Smith designs modern throw blankets using natural and sustainable materials. Harris’ textiles are a modern way to spruce up any living space and feature a variety of striking patterns and colors that are sure to complement your decor style.
Created by best friends Ana Neto and Daniela Marques, Portuguese brand Maria /Maleta, handcrafts fashion-forward leather goods, bags, and accessories. Expertly made using a blend of repurposed leather, new fabrics, and recycled/recyclable materials, Maria/Maleta designs are as eco-friendly as they are wearable!
Born from her love of tactile experiments, Waiwai founder Sasha, set out to create accessories that were stylish and dynamic. Made by repurposing discarded and scrap leather, Waiwai’s modern pieces draw inspiration from the strong lines in urban architecture and the soft natural patterns and textures found in nature – resulting in jewelry that’s as lightweight and comfortable to wear, as it is pleasing to the eye.
Founded by designer and architect, Arielle Assouline-Lichten, Slash Objects creates modern everyday objects using unexpected materials. The brand’s unconventional material combos like post-consumer recycled rubber and brass, concrete, and recycled tires recovered from landfills redefine luxury while bringing a unique, tactile aesthetic to home surfaces.
After Denise Crombag adopted her beloved dog Bo from the Homeless Dogs Foundation, she struggled to find pet accessories that ticked all the boxes: high quality, sustainable, and stylish – so she decided to make her own. Enter Pawness, the conscious pet brand behind ethically made goods for your dog. From collars and leashes to poop bags and blankets, every product in Pawness’ catalog is consciously made to keep a low environmental footprint while offering high-end style your canine will love.
This Philadelphia-based maker’s studio creates imaginative, handmade sidewalk chalk – thoughtfully designed for little hands and modern play! Aside from their unique and quirky shapes (we bet you’ve never seen sushi shaped chalk before!), Twee’s colorful sidewalk chalk is consciously made to help increase your little one’s grip strength and fine motor skills while encouraging creative play – making Twee goods a go-to gift for crafty kiddos.
Driven by a love of skincare and self-care cultivated by her Korean heritage, Jina Kim created Circumference NYC to bring innovative, sustainable practices to the beauty space. The eco-conscious skincare brand is beloved for their effective, science-backed formulas, and their commitment to responsibly sourcing only the best indigenous botanicals with high bioactivity – for skincare that’s as good for the planet as it is for your skin.
Flavia Bennett Designs
In building her self-named jewelry line, Arizona-based designer Flavia Bennett drew inspiration from her home country of Brazil. Her one-of-a-kind pieces capture the minimalist aesthetic and clean lines of modernist architecture seen around the country. Known for her timeless, sculptural forms, Flavia Bennett accessories have a timeless and modern aesthetic that’ll never go out of style.
Established in the late ‘90s when founder Amy Harlow set out to design canine chic pet wear for her furry friends, Wagwear makes cool and timeless pet accessories you and your pup will love. From colorful dog beds and hardy canvas carriers to their best-selling dog booties, everything Wagwear makes captures a classic aesthetic inspired by Cape Cod beaches and the brand’s New York heritage.
Don’t just ask what your haircare can do for your strands, but what can it do for your skin? Harvard-trained dermatologist Dr. Iris Rubin, M.D. got to the bottom of this when developing her line of skin-loving haircare products, SEEN. The award-winning hair care line is proven to not clog pores or irritate skin, all while supporting healthy, nourished locks – paving the way for your next best hair (and skin) day!
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