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With spring flowers beckoning closer and the snow clouds of winter dissipating, we're ready for a spring refresh. Given our homes have been our refuge during these past few cold months, we're excited to add some greenery, more light, and airy decor to properly mark the occasion.
March 8 is the official date of International Women's Day, a day celebrating women worldwide—so what better time to gather up a list of some of our favorite products made by women to spruce up for the season? But don't just shop this March, use this list year-round when you feel like it's time for an upgrade. From sustainable kitchen goods to bedding favorites, there's a woman-owned brand with something for everyone.
Here are the best woman-owned brands to shop right now.
Azora Zoe Paknad founded sustainable goods retailer Goldune in October 2020, to re-vamp the dry narrative on sustainable products, and "make them less beige." Living in NYC and following her time working in e-commerce, Paknad aimed to create an inclusive yet lively retailer, where sustainable home goods of all kinds could share space. Goldune's products include a wide variety of kitchen and home-must haves, from vibrant dish towels and trays to buzzy throw pillows and waffle robes.
Best friends Sierra Tishgart and Maddy Moelis started Great Jones in 2018 after they each struggled to find the correct kitchen tools. Aimed to empower and support cooks worldwide, this beloved cookware brand has acquired a large following due to its high-quality, easy-to-use, and Instagram-friendly products. A nod to the late Judith Jones, a great celebrity cookbook author and editor, and their HQ in New York City, Great Jones has all the cooking supplies the home chef requires. From handy sheet pans to their cult-favorite Dutchess cast-iron dutch oven, Great Jones is here to help you cook.
After Jen Rubio's luggage broke down while she was zipping through the airport, she decided to make traveling easier with better luggage. She teamed up with Steph Korey in 2015, and the two launched a direct-to-consumer brand that quickly took over Instagram. Away gives travelers an option to shop luggage made from the same high-quality material as other brands, but for a fraction of the cost (and with chicer colorways). Fans love the Carry-On, a polycarbonate suitcase that magically holds everything you need for a business trip, weekend upstate, or a jaunt to Paris.
Ariel Kaye started bedding maven Parachute in 2014 after noticing the lack of affordable and high-quality bedding available. What began as an online-only, direct-to-consumer bedding brand grew into several brick-and-mortar stores across the U.S. From cloud-like comforters and sateen sheets to the bathrobe our team loves, Parachute has something for everyone.
What began as artist Justina Blakeney's personal design blog has since flourished into Jungalow, a unique and vibrant bohemian site filled with good vibes. The site features designs from Blakeney's home collection, Blakeney Home, as well as a wide variety of products from around the globe. Think patterned quilts, everything you need to properly set a table, wallpaper and wall art, all with Blakeney's personal touch that brings warmth and personality to any space. With each purchase, two trees are planted through the organization Trees for the Future to give back.
Harlem Candle Co.
Harlem Candle Co. is a culmination of Teri Johnson's passion for fragrance, jazz, and her home base in Harlem, New York. Inspired by her aunt's love of candles, Johnson learned at a young age just how powerful scent can be, and where it can take you—whether you're stuck at home or traveling around the world.
Harlem Candle Co was born in 2014 with luxurious candles and intoxicating scents for every room. Shop by scent—citrus, floral, woody—and pick out the home fragrance that best matches you.
Shiza Shahid's resume is unparalleled. In addition to being the co-founder and co-CEO at Our Place, she's also a Malala Fund co-founder, an investor in Brud, by Humankind, and Therabody, and a founding GP at NOW.Ventures. Shahid found cooking helped her stay connected to her Pakistani roots, and she loved sharing that with friends and having them over to her place. In 2017, Our Place, the ethically-made, uber-chic cookware brand was born to bring that sense of community to everyone's home. Now, nearly four years later this cookware brand has livened up kitchens across the globe and made cooking communal and approachable.
We're suckers for adding a little greenery in our homes, but sometimes the mere idea of becoming a plant owner can seem super daunting. Fortunately, The Sill makes your transition into "plant parenthood" smooth sailing. Eliza Blank and Gwen Blevens founded The Sill in 2012, to create a plant-friendly community and a one-stop-shop for beautiful plants that will mold to your unique style. Between online workshops, the plant parent club, and pre-selected bundles, The Sill has got you and your plant needs covered. You'll find everything from orchids and succulents, to ferns and hanging picks, making it easy to choose the proper plant babies to complement your space.
Whether we're sprucing up bare walls, searching for an extra special birthday card, or want to upgrade up our home office setups, Minted offers home and paper goodies made by talented creatives across the globe. Growing up in five different countries and being exposed to local artists at every turn, Founder Mariam Naficy knew these talented artisans needed a place to showcase and profit off of their works. She started Minted in 2007 to solve these two issues: to create an e-commerce site that gave independent artists and writers a platform to showcase their works of art, and to expose the everyday shopper to one-of-a-kind, creatively-designed pieces they won't find anywhere else. From fine art, puzzles, and calendars, to tote bags and throw pillows, this design-forward site is pure happiness.
Lighting up our favorite candle and relaxing on the couch as the scent wafts the entire space is among one of our guilty pleasures. And that's what Otherland's founder Abigail Cook Stone had in mind when creating the clean-made, Instagram-friendly candle line. After getting her start as an art buyer at Ralph Lauren and completing her MBA, Stone wanted to combine her healthy obsession with candles and knack for design into one. In 2017, one year after mix and matching every fragrance, wick, and wax on the market, Stone launched Otherland, a line of toxin-free, aesthetically pleasing candles to liven up any room. Each wax-filled glass is also sustainably made, meaning you can repurpose it as a stylish holder for your makeup brushes, dishwasher pods, or chachkies when it's finished.
Serena & Lily
Famous for their sunny beach-aesthetic, gorgeous furniture, and dreamy vacation hues, Serena & Lily knows just how to produce the high-quality furniture pieces we need in our homes all year round. Started by design duo Serena Dugan and Lily Kanter in 2003, this coastal-inspired brand had quite an unusual beginning.
What initially began as a successful design collaboration for the duo on a line of baby nursery products, quickly began to expand. Finding amazing success, sold-out baby product lines soon became kids' furniture, which then flourished to become the beloved design-forward home furniture brand we know and love: Serena & Lily. From dreamy outdoor pieces to textured rugs and luxurious light fixtures, this beautiful brand has the ultimate on-point aesthetic.
Let's face it, we call afford to dial back our use of plastic, and S'well makes saving the environment just a little bit chicer. Sarah Kauss started S'well in 2010 to help minimize our dependence on single-use plastic bottles. At the time, sustainability wasn't exactly beautiful, so Kauss decided to reinvent the wheel, and create a stylish yet practical everyday thirst-quenching companion. What started with just a 17-ounce bottle has since expanded to a variety of sizes and into food storage, in all sorts of prints, colors, and textures to match your unique style. But what sets this water bottle apart from the rest is that it will keep liquids cold for up to 36 hours, or hot for up to 18. Perfect for lattes, morning cold brews, or fruit-infused waters, these bottles will change your life.
Aimed to re-invent the home sphere and make consumers more socially-aware, The Citizenry works with local artisans and honors their traditions to create high-quality, small-batch bedding that is made to last. College pals Carly Nance and Rachel Bentley started this socially-conscious bedding brand back in 2017 after feeling bogged down by the number of mass-produced home goods they'd find on their travels. Nance who came from a brand planning background, and Bentley, who came from a consulting background wanted to "simplify the process" and provide consumers with high-quality bedding at a lower price point.
Besides providing us with awesome bedding essentials like extremely cozy sheets, duvets, and warm wool blankets, The Citizenry commits to providing fare wages to all of its makers.
Johanna Howard Home
After years of working in the fashion industry for well-known brands like Gap, BCBG, and more, Swedish-born designer Johanna Howard combined her years of design expertise and passion for sustainable materials to create her brand, Johanna Howard Home. From hand-woven throws to hand-dyed pillows, each gorgeous piece from Howard's brand promotes local artistry, sustainability, and traditional craftsmanship.