On the short list of brands straying away from jewelry industry norms, names like Brooklyn-based Bernard James and Omi Woods are close to the top. The likes of jeweler and designer Trecy Bleich are experimenting with new materials and nostalgic silhouettes that will work well in your everyday lineup. For something custom, you can’t go wrong with Maggi Simpkins—the talent behind Sotheby’s million dollar ring—and many other bespoke pieces. Read ahead for a breakdown of all the 15 Black-owned jewelry brands on the market that are working to shift the narrative surrounding fine jewelry, along with shoppable options for your perusing pleasure.

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Bernard James

Brooklyn-based designer Bernard James is all about creating new-age heirlooms for the next generation. Every piece is handcrafted locally in New York City and emits an air of luxury that makes it both a great accessory for everyday and a work of art for your personal archives. Standout styles include the brand’s nature-inspired ‘Flora’ collection and chain-link pieces that have all the makings to become your new signature staples.

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Macro Link Bracelet

Mixed metals have never looked so chic.

Omi Woods

As the moniker suggests, Omi Woods is inspired by founder Ashley Alexis McFarlene’s Jamaican-Ashanti-Indigneous-Maroon heritage. (“Omi” means “water” in Yoruba). The label offers pieces that are meant to be collected and eventually passed down through your lineage. Crafted using solid gold sourced from small-scale artisanal mines, Omi Woods focuses on fair wages and production techniques that has a minimal impact on the environment.

The Ethiopian Coptic Cross Necklace

It’s great for layering with similar chain pendants.

Mateo

For those that aren’t yet familiar with Mateo’s minimally chic designs, it’s time to get acquainted. The Jamaican-born designer and son of a seamstress creates fine jewelry inspired by crisp, clean lines and modern art. Making use of precious metals, diamonds, and other gemstones, the collections are meant to be equal parts approachable and elevated.

14KT Small Pearl Dot Hoops

Definitely not your grandmother’s pearls.

Talley and Twine

Watch brand Talley & Twine operates outside of the norms of the industry. Creating attainable, yet competitive designs that are wearable for everyday, the label is all about inspiring those in the community and paying homage to its roots. (It’s named after an intersection in the founder’s hometown in Virginia).

5.0 star rating 25 Reviews Mother of Pearl

For your ever-growing timepiece collection.

Made by Malyia

You may recognize the name Made by Malyia from the brand’s ornate partnership with the Natural Diamond Council and campaign star Ana de Armas. But designer Malyia McNaughton is revered among her fanbase for her more accessible spiral earrings that were everywhere, including on Isa Rae during HBO’s Insecure run. Other notable pieces include a coordinating spiral ring and any of the ornate items from her collection with the NDC.

Ten Wilde

As seen on the likes Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid, Ten Wilde makes everyday options that are reminiscent of fine jewelry collections, making it perfect for test-driving a trend before fully committing. Yellow gold lovers will appreciate the brand’s use of the classic metal throughout the entirety of its lineup. Founded in 2016 by Tenisha Wilde, the brand is a direct reflection of her personal style.

Marquise Charms Choker

Balance your more ornate pieces with Ten Wilde’s marquise charm choker.

Trecy Bleich Jewelry

What sets Trecy Bleich’s jewelry apart from the pack? Her use of unexpected materials and almost Tetris-like designs. Colorful yet minimal, the playful pieces are perfect for those with a more pared-back aesthetic. Plus, they look just as great stacked with similar styles as they do when worn solo.

Leona dangles (long)

Drop earrings for a range of occasions.

Harwell Godfrey

Established by Lauren Harwell Godfrey, the brand is centered around beautiful pieces that hold sentimental value. Each piece is crafted from precious metals, vivid enamel, along with geometric engravings that are inspired by the designer’s expansive collection of vintage African textiles. Some of the brand’s featured pieces include beaded, stone necklaces with gold pendants.

18-karat Gold multi-stone Necklace

We Dream In Colour

Skillfully-crafted and a little over the top, We Dream In Colour’s nature-inspired designs are a tribute to founder Jade Gedeon’s Caribbean roots. The brand wants customers to feel like they’re sifting through the best finds at an estate sale every time that they open their jewelry box. Color not really your thing? There are plenty of all-gold options to choose from as well.

Little Laelia Orchid Earrings

Florals for spring? These actually feel groundbreaking.

Almasika

Almasika is a brand of the world. Founded in London by Catherine Sarr, debuted in Paris and based in Chicago, the artful line embraces global traditions and uses universal symbols that spans across cultures. Its curvy pieces have been seen on the likes of Lizzo, Alicia Keys, and Reese Witherspoon to name a few.

Sagesse Stella Bracelet

For your stacking pleasure.

Only Made

If you’re a fan of asymmetric jewelry pieces, Only Made is the New York-based brand worth having on your radar. From colorful resin earrings, to pearl name chokers and everything in between, the label is just further proof that fine jewelry can be just as fun as it is chic and polished. (It’s worth mentioning that it just expanded into handbags, t00.)

The Papa Earring

The bold colors are giving ’80s glam.

Lauren Newton

Lauren Newton is a zoologist turned jewelry designer from Brooklyn whose eponymous label focuses on edgy details. Inspired by her background in science, the creative is all about self expression and drawing influence from nature. Popular styles include kitschy gold charms and agate-inspired tabs to create a custom necklace.

 

Khadijah Fulton, a Parson’s alum, founded White Space as a way to offer approachable yet distinct designs that are meant to be cherished for years. The Los Angeles-based brand puts a modern spin on classic pieces that will last in your arsenal of fine jewelry.

Pearl Moon Half-Hoops, Pink

These hoops are a game-changer.

Dan-Yell

Fine jewelry has a reputation for containing clean lines and crisp edges, but Dan-Yell’s designs are the epitome of imperfectly perfect. Delicate and modest with tactile finishes, the collections offer a subtle nod to the past, making each piece both timeless and of the times. Founded by Danyell Rascoe in Brooklyn, the line is made entirely from 10K gold and sterling silver for longevity.

Luar Ruby Hoops

Your earscape just got a little more interesting.

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NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK – Elber Bekdas inspecting a timepiece for authenticity in New Jersey.

Labelle Jewelry

The concept of product placement in film and TV is not new. Brands have aimed to be featured in high-profile pieces of content for a long time.

James Bond with its allegiances to Aston Martin and Omega, Nike in Back To The Future, and Wilson in Cast Away. The jewelry industry specifically is going through some sort of a renaissance in film and TV with a string of notable features.

Cartier had a slew of appearances in the Oscar-nominated Don’t Look Up starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep. The latter had a few scenes wearing a Trinity de Cartier ring with matching earrings of the same brand.

Cate Blanchett and Tyler Perry play news anchors in the film. An interview with Leonardo DiCaprio’s character reveals Brie Evantee (Blanchett) to be wearing a Clash De Cartier necklace in rose gold.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Tyler Perry, Scott Stuber, Jennifer Lawrence, Tomer Sisley, … [+] Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Himesh Patel, Kid Cudi, Adam McKay, Ron Perlman, Kira Goldberg, Kevin Messick, and Paul Guilfoyle attend the “Don’t Look Up” World Premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 05, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Netflix)

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Another scene with DiCaprio in a subsequent interview showed his character wearing a Cartier Tank Solo Watch.

Elber Bekdas aka Al The Jeweler, CEO of Labelle Jewelry, said on current industry machinations:

“It’s important to try and take a different approach and stand out as much as you can. Having your products on-screen in front of millions of viewers is always going to be a plus.”

“You would certainly think that in this instance the jewelry house would pay the production to be featured, rather than the other way around.”

Bekdas has provided unique jewelry products to athletes and other public figures, such as Jaxon Hayes (NBA), Cordarrelle Patterson (NFL), and Giannis Antetokounmpo (NBA).

Though, his most famous work was with Stefon Diggs (NFL). The jeweler created a Starbucks chain that featured more than 1,000 emeralds and VS diamonds, the piece reportedly took over a month to complete.

Simple product placement is usually seen as the most straightforward way to incorporate a brand feature but sometimes the brand is the focal point of the entire film or TV show.

In 2018’s Ocean’s 8, we see an all-female group of heist artists set about to steal a Cartier necklace named The Toussaint. A replica was used on set for which Anne Hathaway wore.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 01: Royal Warrant Holders Cartier The Jewellers Shop In Bond … [+] Street London.circa 1990s (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

An upcoming high profile jewelry brand inclusion is Piaget, the official jewelry and watch provider for The 355 starring industry heavyweights, Lupita Nyong’o, Fan Bingbing, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger. Jewelry this time is laced within the storyline as a useful item through which gadgets can be utilized.

Bekdas added: “There’s a lot of competition in the industry. Different designs, and using key projects or people for marketing, are some of the few ways to stand apart. Custom pieces are always great also, it can give a project or a person a sense of original identity that can help a brand stand apart.”

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8) I’ve reached out to female founders in the fashion world to highlight their successful businesses and get their insights on what makes them feel empowered. Keep reading to learn about some amazing female-founded fashion labels and get their advice on how to make it as women in the entrepreneur world.

Blackbough Founder & CEO Jemina Ty

Blackbough Founder & CEO Jemina Ty

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Blackbough Swim Jemina Ty is a 27-year-old Filipina who built Blackbough from her bedroom after noticing a lack of affordable, well-made bikinis in the market. Since selling her bikini designs to friends, her business has grown exponentially and now counts celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Lucy Hale, and Vanessa Hudgens as fans.

What makes you feel empowered?

JEMINA TY: I love being able to create clothing that I want to wear! Bringing my ideas to life and turning them into reality feels really empowering. Brainstorming and experimenting are crucial parts of my process, and seeing women all over the world look amazing in my designs fuels my drive to improve my products and craft.

How do you use your business to inspire women and lift up others?

JT: I’m proud to say that women have always led Blackbough Swim, and women make up a vital majority of our current team. In fact, our workforce is 97% women. We believe that women’s leadership and creativity are essential in modern business, so we’re always encouraging our female team members to speak up and share their ideas. I also make sure to invest in my team members through benefits like health insurance and mental health support, flexible work arrangements, and upskilling opportunities.

Building a safe and inclusive space for women through our business is essential to me, and that includes our professional interactions with other partners. Blackbough also supports several women-centered charities, including our long-time partner Tahanan Sta. Luisa (an organization that cares for homeless, orphaned, or abandoned female youth) and our weaving community in the Ilocos Sur province. We also work with women-led businesses like Frasier Sterling and talents like Barbara Kristoffersen.

Our goal with Blackbough is to build a brand that’s not only beloved for its products but also for its position as a voice for women all over the world to dream big, take up space, do great things, and lead.

What is a favorite product of yours at the moment and why?

JT: The Tona Top and Maui Bottoms are my forever faves. The classic twist top and sporty-cheeky bottoms were some of our first designs back in 2017, right when Blackbough started. These styles instantly became a hit, and I absolutely swear by them! They’re what I’d quickly grab from my closet every time I want a no-frills bikini set. I especially love this combo in unique prints that evoke positive emotions just by looking at it. I’m currently obsessed with the Tona and Maui in some of our newest designs, like Sour Slush, a psychedelic print we commissioned from a female artist, and Wild Petunia and Secret Garden, which are dainty, nature-inspired prints.

Beginning March 1, 2022, Blackbough Swim will engage in a year-long partnership with Tahanan Sta. Luisa, an organization that cares for homeless, orphaned, and abandoned female youth in the Philippines. From March 1-8, 2022, they will be donating $1 for every piece purchased from their Good Stuff collection. Blackbough Swim will be sending care packages to assist with their daily operations throughout the year. These packages will contain food, vitamins, hygiene products, COVID-19 essentials, and recreational materials like badminton equipment.

Brilliant Earth Co-Founder & CEO Beth Gerstein

Brilliant Earth Co-Founder & CEO Beth Gerstein

Brilliant Earth When Brilliant Earth co-founder Beth Gerstein got engaged, she and her fiancé struggled to find engagement rings that were ethically sourced and made, so she launched her own ethically sourced fine jewelry business.

What makes you feel empowered?

BETH GERSTEIN: Acting with intention through decision making; one of our core brand pillars is bias toward action: when you see an opportunity, seize the moment and go for it. To foster opportunity and growth, it is important to set a company culture around ownership and creating a safe environment where others are not afraid to fail. As a mission-driven brand, when I see Brilliant Earth making an impact, I feel empowered to continue in our efforts to drive change. On a personal level, being heard and having the freedom to learn from my failures has been integral to my growth and is empowering.

How do you use your business to inspire women and lift up others?

BG: It is important to me that my company is driven by strong female leaders where we can learn and grow from each other. Whether it’s hiring or promoting women for leadership positions or cultivating a majority female Board of Directors, we’ve worked hard to have an inspiring environment that encourages other females to excel. Fostering female talent by identifying potential early on, coaching and providing growth opportunities are key to paving the way for future senior female leaders.

We also demonstrate this is a priority for our company by promoting female empowerment in our non-profit efforts—including our Moyo gems initiative which supports female gemstone miners in Tanzania.

What is a favorite product of yours at the moment and why?

BG: Our newest collection and one I’m most excited about is our The Wildflower Collection which features engagement rings, wedding bands and fine jewelry with an expansive offering of hand-selected gemstones. This collection comes at the perfect time to usher in the biggest wedding season, it’s filled with vibrant pops of color and unique design intricacies. We know our customers will love this fresh take and latest addition to our nature-inspired jewelry assortment.

BYCHARI Founder Chari Cuthbert

BYCHARI Founder Chari Cuthbert

BYCHARI Established in 2012, BYCHARI is a reflection of designer Chari Cuthbert’s approach to life and style. Chari recognized her rare approach to fashion, she had pared down her closet to simple, high quality investment pieces that she made her own with layered fine jewelry. Often passed down from women in her family or found on her travels, each piece told a story and became a way to redefine minimal style.

What makes you feel empowered?

CHARI CUTHBERT: The very fact that I built BYCHARI from the ground up with my own two hands still amazes me to this day. From pushing myself to enter a male-dominated industry with confidence to single-handedly learning about every aspect of production, I am empowered by my own story and hope to inspire others in the same way. I am grateful to have an amazing team of women behind me and could not be where I am today without them.

How do you use your business to inspire women and lift up others?

CC: I strive to support women of all backgrounds, both in my personal life and through BYCHARI. Gender wage inequality is unfortunately still present and prevalent in 2022; Hiring an all-female team has not only equalized the playing field but has empowered us all to work together and grow BYCHARI beyond our wildest dreams.

What is a favorite product of yours at the moment and why?

CC: While I love to change up my Jewelry every day, my BYCHARI Diamond Initial Necklace is my favorite piece at the moment. Every day, I wear the initials of somebody very special to me. No matter how far away they may be, I still have a piece of them with me wherever I go.

CAMILLA Founder Camilla Franks

CAMILLA Founder Camilla Franks

CAMILLA Camilla Franks, the mastermind behind Aussie luxury lifestyle brand CAMILLA, is one of Australia’s leading fashion designers and is celebrated globally for her artistic, innovative and intricate designs that weave in stories from her travels abroad and imaginative escapism. Since launching her eponymous label in 2004, the brand has since grown into a global print house with a unique aesthetic that’s instantly recognizable and with storytelling at heart of its designs.

What makes you feel empowered?

CAMILLA FRANKS: Taking risks! There’s magic in trusting your intuition, in unbridled creativity galloping free on the plains of opportunity. No matter how ridiculous my ideas first seem, they’re grounded in key values and instinct, and fearlessly following them down unfamiliar paths usually leads to success. That is incredibly empowering! It’s terrifying at times, but staying true to myself is incredibly empowering. I like getting uncomfortable to get comfortable.

In 18 years of concocting CAMILLA, I’ve never done things the expected way. I directed an opera for my first runway show celebrating women of all different ages, shapes, and sizes. I launched new boutiques in the US and Australia during a worldwide pandemic, and some

called me crazy, but with faith in the joyous power of print, launched new categories like wallpaper, surfboards, pet beds, and crockery.

Empowerment is found in hurling caution to the wind, in deep faith that the universe rewards bravery. Sucking the marrow out of life makes me feel empowered!

How do you use your business to inspire women and lift up others?

CF: I always wanted CAMILLA to be a symbol of love, joy, and inclusivity, for every person who wears us. Our vision for the brand stretches far beyond the walls of the design studio. Our dream is to drive change for future generations and create a brighter future for all.

I’m proud that we’re now renowned not just for our products, but for our community. A human collective of all ages, genders, shapes, colors, abilities, lifestyles, faiths, and sexualities. Just wearing our prints, and the stories they celebrate, can make strangers friends, connected in instant recognition of the values they share.

I strive to use my voice and our platforms to fortify this community; our family – to share inspiring stories, to educate and encourage action in this world, and come together supportively. Even my boutique styling angels have their own Facebook accounts, to extend the connection they have with our customers in-store—many of whom gravitate to us in times of trauma, illness, insecurity, and loss. We are all warriors, stronger together!

CAMILLA has long-running charitable partnerships that tackle domestic violence, child marriage, breast cancer, cultural change, ethics, and sustainability across the globe, and we are conscious of learning to adapt as the world evolves.

In a noisy world, it’s important to raise your voice only to lift people up.

What is a favorite product of yours at the moment and why?

After an enchanted white winter spent in Wales, I’m SO ready for warmer days ahead spent marinating in the sun in crystal-embellished swimsuits and kaftans, and by night, I’m into printed silk party dresses, catsuits, jumpsuits, whimsical wovens…more is more, darling!

Our mother, Mother Nature, our planet needs to be nurtured. This is why our swimsuits are now made of 100% recycled ECONYL which is regenerated nylon, crafted from waste materials that would otherwise end up polluting our majestic planet.

My primal need to protect Mother Earth was born on the sands of Bondi Beach with the inception of CAMILLA. We dance to the rhythm of her beating heart, and our ode to her plays through our sustainable swimwear collection, and how we choose to live our lives with purpose.

Frasier Sterling Founder Frasier Sterling

Frasier Sterling Frasier launched her accessory line out of her apartment when she was just 20 years old. The accessible jewelry brand has only grown since 2011 and now counts celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid amongst its fans.

What makes you feel empowered?

FRASIER STERLING: I’m currently eight months pregnant with my first baby and running Frasier Sterling. Running my own business has always been so rewarding, however doing it while eight months pregnant has me feeling extra empowered at the moment!

How do you use your business to inspire women and lift up others?

FS: Frasier Sterling has a following that’s made up of mostly Gen-Z females. That said, we are very active on social and find it extremely important to lead by example! Promoting kindness, self-love and confidence to our young audience is a key tenant of our messaging. We also actively support and encourage our followers to support various charities and nonprofits. This month for International Women’s Day we are donating 10% of our sales to Girls Inc — an organization focused on mentor relationships, breaking the cycle of poverty and equipping young girls to become role models in their community.

What is a favorite product of yours at the moment and why?

FS: I’m currently coveting my Shine On Custom Diamond Name Plate Necklace from our fine jewelry collection. It is the perfect nameplate for everyday wear. Mine says my baby’s name on it, so it’s extra special to me!

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Frasier Sterling will donate 10% of all sales made on Tuesday, March 8.

HEYMAEVE Founder Alicia Sandve

HEYMAEVE Founder Alicia Sandve

HEYMAEVE Singapore-based, Alicia Sandve created jewelry and lifestyle brand HEYMAEVE to use the business as a platform to touch lives, empower women through its community, & give back to causes dear to Alicia’s heart particularly non-profit organizations that work for sexual assault survivors like herself.

What makes you feel empowered?

ALICIA SANDVE: My voice. I grew up generally pretty timid and always afraid to speak my mind. However, many life experiences as an adult became huge learning lessons for me that caused a shift in how I’ve chosen to live my life. In 2019, I was sexually assaulted, and for the first time in my life, I knew that if I did not speak up for myself, no one would. That process led me to go up against a flawed legal system not necessarily designed to protect women in these situations, as well as a large investment bank that tried to intimidate me into “going away” because the perpetrator worked for them.

I sat in rooms first with the police, then with this investment bank’s HR & legal counsel multiple times throughout this process advocating and fighting for myself. It was extremely painful & uncomfortable, especially having to share intimate details about what happened to me first to a male cop, then to a room full of people who really did not have my interest at heart, but the company’s. What they wanted was for me to “disappear” and to “stop talking”. I knew though my voice was all I had, so I pushed through the pain and continued to advocate and fight for myself. Even though the outcome of it all was not entirely favorable, I know that I stood up for myself every step of the way, and I gave a good fight.

Today, I continue to speak about what happened to me and hope that one day I will be able to hold the people involved who did not do the right thing, accountable. The fact that my voice still gives me that power today, makes me feel empowered. I am a mother to 2 beautiful little girls, Emma & Elizabeth, and I am proud to tell them this story one day. Hopefully, I have set a positive example for them to know that each and every one of us deserves to be heard, and if people don’t hear you, make them.

How do you use your business to inspire women and lift up others?

AS: I started HEYMAEVE less than a year after everything happened as a way to heal from everything I had gone through from the sexual assault. I was really struggling to come back from it, to go back to a somewhat normal life where I wasn’t doubtful or distrusting of everything and everyone around me. I knew though, that I needed to take back control of my life. I couldn’t allow what happened to define me. That was when I decided that I was going to pick myself back up and turn this painful experience into one that I could use to help educate and empower other women around sexual assault. I also knew that the only way I would be able to contribute financially to these causes was if I was able to build a business that could support that.

To be able to help others is very healing, and also the very reason why giving back is a key value of the HEYMAEVE brand. We donate $1 from every order through our site to 1 of 3 nonprofit organizations of our customer’s choice. The 3 nonprofits are women-focused, Educate A Girl, Empower Survivors, Build A Woman’s Future. This is facilitated by i=change to ensure transparency for all donations. We also work with nonprofit Destiny Rescue, which carries out rescue missions all over the world to rescue children from human trafficking. More often than not, these children are trafficked for sex work. We also sponsor 2 young girls in Bali, Indonesia through Bali Children’s Project where we pay for their education & expenses until they graduate high school.

HEYMAEVE is a jewelry lifestyle brand, but we are so much more than that. We are a brand with heart—a heart for people, for our customers, and a company that is willing to use our platform to be a voice for those who aren’t heard. It is also very important to us that our customers genuinely feel appreciated and loved by us. Like it says on all our jewelry boxes our customers receive, “Just like this piece of jewelry, you are also beautifully made.”

What is a favorite product of yours at the moment and why?

AS: My favorite piece of jewelry at the moment is definitely our Heiress Ring. It is beautiful, luxurious, yet affordable. This ring went viral on Instagram a few months back and has become our best-selling piece of jewelry from our entire line. The Heiress Ring is also a part of our #WESTANDWITHUKRAINE collection, where 20% of the proceeds from all styles in this collection will go to Global Empowerment Mission until March 12, to support humanitarian relief for the crisis in Ukraine. That makes it all the more special.

JMP The Label Co-Founder Juliette Porter

JMP The Label Co-Founder Juliette Porter

JMP The Label Siesta Key star Juliette Porter built her loyal following of over 780,000 fans on Instagram into her customer base when she launched JMP The Label in January 2021.

What makes you feel empowered?

JULIETTE PORTER: I feel empowered by building this brand from the ground up and watching it grow. Launching a brand can be really intimidating, but constantly working towards your goals and putting your heart into your business is a special feeling. For a while, I didn’t have the confidence to take that leap until I met my partners. Surrounding yourself with knowledgeable people in an industry will give you the confidence to keep pushing forward. I think the number one inhibitor in starting businesses is not knowing where to begin but getting over that fear is so empowering.

How do you use your business to inspire women and lift up others?

JP: I always had a passion for swimwear and fashion, but creating products that have such positive feedback and allow women to feel positive in their own skin is something I never saw coming. Swimwear can be a difficult part of a person’s wardrobe because it’s vulnerable, so for customers to feel good in our bikinis and one-pieces means we’re helping rid the sometimes-uncomfortable sentiments towards swimwear. I believe swimwear is more than just a beautiful design with a unique cut — you must also feel confident in what you’re wearing to love a bathing suit. Our goal is to create pieces that allow women to channel that inner confidence and feel beautiful inside and out.

What is a favorite product of yours at the moment and why?

JP: My favorite products are always pieces that haven’t been released yet because I get so excited while designing and can’t wait for others to see them. We’re about to release a white crochet bikini with colorful beads sewn in. This piece was inspired by the upcoming festival season and my obsession with a lot of color.

Logan Hollowell Jewelry Founder Logan Hollowell

Logan Hollowell Jewelry Logan Hollowell, founder and designer of Logan Hollowell Jewelry, designs collections that encompass ancient wisdom, magic, and inspiration from the universe, always visualizing the spiritual impact and healing effect that a piece will have on its wearer.

What makes you feel empowered?

LOGAN HOLLOWELL: Feeling in control of my own destiny makes me feel empowered. Taking action towards achieving my goals and dreams – having a vision! Having a strong guidance system and being able to give and receive support when I need it. Having discipline and holding out for the things I desire the most. The ability to set boundaries for myself and others. I love to empower myself by listening to my inner voice – and taking good care of my physical well-being. Reading, remaining curious, and always learning as a student of life. Being able to support philanthropic efforts through my company empowers me – knowing that we can do what we love, have fun, create art, AND help others all at the same time!

How do you use your business to inspire women and lift up others?

LH: My goal is to touch hearts and souls through my mission, designs, and message. I love to support other women-owned companies; I realize that we are setting an example for each other and I truly believe that when we lift each other up, we grow! I strive to educate and inspire women on how to further love themselves and support one another through our marketing

What is a favorite product of yours at the moment and why?

LH: At the moment it is all about the emeralds. Queen emerald rings and the emerald Cuban link pieces. I truly feel like every empowered goddess needs an emerald in her repertoire. It is the stone of unconditional love and abundance. Think of green as growth. Like a lush green forest, full of life. Green is the color of the heart chakra energy center, and I couldn’t think of a better stone to have in one’s life to heal and attract more love and abundance. It was first discovered in ancient Egypt (full of magic) and Cleopatra’s favorite stone…and we love her.

MONROW Co-Founders Michelle Wenke and Megan George

MONROW Co-Founders Michelle Wenke and Megan George

MONROW Michelle Wenke and Megan George met while getting their BFAs at Otis College of Art and Design, and after several years in the fashion industry, the two joined forces to launch MONROW.

What makes you feel empowered?

MICHELLE WENKE: People’s ideas and personalities keep me inspired which ultimately makes me feel empowered.

MEGAN GEORGE: I feel empowered working with people, exchanging ideas and skills and working together to build something.

How do you use your business to inspire women and lift up others?

MW: Trying to make one step out of the day easier and make you feel good with what you wear.

MG: Hopefully MONROW makes women feel comfortable and confident and when we feel this way we are able to put our best self forward.

What is a favorite product of yours at the moment and why?

MW: I am living in our new poplin shirts and super soft sweater sets.

MG: My favorite thing from MONROW right now is our Men’s military jacket. I wear my husband’s size medium pretty much every day. It’s oversized and lightweight. It’s the perfect trans-seasonal jacket. It’s cool and casual and oh so classic MONROW.

To celebrate International Women’s day, MONROW is donating 20% of the proceeds from the ‘Women’s Day Athletic Tee’ to the Downtown Women’s Center.

RESA Founder Suzanne Marchese

RESA Founder Suzanne Marchese

RESA Suzanne Marchese started selling dresses online and working out of her Venice Beach apartment in 2015. RESA is now sold on sites like Revolve in addition to its e-commerce site.

What makes you feel empowered?

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SUZANNE MARCHESE: What makes me feel empowered is helping others. I always try to offer any guidance or input especially if it’s a career path I’ve experienced before. When I look back on my days starting in manufacturing and design, it would have helped me tremendously to have someone give me their advice. To have others benefit from my past mistakes is empowering knowing this can make a difference throughout another women’s journey. This industry is not about competition, there is enough to go around for everyone to be successful. When women stick together anything is possible!

How do you use your business to inspire women and lift up others?

SM: I try and create pieces to make women feel confident and beautiful. My overall brand includes pieces that are effortless that you can throw on no matter what the occasion is. Whether it’s running a quick errand or on a night out, I want women to feel comfortable and at their best all the time.

What is a favorite product of yours at the moment and why?

SM: Gosh, that is hard! I would say the Noelle Maxi is 100% my favorite dress, especially in our new knit version. The adjustable cut out feature is sexy and classy, complimenting every body type. It’s a statement piece that can be dressed up for any event or dress down with flats. It’s our best seller for a reason!

Sanctuary Co-Founder & Chief Creative Director Debra Polanco

Sanctuary Co-Founder & Chief Creative Director Debra Polanco

Sanctuary Chief Creative Director Debra Polanco Debra Polanco and her husband launched Sanctuary in 1997 with the goal of creating a line that merges the laid-back style of California and effortless cool of New York for a label that provides versatile everyday clothing for its customers.

What makes you feel empowered?

DEBRA POLANCO: Working on and completing a project as a team and seeing the final result come together from an idea is so gratifying.

How do you use your business to inspire women and lift up others?

DP: We have a great team of predominantly women in the design room. I love to bring out the best in the team by inspiring them with examples. Sanctuary also supports organizations that empower women with #sanctuarygivesback initiatives.

What is a favorite product of yours at the moment and why?

DP: One of my favorite products right now is our rebel pants in either camo or solid. It’s a great fun fashion cargo.

SKATIE Co-Founders Mandi Glynn and Skatie Noyes

SKATIE Co-Founders Mandi Glynn and Skatie Noyes

SKATIE SKATIE co-founders Mandi Glynn and Skatie Noyes met in 2011 while studying at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. 5 years later, they launched SKATIE directly on Instagram and since then have been devoted to designing sustainable, ethically-made clothing.

What makes you feel empowered?

MANDI GLYNN & SKATIE NOYES: We feel most empowered by the community that has blossomed within our brand. We have an amazing team of hardworking women; lifting them up to help them achieve their goals within and outside the brand is what drives us. Our business wouldn’t be possible without each and every one of them supporting us and lifting each other up. Outside our core team, a wonderful community of women who love our brand has grown on Instagram and TikTok. Seeing their reactions to trying our pieces on for the first time—their excitement and ease, feeling gorgeous in their own skin—is what gets us out of bed each morning.

How do you use your business to inspire women and lift up others?

MG&SN: Swimwear especially is a very personal item of clothing. We do our best to be inclusive of all body types and make pieces that women feel good in. We work in a business that inherently revolves around feeling good in your own skin, so seeing our customers get that feeling in the things that we make is our greatest achievement.

What is a favorite product of yours at the moment and why?

MG&SN: For the both of us, our basics are our everyday staples. Each piece is meant to be worn together to make the most comfortable yet chic outfits. Hardly a day goes by that we don’t reach for at least one of these pieces, whether it’s to wear out or to the office.