According to Fundera.com, there are 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the US alone. Among them, 64 percent were founded by women of color. As women, we should support and hype each other up. So, this Women’s Month, let’s celebrate the women in fashion and business. We should not only support and celebrate women and female founders once a year. But rather, we should make a conscious decision to stand behind these amazing female founders and frontrunners.
We rounded up seven female of color founders we support and highlight this month. Keep reading to know more about them!
Ana Guimaraes launched Luxella Design during the pandemic to inspire her daughter to follow her dreams. The brand’s teen line, designed and handmade by her daughter, also shows that mission. Ana drew inspiration from her Mexican heritage, family, and love for nature. The jewelry brand, with its name translating to “light on her,” holds true to its mission of female empowerment. Ana also handcrafts all the styles using sustainable practices and materials.
Salone Monet is the founder and creative behind the color-inclusive nude shoe brand Salone Monet. Her lifelong passion for shoes turned her from a career as a political PR into a shoe designer. While working at a boutique, she realized the need for color equity amongst nude shoes. Salone learned shoemaking in Brooklyn, New York, where she made her first pair of nude heels from scratch. Her color-inclusive line has adorned the feet of Beyoncé Knowles, Gabrielle Union, and Keke Palmer among other influential people.
Julie Kuo migrated from Taiwan and grew up in a family that created the footwear company East Lion Corporation. Inspired to break through a male-dominated industry, she continued the legacy and started AVRE. Her brand aims to motivate other women to feel empowered to pursue their goals. The very footing of each AVRE shoe recognizes and celebrates every woman’s step towards an authentic, versatile, responsible, and empowered life. Julie also developed an innovative manufacturing and design process to produce AVRE footwear from recycled materials.
Ten Wilde is inspired by the founder’s personal style and multicultural background. The brand also reflects her motto: being refined in the undefined. Tenisha Wilde saw the need for quality jewelry at affordable prices. The all-gold jewelry line aims for versatility through trendy, yet timeless pieces. Tenisha creates every jewel with the multi-faceted woman in mind.
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Born and raised in Spain, Paola Sasplugas crafts her own jewelry from a young age. And, her love for design grew as she did. Paola’s Spanish heritage also plays a huge role in the designs and culture of her brand. In a way, PDPAOLA combines feminism, family, and fashion, creating a company and culture that empowers women around the world.
Ann Ko is the Creative Director and Designer of LA-based Liven Co., which sells contemporary fine jewelry. Coming from a Chinese-American family, she studied biochemistry in college. However, she quickly discovered her passion for creating and designing fine jewelry. She continually strives to create fresh pieces that incorporate her love for understated glam and appreciation of one-of-a-kind gemstones.
Born and raised in Bangladesh, Saima Chowdhury founded Grey State Apparel in 2015. The brand aims to provide an edited selection of relaxed luxury clothing that gives comfort, style, and a sense to calm confidence to a woman’s busy schedule. This female-owned-and-operated brand commits to keeping its environmental impact low.