Women Helping Women
This page is a special and ever-evolving space where I will highlight women-owned businesses.
To my way of thinking, there is no action more effective in changing the world than women helping each other.
TRADES OF HOPE
Trades of Hope is a company near and dear to my heart. I joined Trades of Hope as a Partner in October 2019 and could not be more blessed to be part of such an amazing company.
Founded in 2010, Trades of Hope markets fair trade jewelry and ethical fashion products made by artisans in 19 countries.
When you shop with Trades of Hope, you are empowering women, keeping families together, fighting trafficking and breaking the cycle of poverty.
Click the image on the left to learn more.
FRANCIS & BENEDICT
Francis & Benedict is one of my absolute favorite ethical fashion brands. As a sewist and maker myself, I am 100% ALL IN with the mission of this company.
In fact, I decided to join the company as an Advocate in January 2021!
In their words, F&B exists to empower and equip skilled Togolese seamstresses by providing them with dignified and sustainable employment.
Their handmade skirts blend American style with West African wax print textiles to create fashion forward apparel for the modern woman.
F&B has a mission to make a lasting global impact by using their love for people and fashion to change communities - one outfit at a time.
Click the image to check out this amazing company.
Elegantees was founded in 2010 by Katie Martinez. The mission of Elegantees is to restore hope to survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal through job creation.
From their website:
The sewing center employs nearly 20 people who earn a positive and livable source of income that reinforces independence, a healthy self-image, and confidence that restores lives.
Some of the pieces we offer through Trades of Hope are made by Elegantees. I own these pieces as well as others from their collection. Be sure to click the image to learn more about this company. And please keep them in mind when shopping for comfy, classic basics.
Sseko Designs was founded by Liz Forkiin Bohannon in 2009 as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women in Uganda so they could continue on to university.
The amazing story of how this all started is outlined in Liz' book, "Beginner's Pluck". I HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone who wants to have an impact but isn't sure how to get started. (And before you start panicking, you don't have to start an ethical fashion company to have an impact!)
Sseko carries many beautiful items and has expanded their impact beyond Uganda. I am planning to order a pair of their "signature" ribbon sandals this spring.
Click Liz' photo to go directly to her website and
click HERE to learn more about Sseko.
THE ROOT COLLECTIVE
The Root Collective is hands-down my favorite ethical shoe brand. I have a pair of their Blythe boots and wear them several times a week.
Founded by Bethany Tran, The Root Collective partners with small, independent workshops in Guatemala.
You can even customize your own pair of boots, and the fabrics used are woven by women artisans who are paid fairly for their incredible work! How cool is that?
Be sure to click the photo to check out this awesome company.
DINING FOR WOMEN
Dining for Women is a powerful community of women and allies engaged in education, advocacy, and grant making to build the movement for global gender equality.
DFW has hundreds of chapters across the U.S., where members come together to learn about issues impacting women and girls globally, give charitably to support organizations working to empower and create opportunities for women and girls globally, and advocate for international development aid that supports women’s interests.
I am thrilled to be starting a chapter of Dining For Women in 2021.
Be sure to click the image to go check out the DFW website.
Additionally, you can find information about DFW on my blog.
Proclaim is an inclusive nude lingerie line made in Los Angeles from earth conscious fabrics. I have not yet ordered anything from them, but I could not love this more.
This company merges environmental consciousness with representation. Brilliant! And much-needed!
Their fabric is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic water bottles.
Per their website, they are "expanding the definition of nude, one ethically made bra at a time."
Click image to shop and learn more.
I could not be more happy to promote my sweet friend, Stephanie, and her life coaching gig, Capture Kismet.
I have known Steph for years, so I can say, unequivocally, that she is one of the most genuine humans I have ever met.
I've been so blessed to participate in several of Steph's Women's Circles. Steph has a heart for elevating women and helping them discern their true north.
She does individual coaching, and I am certain that once the word gets out, the demand for her services will be great.
Please go check out her website by clicking her photo.
LIV BRAVE AF
Another shout-out to a REAL LIFE friend of mine, Jen, who owns Liv Brave Athletic Fashion. Jen and I have known each other for many years, and recently became reacquainted when we both participated in one of Steph's Women's Circle groups.
Jen recently launched both a mobile (Betsey the Bus) and brick and mortar boutique with the absolute cutest clothes and accessories.
I own several pieces from her and love them all so much. Be sure to click her photo to check out her website. (Fun fact: You MAY see a familiar face on her website. Just sayin')
While Nikki and I have never met in real life, I think we are kindred spirits. Nikki and I were both bloggers back in the day around the same time. I have always loved her aesthetic and general vibe. You can just tell she's good people!
Nikki has an Etsy shop called WHIMSYLove that I adore. One of my favorite things about Nikki's work is that it is always evolving so there are new iterations of it that pop up.
I own a piece of black-out poetry that she did for me as a custom work a few years ago after my cardiac arrest. I will be sure to share a photo of that here sometime.
Most recently, and as you can see in the photo, Nikki has started making the most yummy macrame plant hangers.
I purchased several minis from her to give as friend gifts this Christmas. I was heavily into macrame as a tween, so I adore this so much.
Be sure to click Nikki's photo to check out her shop.
MERCY HOUSE GLOBAL
When you say the phrase "world changer", Kristen Welch immediately comes to my mind. I've "known" Kristen on the web for at least a decade. Again, we were both bloggers back when blogging was a big deal.
I was and still am in awe of the ripple effects of one mom seeing a need, feeling a tug to help, and saying "Yes!" even when she had no idea where that would lead.
Kristen is the founder, with her husband and family, of Mercy House Global and Fair Trade Friday. What started as a way to help pregnant girls in Kenya has reached out globally to help empower and enable many people in need.
I am an "Earring of the Month" subscriber with Fair Trade Friday. Be sure to click the image to go see what all Kristen is up to in the world. Maybe there's a place where you can connect with her work.
I have "known" Meg of Sew Liberated virtually for at least a decade. Back in the day, she and I were both Montessori bloggers, writing about our work with the littlest learners.
I have always loved her vibe and her aesthetic. Meg is immensely talented, so it's no surprise that she has expanded her reach to include an indie sewing pattern line as well as an online course called "The Mindful Wardrobe Project". I received this course as a self-requested Christmas gift from my mom. What a treat!
Meg is passionate about promoting body positivity and helping women develop their unique style through wardrobe curation and creation. Be sure to click the image to browse what she has to offer. Also take a peek at her Instagram feed. It is the epitome of lovely and inspiring.