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With a new season upon us, now is the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe. But if you already have a curated closet, why not turn that attention to your accessories?
Everyone knows that bags, jewelry and shoes can take an outfit to the next level, so March, which is Women’s History Month, is the perfect time to support a few women-founded accessory brands. Keep scrolling to get the scoop on seven women-founded companies that you should be shopping this month and beyond.
1. Waxing Poetic
Founded by Patti Pagliei Simpson
Jewelry brand Waxing Poetic is inspired by wax seals and the idea that jewelry is an extension of ourselves. From gorgeous charms with hidden meanings to personalized designs, Waxing Poetic creates beautiful, thoughtful pieces that are meant to help you feel connected to yourself and others. Every product design begins by hand and is made by artisans in Bali.
Founded by Emily Antonian Li Mandri
MLE is a unique accessories line that is based in New York. Founder Emily Antonian Li Mandri is a third-generation designer and uses her background in fashion and digital marketing to create her beautiful, made-to-order products. Bring home everything from silk sleep masks, jewelry, trendy hair accessories and eye-catching bags when you shop from MLE.
MLE Nodo Mini Clutch, $148
3. Dagne Dover
Founded by Melissa Shin Mash, Deepa Gandhi and Jessy Dover
Dagne Dover was founded by three women back in 2013 and its problem-solving bags have quickly become staples in many closets. The eco-friendly brand sells thoughtfully designed backpacks, fanny packs, duffels, crossbody bags and more in functional materials like neoprene and leather. FWIW: The Landon Carryall is a favorite of several In The Know editors.
Dagne Dover Landon Carryall, $110 – $230
4. Little Words Project
Founded by Adriana Carrig
Little Words Project designs bracelets that feature inspirational sayings and phrases that serve as a pick-me-up. Plus, you can register your bracelet with LWP and after you are ready to share your word with others, you can pass it on to someone else — you’re essentially paying good vibes forward! Buy whichever word you need right now and start your own personal stack.
Founded by Elisa Rossi and Serena Spinucci
Founded by a team of proud Italian women, Milaner works exclusively with Italian and French artisans to produce its sustainable, luxury goods. The brand offers everything from shoes and sunglasses to hats and wallets, but its real standouts are its handbags. Crafted with leather, suede and other high-quality materials, Milaner’s purses are timeless and totally worth a splurge.
Founded by Gretchen Hollingsworth
INK+ALLOY’s beautiful accessories are made in both Atlanta and by artisans in India. The female-founded brand uses materials like seed beads, lucite and wood to produce their colorful products, and they “combine centuries-old techniques like hand-beading and weaving with modern style.”
Founded by Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah
If you’re looking to streamline your closet, you’ll love Cuyana’s designs. The brand is all about intentional buying and designing products that will last — after all, Cuyana’s philosophy is “fewer, better.” While the brand sells purses, jewelry and some clothing, its small leather goods are so pretty and make for the perfect gift.
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