The best gifts are those that come with a good story. These items provide the opportunity to tell the stories of women-run businesses committed to building a better world through their work. The makers of these meaningful goods have demonstrated sincerity towards giving back, lifting people up, and protecting the planet. We like gifts like these that help us show love for our loved ones and for the people around the world who make them!
Katie went to Nepal and met survivors of sex trafficking. She wanted to help, so she quit her job and started a business in her bedroom. The purpose? Empower women overcoming sex trafficking with confidence and economic self-reliance. Six years later, Elegantees has grown and employs 20 women who earn a living wage and have educational advancement opportunities. Elegantees’ offices are in New York, where Katie lives with her husband and son — restoring lives one “elegant tee” at a time (the “tees” are actually a lot of cute tops of all kinds). Free shipping, returns, and exchanges.
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The Root Collective
The founder Bethany is so nice, with friendliness all wrapped up in a mild Southern accent. She aims to buck the trend of mass production by focusing on handcrafted quality. The Root Collective is making footwear so that people in the slums of Guatemala can lift themselves out of poverty. Every flat, every boot, every other Root Collective product is crafted by a real person, and Bethany can tell you all their names.
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RAW IS EVERYTHING
Jess started a blog with a friend, Beauty Lies Truth, because she wanted to share good skincare and makeup companies with others and warn people of the ones using harmful chemicals. Then, she realized that really NO company was capturing nature’s healing power in it’s most raw form. This all-woman team creates single ingredient skincare products allowing cold pressed, unrefined, biodynamic (i.e., real) oils to stand-alone. The single ingredient is sourced from producers around the globe. RAW is age-defying, moisturizing, healing, and protecting. RAW is revolutionary.
Founders Jessica and Ann wanted to create lasting social impact by selling products that create job opportunities. They soon realized that there are already many companies doing this well, so they created an online marketplace of artisan-made products instead. Enrou features carefully curated home goods and accessories that are made in safe working conditions and that offer living wages for the makers of the goods. They even tell you how many hours of dignified work each product took to make. That’s cool.
Brook, the founder, had a unique childhood. She learned to sew at age twelve and grew up on her parents’ organic farms. This inspired her to create an eco-fashion brand that combines her love for making clothes and sustainability. She aspires to make women feel confident and comfortable in feminine, natural lingerie. All Brook There garments are made in the USA. Organic cotton and silk fabrics are produced in South Carolina, dyed in Pennsylvania, and then cut and sewn in New England.
After years in the non-profit sector, Tavie packed her bags and moved from Denver to Cambodia. She seeks to invest in people – in the people who harvest materials, weave textiles, and handcraft garments. With this in mind, she launched MadeFAIR, an online platform to find Certified Fair Trade, sustainable, and eco-friendly fashion products. Most items are sourced from independent designers in Cambodia, but you can find products from across the globe.
Cover Photo: IG @enrou