International Women's Day
Female-owned Austin businesses we love!
I love supporting female-owned businesses, especially those in my own backyard! In celebration of International Women’s Day, I’m sharing a few of my favorite Austin businesses owned by women. I know these women, love these women, and I love to support their endeavors! Maybe you'll love them, too!
HUICHOL LOVE jewelry is a partnership between Austin designer Jeri Lynn Ingram and the Huichol artisans in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. It is created with the intention of benefiting the Huichol people and spreading love for the Huichol culture. The Huichol are considered to be one of the last surviving pre-Columbian cultures in the world and, like many indigenous peoples around the globe that are facing modernity, their vibrant culture is in danger of vanishing. The creation of HUICHOL LOVE jewelry helps provide opportunities for Huichol people to remain in their homeland while utilizing their traditional skills to sustain themselves. I have several pieces myself and love gifting them to my friends.
Purse & Clutch
Purse & Clutch is also founded by a girl-chemist turned entrepreneur, Jen Lewis, so she holds a special place in my heart. Purse & Clutch is a socially conscious handbag brand working to break the cycle of poverty by connecting people to talented artisans in Guatemala, Mexico, and Ethiopia. Their mission is to help support sustainable, long-term employment for men & women with limited opportunities. They believe that good fashion is as much about the maker as it is about the finished product. Working directly with the dedicated artisans in a collaborative process, Purse & Clutch’s handbags are one-of-a-kind beautiful and unique blends of cultures. One of my favorite P&C products is the camera strap. Mine’s been far and wide and is holding up like a champ!
The Onikas is a sustainable textile company that collaborates with global artisans to produce beautiful goods. As a partnership between childhood friends, Jonnyka Bormann and Veronica Pesantes, they believe in preserving cultural heritage by supporting the production of traditional crafts like the art of block printing and weaving. They also encourage and embody a lifestyle of slow living in consumption, production, and being.
Kristen Saksa Juen ceramics
Kristen Saksa Juen creates modern, organic ceramic planters, bowls, plates, and vases by hand from slabs of clay. She designs each of her ceramic creations without patterns or guidelines so that each piece grows into its own character and qualities, making them the perfect addition to unique spaces. Her mugs are a favorite of mine.
Ibekwe Law helps intentional women prepare effective wills, trusts, and legal documents so that they and their families are protected in the event of death or an unexpected emergency. Ifeoma (Iffy) Ibekwe believes that every woman deserves a plan to legally protect herself and loved ones, which is why she started her own practice to assist other women who want to experience peace and secure a legacy for their families—just in case. Her superpower is helping other superwomen keep their loved ones secure—no matter the circumstance. You might remember Iffy from our previous blog post - she’s a huge supporter of Remnant Studios and all women out there living their purpose.