Step Up Your Spring Looks With These 7 Women-Owned Accessory Brands


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With a new season upon us, it’s the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe. But if you already have an organized wardrobe, why not bring 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 accessory brands founded by women. women. Keep scrolling to get the inside scoop on seven women-founded businesses you should buy this month and beyond.

1. Poetic hair removal
Founded by Patti Pagliei Simpson

The jewelry brand Waxing Poetic is inspired wax seals and the idea that jewelry is an extension of ourselves. From gorgeous charms with hidden meanings to custom designs, Waxing Poetic creates beautiful, thoughtful pieces that are meant to help you feel connected to yourself and others. Each product design starts by hand and is made by artisans in Bali.

Poetic Rose Compass Pendant Waxing Winds$114

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2. MLE
Founded by Emily Antonian Li Mandri

MLE is a unique accessories line 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 beautiful bespoke products. Bring home everything from silk sleep masks, jewelry, fashionable hair accessories and eye-catching bags when you shop at MLE.

MLE Nodo Mini Pouch$148

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3. Dagne Dover
Founded by Melissa Shin Mash, Deepa Gandhi and Jessy Dover

Dagne Dover was founded by three women in 2013 and its problem solving bags have quickly become staples in many closets. The eco-friendly brand sells well-crafted backpacks, fanny packs, duffel bags, shoulder bags and more in functional materials like neoprene and leather. FWIW: Landon tote is a favorite of several In The Know editors.

Dagne Dover Landon Tote$110 – $230

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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. Additionally, you can register your wristband with LWP and once you’re ready to share your word with others, you can pass it on to someone else – you’re basically spread good vibes! Buy the word you need right now and start your own personal stack.

Little Words Strength Project – Belle$25

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5. Milanese
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 products. The brand offers everything from shoes and sunglasses to hats and wallets, but its real strengths are its handbags. Made with high quality leather, suede and other materials, Milaner handbags are timeless and it’s really worth it.

Milaner The Ziza Wonder Hobo$495

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Founded by Gretchen Hollingsworth

INK+ALLOY’s beautiful accessories are made both Atlanta and by artisans in India. The women-founded brand uses materials such as seed beads, lucite and wood to craft their colorful products, and they “combine age-old techniques like hand beading and weaving with a modern style.”

INK + ALLOY Red Rose Brass Heart Frame Beaded Earrings$40


7. Cuyana
Founded by Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah

If you’re looking to streamline your wardrobe, you’ll love Cuyana’s designs. The brand is about buying intentionally and designing products that will last – after all, Cuyana’s philosophy is “less is better.” While the brand sells handbags, jewelry and a few clothes, its small leather goods are so pretty and make the perfect gift.

Cuyana Leather Travel Case Set$128

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