New To your Closet: Female-Powered Brands to Know

In addition to being female-founded, we’re also committed to carrying and promoting female-owned brands & designers. Below are some of these amazing labels, accompanied by a snapshot of the even more incredible women running them.

Angeline Oei

A.Oei Studio

Founded and designed by Angeline Oei, A.Oei Studio is driven by a concept inspired by social trends, technological discoveries or natural phenomena. The company is dedicated to creating a brand that is honest, accessible, and ethically made. Production happens in small batches with local manufacturers in Seattle and Singapore — and the brand works closely with these factories to ensure quality control and a fair, professional manufacturing environment.


Nora Gardner

Nora Gardner

Designed in NYC by women, for women — the brand’s core values include convenience, fit, style, functionality, confidence, and community. After working in finance for nearly six years, Nora noticed a need for attractive women’s workwear. The collection supports the busy lifestyle of a business traveler or modern executive who needs her wardrobe to transition from the boardroom to cocktail hour effortlessly. As Nora explains, “This brand stands for empowering women! The mission is to support women on their rise to the top of their careers.”

Chelsea Klukas

MakeFashion | Lumen Couture

As a fashion technologist, Chelsea co-invented Lumen Couture using knowledge from her background in design and technology at Facebook, Amazon, and startup BeauCoo. The brand provides stylish illuminated outfits for special events with shine. Chelsea is a co-founder of MakeFashion and has produced 6 years of runway fashion shows around the world and over 100 fashiontech garments. MakeFashion contributes to introducing young girls to STEM through hands-on education in creating wearable tech fashion.

Dorie Golkin Smith & Emelyn Northway

Of Mercer

Exhausted by figuring out what to wear in the morning? That’s exactly what inspired Of Mercer, women’s clothing that is totally office-appropriate and more importantly, designed to make you feel great. Founded and designed by women, for women, Of Mercer “obsesses over every design detail so you can show up at work feeling like a boss.”


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