International Women’s Day 2019
For the second year in a row, the DC Team is delighted to be celebrating and supporting International Women’s Day! This year, we’ve rounded up 20 local female-led businesses and brands that we just had to share with you. Many of these women not only serve as major inspiration but also support causes that give back to our communities. So keep reading to find out how you can support the wonderful women in your life today and every day!
Carrie K. is the homegrown jewellery brand that creates artisan-crafted modern heirloom jewellery. This year, the iconic local jeweller turns 10, and has decided to give back to the community that has shown them love all these years! This International Women’s Day, Carrie K. will be working with the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), to support single mothers in Singapore! With the sale of each of their newly-launched pearl necklaces, $50.00 will go towards AWARE and lending these women a helping hand.
Speca Eyewear is all about making high-quality eyewear affordable for everyone! Ameerah, who founded this online eyewear store, was also inspired to start this venture to help eradicate world hunger—an issue she holds close to her heart. Speca has also turned their attention to designing and producing fashionable sun and eyeglasses from recyclable material. So visit their Instagram to start shopping for a good cause!
Léora Studio is here to make us rethink what we know about the local fashion scene. With a curated collection of luxe and effortlessly elegant pieces for the modern woman, the fashion label seeks to help women create a lifestyle that’s a fun, visual feast. So if you’ve been searching for fresh new takes on some of your favourite classic pieces, Léora Studio is the perfect fit.
Founder and designer Sheryl Lim started SUSY + BAE in 2017 out of her personal love for lingerie, and the transformative power of beautifully fitted intimates. Inspired by her own struggle to find the perfect well-fitted intimate piece to suit her petite frame, Sheryl set out to create a lingerie brand that would help women feel more confident in their bodies. Through carefully selected fabrics, quality craftsmanship SUSY + BAE creates pieces that evoke a sense of luxury and effortless elegance.
Eltwine is the womenswear label that’s showing us how to reimagine beauty and the female body. The fashion label is all about marrying elegance and quality to bring curvy women more fashionable options so that they can look as good as they should feel.
Founded by Stephanie Colhag Yeo in 2017, Outfyt was born from a simple need: to have activewear you could wear everywhere! Designed to take the busy woman from the gym to the rest of her everyday life, Outfyt’s pieces are not only fashionable, but lightweight, breathable and wrinkle-resistant to boot. If you’re looking to get started on your fitness journey, their website also offers helpful exercise and diet tips you can work into your routines!
The Heart Bazaar
Once a passion project between 3 sisters, The Heart Bazaar has now made its mark on the local fashion and charity scene. The charity organisation sells second-hand clothes to raise money for charities while reminding us consumers that shopping secondhand ultimately contributes to a more sustainable fashion future! To help the environment, and a worthy cause, head over to their website to find out more. (PS. You can even shop pieces from your favourite celebrities’ closets!)
Xenia Wong’s love for beauty and business is what brought us the well-loved local skincare brand, Sigi Skin. After discovering that healthy and beautiful skin can be achieved through a super-food infused skincare regime, she set out to create a line of vegan and cruelty-free products that consumers everywhere could easily use and understand.
This International Women’s Day, Sigi Skin has teamed up with HSCA Dayspring Residential Treatment Centre which provides a caring, safe and therapeutic environment to help teenage girls who have suffered the complex trauma of abuse. Through the application of certified clinical therapy sessions, the centre strives to help these girls to become healthy individuals who can successfully reintegrate into their schools, families and society.
Beauty & The Biz
A business that truly believes International Women’s Day can be an everyday affair, Beauty & The Biz supports homegrown women-led brands and businesses by organising curated pop-up events! They even have an International Women’s Day event going up on 9 March to teach women about self-love and self-care, so sign up now!
Erth & Co
There’s never been a better time to take care of the earth, and Erth Co is here to help you do just that. The local zero-waste lifestyle store stocks carefully curated brands from all over the world that not only share their vision of a zero-waste future, but also offer products that possess both form, and function! To start your eco-conscious journey today, check out their website!
In 2017, Lily Kew brought her love and expertise of natural beauty, wellness and organic skincare together to create Kew Organics—a line of super effective and highly targeted organic skincare products. Kew Organics doesn’t just want to help you achieve your best skin with good products, they’re also passionate about teaching their customers about caring for their skin and their bodies in the long-term! On top of that, the local skincare brand works with Free Set Global to help stop trafficking of women and girls from impoverished communities.
Local lifestyle and homeware brand Iuiga might be fresh on the scene, but that hasn’t stopped them from garnering a serious fanbase already. The brand believes in bringing chic and minimalist-style products to their customers at a fraction of the price charged by most International brands—something we can totally get behind. With the opening of their first physical store, shoppers can now get a feel of their products before purchasing them, without any additional cost! You can find them at #B1-41, Causeway Point, 1 Woodlands Square!
Embroidery artist Isabel Lim may have only started her official embroidery business in June 2018, but the NUS undergrad is already carving a name for herself in the local scene! From embroidered bridal bouquets to customised portraits, the young artist adds her personal touch to each piece she makes, and we can’t wait to see what’s to come from her in the future!
Om & Away
Founded by Charlyn Ding, Elaine Soh and Tiara Shaw in 2016, the interactive wellness travel portal connects users to their dream holiday—hassle free! With over 150 curated retreats from more than 30 resort partners, Om & Away aims to take you on a vacation that will have you feeling refresh and rejuvenated like never before.
VROY Ramp strives to transform the world one wheelchair ramp and lift at a time. The company is committed to exploring new ideas to create innovative solutions for the physically challenged, and will be launching a self-operated lifter to help wheelchair users get home independently and comfortably! To find out more about their projects and how you can help their cause, head to their website!
Maison Elmesa SG
Stay at home mum turned entrepreneur, Shanice Ng saw the lack of high-quality baby products in Singapore and decided to fill that space in the market with Maison Elmesa. Driven by her desire to step out of her comfort zone, she decided to produce plush and luxurious baby blankets for young mums and their newborns to enjoy. With this venture, she also hopes to show young mums everywhere that taking on this new role doesn’t have to stop you from achieving your other goals!
Founded by Yvon Bock, Hegen is the homegrown mother and baby care brand that’s making waves internationally in over 15 markets! Hegen is all about improving the nursing experience of mothers and their newborns by creating products that are high quality, and easy to use! To learn more about their express-store-feed system—an innovative take on the milk bottle—check out their website!
Oh Culture Studio
Oh, Culture partners with local artists, homegrown brands and creatives to bring shoppers a curated selection of unique products! Founded by Gabriela Lim, Oh, Culture hopes to inspire a new wave of creativity and individuality in the local community by giving independent labels and artists a platform to pursue their craft in a sustainable way.
Co-founded by Gabriella Lam 2017, MagicMon is a manufacturing facilitator that offers end-to-end production solutions. Created with simplicity at its core, MagicMon directly brings creators and manufacturers together through an intuitive and reliable user-centric platform. The platform also hopes to help young artists and entrepreneurs achieve their dreams by helping them make their dreams and ideas a reality!
We hope this list not only inspires you to make your dreams a reality but also gets you excited to contribute to some of these worthy causes! We believe supporting the women in our community is a year-long endeavour. So drop us a message on our Instagram, or leave a comment to let us know about more inspirational women in your life!