By Francesca Conlin | March 22, 2018 | Lifestyle
International Women’s Day may be over but the entire month of March is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of women around the world. To honor this important time, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite female-founded businesses and services here in New York City that you can still support during Women’s History Month.
Monica Zwirner and Lucy Wallace Eustice, both native New Yorkers, saw a gap in the market back in 2000 for a functional but still chic bag every woman on the go could use, whether she was going to work or to drinks, or right from one to the other. Rather than following trends, they focus on timeless designs, opting for evergreen styles with new colors each season instead of completely new bags. So, once you find a favorite, you’ll want to own it in every color. Chances are you’ve already seen their Metro Tote or Crosby bag being toted around or in the window of one of their numerous boutiques or wholesale points (Bloomingdales and Nordstrom included). The dynamic duo leads their team and runs MZ Wallace’s day to day operations out of their SoHo office.
Whether you need a hostess gift, you’re looking for items to put on your registry, or you just want to add a brand new piece to your home, the selection of high-end decor and furniture at Jung Lee’s NoMad store is unparalleled. With items curated from all around the world, you won’t them anywhere else. Everything is truly one of a kind and selected with care. As you walk into her expansive loft-like store (set up to look like an incredibly chic home that flows from room to room) you’ll instantly pick up on the design lover and professional’s key eye for detail. You’ll feel more like a guest and less like a customer when you visit her “dream house.”
Adrienne Kronovet, founder and CEO of Ameliora, may be a newcomer in the fashion industry but her incredibly made luxe pieces have the design expertise and amazing construction of an already established brand. Based, designed, and made in New York City of fine Italian fabrics, Ameliora aims to empower women through each piece. A portion of proceeds from the sales of every structured blazer, work-to-dinner dress, well-tailored skirt, and more, goes toward charities that support women and aim to outfit them for success.
Traveling can be stressful but it’s an essential part of any well-cultured person’s yearly bucket list. Between the excursions, hotels, dinners, and more, there’s a lot of factors to consider, especially if you're visiting multiple cities. That’s why Leiti Hsu and Susan Ho created Journy, a concierge and travel agent rolled into one app, to help you figure out all those aspects with ease. You get matched with a travel designer who drafts an itinerary and then adjusts it based on your feedback to create your dream vacation. They’re even available while you’re actually there, too. Headquartered here in New York, they’re the service to call on the next time you’re looking to plan any trip.
We’ve long been fans of Tracie Martyn’s famed namesake salon on Fifth Avenue. Her advanced facial and body treatments leave us feeling and looking younger than when we walked in. After all, she is responsible for the glowing complexions of many of our favorite celebrities. Beyond the incredible services, we’ve also gotten hooked on Tracie’s anti-aging natural skincare line. Pick up a few jars of her Enzyme Exfoliant or Complexion Savior when you’re there or you can also find this cult-favorite brand at Bluemercury or Net-a-Porter.
New York designer Jillian Shatken brings LA’s bohemian and carefree aesthetic to Manhattan with her collection of effortless sundresses, flowy blouses, and beachy rompers. Fusing laid back Californian style with a downtown cool aesthetic, her line perfectly blends the best of both coasts for a dreamy wardrobe you’ll find yourself dying to wear every day during the warmer seasons and on even the tropical vacations you take in the winter. Find her summer-ready pieces at your favorite local boutiques such as The Shoe Box and Big Drop, and at bigger shops like Bloomingdales.