2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Apparel


Category: Apparel, Services


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ALTRD Tailoring

Founders: Saara Hafeez and Stephanie Estey

Company Description:

ALTRD connects professionals who need alterations with immigrant and refugee women who are skilled at sewing.

What inspired you to start your company?

Cofounders Saara Hafeez and Stephanie Estey noticed that they both had unworn clothes piling up in their closets in need of alterations. 

The duo created ALTRD to bring work to women who are skilled at sewing, but could not work outside of the home due to childcare expenses or cultural restrictions. ALTRD makes clothing alterations as easy as possible. ALTRD’s website enables customers to prep their garment for alterations before shipping it to one of ALTRD’s tailors, or “SewExperts”. After the alterations are finished, the item is sent back to the customer.

How is your company generating positive change?

“Women who have joined the ALTRD team [as SewExperts] have been able to add an entirely new dimension to their lives. They are able to meaningfully contribute to household income and have new challenges to work on every day.

“ALTRD focuses on depth of impact. Through our work, SewExperts can earn $20-$24/hour. With the average work hours requested, ALTRD can increase the average household income by up to 49%.

“Right now, we work with 25 SewExperts but, with more orders, we can work with hundreds of women in-need in a few years.”

Featured Product: Pants Alterations, $14.99 – 34.99

Product Description: This is an incredible gift for someone you love who has a closet full of fabulous pieces of clothing that aren’t being worn because of needing repairs or alterations. Giving them the gift of this convenient, door-to-door tailoring service is like providing your loved one with a closet clean-out AND a new wardrobe! Plus, your gift will economically empower women in need by enabling them to perform skilled labor from home.

Special Offer: Use promo code “LABG10” to get 10% off your order

Website: https://altrd.io/

Category: Apparel

A. Lynn Designs

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A. Lynn BF Tee

Founder: Andrea Seemayer

Company Description: With apparel that finds the sweet spot between fashion and fit, A. Lynn has created the base layer you’ll live in. A. Lynn is a cutting-edge apparel brand that bridges the gap between size and height, with simple silhouettes that can be styled into any situation and worn everyday.

What inspired you to start your company?

“After working in the fashion industry more than a decade as a product director for high-end brands such as Zac Posen and Alice and Olivia, I found a prominent pain point in the fit limitation of size-to-length proportions and a lack of options for high-quality basic silhouettes. I want women of all sizes and shapes to find their new-age uniform that feels good every damn day.”

How is your company generating positive change?

“Aside from creating clothes that feel amazing, we only use sustainable fibers in our fabric (from Beechwood trees, Eucalyptus trees, and Cotton plants). Our fibers use Edelweiss-technology based on oxygen-based chemistry, which is more eco-friendly than the conventional ways. Thus, the fibers are the only ones to satisfy the highest environmental standards and are even CO2-neutral.”

Featured Product: BF Tee, Light Jersey, $63.00

Product Description: The BF Tee is light-weight, super-soft and drapey – giving you all the feels of wearing a “His Tee” and 100% comfort. Bring the “model-off-duty” vibe home with you. It’s the next best thing to being naked. SIZES: You choose size XS-XL and you choose length Short/Regular/Long. COLORS: White or Black. SHIPPING: Average shipping (2-5 business days): $6.95

Special Offer: Use the promo code LABG30 to get 30% off

Website: https://alynndesigns.com

Category: Apparel

And We Evolve

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And We Evolve AWE Subscription Box

Founders: Liz Funk (CEO) & Alisha Ebling (COO & Creative Director)

Company Description: And We Evolve is a style club and recommerce fashion subscription box service for secondhand clothing in like-new condition.

What inspired you to start your company?

CEO Liz Funk and COO/Creative Director Alisha Ebling were both avid shoppers of the secondhand market for economical, sustainable, and practical reasons. They wanted to encourage more women to embrace secondhand clothing, but they understood that many people had no interest in rummaging through thrift stores or shopping from online secondhand clothing stores.

Customers can sign up to receive six new pieces each month, a quarterly box, or a one-time box. Clothing from the box can be swapped between AWE box subscribers on the website.

How is your company generating positive change?

And We Evolve was born out of the simple idea that the world doesn’t need another $7 dress. Swapping clothes provides a better option than donating them (where clothes frequently ends up in landfills) and it works toward building a sustainable fashion culture.

Featured Product: The AWE Box, $99

Product Description:

The one-time AWE box gift is a voucher that includes information for the recipient on how to complete her style survey on what she’d like to receive in her AWE Box. After the recipient submits her style survey, And We Evolve will ship her a box of six items within one week.

Special Offer: Get $20 off your first AWE Box with code LIKEABOSSGIRLS

Website: http://www.andweevolve.com

Category: Apparel

Bondi Alchemist

the Bondi Alchemist one piece swimsuit
the Bondi Alchemist

Founder: Jarra Campbell

Company Description: Women’s sustainable surf and active wear

What inspired you to start your company?

“I saw a need for technical swimsuits that stay on in the water and are also sustainable/ethically made. I was learning to surf & couldn’t find what I needed.”

How is your company generating positive change?

“Empowering women to look great, embrace their beauty, feel secure with consideration for our earth.”

Featured Product: One Piece Swimsuit, $179

Product Description: The One-Piece Swimsuit is Bondi Alchemist’s signature piece. It flatters all body shapes from XXS – XL, stays on in the water & allows you to flow freely in the waves. This swimsuit is handmade ethically in Bali from recycled polyamide and elastane.

Special Offer: Use promo code LABG, or go to this link, for 10% off

Website: https://thebondialchemist.com

Category: Apparel

Fierce + Regal

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Fierce + Regal

Founder(s): Margi Gad

Company Description: Fierce+Regal is a performance wear line made by women for women. It combines style and simplicity with innovative, logo-free designs and luxe fabrics that seamlessly transition from workouts to many other facets of daily life.

What inspired you to start your company?

Founder Margi Gad is a fitness devotee for more than 30 years, and she constantly found herself in pursuit of activewear options that looked polished before, during, and after a workout. This inspired her to create Fierce+Regal, a line of apparel that fuses high-performance fabrics and ready-to-wear styles in order to meet the demands of the multitasking woman’s life.

How is your company generating positive change?

“We empower women to look and feel their best. This holiday season, we are giving a percentage of sales back from one of our collections to The Pink Agenda [a not-for-profit organization that funds breast cancer research, care and education] to help women in need.”

Featured Product: The Tank, $125

Product Description: The Tank offers a high halter neckline and racer back allowing for maximum movement with a high-low bonded hem to slim the waist. Compressive and unpadded built-in bra offers support and coverage for low to high workouts. Fabric imported from Italy. Moisture wicking / Quick dry/ Pill resistant / Machine washable. Available Sizes: Women’s 2/4/6/8/10.

Available Colors: Black / Midnight / Metallic Taupe / Platinum

Special Offer: Get 15% off your order with promo code LIKEABOSSISFIERCE

Website: https://www.fierceandregal.com

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Healing Heels

The Side Kick sneaker from Healing Heels
The Side Kick sneaker from Healing Heels

Founders: Lauren Wakefield & Sidne Hirsch

Company Description: A line of kick ass shoes that give back to cancer patients.

What inspired you to start your company?

“A little over six years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 26. On my first day of chemo, my best friend and co-founder, Sidne, gave me a pair of 5-inch, glittery, bright blue, spike-covered heels. From that moment on, those shoes became my ‘chemo shoes’ because in those shoes, I knew I was going to kick cancer’s ass, which is exactly what I did!

“A few years later, Sidne and I knew those shoes had a bigger story to tell, so we started Healing Heels. A line of fierce, edgy shoes where every purchase helps gift a pair to a woman fighting cancer.”

How is your company generating positive change?

“Every product we sell helps us gift a pair of Healing Heels to a women in cancer treatment. We organize what we call ‘Gifting Days’ where we invite women who are actively in treatment or newly in remission to be a part of a day that is all about them! They get made over, styled, photographed and gifted a pair of Healing Heels! They are truly magical days.”

Featured Product: “Side Kick” Sneaker, $58

Product Description: “Our ‘Side Kick’ sneaker is meant to wear in support of cancer fighters everywhere. The perfect ‘wear anywhere’ shoe that adds just the right amount of sparkle to your day. Available in black glitter, rose gold glitter and ice blue (silver) glitter. Full sizes fit true to size.  Half sizes run quite small. If ordering a half size we recommend going up to the next full size.”

Special Offer: Use code BOSSGIRL at checkout for 15% off your entire order!

Website: http://www.healing-heels.com

Category: Apparel 

Kitty and Vibe Inc.

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Kitty & Vibe

Founder: Cameron Armstrong

Company Description: Kitty and Vibe takes the frustration and anxiety out of swimsuit shopping with a revolutionary sizing metric and at-home try-on system that all but guarantees an enjoyable experience! With a variety of styles and patterns to choose from, you won’t have a problem finding a Kitty that fits your vibe.

What inspired you to start your company?

“My idea for Kitty was born in a fitting room, standing in a swimsuit two-sizes too small, feeling self-conscious and hating the agony of trying to find a swimsuit that made me feel confident. I noticed a contagious negative energy that would multiply when talking with my friends about the misery of shopping for a swimsuit and wearing one in public. I knew there was a solution to find a better fit and make a more enjoyable try-on experience, so I set out to create it — enter Kitty.”

How is your company generating positive change?

“The Kitty and Vibe community thrives on our mantra, ‘Kind Is My Vibe.’ Through this guiding mantra, we aim to cultivate a contagious spirit of kindness. Our consumers use ‘Kind Is My Vibe’ as a daily reminder to be kind to yourself, your body and others. Kitty impacts not only its customers, but also the people they come into contact with. For example, a Kitty customer wore her Kind Is My Vibe t-shirt out to grab coffee. The barista delivered her coffee with this message written on the coffee sleeve, ‘Thank you. Kind Is My Vibe Too.’

“To spread some ‘Kind Is My Vibe’ love around NYC, we pinned up posters where you could tear off a compliment. Within 24 hours, we received multiple DMs and #kindismyvibe posts from strangers celebrating all of the compliments that had been taken.”

Featured Product: Kind Is My Vibe Sweatshirt, $48

Product Description: The softest hoodie you’ll ever meet gives you all the feels inside and out. Available in peach or navy, unisex sizing S-XL.

Special Offer: Use Code LABG20 for 20% off

Website: https://www.kittyandvibe.com

Category: Apparel

Maia Moda

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Maia Moda “Maia” Top

Founder: Veronica Horner

Company Description: Maia Moda is a maternity and nursing clothing line that offers high-quality, stylish and functional clothes to meet the needs of motherhood.

What inspired you to start your company?

“The idea for Maia Moda came to me at a friend’s wedding. I had made every effort to find a dress that I thought would work for nursing; it even had a convenient zipper down the front! However, once my baby started to cry, I quickly realized it was too tight and I ended up in the bathroom, dress off, and missing the wedding speeches (my favorite part of the event!). A lot of moms have been there and there is no reason for it. I decided at this time I wanted to design beautiful and functional clothing for maternity, nursing and beyond.”

How is your company generating positive change?

“Maia Moda is on a mission to normalize nursing and pumping and make it just a bit easier for moms to look and feel their best during this phase of their lives.”

Featured Product: Maia Top, $88

Product Description: The Maia top has discreet lift-up nursing access at the front and a built-in modesty cover, perfect for a new mom’s wardrobe. Relaxed fit with luxuriously soft, lightweight poly fabric that doesn’t wrinkle, is easy to care for and dries quickly. Available in black, navy and a versatile print. Sizes: S/M/L.

Special Offer: Use promo code MAIABOSSGIRLS30 for 30% off

Website: http://www.maiamoda.com

Category: Apparel

MI OLA Swimwear

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MI OLA Selva Full X-Back Top

Founder: Helena Fogarty (don’t miss her full interview, here.)

Company Description: MI OLA makes sexy bikinis that stay on.

What inspired you to start your company?

95% of women have lost their suits while jumping into a pool or into the waves.  The other 5% don’t even go in the water. How silly is this? MI OLA makes chic, sexy, performance swimwear that stays put, and allows active women to have more fun without flashing their neighbor, kids, or mother-in-law.

I started MI OLA because I’m a surfer who has lost their suit way too many times in wipeouts.

How is your company generating positive change?

MI OLA Is making a difference and generating a positive change by solving a problem universal to every woman who’s worn a swimsuit… let’s make swimwear better so women can look great, feel great and have more fun.

We are also changing the way women are portrayed in swimsuit images. Our shoots are not retouched and show women doing cool stuff, not rolling around in the sand covered in oil for the male gaze.

Lastly, our suits are made ethically and locally, in the US.

Featured Product: Selva Full X-Back Top, $95

Product Description: The Selva Full X-Back Top was designed for fuller chests. It offers a little more coverage to keep your girls secure and supported but still keeps you looking like a siren as you crest that wave. Sizes: XS – XL (32C – 34G/36F)  $95 + free shipping included worldwide.

Special Offer: Use promo code LABG to get 25% off MI OLA swimwear through the end of March 2019.

Website: https://www.MI-OLA.com

Category: Apparel

ShoeCandy® by Kara Mac

The Broadway Boot
The Broadway Boot

Founders: Kara Mac (Creator) & Ann Merin (Co-founder)

Company Description: ShoeCandy sells high-fashion, customizable shoes for women. Shoppers can select their own swappable Heel Covers, Sandal Straps, and Toe Clips (a.k.a. “Candy”) to create their own unique statement footwear.

What inspired you to start your company?

“Constantly schlepping shoes back and forth to the office and having to check baggage because I had a shoe to match every outfit in my luggage. Why, why, why do women need so many shoes?”

How is your company generating positive change?

“Sustainability. Since one shoe can replace a multitude of shoes in your closet, ShoeCandy helps the environment by reducing the eco-footprint with less solid waste in our landfills.”

Featured Product: The Broadway Boot, from $299

Product Description: A comfortable, classic style made from soft Brazilian leather with a 2 1/4″ customizable heal.

Special Offer: Use code LIKEABOSS for 15% off your shopping cart, expires 12/31/18

Website: https://shoecandy.shoes

Category: Apparel



Founder: Shannon Keith

Company Description: Sudara is a certified B-Corp on a mission to offer ethically-made apparel that will create jobs and support skills training for women in India who are at a high risk of sex trafficking.

What inspired you to start your company?

“I went on a humanitarian trip to India in 2005; we were donating a freshwater well to a community in need.  Little did I know, though, that the well was placed in a red light district. While we were there, I heard countless stories of women being forced to sell their bodies in order to feed their families and mothers who could not afford the required fees to send their children to school. My heart broke wide open. I realized that women needed work – safer, more sustainable forms of employment – and started to build the vision of Sudara from there.”

How is your company generating positive change?

“Sudara uses the power of business to create living-wage jobs and provide skills training to women in India who are at a high risk of sex trafficking.  Through the support of our non-profit, our partner centers in India are also able to provide services for women and children that address physical, psychological and housing needs. As an example of this impact, one of our partner centers is able to provide skills training for about 600 women per year. And, approximately 89% of the women will be placed in a job (or start their own business!) after graduating from the program.”

Featured Product: Kala Robe, $79 + $7 standard shipping (U.S. orders $99+ ship free)

Product Description: The Kala print robe features indigo-textured circles layered across a soft cornflower-blue fabric. It’s trimmed with a festive Banarasi border of golden waves and includes side pockets as well as internal and external tie closures in a matching fabric. This robe is offered in three sizes (XS-S, M-L, XL-XXL) for a perfect fit.

Website: http://www.sudara.org

Category: Apparel

The Modern Mamanista

The Modern Mamanista
The Modern Mamanista

Founder: Sarah Gross

Company Description: The Modern Mamanista is a shop and blog which aims to make busy working moms of all shapes and sizes look and feel beautiful.

What inspired you to start your company?

“I’m a busy working mom who loves fashion, but wants something that’s realistic for my lifestyle. I want clothes that make me feel like the trendy, hip woman I was before I was hauling sports equipment and 3 kids around in my family-friendly SUV!”

How is your company generating positive change?

“We aim to help moms of all sizes feel beautiful in our clothes. We also regularly pay it forward by sending jewelry and clothing to people who are dealing with a hardship, celebrating a life event, or just as a random act of kindness because everyone needs their day brightened every once in awhile.”

Featured Product: Leopard Fuzzy Coat, $38 (+$5 shipping, except on orders over $50)

Product Description: Leopard is in this season and this luxurious faux fur leopard jacket will make you feel like a movie star! It comes in sizes S, M and L.

Special Offer: Use code BOSSGIRL18 for 10% off your order

Website: http://www.TheModernMamanista.com