Collaborating with inspiring women is a passion of mine, especially in the case of small business owners. As far as I'm concerned, one of the best things that can be done to empower those who need it is to support female-owned (and in that case, black-, immigrant-, and LGBTQ-owned) small businesses.
Katie Goldman Macdonald is the founder of New York-based clothing line House Dress, a brand I immediately wanted to befriend and find a way to work with upon discovering. Not only is Katie an all-around cool gal with a beautifully simplistic, modern aesthetic, but her clothing is size free and designed and produced in NYC.
Katie is also a friend of equality who donated 40% of her proceeds to Planned Parenthood in the days following the election. Inspiring? You better believe it.
The first House Dress collection is full of loose, flowing silhouettes in complementary fabrics. The collection's strength is in its softness, its power in its silhouettes and shapes, which appear serene and pleasant at first glance, but – and this is where it's clear the pieces are made by women, for women – the collection is not just strikingly beautiful and comfortable, but also constructed with an abundance of large, useful pockets.
Some styles include removable pouches that tie at the waist – a modern-day, feminine tool belt and all-around genius feature that any woman (or any person, really) who uses the hours of their day to really get things done would find useful.
Oh, and there's so much to do these days.
Speaking about the collection, Katie and I thought of the Suffragette Movement and how much we had to learn and pay our respects to those who fought for equality long before us. In this case, the pale tones and whites and creams of this collection are a reminder of the solidarity I feel with those who fought before us, those who are with us now, and those who will come after.
If you' like to get involved and do more than what you're doing now to support women and other marginalized communities, I've included a few resources below.
I'll be at the Women's March in Washington this Saturday but encourage you to get involved with your city or local march if you can. (If you're not sure how to do this, a simple Google should do the trick. I'm also happy to help anyone who needs it – get in touch!).
Emily's List: Supporting pro-choice Democratic women running for office
Planned Parenthood: Get involved!
Woman: Gloria Steinem x VICELAND – need I say more?
The Outrage: Feminist apparel for lovers of equality
DYNASTY: Platform for progressive resistance
Good Support: Empowering collaboration for worthy causes