This week we made a call-out to the Secret Brisbane community on Instagram, looking for everyone’s favourite women-led businesses around the city so that we can showcase them for International Women’s Day. So here are they are: 8 amazing women-led businesses as voted by you.
Sustainable products retailer, Biome was founded by eco-conscious entrepreneur Tracey Bailey back in 2003. And now, it’s become a go-to store for purchasing environmentally-friendly alternatives. Since Tracey has championed Biome, the brand has grown to six physical stores (including their Adelaide Street outlet), as well as their massive online shop.
2. Forge Forward
Amy Crow doesn’t just create her own things as a designer, she also runs Forge Forward, a hub for artists to showcase their work in one place. Not only does their Ann Street gallery act as a design store though. It’s also an event space and a hair salon, open on Thursdays and Saturdays. You can check all the awesome local art and design for sale over on the website. Here you’ll find things like socks, pins, tees, and more.
3. Dangerous Females
Women-led clothing label, Dangerous Females not only design and sell these awesome campaign t-shirts. They also donate 100% of the profits to charities that support domestic violence and sexual assault. So supporting this label won’t just support the brand, it’ll support women to live a violence-free life. You can check out their online store here.
4. Lorna Jane
The success story of Lorna Jane Clarkson is a Brisbane favourite. Since founding her world-renowned activewear label Lorna Jane in 1989, she’s grown to run an empire, her brand is worn by women worldwide and stores in five different countries (including Australia of course). You can shop Lorna Jane at her Brisbane City store on the corner of Albert and Elizabeth Street. She’s also made a cookbook titled “Nourish, The Fit Woman’s Cookbook”. Check it out, and her activewear, via her online store.
5. Wandering Cooks
West End foodie hub, restaurant and bar Wandering Cooks is run by the incredible all-rounder Angela Hirst. She’s a qualified chef and has a PhD in Food Ethics, so it’s evident that she’s a boss in the food business. You can find Wandering Cooks at 63 Vulture Street, West End. Check out more info here.
6. I Heart Brownies
If you’ve got a sweet tooth that just must be satisfied, look no further than I Heart Brownies, the gluten-free baker founded by Lulu Purnell back in 2015. Their heart-shaped brownies are a delight, coming in all different flavours: from macadamia white chocolate to cherry coconut, and of course original chocolate. You can find the dessert shop at 17 Hamilton Pl, Bowen Hills. You can check out their online store here.
7. Mas and Mieke Ceramics
Mas and Mieke Ceramics is run by mother and daughter business boss duo, Charlie De Deyne and Mieke Proost-De Deyne who teach classes in their Newstead ceramic house: from beginners to advance. If you’re keen to get crafty, you can check out what’s on offer via their website.
8. Christie Nicolaides Designer Jewellery
If you’re looking for some stunning designer jewellery, Christie Nicolaides is where it’s at. With unique and statement-worthy pieces, this local jeweller is a treat yourself kind of place. Check out her brick-and-mortar shop at Shop 1, 41 Edward St, or visit the online store here.
Happy International Women’s Day!