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5 Inspiring Etsy Shops to Discover This Women’s History Month

Mar 1, 2018

by Aleksa Brown

There is magic in knowing that every time you hop on Etsy, you’re instantly plugged into a network of millions of individual entrepreneurs all over the world. More inspiring still is the fact that 87% of them are women: artists, makers, and collectors, specializing in everything from 3D-printed wedding accessories to DIY cheese kits. These are women who’ve built businesses into brands, and brands into movements—honing their skills in tiny houses, backyard she-sheds, and sometimes, the middle of paradise.

While we’re firm believers that women should be celebrated every day, today we’re proud to kick off Women’s History Month by shining a light on some of the many ways women have come together on Etsy. In twos, threes, and even by the dozen, women entrepreneurs are teaming up to open shops together, finding power in numbers to chase their collective dreams—while giving their fellow ladies a leg up to do the same. So whether you’re shopping, browsing, or gathering the courage to embark on a creative endeavor of your own, read on for a little reminder that what you seek, you find—and here on Etsy, that often means rad products with even radder women behind them.

Barruntando Cerámica

The women behind Spanish ceramics shop Barruntando Cerámica didn’t know one another when they signed up to take a pottery class back in 2013—and they had no way of guessing where working with clay would lead. But several months into their studies in Avilés, in the north of Spain, Eva Pérez, Maite Suárez, Ame López, Lola Ibañez, and Ana Magallón decided to start a business. “When we finished the course, we felt the need to continue in the ceramic world and turn our hobby into our work,” Ana explains.

Today, the fruit of their combined efforts is a booming business specializing in adorable earthenware figurines and yarn bowls. In addition to earning an international following, they’ve made more than 10,000 sales on Etsy alone—a number that speaks to their well-oiled creative process as a team of five. “Working together has allowed us to access a world of new possibilities and ideas, much wider than the individual sums,” Ana says. “We’re very happy we decided to work together—it’s changed our lives for the better.”

This Many Boyfriends Club​

The diverse range of objects in the Philadelphia-based shop This Many Boyfriends Club is a reflection of the five talented women artists behind the scenes. Meet glassblower Reba Price, ceramicist and textile artist Nikki Lau, illustrator and ceramicist Steph Liebetreu, and ceramicists Maritza Liebetreu and Emily Daley. After coming together in—and leaving en masse—a work environment that made them feel unsafe, the group turned their #metoo moment into a source of power and inspiration, launching their own brand and creating a protected space for creative exploration.

“For us, creating is a tool for connection and communication, a way to cope with concern or confusion,” Reba says. “It allows us to speak about issues, create fine art and artful products—and it brings us (and hopefully you) joy.” With a new studio space, a successful recent group show, and another exhibition on the horizon, the future is looking bright for these “boyfriends.”

Kei & Molly Textiles

From chile-roasting scenes to birdwatching motifs, the screen-printed patterns in New Mexico–based shop Kei & Molly Textiles may celebrate the American Southwest, but the all-women team behind the brand is a global bunch—and that’s by design. “Our ultimate goal is to create a business successful enough to offer good-paying jobs for immigrant and refugee women in our community,” say friends and founders Kei Tsuzuki and Molly Luethi. Since their brand’s debut in 2011, they’ve made good on that goal, hiring five staffers from the US, Congo, Australia, and the Philippines.

Flexible work hours, paid time off, paid sick leave, and an education stipend are all included with the gig, but it’s the sense of sisterhood that’s the ultimate perk. “Beyond our policies, we also provide emotional support to our staff to handle big life moments, whether it’s health issues, relationship changes, or buying their first house,” they explain. “Much like a true family, we’re there for each other through thick and thin.”

Mrs. Pomeranz

For Moscow-based sisters Dasha Pomeranz and Masha Kopieva, bringing their line of vintage-inspired dresses into the world is about more than just dressing women to the nines—it also serves as a way of connecting with past generations. “Three of our grandmothers were amateur seamstresses,” Dasha says. “Agrippina sewed coats during World War II, Lida was more stylish than the London mod girls of the 1960s, and Vera is the one whose patterns we used for our first pieces.”

Since they got their start in the dressmaking biz back in 2006, Dasha and Masha have grown the Mrs. Pomeranz​ team to include two additional seamstresses, Tatiana Tokareva and Marina Vasilieva, with backgrounds in bridal and costume design. The result is a growing collection of perfect-fit frocks—and happy customers from Brooklyn to Bergen. So what would their grandmothers think of their flourishing fashion business? “I think they’d be proud to know that they influenced us to dress so many women in different cities and countries,” Dasha says.

Dance Happy Designs​

As Emily Scott, Julia Tyler, and Liv Helgesen will tell you, there couldn’t be a more fitting name than Dance Happy Designs for the Pennsylvania-based screen printing company they co-founded, which specializes in patterned pillows, pouches, and pennants. “Our studio also doubles as a dance floor half the time,” Emily says. “Julia loves to dance!”

Capturing that cheerful energy is exactly what the trio, who met through a local non-profit and quickly formed a strong bond, was going for when they launched their business two years back. At the time, Dance Happy’s lead designer Julia Tyler, who has Down syndrome, had just aged out of the local school system and needed to find meaningful employment that let her work at her own pace. Liv’s background in screen printing and Emily’s experience as a boutique owner came together in perfect harmony when they first introduced Julia to the craft, and since then, word of their work has spread.

“We’re on a mission to empower people who might normally be overlooked, and we love being able to do it in such a creative way,” says Emily. “We love seeing people’s reactions when they find out that not only is Julia our equal third co-founder, but also our lead pattern designer. We think it really inspires people to break away from their preconceived notions of what someone can or cannot do based on one aspect of who they are. Each one of us brings something different to the business; we love lifting up and supporting one another while highlighting each of our strengths.”

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24 comments

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 168 days ago

    Awesome ladies! Very inspiring! Congrats!

  • samsbrowne

    Sam Browne from HandyMandyPurses said 168 days ago

    To read about women from around the world who have forged and strengthened their relationships with one another through creative energy is heart warming and a great way to celebrate Women's History Month ♥

  • DecoUno

    DeUno from DeUno said 168 days ago

    Great women teams! Inspiring stories! :)

  • kgarrett1966

    R.M Garrett from ArtisticAcrylics said 168 days ago

    It is so refreshing to read stories of women supporting and caring for each other! Of course we know it's real and exists in the world, but it's usually in the shadow of exploited stories of women hating and sabotaging one another. This is a beautiful and inspiring article of women loving and supporting on another, and finding common ground, understanding and connection, in spite of different backgrounds and cultures. It shows we are more alike than not. Thank you for this inspiring article, honoring Women' History Month in such positive, enlightening way!!

  • LapCatYarnCo

    Sonja from LapCatYarnCo said 167 days ago

    As the caregiver of a special needs son, I am so happy to learn about Dance Happy Designs! Such a lovely reminder that everyone has something special to offer!

  • IzjuminkaOlga

    Olga Kaplina from KnitteditemsbyOlga said 167 days ago

    Very inspiring!

  • PokutniaAnna

    Anna from FairyToysWorld said 166 days ago

    Beautiful ladies in the great teams! Thanks!

  • rachbing

    Rachel Bingaman from BingArt said 165 days ago

    Really lovely shops and items :) I especially love the plaid dresses! How perfect they are.

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 165 days ago

    Love reading the unique stories behind the shop on Etsy! Congrats and best wishes to all :)

  • YearsAfter

    Sharon from YearsAfter said 165 days ago

    Wonderful talented women! Congrats to All!

  • mascollected

    Carol from MasCollected said 164 days ago

    Very inspiring piece, thank you! Even though my shop is a one woman show, I couldn't do it without the support of my women friends. Ranging in age from 40 to 85 years old, these women keep me going and inspire me daily, just like the many sellers and customers I've come to know on Etsy. I'm grateful to be surrounded by a sisterhood.

  • kaSHIKeee

    Rada Danilovic from RadArtaDesign said 164 days ago

    Great womens! Very inspiring :)

  • SeaHeiress

    Carrie S from LaViePrints said 163 days ago

    So Inspiring! Keep shining ladies <3

  • marioncagney

    Marion Crystal Creations from MarionCrystal said 163 days ago

    Amazing Work! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  • beadsofaquarius

    Mouna Marini from beadsofaquarius said 163 days ago

    what a great & beautiful stories Ladies ! very inspiring ! this bring me tears to see women supporting each other to succeed , many thanks for this wonderful article , this really make my day , i'll definitely share this with my teammates even if we are french speakers ! thanks Google Translate ! :) happy International Women's month ! Congrats ! and best of luck to all creative women out there.

  • JustFollowYourArt

    Jesi Parker Ekonen from JustFollowYourArt said 162 days ago

    These women owned shops are impressive and inspiring! I'm very grateful for the opportunity for my shop to be featured as the story photo. Many thanks to the author of this post & Etsy. Cheers!

  • mrsjrichardson

    Jessica Richardson from ClassyandCraftyShop said 159 days ago

    Thank you for this very inspiring article! Well done ladies 🙌

  • glitzychicky

    Diane from LeGlitz said 159 days ago

    Inspiring women to look up to!

  • katishainy

    Katyooshjewelry jewelry from Kattyoosh said 156 days ago

    Worm my heart. Very inspiring! Congrats!

  • nanavanesyan

    Nana Vanesyan from NarineHandmade said 154 days ago

    Great womens!

  • trendychicposh

    SimplyCuteArt posh from SimplyCuteArt said 145 days ago

    Great items! Very inspiring :)

  • aaubnlzk

    XDesignArt from XdesignArt said 143 days ago

    So Inspiring! All the best!

  • 2z4wirqv

    adonica from SouthernCraftBox said 142 days ago

    I love this piece! I am new to the community, and trying to learn what to do to thrive. This piece inspires and reminds me to push onward and achieve my dreams. Thank you!!

  • glowbug918

    Gloria christian said 132 days ago

    Very inspiring Ladies. A grea way to celebrate Womana History Month. Women’s shoes be coming together celebrating in each others success.

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