Fashion Brands Run By Women
Posted on September 03 2019
At Kalon SF, we love supporting Bay Area fashion brands such as Everlane and Athleta. Add “female founded” into the mix, and now we’re obsessed. San Francisco Bay Area may not be the epicenter of fashion, but it has been generating considerable traction in the fashion industry over the years. We will highlight four Bay Area founded fashion brands run by women that inspire Kalon SF.
Ali Golden was started in Oakland, California in 2012 by founder, Ali Golden herself. Literally - herself! Ali Golden started off as a “one-woman operation: designing, producing and selling” in Oakland. The brand has now expanded with garments now being produced in a woman-owned co-op in Peru, a fair-trade certified factory in India, as well as California. Meanwhile, the design process remains in Oakland. Ali Golden is known for their oversized, flowy and simple yet unique silhouettes. She designs for women who want to feel comfortable while standing out and looking good. Ali Golden inspires us with their belief in inclusivity (the majority of styles being one size fits 0-10), ethical and sustainable practices.
Erica Tanov, founded in 1994, is a veteran Bay Area brand and an example of what beginning designers strive for. Inspired by nature itself, Erica Tanov plays with neutral colors and the finest materials. The brand has now expanded to producing home goods as well. At Kalon we are inspired by Erica’s beautiful well-designed and well-made products made with natural fibers.
Senreve was founded by Coral Chung and Wendy Wen in 2015. Senreve is a startup dedicated to providing affordable luxury handbags for any and every occasion. This is the bag for today's modern woman who leads a busy and multifaceted life. A brand inspired by women who do it all- work, travel, leisure, etc. while combining beauty with versatility. Through social media marketing and influencer partnerships, Senreve has expanded and grown quite the following including a celebrity fan base- rare for a fashion startup. We strongly believe in women uplifting women and are inspired by Senreve’s powerful co-founder duo.
Lisa Says Gah was launched by Lisa Buhler in San Francisco. Before moving to San Francisco, Lisa was a buyer for Nasty Gal in Los Angeles. Her prior experience and need for a creative outlet formed Lisa Says Gah in 2015. Lisa’s mission was to create a community for creative women to come together though fashion. Lisa Says Gah works to highlight female designers who use ethical production methods, carrying several of these independent designers products on their site. With unique exciting prints and styles, Lisa Says Gah is fun and experimental!
Cuyana was founded on the belief that having less is better as long as they’re better made. This simple yet revolutionary belief started the company in 2011. Co-founder and CEO of Cuyana, Karla Gallardo has an impressive background aside from her clothing brand. A Ecuador native, Karla moved to the U.S. and holds degrees from both Stanford and Brown University. Cuyana focuses on creating classic elegant pieces and collections that will look good today, tomorrow, and time from now- everlasting. Like Kalon, Cuyana is about making women feel vibrant and beautiful! We admire Cuyana’s collaboration with ThredUp and H.E.A.R.T to aid the community in recognizing sustainability through fewer yet better pieces.
These incredible women-owned brands teach and motivate Kalon SF to be the best we can be.
Were you aware of these native Bay Area brands? Which is your favorite?