When it comes to performance products, we have the inside line. We size up the best of what’s out there, very often making bets on small businesses run by women who are not only breaking the ceiling, but raising the roof and their voices too. They personally know what it takes to run hard, stand tall, climb high and go deep - and craft accordingly.
It all started with a need for a great boardshort and a rashguard that fit. Surfers and friends turned business partners, Jennifer Hinton and Thayer Sylvester took a conversation from a surf trip and built a brand around it. The perfect balance of fashion and function, Carve Designs delivers gear that keeps up with “real women with real bodies and a real passion for adventure.”
An Outward Bound instructor turned hand-crafted jeweler. Bronwen began making jewelry out of gortex thread and other materials scavenged from the repair room. Her jewelry, like the women who wear it, is feminine, fierce and made for adventure. And when she’s not riding roughshod over the demands of running a small business, she’s on her favorite ride: a cargo bike (with her 6 year old daughter as the cargo).
Conservationist, musician and protector of the wild. This wild woman merged her love of animals, the environment and art to create a business that donates up to 10% of sales to organizations that protect the Earth. We love her mission so much, it was a no brainer to carry her hats. Oldest piece of gear? Her 14 year old sleeping bag.
With an innate love of art and a copy of Vogue in-hand, Samantha Chang left Hong Kong for the Rhode Island School of Design. Post-grad, her premiere lingerie collection was a hit. With that, she launched her company and hasn’t looked back since. She found her passion creating beautiful, contemporary pieces with fiercely feminine details. Her favorite place to wear them? Twenty feet up on aerial silks.