Today is International Women's Day, which means it is a day dedicated to women – and a focal point for the movement for women's rights and equality.

The day first started back in 1909 in New York, and was made an annual event the following year as a 'Special Women's Day'. It wasn't until 1967 that the day was adopted by the feminist movement, where the day was primarily focused on conducting change and equality between sexes.

International Women's Day differs from country to country – in some it is a day of protest, elsewhere it is a day that celebrates women, and in others it is largely ignored. Today we are recognising all the amazing things women have done, starting by supporting these incredible female owned brands.

Roop

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Manchester-based Roop was set up by Natasha Fernandes Anjo, who wanted to share her love for all things vintage and handmade. Natasha hand-makes all bags and accessories using quality and luxury fabrics – these bags are gorgeously girlie and one of a kind.

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Glitter Furoshiki Bag, Roop, £75 here

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Founded by British designer Elisa Jaycott, Before July is a slow-paced fashion brand born from the desire to decrease the demand for fast fashion. Elisa designs one to two collections per year and hand-makes every piece herself. Expect cute one-off dresses and co-ord sets– perfect for spring.

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Amora Dress, Before July, £75 here

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Besties Hannah and Holly moved from Australia to the UK a few years ago with a creative homeware vision – and Siren was born in their cosy studio in East London. Their body-shaped candles are top of our wish list.

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Aphrodite Body Candle, Siren, £28 here

Laura Gravestock

Jewellery designer Laura established her own brand back in 2009. Since then, she’s been a finalist for the UK Jewellery Awards New Designer of the Year and been named as one of Professional Jeweller’s Hot 100 not once, but twice. We love these cute charms!

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Femme Good Vibes Only Charm Bracelet, Laura Gravestock, from £95 here

Hush

Hush was created by Aussie expat Mandy Watkins. Upon arriving in the UK in 2003, she was so traumatised by chilly British winters, she started designing her own cold weather wardrobe. Expect cute prints and luxe snuggly fabrics – we love the sweatshirts.

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Pink Cardigan, Hush, £79 here

Jeans, Hush, £75 here

White tee, Hush, £27 here

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We’ve all become plant mums over lockdown, haven’t we? Scottish plant lover Lou found a way to combine her hobbies of growing plants and doing crafts when she was furloughed, with her hand-painted and totally unique pots and vases. These will bring a new lease of life to your home.

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Set of 3 Mini Stem Vases – Twist N' Shout, Pimp Up Your Plants, £25 here

Tihara Smith

Tihara is a designer whose Windrush-inspired collection adorns an electric mix of stunning raffia bags, stationery prints and more. They're a unique, vibrant and fun brand which oozes sunshine and sophistication. Their service is excellent and purchases come with handwritten personable notes – a lovely customer touch service.

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Art print, Tihara Smith, £12 here

Lemonade Dolls

Lemonade Dolls is the first UK underwear subscription service. It was started by Lemon, who founded the brand to make girls feel confident, with an aim to inspire change. If you subscribe, you’ll get one pair of undies each month, with 40% off the entire website.

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Leopard Boss Set, Lemonade Dolls, £30 here

Rixo

Rixo was started back in 2015by best friends Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey, and has become of the most coveted fashion labels around. Their vision is to create vintage inspired one-off pieces for the modern-day woman, that can be worn time and time again. If you love a bold colour palette and unique prints, this one’s for you.

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Lolita Star Dress, Rixo, £245 here

Urbanized Neckwear

Designer SJ creates a range of contemporary handcrafted neckwear as a unique and edgy alternative to conventional neck attire. Not only does the neckwear make any outfit standout, the quality of work and varied styles are incredible. The brand also offers stylish facemasks, which are fantastic!

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Urbanized Neckwear, shop here

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