Wear your love for women’s empowerment on your sleeve this Women’s History Month (and the rest of the year) with statement tees and sweatshirts from local, female-owned shops
By Claire Manor
Featured photo via @detroitfutureisfemale
Not only does Ferne Boutique sell this “Women Supporting Women” shirt, but the business — which has locations in Bay City, Ann Arbor, and Detroit — also stands by the saying. Owner and founder Laura Horwath aims to give every woman a one-on-one shopping experience to help find quality items. Ferne also sells a selection of products from local artisans, including hand-poured candles by Detroit-based Honey & Home.
Women Supporting Women Crewneck Tee, $70.00, Ferne Boutique
We are obsessed with this “Féministe” top (that’s French for feminist) from The New Feminists, a brand that’s all about equality, women’s empowerment, and community. Every month the company donates 10% of its sales to different organizations that align with its mission; previous recipients include Alternatives For Girls, Detroit Justice Center, Rebel Dogs Detroit, and Fighting Pretty.
‘Féministe’ Genderless Sweatshirt, $48.00, Detroit’s Future is Female
Detroit’s Future is Female is a line of clothing and accessories created by The New Feminists to empower local women. Coffee mugs, phone cases and pillows printed with the slogan are also available for purchase on their website.
Detroit’s Future is Female Embroidered T-shirt, $32.00, Detroit’s Future is Female
One DNA is a Black and queer-owned brand that creates gender-neutral pieces. Additionally, 10% of profits from their “Women Are Powerful” collection go to The National Women’s Law Center. You can shop their pieces online or in store at 216 W Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti.
Women Are Powerful T-shirt in White, $45.00, One DNA
Ann Arbor-based Verbena has been a go-to for University of Michigan students for years, and this “Girl Gang” T-shirt represents the store’s mission to help women express themselves on campus. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the boutique also began selling fashionable face masks. For every mask bought, Verbena donates a mask to a frontline worker or patient.
Girl Gang Crop Tee White, $28.00, Verbena Ann Arbor
Amanda Adamcheck started Plymouth-based Kiloh+Co as an Etsy store, then eventually turned it into its own brand. She truly embodies the idea of a “Girl With A Dream” and is an inspiration to other aspiring entrepreneurs. You can shop clothing, accessories and more at Kiloh+Co’s physical location or on its website.
A Girl With A Dream Lead Grey Tee, $20.00, Kiloh+Co