Our Favorite Female-Founded Businesses
As a women-owned business, the entire Cabana Life crew is passionate about supporting women in businesses across industries. In honor of International Women’s Day, we are sharing just some of our favorite women-led brands. Not to mention, many of these brands have pieces we love to pair with our own collection. We encourage you to support these businesses. But this doesn’t mean it has to come from your wallet, even a simple follow on Instagram allows us to help each other grow!
WKND WYFR, is a contemporary accessories brand offering high quality and timeless ready-to-wear bags, clutches, sunglasses and more. Made for women, by women - each of their products is a one-of-a-kind. Helen’s inspiration for WKND WYFR is to create a legacy for her two daughters - "that motivate everything I do." She is determined to continue to grow in her product range from jewelry and bags into a full lifestyle brand.
We recently met with the owner of WKND WYFR, Helen on a video call and instantly clicked! Just like us, Helen is all about female-founded companies and supporting other women. We love following @WKND_WYFR on Instagram for Helen’s witty Instagram Reels and to admire her beautiful purses and jewelry. Our team recently got a sneak peek of her Spring Collection…and it’s beautiful! Stay tuned for her new launch soon.
“We like to think that the WKND WYFR brand attracts a pool of traveled, chic and fearless women. Know that you're in fabulous company when you shop with us, and we can't wait for you to join. I'm all about my girlfriends and love meeting new people whether through travel, events or Instagram DMs!”
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CEO School was co-founded by 7 and 8-figure entrepreneurs, Shannan Monson and Suneera Madhani. These two CEOs have made it their mission to empower other women through their programs, podcast, e-books and more. Cabana Life Founder, Melissa Papock heard Suneera speak at a conference and was inspired by her advice and passion. She has since followed along on Suneera’s journey with growing Fattmerchant and starting CEO School. Melissa joined the CEO School and is also an avid listener of their podcast!
Suneera Madhani, has been named “The Most Influential Woman in Payments“ by Payment Source and built Fattmerchant from idea to $5 billion in payments and 110 employees (and growing). Named to Fortune's prestigious 40 under 40 list, Suneera is passionate about helping women truly have it all.
Shannan Monson is a former registered dietitian turned digital product specialist. She has been named “The Queen of Passive Income“ and built a business from apartment floor to multiple 6 and 7-figure digital products all while teaching other women (experts who are crushing it in their industry) to do the same.
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Hazen & Co
Taylor Turner discovered her love for design at an early age. After being introduced to the art of jewelry making at the age of nine, she dove into the design world with the launch of Hazen. Ever since, Taylor has been dedicated to exquisitely handcrafting playful and feminine accessories that embody both timeless elegance and modern sensibility! Hazen & Co’s jewelry has been a beautiful accent piece in many Cabana Life photoshoots.
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Estelle Colored Glass
Stephanie Summerson Hall founded Estelle Colored Glass, a luxury brand of hand-blown colored glass cake stands and stemware in a mix of jewel tones and soft pastels. The Estelle Colored Glass collection is comprised of original commissioned pieces made by glass artisans in Poland at a glass making company with a rich 100-plus-year-old history. These glasses are a mix of vintage & modern, adding a unique touch to any table.
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Lisi Lerch is the original designer of everyone’s favorite tassel earrings. She creates timeless accessories from the Main Line, PA.
After several years working on Wall Street, Lisi Lerch started her company in the Spring of 2001 while working full time in the recruiting office at Cornell University, while her new husband was getting his MBA. Her brand initially offered classic, Kentucky Derby hats that she was inspired to create due to the lack of affordable women’s hats she saw in the marketplace. A few years later she decided to test the waters and dabble in jewelry-making, which became an instant obsession.
A lover of antique jewelry, Lisi Lerch credits the creative direction of her jewelry to her grandmother’s exquisite collection of jewels. Growing up, she was enamored by her grandmother’s fascinating jewelry that always had an incredible story behind it. In addition to jewelry, Lisi Lerch now offers apparel and handbags.
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Kristel Gonzaba started designing her own collection of chinoiserie sneakers in 2019. The preppy and fun styles allow you to feel both comfortable and fashionable. But this is only one of her many jobs! Like the true boss she is, Kristel started blogging in 2018 and also is working as a marketing specialist for a non-profit, San Antonio Council on Alcohol & Drug Awareness.
“I love shopping and supporting female-owned businesses. It is one of the many reasons I love supporting Cabana Life!”
Kristel’s blog, Instagram feed and Shop items are sure to bring joy to your home and life. You can often find Kristel sporting her favorite UPF 50+ pieces from Cabana Life on her social media and blog!
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AIM at Melanoma Foundation
Everyone's journey with melanoma is different. Cabana Life Founder Melissa was diagnosed with melanoma at age 26 and was shocked to discover the lack of sun protective clothing, especially fashion-forward styles! This led her to start Cabana Life, with a mission to design stylish sun protection you actually want to wear.
We recently started working with AIM at Melanoma Foundation to further educate and bring awareness to melanoma. This organization was also born out of a diagnosis. Charlie Guild lost her battle with melanoma at age 26. Her mother, Valerie, was stunned by the lack of treatment options available and made defeating cancer her life's work. AIM is a valuable resource for treatment options and comprehensive, up to date information. The non-profit has grown to also include Valerie's oldest daughter & Charlie's sister, Sam, gave up her career as a corporate attorney to work for AIM. As president of the advocacy organization, Sam has been instrumental in supporting patients and advancing melanoma care. She created Women In Melanoma with her mom, an inaugural conference to discuss a range of topics in melanoma for young female oncologists to go on to share concepts, lessons and best practiced learned at the conference with their workplaces.
In addition to educating about melanoma, Sam has been an important part of leading the national charge against banning indoor tanning and advocating for oral parity.
We truly admire the Guild family's passion & determination to fight melanoma. Cabana Life and AIM have taken loss and negativity and turned it into a positive by bringing awareness and providing options to help prevent melanoma.
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Blogger, podcast host and PR extraordinaire Patricia Maristch is next on the list! While Patricia started her blog as a place to show the progress of her first home, her platform has grown to share lifestyle, fashion, décor and more.
Working with Cabana Life for years on her blog and social media, Patricia invited our founder Melissa to be featured on her podcast, The Preppy Podcast. She interviews brands, businesses and influencers keeping the modern preppy lifestyle alive. Tune in to hear Melissa share our story on Episode 27.
Piqued PR is a boutique PR firm working with lifestyle clients and piquing the interest of press and consumers. As the Founder & CEO Patricia leads a team of women: Courtney & Kelsey.
Has she piqued your interest? View Piqued Public Relation's website.
As a mother-daughter team, Leslie and Lauren have pooled their talents together to launch Giddy Paperie. Artist, mom and designer, Leslie, has long been a painter with a keen love of paper. Lauren's greatest passion lies in writing and Public Relations. The two have discovered you can’t beat working together and every painting and project brings them closer together.
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Cabana Life supports women-owned businesses today & every day. As proud members of the Female Founder Collective, we will continue to encourage and connect with other women-led companies and highlight strong, smart, successful women who are changing the game with their ideas and hard work.