Some of the brilliant local women-owned brands to support this International Women’s Day

Subscribe to Forte Magazine


Some of the brilliant local women-owned brands to support this International Women’s Day

Words by Bethany Long

Each year International Women’s Day marks a time for us all to reflect on the successes of women and to focus on how we can contribute to a more gender-equal world.

This day focuses on creating gender equity across four key areas – social, economic, cultural, and political. With only 30% of businesses in Australia owned by women, there is so much potential for gender equity!

In the spirit of highlighting the achievements of women in our community, this International Women’s Day is the perfect time to spotlight some incredible local businesses run by inspiring women!

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here.

Here’s the list of some of our picks for local businesses you can support this International Women’s Day!

Tribe Skincare

You may have seen Tribe Skincare all over your social feeds, but did you know that not only is this brand woman-owned, but it’s local too? Down in Torquay, the team at Tribe Skincare is crafting viral products designed for sensitive skin.

After noticing a gap in the market while running her own skincare clinic, founder Kayla Houlihan decided to create Tribe Skincare so her sensitive-skinned clients could use active skincare ingredients without their skin reacting.

Their viral Brightening Vitamin C Serum launched with huge success selling a huge $13,000 worth of product in only four hours! Their other hit products include their Soothing Anti-Redness Serum which uses Green Tea and Peach Extract to soother inflammation and their new Resurfacing 2-in-1 Exfoliant which uses Fruit Enzymes and Kaolin Clay to leave your skin bright and smooth.

Plus the brand is all-natural, pregnancy-safe, vegan-friendly, and Australian made! Doesn’t get much better than that!

Still not convinced? Take one look at the before and afters on their website and you will be! Gorgeous, glowy skin for everyone.

To help your skin shine its brightest head to their website


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Tribe Skincare®️ (@tribeskincare)

Musings from the Moon

If you’re wanting some grounding and self love in your life, look no further than Musings from the Moon.

Founder Jenna Ramondo has combined her love of creativity and spiritual practices to create a gorgeous range of affirmation cards, journals, prints, poetry, and mindful colouring pages sure to soothe your soul. Plus, all of her products feature the cutest illustrations!

Her gorgeous journal ‘A Year of Coming Home’ takes you on a self-guided journey to self love with weekly prompts and activities to help you feel at home in yourself. How sweet!

Every product by Musings from the Moon is like a warm hug – comforting, cup-filling, and inspiring – which means they make gorgeous heartfelt gifts for all of your favourite friends.

To inspire yourself and your friends head to their website

House of Sam

House of Sam is a lifestyle brand featuring gorgeous personalised leather goods including bracelets, bookmarks, napkin rings, and more.

For the sentimental of us, there are beautifully meaningful customisable memory candles in which Sam presses messages into leather woven around a gorgeous French Pear candle.

My favourite item though? The bags made from up-cycled coffee sacks! These bags are so cool – not only are they saving coffee sacks from landfill, but they feature awesome prints from across the globe all in a handy tote bag size to store all of your important essentials. A must-have for every coffee-fiend.

Explore the gorgeous goods here


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by House Of Sam (@_houseofsam)

Celia Loves

Celia Loves is the great-smelling birth child of local Stefi Kirby. Featuring a dazzling amount of deliciously scented candles and reed diffusers, Celia Loves will make your house smell amazing.

With a huge range of scents including Strawberry Champagne, Japanese Honeysuckle, Tuscan Leather, and Sea Mist & Vetiver, you are sure to find your perfect scent!

Personally, the only thing better than their huge range of incredible scents, is the effortlessly cool packaging. Featuring gorgeously graphic animals and abstract designs, these candles and diffusers won’t only make your house smell divine, but they’ll make it look divine too!

Find your perfect scent here


Wanting to step up your accessories game? Chiggi is here to help you with their gorgeous line of accessories including hair claw clips, scarves, bags, and (my fave) the stunning glasses chains. 

Born in the regional Victoria during the pandemic by Erin Newman, this brand has reached incredible success both nationally and internationally, even featuring in the iconic British Vogue. 

Using her women’s wear background Erin focuses on using colour, exclusively designed prints, and premium fabrics to elevate any look.

If you’ve been in a bit of a style rut, this is absolutely the brand to shake you out of it and shift you into living your best colourful life.

See the full range of styles here


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by ACCESSORIES (@chiggi_co)

Allure Bespoke

Featuring gorgeous, handmade, and personalised jewellery, Allure Bespoke is the ultimate present for yourself. 

Designed in Geelong by local artist Ally Pedersen, the range lets you truly design the piece of your dreams, allowing you to pick the shape, metal, and design perfect for you.

Whether you’re looking for a simple initial, a globe with coordinates (perfect for those who had destination weddings/ proposals!), or a customised engraving of your pet, Allure Bespoke has a gorgeous array of meaningful engraving options.

I’ve got my eye on one of the birth flower engraved necklaces, with matching birthstones because what’s better than flowers and crystals?!

Head to their Instagram to get inspired! @allure.bespoke


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Allure Bespoke (@allure.bespoke)

Lucy’s Lawns

If your love language is more acts of service than it is *things*, powerhouse new business Lucy’s Lawns is for you.

Founded on Wadawurrung country by Lucy Were, with the aid of her Golden Retriever puppy Addis, Lucy’s love of lawn and garden care started at a young age and has now flourished into a serious business providing affordable mowing, edging, trimming, hedging and clean up services across Geelong, Bellarine and the Surf Coast.

With tenacity, determinism, and strength to rise above any challenges thrown her way, Lucy is carving out her place in the male-dominated green industry and we are here for it – plus we love the results of our gardens and lawns looking mighty fine.

For all enquiries, contact Lucy on 0477587878 or head here to find out more.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Lucy’s LAWNS🌾 (@lucyslawns)