Our Fave Women-Owned Businesses in LA
Whether you’re a local or a tourist, LA is the perfect place for fashion, food and eclectic stores. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite businesses in LA, and even better, they’re all founded and owned by women! So if you’re looking for places to go in Los Angeles, look no further because we have six businesses that will satisfy all of your shopping and foodie needs!
Wylie Wilson is a gorgeous lingerie company that sells handmade european-inspired bras. Gorgeous and intricate, this lingerie was created with the belief that “every woman deserve to experience the uniqueness of her beauty,” according to Peta Wilson, the founder. With no uncomfortable wiring, Wylie bras are perfect for those who don’t want the restrictions of underwire but still want support. Furthermore, Wylie bras are also perfect for post-operative breast cancer survivors, as Wylie has created an alliance with Dr. Joel A. Aronowitz, the former Chief Division of Plastic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and leader of the Breast Preservation Foundation, which serves to educate and empower women about their health. Through this powerful alliance, Wylie’s has created a “wear-it-forward” policy, which means that every time a customer purchases a bra at a Wylie store, they guarantee a free bra for a sister fighting breast cancer. Not only are these bras gorgeous, they also support an amazing cause. All garments are crafted at their art house in Venice, with their flagship store located on Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA. Visit Wylie Wilson’s website for more information on lingerie styles and how to purchase.
Located on Melrose, B Poy and Jo is a trendy clothing store that caters to all your fashion needs. The owner, Casey Lum, named the store after her grandparents, Bert Poy and Josephine who provided her with “creativity, entrepreneurship, motivation, enthusiasm and fashion love.” Lum spent the last 10 years in the fashion industry, occupying roles as designer, stylist and buyer and created B. Poy & Jo to cater to those who wanted a style described as “a little crazy with a little class.” Starting out as an accessory store, B. Poy & Jo now offers effortless style apparel. Their entire store is outfit goals and to top it all off their Instagram account is perfect, plus there’s giveaways on the first thursday of every month!
The Ripped Bodice the only female owned exclusively romantic bookstore in Culver City, Los Angeles. The owners, Bea and Leah Koch, are sisters originally from Chicago. Their mission is to allow women to profit from their creative output; in this case you can find an extremely diverse selection of romance novels as well as clothing, jewelry, stationery and beauty products. The store is gorgeous, and once inside you’ll never want to leave. Whether you’re stopping by to pick up a book or for some intelligent conversation with the lovely owners, The Ripped Bodice is a necessary stop in Los Angeles for both tourists and locals.
Located off of La Brea Avenue in LA’s Miracle Mile, Wilde Wine Bar is one of the best dining experiences in Los Angeles. Inspired by European-style brasseries and wine bars found in European towns, Wilde marries the experience of both restaurants and wine bars. Perfect for dates, family dinners or just a good meal, Wilde features simply prepared dishes using local and seasonal ingredients. Their turkey meatballs and zucchini fries are delicious, but their entire menu is worth sampling. Their wine pairings are perfect either alone or paired with food. Often described as “a diamond in the rough,” Wilde is a must for any foodie passing through LA.
Located in the historic Grand Central Market in Downtown LA, Madcapra is an “untraditional” Falafel shop which prides itself for its farm-to-table dining. Produce driven, Madcapra sources all of its vegetables locally, for example, their chickpeas are sourced from Koda Farms. Madcapra also prides itself for being vegan and vegetarian friendly, while also serving delicious falafel that are gluten free. Owned by chefs Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer, it has been featured in shows like Food Network Star and has glowing reviews from newspapers like the LA Times, Zagat's 30 Under 30 and Bon Appetit. If that isn’t enough to try it out, Madcapra was also nominated for the James Beard Rising Star Award.
Beginning as an ice cream food truck, CoolHaus’s two co-founders, Natasha Case and Freya Estreller have locked down the business of artisanal ice cream sandwiches. With mutual backgrounds in design and real estate fields, Case and Estreller started baking cookies and combining them into “cool houses.” Their delicious sandwiches are named after architects and architectural movements that inspired them. As of now, Coolhaus operates a national fleet of 10 mobile ice cream trucks and carts, has two store-fronts in Culver City and Pasadena, and has ice cream available for purchase at 4,000 markets including Whole Foods, Kroger and Safeway in all 50 states. Their ice cream is delicious, and they even have gluten free and vegan options so everyone can enjoy the creamy creative goodness!
Did any of your favorite female owned businesses make the list? Tell us your favorite women-owned businesses in LA in the comments below! Whether you’re a local LA native or just passing through, you definitely want to stop by these businesses.