March 10, 2021
In light of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, there feels like no better time to celebrate girl power. Harper & Tucker is a women's business - we are founded, owned, and run by and for women. Even our two namesake dogs are girls. In its very bones, this boutique has been celebrating feminism and all forms of female beauty since its birth, and we will take any reason to celebrate it!
Natalie and I both came from the business world in our early careers before we opened Harper & Tucker. There are many stark contrasts between small business ownership and the professional relationships you foster in that path versus the culture of a large corporate ladder, and one of my favorites has been the opportunity to work with (and befriend) so many entrepreneurial women. From showroom owners, to designers, to neighboring shop owners, to accountants, to photographers, we are surrounded by talented, powerful women. I'd like to take a moment in this blog to highlight just a handful of our favorite women-led businesses that we work with - I hope to introduce you to someone new that you fall in love with!
Kristen is our beloved neighbor on our little corner of Bellevue and we are in love with her shop. Her windows are a constant inspiration for us, and Natalie and I both drop in to buy ourselves a little something more often than we would like to admit! I honestly have never been in a more beautifully styled boutique, and every time I go in I am invigorated and inspired to bring more creative energy back to our own shop. If you are looking for your next brilliant piece of artwork, she is the woman to consult with, and she always has a spectacular selection of original pieces in her gallery. Kristen also curates the most special objects for the home - one of my personal favorites she introduced me to is Estelle Colored Glassware. These glasses are like jewels for your table; they make such a thoughtful, special gift - I pull mine out whenever I want my table to have an extra pop, or when I'm enjoying a glass of wine on my couch and want to feel ultra chic and indulgent. No need to fret if you are not a Newporter - she will ship her beauties to you!
We have carried Show Me Your Mumu since our very first launching collection, and I feel that they truly embody the happiest sort of girl power. Founded by best friends Cammy and Cologne, Mumu produces 80% of their clothing in the USA and employs over 80% women. They always say that their brand is more of a family, all about "girls supporting girls, and lifting each other up." My bestie Faith has worked at Mumu since we graduated college, so through her and because of working with Mumu through H&T, I have been lucky to get to know many of the women that have built this brand into the force that it is today. From the women who run the show rooms (Natalie and I get giddy to see them at our market appointments!), to the ladies at the LA HQ, we are always inspired by their energy, kind spirit, and positivity. Also importantly, their clothes are always FUN to wear, and encourage us to express our creativity and femininity. Who doesn't love that?!
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