As a consumer, there are a lot of ways you can use your dollar to make a difference. One of them is investing in small businesses year-round, but especially now that it's gifting season. More often than not, these businesses are women-founded or BIPOC-owned, groups that have historically struggled to thrive economically. As you think of what to get your fashion-loving friends for the holidays, consider saving up for these worthwhile items designed by brands that often contribute to important social causes or power local economies.
We've compiled a list of thoughtful, beautifully designed pieces from small fashion brands that will not only start conversations, but also be cherished for years to come. From eye-catching tops to refined shoulder bags, take a look, and don't be surprised if you end up keeping a couple things for yourself.