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Embracing summer

While your plans might not include as much travel as in years past, it IS still summer. And our founders have some fabulous offerings to help you enjoy the Fourth and all the other days of long sunshine and blue skies.

Even if “lounging poolside” means “sitting in a camp chair with a fan and a mister bottle on the roof of my building,” you’ll feel like you’re miles away from the everyday in Brittany Harris’s Voyage Swimwear. Some of Voyage’s best-selling pieces feature world maps, cunningly offering lessons in geography along with great looks.

The F Project also counts swimsuit maker Melanie Travis, founder of Andie, among its members. Melanie’s all-female team offers a 12-question quiz to help women determine the best Andie fit for them. And the models on the Andie website look like they could be your friends…or sisters…or that new mom who just moved in next door. Real women! We love it.

Right now, Melanie has her awesomeness on full display. She’s offering The Summer Set, a collection of mostly female-founded products, to make your staycation almost as sweet as a getaway. Think a Case & Drift 100% Turkish cotton towel, Supergoop! Sunscreen, a Brunna Co. handwoven palm fan, and other niceties. 

But wait…it gets better. Melanie is giving all proceeds from The Summer Set to The Loveland Foundation, a nonprofit with a particular focus on Black women and girls, offering opportunity, access, validation, and healing. 

Wherever you’re catching the rays, you’re going to need to hydrate. We have some ideas about that. If it’s a little caffeine buzz you’re after, look no further than Jenny Bonchak’s Slingshot Coffee Co. You can go big, with the box of ready-to-drink cold brew, or pop open a can of Nitro Flash Brew for an energizing refresher. 

If you’re looking for a prepared cold latte, Jash Mehta and Blair Hardy have just the thing. Their Pop & Bottle line features cold brews made with almond or oat milk, turmeric, ginger, and other super nutrients, with zero refined sugar or dairy.

If you’re more of a tea gal, teaRIOT is here for you with its blend of cold-pressed organic fruits and veggies combined with tea to give you a healthy high. Laura Jakobsen, teaRIOT’s founder, knows a thing or two about a healthy high. Prior to her life in business, she was a competitive ski racer. 

At the end of the day, call it a wrap (literally) with OTHERWORLD kimonos. Founder Ashley Smith put her digitalized photographic travel prints on luxurious fabrics that look amazing and feel even better. 

Who knows…maybe you’ll take your own photos of exotic locales next year. But for this year, our founders are keeping it chill and giving you the sweet things you need to celebrate right where you are.

(Photo: Channeling the vibes from @andieswim)

Erika Szychowski

Erika Szychowski is the CEO/Founder of Good Zebra and the Founder of The F Project, a social impact project to raise the profile of female founders through collaborative commerce.
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