A lot of us have a friend who we've considered doing business with. Along the way, you've likely heard a lot of backlash about getting into business with a friend, and in turn ruining your friendship. Because nobody wants that, and we want to inspire women collaborating with one another, we're highlighting five dynamic BFF duos who have taken ideas, brought them to life, and created profitable and successful businesses. In honor of International Day of Friendship, take note of the following friends turned business partners to get inspired and ready to collaborate.
Marianna Hewitt & Lauren Gores- Summer Fridays
The bloggers turned entrepreneurs launched their skincare brand, Summer Fridays, earlier this year. Starting with just one product, the Jet Lag Mask, the social-first brand has skyrocketed to success. The duo knew they'd be the ideal set of business partners because they both felt that something was missing from the skincare market. They took matters into their own hands and together they curated something with good-for-you ingredients.
Devin Brugman & Natasha Oakley- Monday Swimwear
Bikini connoisseur Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman expanded their brand from blogging to a full swimwear line, Monday Swimwear. The two are also known for promoting body-positivity and wanted to create a line of high-end swimwear that made everyone feel good, regardless of their body type. They're best friends who travel the world together and continuously roll out new products to share with the world.
Gabi Gregg & Nicolette Mason- Premme
Plus-size industry leaders Gabi Gregg and Nicolette Mason are known for breaking rules and pushing boundaries. They created Premme, a trend-forward line of plus-size clothing after recognizing that the fashion industry was lacking just that. They incorporate the wants and needs of plus-size women into every piece. With their experience as fashion editors and design consultants along with their friendship, the two decided to team up and address these gaps in the fashion market.
Lauren Conrad & Hannah Skvarla- The Little Market
The Little Market is an online fair trade shop founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla, where beautiful products created by artisans across the globe can be purchased. Their artisan partners improve the quality of life throughout their communities in ways such as business training, literacy workshops, health programs and more, all while caring for their families. Both founders wanted to empower women artisans through purchases.
Katrina Scott & Karena Dawn- Tone It Up
Karena and Katrina are experts in fitness, nutrition, and wellness. Their love for those three interests inspired them to create Tone It Up, an online destination and lifestyle brand that now reaches millions of women committed to wellness through content, social media, meal plans, exercises programs, and more. Their common interests and healthy business relationship have led them to now being the owners of a multi-million dollar brand with 40% growth year over prior year.