Africa boasts nearly 20,000 miles of surfable coastline, and surf company Mami Wata celebrates the vastness of the continent’s surfing history as well as the rising interest amongst younger generations. Their debut book’s 300 pages contain contributions from Africa’s top surfers, photographers and cultural commentators in the form of 50 essays and 200 photos. Altogether, it’s a colorful and cheerful celebration of the culture, both on and off the water. Proceeds will be donated to two organizations: Waves For Change and Surfers Not Street Children. Price is in GBP.
Crafted using sunflower, safflower and avocado oil, Jade & Fox Co’s luxuriant and fragrant Vixen Body Oil doubles as a moisturizer and perfumer. The food-grade ingredients within lend nutrients to skin—and even offer natural SPF. Though sold out, anyone interested can join the mailing list to learn when the product will return.
Somali chef Hawa Hassan’s In Bibi’s Kitchen shares recipes and tales from grandmothers living in the eight African nations that touch the Indian Ocean: South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia and Eritrea. The 288-page book goes beyond instructions and dives into the histories behind each dish. From highlighting a region’s importance in the spice trade to Hassan’s personal tales about particular recipes, the book tells stories and teaches lessons on food, history, culture and tradition.
Moonlight Roller’s retro-inflected, green Emerald City roller skates feature a little moon-shaped cut-out at the ankle—the brand’s hallmark. With a 100% suede upper, tongue stabilizer and 58mm 82A urethane wheels, they’re made for indoor or outdoor skating. Each pair comes with 82-inch laces, a cushioned insole and padded lining for comfort. These classic skates are for all genders, but the sizing is in traditional men’s—so keep that in mind when selecting.
Since 2007, Jahmal Williams’ Hopps has made “skateboards for skateboarders.” Among their many offerings are playful and artistic decks, each of which come in varying sizes. Their KEEP IT MOVING Coffee Deck is crafted from 100% hard rock Canadian Maple and comes in several different wood veneers. Plus, every purchase comes with Hopps-branded grip tape for you to apply as needed.
Crafting stunning, sophisticated takes on traditional workout equipment, Rhode Island studio Work in Use was born from a desire to combine high design and movement training. With all kinds of products available, the brand eschews commonly used materials like plastic and vinyl, replacing it with soft leather, cordovan steel and wood. The Lachi Pull Up Bar is easy to install, and should fit most doorways. It’s made in two versions: one from oiled walnut, cordovan steel and leather; the other from oiled maple, copper-plated steel and leather.
Made by hand in New York from lightweight, water-repellant Italian fabric (a unique blend of recycled metals and nylon), the Lava Blazer from GOSS draws inspiration from the otherworldly lava-and-salt landscapes of Northern Chile. Founded by Derrick Goss, the exploratory fashion brand defies expectations with each item in the latest collection—which includes this loosely fitted jacket, shorts, shirts and briefs.
CanDid Art owner and designer Candice Cox’s original designs appear on the brand’s Sunset Under The Rainbow Quilt, which doubles as hangable wall art. Measuring 45 by 50 inches, the 100% cotton quilt has been crafted by local Oakland, California artisans. On one side, eight half-circle motifs appear and on the reverse side, an orange backdrop plays host to a pattern of lines and dots. This “Grandma-worthy” quilt will arrive two to three weeks after ordering, and has been pre-washed.
Made to order in Brooklyn, Octave Jewelry’s pieces explore contrasting shapes, colors, textures and styles. Ope Omojola—founder and lead designer—hand-cuts every stone to suit its individual shape and character, and above all wants her jewelry to be worn and enjoyed. Inspired by the corona around the sun, Octave’s AURA Hoops feature a geometric Mother of Pearl stud above a blue and white asymmetric borosilicate glass circle. Striking but understated, these lovely earrings are lightweight for everyday wear.
Luxury gift wrapping brand UNWRP—founded by multi-disciplinary designer Ashley L Fouyolle—often collaborates with artists on limited edition iterations, but their Waves pattern is Fouyolle’s own. Sold in a set of three oversized, premium-weight sheets, the Waves gift wrap combines earth tones and vibrant pinks and blues. Each sheet measures 20 by 28 inches.
San Diego-based shop Arts-Rec offers an array of skateboarding essentials—from apparel and accessories to decks, wheels and hardware. Further, they stock a bunch of their own branded merchandise. One such item is this Boxing Coach Jacket, which is made from 100% water-resistant nylon taffeta (with a polyester liner), making it useful for strolls, rides in inclement weather and everything in-between. Designed for a relaxed fit, the jacket features two exterior pockets, an interior stash spot and a drawstring hem.
NorBlack NorWhite’s Square Shirt Dress may be billowy and comfortable, but the two- or three-color ombre viscose-satin elevates it above the humble “house dress.” Available in various bold, sophisticated hues, each dress is individually hand-dyed and comes in just one size. The brand was founded by Mriga Kapadiya and Amrit Kumar (both raised in Toronto) who moved to Bombay over a decade ago in order to explore their Indian roots. NorBlack NorWhite is now based in Delhi, where their production occurs in-house.
Made by Iowa-based Candice Luter, this Fringe Mirror exudes playful sophistication. Crafted from brass, fringing and an arch-shaped mirror, it’s part practical piece and part room accent. With options for mirror tints (standard, smoke or bronze) and fringe options (ivory, black, block color or even custom hues), there are plenty of options with one certain to enhance your current decor.
Taiwanese tea purveyor Us Two Tea, founded by Shanghai-born Maggie Ranmu Xue, directly sources leaves from three small family-owned farms—all of which they have strong relationships with. Each farm forgoes chemicals and pesticides and processes their tea leaves on-site through traditional practices. Us Two’s four-tea variety pack includes five bags each of BaoZhong Tea, Black Tea, Jasmine Tea and Oolong Tea. Each is packaged in sustainable, 100% corn-fiber tea sachets that can be brewed up to three times.
LA-based label No Sesso—meaning “no sex / no gender” in Italian—exists at the crux of fashion, art, culture and design, while challenging the traditional notions of each. Founded by Pierre Davis, the brand’s signature pieces include hand-embroidery and made-to-order knits. This hoodie (one of their more conventional offerings), intended for all genders and identities, has been embroidered with a swirly No Sesso logo on the front and the “Acid Smiley” on the sleeve.
Latinx- and Black-owned CBD brand Xula produces a tincture meant to provide a sense of focus and relaxation all at once. Aptly called Ah!, the blend aids in bodily relaxation through a careful concoction of herbs, hemp, oils, and dried flowers. There’s 1000mg of CBD and 150mg of CBG present in the entire bottle, and doses includes 33mg and 5mg of each, respectively. Together, they tackle anxiety and muscle tension, while coconut-derived MCT oil helps with clarity. All of the included ingredients can also be studied in Xula’s ever-growing herbal index, a hub for medicinal research. To use, simply ingest half a dropper one to three times daily.