Bed-Stuy’s BLK MKT Vintage—founded by Jannah Handy and Kiyanna Stewart—specializes in second-hand delights from magazines to buttons, but this Juneteenth T-shirt is one of their own, new products. Commemorating and celebrating the holiday (the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Texas, but also the emancipation of enslaved African people across the country), this shirt has been hand-printed in Philadelphia. Available in size XS to 5XL.
Lewes, UK-based artists (and sisters), Liv and Dom Cave-Sutherland make a number of lovely stoneware candlesticks—each one hand-built and hand-glazed, with no cast or moulds used. Selene, the goddess of the moon, inspired the the Luna iteration. Standing about 19cm (7.5 inches) tall, the piece is perfectly functional, but looks glorious even when not in use. Price is in Pounds.
Franny Choi explores queerness, femininity, identity and autonomy as an Asian American woman in Soft Science, a book of poems that often center on futurism and technology in a remarkably human manner. While cyborgs feature as a vehicle for otherness, Choi also uses them in many other nuanced ways. Rhythmic and melodic, her poems enthrall readers.
Oakland-based artist Yétundé Olagbaju has printed some of her glorious work onto square 35-inch satin scarves that can be worn or hung on a wall. Her “Magician” scarf features symbolism for the four elements, but in Olagbaju’s distinct, beautiful style—as a swan, a Yoruba bust, a fan and a vase. The black and white piece also has vines, candles, stars and shells printed on it.
Korean jewelry brand Cold Frame creates gold and silver accessories that balance classic style with avant-garde, off-kilter design. The Capitulescence Earrings are inspired by fallen flower petals, with organic, abstract shapes balanced by a neat silver rod. They are made in Seoul from sterling silver, so they won’t lose their color and can be polished from time to time for extra shine. Price is in South Korean won.
Jessica Tse’s NOTTE Jewelry joyfully embraces the early 2000s without appearing entirely retro. The brand recently brought back one of their favorite designs, the Bloom Bloom earrings. The chunky hoops feature a diamond-cut flower charm and are tarnish-resistant gold-plated. Made by hand, they are available as singles or in pairs.
From Eat Offbeat, The Kitchen Without Borders is part cookbook, part story book. With recipes by refugees and asylees from Syria, Sri Lanka, Iran, Eritrea, Venezuela and beyond, who relocated to NYC and became chefs at Eat Offbeat, the book contains diverse and delicious dishes. From fattoush to stuffed momos, the recipes will thrill home cooks. Much more than a list of ingredients and a method, the book profiles each chef. The overall result is imbued with tales of memories, places, family and identity.
From Yueqi Qi’s eponymous brand (which is a celebration of Chinese romance and “an ode to Kaiping,” the city in southern China where she spent much of her childhood), this signature scented dragon candle routinely sells out. Combining traditionally Eastern and Western design styles, the unconventional cuboid-shaped candle is engraved on four sides. Scented with white tea, it’s made with vegetable wax.
Ghetto Gastro’s “Bronx Baldwin” long-sleeve T-shirt, featuring a portrait of James Baldwin, is part of a collection that honors some of the legends educated at the Bronx’s DeWitt Clinton High School. Initially released last year, the shirt—which was designed by New Studio—has been made for all genders and comes in size small to XXL.
Each piece of jewelry from EDAS—Philadelphia-born, Brooklyn-based Sade Mims’ accessories label—is carefully made by hand. The Hattie necklace, crafted from gold-plated brass, can be worn alone as a statement piece or layered along with others. It’s available on a 16-inch or 18-inch chain. Mims also makes gorgeous beaded bags and hats in her Bed-Stuy studio, but they routinely sell out, so keep an eye out.
By Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew, the glorious and dynamic book Black Futures features essays, artwork, photos, poetry, dialogues, recipes, infographics and even tweets and memes to illustrate the expansive and ever-evolving realm of Black creativity and culture. Visually vibrant, mentally stimulating and entirely inspiring, the book entrances and inspires—but also makes a call for equality, inclusion and celebration of Black joy and imagination.
Now in its second printing, Melodie McDaniel’s Riding Through Compton is the result of several years of documentary and portrait photography, capturing striking and tender equestrian scenes in the LA County city. In 1988, Mayisha Akbar (who provides an essay in the book) founded the Compton Jr Posse—a program made for local kids to enjoy riding horses, but also to build self-esteem, confidence and a sense of responsibility. Several members from that program went on to create Compton Cowboys (also a non-profit benefitting youth in the area) and leader Randy Savvy also contributes an essay. Within are interviews by Amelia Fleetwood, a poem excerpt by Robin Coste Lewis and an afterword from Youth in Focus founder Walter Bodle. Riding Through Compton is a stunning book that will delight and move readers.
Seattle-based Eighth Generation is an art and lifestyle brand owned by Snoqualmie Tribal People and founded in 2008 by artist, activist and educator Louie Gong (Nooksack). Best known for their wool blankets designed by various artists from different tribes, the brand purveys lovely items for the home. One of our favorites, the “Coast Salish Pattern” baby blanket, is designed by Gong herself and crafted from 100% merino wool. The gray and white pattern, based on traditional Coast Salish weaving, is appealing on either side, and has been double-knit for extra warmth. It comes in a box with gold customizable labels for giving as a gift, and 5% of all blanket sales go to the Inspired Natives Award.
This season Chop Suey Club created several sets filled with various themed items. Our pick, the “Double Happiness” Holiday Bundle, comprises two pairs of Double Happiness socks, a Thank You rolling tray and a copy of Thomas Sauvin’s Until Death Do us Part photo book—which explores the surprising role of cigarettes in Chinese weddings. The 108-page book comes in an original cigarette box, and the entire set is gift-wrapped for the festive season. Available online or in-store at their LES location.
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.
Artist and author Michelle Kwon’s pocket-sized paperback collection of comics, The Interior Life, (released in 2018 by independent California-based publisher Tiny Splendor) assembles personal moments of introspection and humor. It’s thoughtful, endearing and offers a fresh perspective from start to finish. With a cat factoring heavily into the narrative, feline fans should enjoy this, as well.