SVNR designer Christina Tung collaborated with stylist Mecca James-Williams to create a lush, hand-dyed slip dress that celebrates and pays homage to the stylist’s homeland. “My ode to Jamaica is rooted in honoring my ancestors as well as my future and finding my creativity to connect the diaspora in the here-and-now. Jamaica is a magical place where nature meets spirit,” says James-Williams. Capturing this magical quality, this 100% silk dress features a menagerie of green, yellow and black (also a nod the country’s flag) on a scoop-neck, mid-length silhouette. Proceeds from the dress go to Free Winnifred, an organization fighting to keep Jamaica’s Winnifred beach—one of the few free public beaches in Jamaica—open to locals.
This fortune cookie kit yields a total of 48 of the beloved Chinese takeout treats in an easy but creative way. It includes all ingredients (flour, superfine sugar and cocoa powder) as well as a silicone baking mat, 60 pre-written fortunes and customizable blank ones, an edible ink pen and step-by-step instructions to make the process stress-free. Thanks to Global Grub’s giveback program, proceeds from each kit sold are donated to local food banks, particularly the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, who provide food to 178,000 people every month.
The Spaceship Gamma is a wall-mounted cat bed that lives up to its name, with a bulbous acrylic lookout that’s reminiscent of a cartoon astronaut helmet. The main body of the bed has been crafted in walnut and features air-holes opposite the entry for better circulation and reduced echo. Though it can be mounted on the wall (saving space while indulging your cat’s climbing desires), it can simply be placed on the floor, as well.
From Bouqé—a cannabis-centric brand that’s dedicated to elevating the ritual of rolling and smoking—the African Violets Rolling Tray features the flower with the brand’s logo bursting through the blossoms. Indigenous to Tanzania and Kenya, the vibrant purple African Violet symbolizes modesty, devotion and love. It is deeply connected with feminine energy. Spiritually aligned with positivity, the flower presents the perfect motif for an enjoyable smoking session. This tin dish measures five by seven inches.
Available in six colors that are named after semi-precious stones—Obsidian, Tiger’s Eye, Citrine, Jasper, Moonstone and Amethyst—and reflect its natural ingredients, TooD’s bioglitter is the world’s only truly biodegradable glitter. While plenty of cosmetic glitter products tout themselves as sustainable, the compostable options are impractical (wearers must scrape it off their face and then go through the several composting steps) and many that claim to be biodegradable are indeed made from plant-based ingredients, but are then covered in plastic—entirely nullifying any environmentally friendly effects. TooD’s bioglitter completely breaks down in freshwater or saltwater, in just 28 days. That means wearers can wash their face as normal, and have no guilt about washing microplastics into rivers and oceans. With a TUV certification from Germany and Austria, TooD’s bioglitter is made from non-toxic, plastic-free, plant cellulose and looks, smells and works much like conventional glitter, but feels slightly softer and lighter. The brand’s eco-friendly packaging is made by a solar-powered manufacturer. Safe for the face or body, bioglitter is intended for playful self-expression and self-celebration.
Brooklyn-based artist Carol Li blends sculpture, object and costume design into her kitsch yet elegant jewelry line, Janky Jewels. Handmade by Li, the “Telephone” necklace demonstrates her unique ability to form style-defying pieces. It melds the classic beauty of freshwater pearls with the modern edge of a stainless steel chain, unified by a baroque freshwater pearl pendant. As each piece is made to order, Li recommends ordering three weeks out from the preferred delivery date and before 3 December for guaranteed holiday arrivals.
With a mission to bring tranquility to people’s daily rituals, Lisa Li founded The Qi, a tea brand that uses whole flowers. Sourced from small, family-owned farms, the high-quality blossoms are hand-picked, cultivated sustainably and grown organically. The Tri-Bouquet Set is an enchanting bundle of naturally caffeine-free teas comprised of three flowers: Blue Lotus, Shangri-La Rose and Royal Chrysanthemum. In addition, the bundle includes a bamboo tong and glass server. From the fragrance to flavor and watching the colorful flowers unfurl, The Qi offers a multi-sensory experience.
Panamanian drummer and music producer Jahphet “Jah” Negast Landis (also known under the moniker Roofeeo) founded Jah Mama Sauce in celebration of his late mother and her original hot sauce recipe. Blending his memories of her and their home into a sensorial and spicy experience, the eponymous sauce consists of select Scotch Bonnet peppers (popular in the Caribbean, and measuring around 80,000 to 400,000 on the Scoville scale), Fresno chiles, dates, carrots and other all-natural ingredients that result in a well-rounded condiment that’ll kick up any dish.
There is some prose that, upon reading a single sentence, immediately strikes a chord. Caleb Azumah Nelson’s writing is like that. Whether describing a serendipitous glance between two unwitting lovers or the uncontrollable urge to surrender the self to a new crush, Nelson’s debut novel Open Water palpably captivates, as it tells a soulful story of two young Black artists in London who fall in and out of love. Told in second-person, the novel explores how to learn to love—in all it softness and vulnerability—in a world that forces and reveres masculinity and resilience. Beautiful and unforgettable, Open Water is a breathtaking portrait set within the fear and violence of reality.
Portland, Oregon-based artist Lan Truong’s “Lit” risograph print is a playful celebration of a ritual. Truong’s colorful work (which bounces between erotic, witty, naive and trippy) has been featured in The New York Times, WIRED, The Atlantic and more. This particular piece channels the artist’s penchant for texture and vibrance. Measuring 11 by 14 inches, each print has been signed.
Founded by Jenny Wu, LACE is a future-forward jewelry collection that uses high-tech innovations to create detailed designs. The Amos Carbon Ring has been crafted from carbon fiber using a proprietary composite 3D printing technology. The process involves layering 209 sheets of 3D-printed carbon fiber fabrics. The Amos makes for a timeless design and can be stacked with others (and has been designed to sit perfectly with the Amor Ring) or worn alone as a statement piece.
Owned and operated by people of color and intended for people of color, LA’s POT offers pottery workshops, classes and more. The POT team has extended their love for ceramics and art into a line of objects and apparel, which includes the Classical Vase Long Sleeve sweatshirt. The back of the item (available in sizes small to 4XL) has been adorned with a screen-printed design of a traditional vase decorated with a flaming cop car. On the front, POT’s logo is emblazoned on the corner in white lettering.
With 500mg of broad-spectrum CBD, this ultra-hydrating body butter combines hemp and naturally occurring terpenes with a custom blend of shea and cocoa butter, chamomile, calendula and aloe. The result is a formula that helps ease sore muscles and feet, while and providing rich nourishment for the skin. Made from 100% natural ingredients from the US, it’s a plant-based potion full of anti-inflammatory agents, antioxidants and vitamins.
From the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, this empowering book (inspired by her TED Talk) is a call for girls and women to embrace mistakes and let go of perfectionism. Girls, as Saujani explains, are culturally conditioned to be afraid of failure, to play it safe and to sacrifice their voice in the vein of politeness, but prioritizing perfection is a recipe for an inauthentic life. Using personal anecdotes and powerful insights from her own life, Saujani draws on interviews she conducted with women and girls around the world to dismantle these societal expectations and chart a course where bravery is a lifelong practice.
The second issue of India’s first art and design newspaper, The Irregular Times, imagines future utopias. From graphic stories charting the course of political correctness to Indigenous food practices and recipes from Assam, this experimental zine—conceptually and visually—fascinates. The issue also includes a surprise DIY “envelope in an envelope,” adding interactive elements to this paper that celebrates and pushes the boundaries of analog printing. Price is in Indian Rupees.
Like Shaquanda herself—a drag queen and founder of the eponymous company—the Spicier Smoke hot sauce is a fiery showstopper. Measuring at 25,000 Scoville heat units, this condiment is hot without compromising flavor. By using whole ingredients like onion, roasted red pepper, mustard turmeric and habanero, and eliminating fillers and starches, Spicier Smoke delivers well-rounded seasoning that brings some undeniable flair to the table.