Made from fresh hot chili peppers, onions, ginger, lemon juice, horseradish, turmeric, mustard and apple cider vinegar, Shaquanda’s Hot Pepper Sauce first made its appearance at queer party Bushwig in 2013. When asked to perform as Shaquanda (the drag persona of Andre Springer), Springer said she would oblige if food could be part of the show. After her performance, Shaquanda handed out samples to the crowd, and the response was overwhelming. With no fillers or starches, the hot sauce (along with three other condiments) is super-flavorful.
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.
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.
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.
The sibling to the Kaya 3-Piece Bowl Planter, this two-piece iteration—designed by Justina Blakeney for her LA-based company Jungalow—proves itself to be just as charming. Available in four colors and measuring seven inches tall, this ceramic piece provides space for drainage and can be mixed and matched with other versions. These planters offer a beautiful and sophisticated home for your plants.
Designed by Sheila Bridges (who has helmed an eponymous interior design studio since 1994), this gorgeous Harlem Toile wallpaper features images not seen on classic Toile de Jouy. Rather than European pastoral scenes, this version satirizes and celebrates stereotypes that Bridges says are “deeply woven into the African American experience.” Characters joyfully dance next to a boombox, shoot hoops, play Double Dutch, picnic and more—blending contemporary concepts with the centuries-old style. The wallpaper is 27 inches wide by five yards long, with a 30-inch repeat on the pattern. It’s available in 12 different colorways, but Bridges also offers custom versions at an extra cost.
Founded by twin sisters Corianna and Brianna Dotson, Coco and Breezy makes bold sunglasses and spectacles from high-quality materials. The statement-making MOXI-102 shades provide 100% protection from UV rays within their tinted lenses, and their slightly rounded-square shape is equal parts sophisticated and playful. Available in three colorways, the MOXI frames feature a fully acetate frame and hybrid metal arms with tortoiseshell ends.
NOTTE Jewelry’s Make You Smile collection—composed of necklaces, bracelets and earrings—was conjured as a response to the current pandemic, with 50% of the proceeds from all sales donated to Food Bank For New York City. Helmed by Jessica Tse, the brand produces playful accessories that combine costume elements with pearls, semi-precious stones and unexpected materials. These Make You Smile Rainbow earrings come as singles (but are also available in pairs) comprising a gold-plated hoop or stud, rainbow smiley face bead and a freshwater pearl.
Handmade in Kenya, Hedaya’s two-color marangi sisal baskets measure eight by six inches. They’re made by a small group of Kenyan women who have practiced basket weaving since their youth—learning a craft that’s been passed down for generations. These unique, natural, woven basins can function as planters, storage containers, catchalls and more. They come in six different vibrant colorways.
Much More’s Assata tote proclaims “Assata Shakur is welcome here,” next to a portrait of the activist and former member of the Black Liberation Army. Below, in smaller font, are words from Shakur, who still lives in Cuba since being granted political asylum there: “Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.” A practical product emblazoned with a powerful message, it serves as a reminder of how far we have to go—and the importance of solidarity among the people.
From Brainfeeder—the record label founded by Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison) back in 2008—these socks are covered with Thundercat’s logo, a twist on the original Thundercats version. In true Thundercat (aka Stephen Lee Bruner) style, the socks dazzle thanks to glittery lurex fabric. Available in one size and in gold or pink, they are perfect for late-night lounge room dance parties.
From self-taught jeweler and social worker Vanessa Miller, the brand Black Queer Magic’s powerful pieces embrace the natural beauty of stones and precious metal—evidenced by these hand-strung crystal bracelets, each featuring brass accents. Miller donates a portion of their sales directly to Black LGBTQ people in the healing and creative communities. They also take custom jewelry orders.
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.
Banana magazine provides a platform for the diverse voices defining contemporary Asian culture. Dynamic, design-forward and incredibly vibrant, the publication (born in NYC’s Chinatown) is now on its sixth issue, which includes a conversation between singer/songwriter Yuna and actor Michele Selene Ang, profiles on comedians, features on breakfast, a photo essay and a cover story by SAITEMISS.
Championing unity and solidarity with Indigenous Australians, the Take Pride Movement releases apparel and accessories emblazoned with messages of pride and togetherness. The brand’s pullover Solidarity Hoodie does more than utilize language of equality, it also incorporates the colors of the Aboriginal Flag. From small to 5XL, the garment incorporates raglan sleeves, a kangaroo pocket and a lined hood. Price is in AUD.
Tenured interdisciplinary cannabis entrepreneur Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey authored The Art of Weed Butter—part guidebook, part memoir, and entirely an advocate for the thoughtful use of cannabis and cannabutter. With recipes for 35 edibles, Aggrey’s book delves into infusion techniques and the optimal way to transfer THC from cannabis. It also addresses the racist, social justice failures that have plagued decades of marijuana policing.