By NYC-based illustrator, animator and visual designer Amika Cooper (aka blackpowerbarbie), this “Saint Jeff” print is inspired by Jeffrey Williams and, as Cooper says, “divine feminine energy.” Rich, vibrant colors abound on the artwork, which features its subject beneath a halo. Cooper (who works as a freelance creative) also sells other prints that span her different styles online.
Made with no added scents, the Featherweight hydrating body gloss from Oui The People comprises various oils—squalane (from olives), rosehip and avocado oil—but doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. Providing the nourishment and hydration not offered by water-based lotions, this body oil seals in moisture, leaving skin soft and smooth, while also creating a subtle sheen. Oui The People founder Karen Young says their mission is to buck the antiquated messaging around women’s grooming and beauty, rejecting words like “perfecting” and “anti-aging,” in order to make “efficacious products, designed thoughtfully, that help you feel great in the skin you’re already in.”
From Ouigi Theodore’s Brooklyn Circus, the subdued green Release America Crewneck features a striped version of the brand’s logo, a googly-eyed Statue of Liberty and a map of the United States. All the motifs have been hand-printed on the garment, which is made from a heavy, ring-spun cotton/poly fleece. All seams incorporate a reverse cover stitch, making them extra-strong. Available in small to XL, the boxy sweater suits all genders, and is available in blush pink, too.
Designed by Justina Blakeney for her company Jungalow, this peace vase emanates the positivity Blakeney aims for with all her products. The ceramic vase (available in six different colors) stands 13 inches tall, and has a distinct retro charm. Blakeney’s LA-based brand also routinely donates to non-profits, including the ACLU, The Rainforest Alliance, The Downtown Women’s Center and others.
Made in the colors of the Aboriginal Australian flag, this T-shirt by Gammin Threads (a company owned and helmed by Tahnee Edwards, a proud descendent of the Yorta Yorta, Taungurung, Boonwurrung and Mutti Mutti nations) celebrates Black women. On the front of the 100% combed cotton top are a couple flowers motifs and, on the back—in bold and exultant type—is the statement, “respect the blak matriarchy.” Available in size small to 5XL, this shirt is made to wear with pride. Price is in AUD.
A family recipe, The Original Japanese Barbecue Sauce was developed by Justin Gill and his bachan (aka granny) Judy Yokoyama. This bbq sauce is unlike North American iterations: it’s less viscous, less sweet and has a bold flavor with just the right amount of umami. Additionally, it’s made with simple ingredients (including non-GMO soy sauce, cane sugar, organic garlic, ginger and green onion) rather than filler oils and preservatives. Their website also offers plenty of recipes—from pan-fried salmon with soba to chicken wings.
Poet Ocean Vuong experiments with a brand new form in his meditative debut novel: the queer protagonist writes a cathartic yet tender letter to his Vietnamese mother, who will most likely never read it. Vuong’s visceral, unflinching use of language and metaphors hit like a tsunami, awakening numbed readers to the raw emotions and reckonings that make us human.