Tanwi Nandini Islam is a Brooklyn-based feminist writer (author of queer coming-of-age novel “Bright Lines”) who also tells stories through scents via her apothecary line, Hi Wildflower Botanica. Her #GetLit candle series is a unique collaboration with authors to translate their words into fragrance. Lincoln Michel’s short story collection “Upright Beasts” inspired notes of black spruce, blood cedarwood, dirt; while Saeed Jones’ poetry stirs dawn’s dew, honeysuckle vine and bay rum. Best of all, part of the proceeds benefit NYC mentoring non-profit Girls Write Now.
The latest from Apolis, a certified B Corp that aims to empower disenfranchised people through equal opportunity (in place of charity), is a durable apron made from hemp canvas with three pockets and an adjustable leather strap. Whether you’re hard at work in the studio or the kitchen, this versatile piece will keep what’s underneath pristine.
Young Brooklyn-based brand Proper Assembly has a small collection of beautifully designed evergreen bags that champion functionality, quality and affordability. They’re able to accomplish this by partnering directly with a manufacturing facility in the Dominican Republic that’s been making luxury accessories for decades. Proper Assembly’s durable yet super-light cinch bags, with leather cord drawstrings and shoulder pads, are available in Japanese denim, Italian linen/polymide as well as our favorite: Italian wool. Each purchase supports The Adventure Project in their goal of eradicating poverty in developing regions by providing employment.
While this made-in-USA brass guitar pick bracelet may look simple, its meaning is not. From the sale of each Pick Cord, $10 goes to Education Through Music, which partners with inner-city elementary and middle schools to establish sustainable, high-quality music education programs to reach every student, including those with special needs. As music programs are often the first to go when budgets are cut, this movement to make music a core academic subject is one that’s needed.
Cute, well-made and with no battery change necessary—ever—these solar powered watches perfectly pair function with fashion. A clean, simple design is bolstered by an array of color options that pack plenty of personality. This is a no-maintenance timepiece, guaranteed to last and on top of it all, a portion of all proceeds is donated to charity.
This candle is about as close as most will ever come to taking a sniff inside Sir Elton John’s Woodside gardens. The floral fragrance was inspired by the botanical arrangements kept in his gardens in Old Windsor, England. The scent is lush and sophisticated with hyacinth meeting rose and jasmine, and blended together by the masterful creators at NEST Fragrances. And as a bonus, proceeds from sales benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Help the International Rescue Committee (IRC) continue to offer lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees and others in need through Rescue Gifts. School supplies, clean water and a year of education are only some of the examples of meaningful services and products the IRC provides on your behalf. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises helping people survive and rebuild their lives.
The non-profit station, Heritage Radio Network was created in 2009 by Patrick Martins, founder of Slow Food USA and of Heritage Foods USA. Reporting live from two converted shipping containers out back of the sustainably-minded Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta’s, HRN “chronicles and celebrates the growing movement to change American food ways.” HRN offers an abundance of thoughtful ways to get involved in the local food movement that extend beyond farming and well beyond Brooklyn. Keep this educational resource going with a donation in support.
There is no better gift than the gift of giving back. Charity: Water has a clear mission to bring available clean drinking water to every person on earth. This holiday season, they partner with CLEAR Cambodia in an effort to provide 15,000 Cambodian families with BioSand filters, which transform dirty water found in Cambodian marshlands into drinkable hydration. A gift that not only brings joy through aiding others, but also forces us to not take this precious resource for granted, and realize our own good fortune in something as simple as the kitchen sink.