The Community-Driven Ethos Behind Oakland’s Red Bay Coffee

In an industry saturated by foul play, this California-based brand aims to foster a global community and create opportunity

On 10th Street in Oakland, Red Bay Coffee (a certified B Corp) offers ample space to sip coffee and hosts events where visitors find the open warehouse space filled with others enjoying coffee while watching performances, taking part in workshops, and attending cookbook launches. The pandemic hit Red Bay Coffee—like so many others—hard, and demanded that founder and owner Keba Konte think fast and collaborate …

Vrai & Oro Fine Jewelry

An ethically sourced and manufactured collection of rings, bracelets and necklaces that radiates timeless sophistication

A timeless piece of jewelry not only stands on its own, but also effortlessly complements all other accessories as they fall in and out of fashion. This is exactly what Vanessa Stofenmacher and Chelsea Nicholson had in mind when they started Vrai & Oro, a fine jewelry line that keeps both style and production simple. Vrai & Oro embodies a delicate sophistication that never seems …

New Basics Premium Sweats

Fighting fast fashion with ethically made T-shirts and sweats

When it comes to basics, it’s too easy to simply visit a local chain and buy them on the cheap; after all, basics are made for convenience, and daily wear means frequent replacement. However, these inexpensive items often have a high price socially and environmentally, including poor labor conditions and toxic production methods. Up-and-coming LA design studio New Basics wants to change the way we …