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2018 Gift Guide: Supporting Designers & Makers of Color

by Caitlin Kelch

Today’s gift guide covers pieces made by designers and makers of color that would be the perfect gift for someone special on your list this season. With goods ranging from fun accessories, to empowering art and statement fashion, to modest ceramics, these are some our favorites that support independent designers, artists, and makers of color. —Caitlin

It’s gifts aplenty over at GRL TRBL & Philadelphia Printworks! GRL TRBL “Good Books” Enamel PinShirley Chisholm Cropped Sweatshirt by Philadelphia Printworks

GRL TRBL believes that real change can only happen when all women come together to dismantle racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and classism. Philadelphia Printworks is a social justice heritage brand and screen printing workshop. It was founded in 2010 by Maryam Pugh and Ruth Perez.

Meenal Patel Studio offers up illustration prints, small batch ceramics & children’s books — all created by the talented owner, Meenal! Above features: “Together” Print, Super Hero PrintIce Cream Bowl & Lion Jewelry Dish

This Buffalo Check Card Holder by love, cortnie is just a small sample of this online shop’s goods. Cortnie creates a wide range of stylish bags — and some pretty desirable accessories, too!

This amazing top, dubbed the Susan, needs to be worn by as many women as possible. We first featured Reuben Reuel back in 2013 and clearly, he continues to grow his undeniable talent and unique fashion statements.


Jing Wei is a Chinese-born, California-raised, Brooklyn-based illustrator whose original collage work is as charming as her whimsical enamel pins. Featured above is Untitled Number 3, Lonely Ghost Pin and Pug in a Boat Pin.


Valerie Madison Jewelry is a Seattle-based jeweler founded by Valerie herself. We love her gemstone Rings and Initial Earrings for holiday gifts.


This handmade “Hands over Eyes” Candle by Foxie has top notes of Mirabella Plum and Peony, mid notes of Crisp Heliotrope and Spring Water and bottom notes of Lemon and Vetiver with Sandalwood. If you’re looking for top-notch bath, face or body products, Foxie has you covered there, too.

Krystle Collins’ modern embroidery is a sight to behold. From embroidery kits, to finished hoops, totes and pouches, there’s something for everyone on your list at her shop. Krystle’s Bantu Bag pouch is shown above.

This OSxN brand Denim and Wax Print Apron by Nasozi, a Ugandan and American home decor designer, is a gift to be treasured forever!

The Lip Bar was created to complement all skin tones. The lipsticks are made for moisture and boast an ultra creamy application, with each tube full of shea butter, avocado oil and vitamin E. These vegan and cruelty free lipsticks have a satin formula in 7 different shades for any occasion. We love the classic red Cosmo shade above. Read more about founder Melissa’s story here!

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