May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
In addition to learning about AAPI pioneers, educating kids on the heritage, and watching recent award-winning films and classics, a great way to celebrate the month is to support businesses owned by Asian American and Pacific Islander women.
Below are four AAPI women-owned businesses selling beautiful items spotlighted by Amazon Handmade.
Kahili Creations is based in Hawaii, and it shows in the results of this handcrafted jewelry. As founder Marcia explains: “I'm inspired by the gentle blues and greens of the ocean and the tropical flowers and trees found in my garden. I try to capture my gorgeous surroundings in my designs.”
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What began as a COVID project blossomed into a small-batch candle manufacturer that takes nature as its inspiration for Trail575. “I missed the smells and memories of camping with friends and just wanted a way to capture those memories inside my home,” says founder Jules. The evocative scents include Big Sur, Hana Yuzu, Campfire Nights, Black Sea and more.
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This Portland, OR-based company makes organic skincare products with plant-based ingredients and is going more than 10 years strong. Owner Jasmine says: “In 2011, I was struggling to find work. I created Essance based on my background in skincare and herbal medicine. I believe it is just as essential to nourish our skin with natural plant-based products as it is to feed our bodies with natural organic foods.”
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This Oakland, CA based company makes workplace accessories and journals that are meant to inspire and empower. Founder Krit says: “After working for large corporations, I wanted to launch my own company that was rooted in sustainability. Being a small-business owner means having to do a bit of everything and finding ways to be resourceful and creative.”
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