For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re highlighting some of the people and brands you should know about all year long.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month kicks off in May each year. To show solidarity and celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, dedicate some time to learn about the history of anti-Asian racism in America and stay informed on the hate crimes that are still occurring. With a 145% increase of anti-Asian hate crimes in major cities in 2020, it's even more important to honor and support the AAPI community. There are also plenty of amazing organizations to donate to, including Heart of Dinner, Stop AAPI Hate, Asian Women Alliance, Gold House, Apex for Youth, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
In addition to education and donations, an easy way to celebrate and support the AAPI community is to shop from AAPI-owned brands and businesses. With some AAPI-owned stores experiencing vandalism and a drop in business, every purchase counts.
Below, we gathered 50 AAPI-owned home brands you can shop now.
August Sage: Homeware brand August Sage was founded by sisters Lily and Rowena Lei in 2018 after a trip to Oaxaca where they met with textile artisans. August Sage offers a range of home decor, from alpaca throws to Moroccan recycled glassware.
Felicia Liang: This California-based artist creates illustrated works of art — some of which support New York City's Chinatown — inspired by her experience and identity as an Asian American.
Juniper + Fir: Founded by Southern California native and artist Maya Slininger, this textile shop features handcrafted macrame wall decor.
Maaari: Maaari is a home goods, jewelry, and accessories brand founded by Filipina American women Jeanette Sawyer, Ivy Ocampo, and Samantha Roxas.
Noho Home: Noho Home is a luxury home decor brand with Hawai'i-inspired designs. Founded by designer Jalene Kanani Bell in 2018, the brand offers a range of textiles including bedding, area rugs, pillows, tablecloths, and more.
Oh Joy!: Oh Joy! is a lifestyle brand and design company founded by Joy Cho. Bringing colorful designs to life, Cho has collaborated with businesses all over the world, including Target, Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters.
Sage Collective: Founded by Feng Ye, Sage Collective is a home and wellness brand that honors Chinese culture with artisan-made goods — including mugs and hand-painted plates — along with premium tea, beauty products, and more.
Taroko Moon: Taroko Moon is a handmade soap shop with products inspired by Asian goods. Founded by Monica Chen, you can get adorable soaps that looks like dumplings and mooncakes.
The Wicked Boheme: Founded by Anh Nguyen, The Wicked Boheme features sustainable and handmade home decor, from rattan furniture to coconut wax candles.
Baisun Candle Co.: Founded by Brandon Leung, Baisun Candle Co. offers soy candles with Asian-inspired scents like Vietnamese coffee and White Rabbit candy.
Ilha Candles: Founded by Michelle Hsu, Ilha features handcrafted candles made with natural soy wax and toxin-free fragrances.
Scrumptious Wicks: Scrumptious Wicks was founded in 2017 by Sonya Malani Panchal, an eye doctor and candle lover. Made with soy wax and phthalate-free fragrances, Scrumptious Wicks offers scents inspired by the Indian American household Sonya grew up in.
Trail575: Trail575 is a soy wax candle brand founded by Julie Cheung. It combines nature and haiku with earthy scents made from phthalate-free fragrance and essential oils — and a poem on each candle.
Bedding and Bath
Crane & Canopy: Crane & Canopy is a luxury bedding brand founded by Karin Sun. In addition to percale and linen bedding, you can also shop bath essentials and home decor.
Wavy: Get a solid night's sleep with Wavy, a sleep brand co-founded by former fashion editor Justin Min. The brand offers sleek memory foam pillows for all kinds of sleepers and plant-based laundry detergents that come in two luxe scents.
Alyson Iwamoto Ceramics: Ceramic artist Alyson Iwamoto creates sculptures and jewelry inspired by her home base in California and Japanese heritage.
Object Matter: With minimal and contemporary pieces, this ceramic and design studio founded by Carrie Lau offers one-of-a-kind handcrafted mugs, plates, planters, and more.
Pawena Studio: Thai artist Pawena Thimaporn's handcrafted and painted ceramics include bold cups, planters, and vases.
Rami Kim: Rami Kim is a Los Angeles-based artist and ceramist who handcrafts minimalist ceramic decor vases and mugs, many donned with mini faces.
Samantha Lee: From double-handle mugs to artisan vases, ceramist Samantha Lee creates stunning handmade pieces to decorate your home. Lee is also a pen and ink illustrator and offers original drawings and prints of her artwork.
Song Tea & Ceramics: The San Francisco-based brand, founded by Peter Luong, sells tea sourced from China and Taiwan and beautiful ceramics including teapots, cups, bowls, gaiwan (lidded bowls), and more.
Bowen Liu Studio: Bowen Liu is a Brooklyn-based designer who handcrafts quality furniture and objects, from candelabras made of walnut and brass to low dining/coffee tables.
Sabai: Sabai is an Asian and Black women-owned brand that offers sustainable furniture. Founded by Caitlin Ellen and Phantila Phataraprasit, it produces customizable essentials like sofas, sectionals, ottomans, and loveseats.
Society Social: This furniture brand, founded in 2011 by Roxy Te, is home to colorful and timeless pieces from lounge chairs to dining tables. You can also find lighting, home decor, and entertaining accessories at the shop.
Kitchen and Tableware
Anyday: Anyday is a line of cookware designed specifically to cook more elevated meals in your microwave. Founded in 2021 by Steph Chen, the innovative cookware brand made its official debut in March.
BlueCut: Founded by New York natives with fashion backgrounds — Chachi Prasad and Karam Kim — BlueCut was created out of the pair's love of food and fashion, offering functional and stylish aprons, workwear, and face masks.
Cravings by Chrissy Teigen: Cook and chill with Chrissy Teigen's home and lifestyle brand where you can find cookware, pantry staples, and even robes.
Material: Bringing quality culinary goods to your home, Material has a variety of home essentials including cooking utensils, dinnerware, and cookware. Founded by Eunice Byun and Dave Nguyen, Material recently expanded its product lineup with its first-ever ceramics collection.
Our Place: This cookware brand, founded by Shiza Shahid, is home to the one and only Always Pan — a pan that functions as eight traditional pieces of cookware in one — plus hand-painted porcelain plates and bowls and handmade glassware.
Rendall Co.: Co-founded by Syama Meagher, Rendall Co. launched in 2020 with premium face masks and has recently expanded to include aprons.
Wing on Wo & Co.: Wing on Wo & Co. is the oldest shop in New York City's Chinatown, originally founded in 1890. It's home to beautiful porcelain ware and a community-based initiative, The W.O.W Project, that supports the growth of Chinatown through art, culture, and activism.
The Wok Shop: Based in San Francisco's Chinatown, The Wok Shop featuring woks, steamers, hot pots, and more. Founded by Tane Chan, you can find a selection of Asian kitchen essentials for your home.
Food and Drink
Brightland: Founded by Aishwarya Iyer, Brightland reimagines your average olive oil with chic packaging and carefully sourced olives from a family-owned California farm.
Copper Cow: This brand blends Vietnamese coffee and sustainability. It was founded by Debbie Wei Mullin, and features flavors like rose latte and churro. Coffee Cow comes in recyclable packaging and the compostable coffee is sourced from farmers in Vietnam.
Fly By Jing: Founded in 2018 by chef and entrepreneur Jing Gao, Fly By Jing brings Chengdu-inspired flavors to your kitchen in the form of Chinese sauces, most notably its Sichuan Chili Crisp — an all-natural, spicy, savory, and crunchy Sichuan chili sauce.
Kasama: Kasama is a small-batch rum brand crafted in the Philippines. Founded by Alexandra Dorda, the brand ages the rum in soaked barrels for seven years to create a flavor profile of sweet pineapple, vanilla, and a bit of sea salt.
Lunar: Dubbed "Asian Americana in a can," Lunar is a craft hard seltzer made with fruits and ingredients from Asia. After testing out more than 300 recipes, the brand — created by Kevin Wong and Sean Ro — is now selling its hard seltzer nationwide.
Nguyen Coffee Supply: Founded by Sahra Nguyen, a first-generation Vietnamese American born to Vietnamese refugees, Nguyen Coffee Supply is the first specialty Vietnamese coffee company in the country. The brand offers coffee sourced from a fourth-generation farmer in Vietnam, along with phin filters.
Omsom: Founded by sisters Vanessa and Kim Pham, Omsom brings Asian flavors to your meals with easy-to-use packets inspired by Southeast and East Asian cuisine.
Tea Drops: Tea Drops, created by Sashee Chandran, is a Fair Trade Certified organic tea brand that offers an eco-friendly way to sip on tea. Tea Drops are made with ground tea leaves that can be dropped into a cup of water, minus the tea bag.
Umamicart: Stock your kitchen with Umamicart's selection of more than 500 Asian products and ingredients, from vegetables to pantry staples. Founded by Andrea Xu and Will Nichols, Umamicart is changing the online grocery experience and is currently available in select states in the Northeast region of the United States.
Us Two Tea: Us Two Tea, founded by Maggie Xue, is bringing premium and authentic Asian tea to homes with tea sourced directly from three small family-owned farms in Taiwan.
Blueland: Ditch single-use plastics with sustainable cleaning brand Brightland. Co-founded by Sarah Paiji Yoo, Blueland offers eco-friendly household products — including refill tablets with recyclable packaging and refillable spray bottles and containers made to last — to help you cut back on your plastic waste.
Clean Circle: Clean Circle is an eco-friendly makeup wipes brand founded by Lena Chao. Made of bamboo velour that you can throw in the wash, Clean Circle's reusable skincare pads are the perfect alternative to single-use cotton rounds.
Para Sa'Yo: Founded by Filipina American sisters Michele and Anna-Marie Josue, Para Sa'Yo offers curated gift boxes with products made by Filipino artists and brands.
Pearl River Mart: A staple in New York City, Pearl River Mart is a family-run, Asian American store where you can find Asian-inspired goods including housewares, snacks, and more.
Poketo: With everything from stationery to home decor, Poketo — founded in 2003 by husband and wife duo Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung — is stocked with colorful, design-forward pieces.
The Woobles: Founded by Justine Tiu and Adrian Zhang, The Woobles is the perfect starting point for anyone who wants to learn how to crochet. With crochet kits and tutorials, you can create your own crochet designs in no time.
Rooted: Founded by a trio of friends — Kay Kim, Ryan Lee, and Johnny Wu — Rooted aims to help others reconnect with nature through plants.
Sanso: Sanso is a Los Angeles-based plant design company — founded by Yunice Kang — that specializes in rare plants and handmade stoneware planters.
The Sill: This DTC plant company, founded by Eliza Blank, owns up to its motto "plants make people happy" by offering a range of live and faux plants and flowers, along with plant accessories like stylish pots and soil.
Wyldbnch Plants: Founded by Pop Annemarie Chan, this Los Angeles-based creative plant shop features plants, planters, and home goods. Plus, if you shop in-store, you can get potting and plant assistance.