April is Arab American Heritage Month, a time to acknowledge and honor the culture, history, diversity, and impact of the Arab American community. To celebrate, you can educate yourself on the Arab American experience.
If you're looking to learn more about the contributions of Arab Americans, Arab America is hosting several panels throughout April featuring educators, artists, writers, and community leaders. You can also donate to organizations that support the Arab American community, such as the Arab American Institute, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Center for Arab American Philanthropy, and Arab American National Museum, just to name a few.
Last, but not least, you can support Arab American businesses. We rounded up 12 Arab and Arab American home and lifestyle brands you can shop and support — not just this month, but all year round.
Award-winning Lebanese American designer Norma Kamali has created iconic pieces from the Sleeping Bag Coat to her Parachute Dress but her brand expands even further than fashion to include skin care, scents, a book, and soon, pillows.
Ban Almufleh is a digital artist who creates bold and colorful art prints.
Kinda, also known as Falafel Diva, makes Arabic labels to help you organize your kitchen and pantry; Kinda also has a food blog.
Designer Rami Kashoú — whom you might recognize from Project Runway and celebrity fashion moments — makes beautiful clothing, accessories, and face masks in gorgeous patterns.
Numi was founded by brother and sister duo Ahmed Rahim and Reem Hassani. The Fair Trade Certified, California-based brand not only creates soothing tea blends but also helps supports sustainability through plant-based tea wrappers. It also nurtures local communities via the Numi Foundation, as well as worldwide clean water initiatives.
Joudie Kalla grew up with recipes and cooking tips being passed down through generations, so she created Palestine on a Plate. In addition to a cookbook, Kalla also offers online cooking classes.
Maison Mishmashi is the maker of vibrant and eclectic pouf chairs and cushions that can add personality to any home.
This ethical, Fair Trade Certified brand creates handcrafted Palestinian home decor, shoes, bags, and accessories made by women artisans from the West Bank.
Inspire Me! Home Decor is a lifestyle brand founded by Farah Merhi in 2012. It's stocked with stunning home decor pieces, from glam vases to chic cake stands.
This brand collaborates with refugee artisans in the West Bank to create jewelry and embroidered goods, such as face masks.
Zeki Learning is a Fair Trade Certified toy brand that works with artisans from the West Bank to create fun, educational materials for kids.
This Chicago-based shop has everything from fashion to home decor, including tatreez pillows (decorated with a Palestinian cross-stitch pattern), hand-painted plates, and more.