Asian American and Pacific Islander-Owned Home Brands We Love
Support these Asian American and Pacific Islander-owned businesses throughout your home and life.
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and it’s a good reminder to support more Asian-owned businesses now and all year long. You might not know that many popular home brands were founded by AAPI makers, DIYers and business entrepreneurs. We’ve rounded up our favorite companies to shop, from furniture to houseplants to party supplies. Take a peek at our picks below and start supporting more AAPI home brands.
The Sill is one of our favorite go-to sites for ordering gifts and surprise deliveries. Instead of flower bouquets, The Sill specializes in houseplants, from ferns to fiddle leaf figs. Founded in 2012 by Eliza Blank, the brand makes houseplants approachable for non-gardeners and plant newbies. And the company makes houseplants cool with gorgeous, modern planters in tons of customizable colors and shapes.
What started as a small ironing board manufacturer in Japan more than 100 years ago has evolved into a massive line of homewares focused on making "life at home simpler, tidier and better." In 2014, Yamazaki opened a US office in New York and big retailers such as West Elm and Amazon have noticed. The modern, minimal products range from a banana stand to rolling storage carts, and everything is as practical as it is chic.
Oakland-based designer Melanie Abrantes is shaking up the often male-dominated world of woodworking with a line of home goods made from both hardwood and cork. The half-Portuguese and half-Filipino woodworker merges elements from both cultures to create stunning, minimal modern pieces, from vases to candlesticks to planters. She also sells a line of wood carving tools if you're inspired to learn more about the trade.
Co-founder and co-CEO Shiza Shahid has seen record growth in Our Place. And you've probably seen the Instagram and YouTube ads for the Always Pan. The company is focused on ethically built, stylish cookware, and it's also great if you're short on space as the brand is centered around just one multipurpose pan. The Always Pan has earned stellar reviews online for its truly non-stick magic. Recently, the company has expanded to dinnerware and glassware, too.
If you're looking for ways to cut down on your carbon footprint, Blueland is a great place to start. Co-founder and CEO Sarah Paiji Yoo is on a mission to eliminate single-use plastics at home — especially with cleaning products. The brand's line of soaps, sprays and detergents all start with a reusable bottle and tiny tablets that are surprisingly affordable to refill. What's great about Blueland is that all products even surface cleaners are made with plant-friendly, non-toxic ingredients.
Founded in LA by best friends Grace Lee and Monica Ashauer, Birdy Grey started as a site for affordable-yet-stylish bridesmaid's dresses, but it has evolved into a one-stop-shop for all things wedding parties and showers. It's a great place to snag Insta-worthy party decor without breaking the bank.
Roar + Rabbit
You might already be familiar with Roar + Rabbit from shopping the West Elm collaboration. Mitzie Wong is one half of the design duo based in Philadelphia who create modern furniture with a touch of whimsy. The pieces also feature practical design, from swivel chairs to modular sofas that can be reconfigured in multiple ways.
Eco-friendly skincare brand Pink Moon has expanded to include bath and body as well as home decor and wellness accessories. CEO and founder Lin Chen only partners with fellow women-owned businesses and brands that prioritize sustainability and philanthropy. Her intention — and the intention with Pink Moon — is to "empower women" and "encourage genuine self-love."
Black and Korean-American Tariq Dixon is the co-founder and curator behind TRNK. The high-end, contemporary furniture and decor brand is intended to feel "collected, not decorated" with unique statement pieces for every room.
Located in Charlotte, N.C., Filipino-American Roxy Te is at the helm of her family's 40-year-old furniture company now known as Society Social. She specializes in rattan and grasscloth furniture, but the company has exploded to include all kinds of colorful decor, from throws to table linens.
Wing on Wo & Co.
Wing On Wo & Co. is the oldest family-run business in NYC’s Chinatown. And it might even be the oldest shop period. Currently, it’s run by fifth-generation owner Mei Lum. Even though the company is nearing its 100th anniversary, it still specializes in the same handpainted porcelain items, from tiny ginger jars to full tea sets.