In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, we are sharing a selection of just a few of our favorite AAPI-owned brands & businesses, as well as non profit organizations that serve and empower the AAPI community. By shopping, donating and supporting these organizations, we hope to collectively join in on lifting up this community in May and everyday.
BRANDS WE LOVE
Beauty & Wellness
Founded by Ju Rhyu in 2017, Hero Cosmetics specializes in creating products to prevent, treat, or repair blemishes using gentle and effective solutions. One of their most popular products is the Might Patch, a hydrocolloid acne patch that helps to draw out impurities and reduce inflammation.
Founders, Laura Schubert & Lillian Tung, would like to welcome you to the new era of body care. Created with the cleanest facial-grade, vegan, non-toxic ingredients that are both dermatologically & gynecologically tested, the team at FUR believes in a more inclusive definition of beauty which is why they’ve created effective and clean products for the whole body.
Originally opened in 2012, Nicole Kwon specializes in everyday, effortless wardrobe pieces with the occasional twist for flair. The Dallas-based boutique offers a carefully curated selection of clothing, accessories, and jewelry that offers modern sophistication and an eclectic perspective to its customers. The boutique also offers Kwon’s private line of ready-to-wear clothing collection NKC.
Julianne Goldmark was always looking for ways to showcase her personal style and add to her everyday outfits. When hair accessories became her go-to form of self-expression, she decided to make her own. Goldmark launched Emi Jay alongside her mother in 2009 and underwent a brand refresh in 2019. The brand’s designs have been worn and supported by tastemakers including Hailey Bieber, Emma Chamberlain, Harry Styles, Oprah and more - landing Emi Jay on the Oprah’s Favorite Things list several years in a row.
This one’s a personal favorite of BeautyBio’s CEO & Founder, Jamie O’Banion.
When it comes to New Bangkok-style Thai cuisine and Asian-fusion dishes, Chef Nikky has excelled. Now with four restaurants across Dallas-Fort Worth under her belt, she feeds people craving perfection on their plates with the tastiest Crab Fried Rice anywhere, an unbeatable Red Curry, and one of the greatest versions of Pad Thai we have found.
If you’re a foodie, or simply have access to the internet, then you’ve likely heard of Our Place’s Always Pan. Seen on the countertops of celebrities, chefs, and influencers alike, the Always Pan boasts that it’s the gold standard for versatility – which is likely why its waitlist once topped at 30k. Cookware, table settings, tools and more, Our Place has created products that make cooking and sharing a meal easier and more joyful.
NONPROFITS TO SUPPORT
Stop AAPI Hate
Stop AAPI Hate is a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing and ending hate crimes & discrimination against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. They work to provide resources and support to those affected by hate incidents, raise awareness on the issue, and advocate for changes to prevent future incidents of hate and violence.
Interested in volunteering your time and becoming more active within your city? Goodera rounded up 10 AAPI nonprofit organizations & charities that offer virtual and in-person volunteering opportunities that serve and empower the AAPI community all year round.