Spring’s best fashion and beauty buys from AAPI brands – The Hollywood Reporter
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During AAPI Heritage Month, discover, shop and support the best finds from Asian-owned and run brands, including Chriselle Lim’s recently relaunched fragrance brand Phlur, plus actress and singer Ella Jay Basco shares her favorites personal fashion and beauty.
Nocturnal Alchemy 24k gold-plated bronze chain bracelet by London-based designer Rosh Mahtani; $1,171; mytheresa.com
The Japanese house’s drop earrings with ombré-set oceanic sapphires and Akoya pearls, set in 18-carat white gold; $3,100, nordstrom.com
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Rosé Resurfacing Facial Mask with Glycolic and Salicylic Acids, Damask Rose Petals and Resveratrol; $56, thenimetyou.com
“I recently fell in love with the Asian brand Kay-Tran Eyewear,” says the actress (Birds of prey) and singer Ella Jay Basco, who recently released her single “Eye to Eye.”
“The inclusive design specifically for lower Asian nose bridges is perfect for my face and is a type of accessory that I have been looking for for a long time. I am so glad to have found a brand of sunglasses that can perfectly meet my needs. my needs as a young Asian girl.
Brooklyn sunglasses by Kay-Tran in blush pink tortoiseshell; $140, www.kaytran.com
The 36.5mm Heritage Collection 44GS 55th Anniversary watch from the Japanese watchmaker; $5,400, grand-seiko.com
Amita 45 slingback pumps, designed by creative director Sandra Choi; $653, mytheresa.com
Lifestyle expert Chriselle Lim has relaunched the fragrance brand with offerings that include the spicy floral scent Not Your Baby; $96, www.phlur.com
3.1 Philip Lim
The designer’s mini Pashli satchel with removable shoulder strap; $695, bloomingdales.com
“I’ve always enjoyed working closely with Filipino brand Vinta Gallery,” says Basco. “Their pieces fully honor Filipino culture while keeping a very fresh and new look. The owner, Caroline Mango Sing, not only dressed me for some of my carpet looks, but also for my “Gold ft. Ruby Ibarra”. I also wore one of their looks for The Fabulous Filipino Brothers screened at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival last year.
Vinta Gallery’s ’80s-inspired Tulip Terno High Neck Dress, which Basco wore, features a tulip skirt with side seam pleats and pockets; $300, vintagallery.com.
Made in Italy, Peter Do’s summer sandals feature a silver heel; $720, fwrd.com
Made in Japan, Kimiko’s The Brow Sensei gel-based eyebrow styler is vegan and made with hair-strengthening peptides, botanical extracts and antioxidants; $35, kimikobeauty.com
“This skincare, health and beauty line has really been a game-changer for me,” says Ella Jay Basco. “Yina is another Asian brand that specializes in easy Asian medicine used for their skin products. I love how it makes me feel and how it makes my skin glow!
Yina’s Hydracloud cream is made with a complex of niacinamide and ginseng and is available for pre-order; $85, yina.co
Fable & Mane
Thickness-enhancing ashwagandha pre-wash treatment hair oil from the London-based brand founded by siblings Nikita and Akash Mehta; $34 (1.8oz); fableandmane.com
the pleated midi dress in floral georgette by Malaysian-born London designer Han Chong; $525, mytheresa.com
Korean American jewelry designer Jennie Yoon’s vintage-inspired 14k yellow gold Eloise ring set with a marquise-cut diamond; $5,600, kinnstudio.com
Founded by sisters Kimberly and Nancy Wu, the LA-based brand’s offerings include the Brick Bag with wooden beads; $395, building-block.com
Founded by YouTube star and former beauty editor Susan Yara, the skincare brand offers a lotion, balm and cleanser, all containing anti-inflammatory marshmallow root; $18 to $25, naturium.com and target.com
Shannon Tuileries Pump in printed linen by the Filipino American designer; $495, moniquelhuillier.com
The hypoallergenic Salt Air fragrance (with notes of bergamot, sea salt and driftwood) comes from the Los Angeles-based company founded by Taiwan-born former tech executive Cat Chen; $85 (1.7oz), nordstrom.com
AAPI Best-Selling Beauty Collection
Limited-edition box containing products from eight AAPI-founded brands; $10 from every product sold goes to AAPI nonprofit groups; $100, herocosmetics.us
Cotton veil bucket hat with bandana print and applied logo, made in Japan; $165, mrporter.com
This story first appeared in the May 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.