June 27, 2022

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The Fashion Spirit

This Season’s Best Fashion and Beauty Buys from AAPI Brands

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During AAPI Heritage Month, check out, shop and support the best finds from Asian-owned and helmed brands including Phlur, Chriselle Lim’s recently relaunched fragrance brand, plus actress and singer Ella Jay Basco shares her personal fashion and beauty faves.

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Alighieri

Nocturnal Alchemy 24-karat gold-plated bronze chain bracelet by London-based designer Rosh Mahtani; $1,171; mytheresa.com

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Alighieri – Credit: Courtesy of Brand

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Alighieri Nocturnal Alchemy 24KT Gold-Plated Chain Bracelet

$1,171


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Mikimoto

The Japanese house’s drop earrings with ombré-set ocean sapphires and Akoya pearls, set in 18-karat white gold; $3,100, nordstrom.com

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The Japanese house’s drop earrings – Credit: Courtesy of Brand

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Mikimoto Ocean Sapphire and Pearl Drop Earrings

$3,100


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Then I Met You

Rosé Resurfacing Facial Mask with glycolic and salicylic acids, damask rose petals and resveratrol; $56, thenimetyou.com

Then I Met You Rose Resurfacing Facial Mask - Credit: Courtesy of Brand

Then I Met You Rose Resurfacing Facial Mask – Credit: Courtesy of Brand

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Then I Met You Rosé Resurfacing Facial Mask

$56


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Kay-Tran Eyewear

“I have recently fallen in love with the Asian owned brand Kay-Tran Eyewear,” says actress (Birds of Prey) and singer Ella Jay Basco, who recently released her single, “Bubble Tea,” which has been called a “timely new anthem for the Asian American community.”

“The inclusive design specifically made for lower Asian nose bridges is perfect for my face,” continues Basco, “and is a type of accessory I’ve been looking for for a long time. I’m so glad I’ve found a sunglass brand that can perfectly accommodate my needs as a young Asian girl.”

Kay-Tran’s Brooklyn sunglasses in pink blush tortoise; $140, kaytran.com

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Kay-Tran

Kay-Tran Brooklyn Sunglasses

$140


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Grand Seiko

The Japanese watchmaker’s 36.5mm Heritage Collection 44GS 55th Anniversary timepiece; $5,400, grand-seiko.com

Grand Seiko - Credit: Courtesy of Brand

Grand Seiko – Credit: Courtesy of Brand

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Grand Seiko 36.5mm Heritage Collection 44GS 55th Anniversary Watch

$5,400


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Matter of Fact

Formulated by former Korean pop star Paul Baek, Matter of Fact’s Minimalist Hydrating Cream delivers hydration for sensitive skin; $20 (10ml) or $50 (30ml), matteroffact.com

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Matter of Fact

Matter of Fact Hydrating Cream

$50


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Jimmy Choo

Amita 45 slingback pumps, designed by creative director Sandra Choi; $653, mytheresa.com

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Jimmy Choo Amita 45 slingback pumps – Credit: Courtesy of Brand

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Jimmy Choo Amita 45 Slingback Pumps

$653


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Phlur

Lifestyle expert Chriselle Lim has relaunched the fragrance brand with offerings that include floral spicy scent Not Your Baby; $96, phlur.com and sephora.com

Phlur - Credit: Courtesy of Brand

Phlur – Credit: Courtesy of Brand

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Phlur Not Your Baby Eau de Parfum

$96


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3.1 Phillip Lim

The designer’s Pashli mini satchel with removable cross-body strap; $695, bloomingdales.com

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3.1 Phillip Lim – Credit: Courtesy of Brand

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3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli Satchel

$695


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Vinta Gallery

“I’ve always loved working closely with the Filipina-owned brand Vinta Gallery,” says Basco. “Their pieces fully honor Filipino culture while keeping the look very fresh and new. The owner, Caroline Mango Sing, has not only dressed me for some of my carpet looks but also for my music video ‘Gold ft. Ruby Ibarra’. I also wore one of their looks to The Fabulous Filipino Brothers screening at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival last year.”

Vinta Gallery’s ’80s-inspired Mock Neck Tulip Terno dress, which Basco wore, features a tulip skirt with pleats and side seam pockets; $300, vintagallery.com.

Vinta Gallery Mock Neck Tulip Terno Dress

$300


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Peter Do

Made in Italy, Peter Do’s Summer Sandals feature a silver-tone post heel; $720, fwrd.com

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FWRD

Peter Do Summer Sandals

$720


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Kimiko

Made in Japan, Kimiko’s gel-based The Brow Sensei eyebrow styler is vegan and is made with hair-strengthening peptides, plant extracts and antioxidants; $35, kimikobeauty.com

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Kimiko

Kimiko Beauty The Brow Sensei

$35


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Yina

“This skincare, health, and beauty line has honestly been a game-changer for me,” says Ella Jay Basco. “Yina is another Asian-owned brand specializing in easy Asian medicine being used for their skin products. I just love the way it makes me feel and the way it makes my skin glow!”

Yina’s Hydracloud Cream is made with niacinamide and ginseng complex and is available for pre-order; $85, yina.co

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Yina

Yina Hydra Cloud Cream

$85


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Fable & Mane

Prewash treatment hair oil with ashwagandha to improve thickness from the London-based brand founded by siblings Nikita and Akash Mehta; $34 (1.8 oz.); fableandmane.com

Fable & Mane Prewash treatment hair oil - Credit: Courtesy of Brand

Fable & Mane Prewash treatment hair oil – Credit: Courtesy of Brand

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Self-Portrait

Malaysia-born, London-based designer Han Chong’s pleated floral georgette midi dress; $525, mytheresa.com

Self-Portrait - Credit: Courtesy of Brand

Self-Portrait – Credit: Courtesy of Brand

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Kinn

Korean American jewelry designer Jennie Yoon’s vintage-inspired 14-karat yellow gold Eloise ring featuring a marquise-cut diamond; $5,600, kinnstudio.com

Kinn - Credit: Courtesy of Brand

Kinn – Credit: Courtesy of Brand

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Building Block

Founded by sisters Kimberly and Nancy Wu, the L.A.-based brand’s offerings include the Brick Bag with wood beads; $395, building–block.com

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Building Block – Credit: Courtesy of Brand

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Naturium

Founded by YouTube star and former beauty editor Susan Yara, the skin-care brand offers a lotion, balm and cleanser, all containing anti-inflammatory marshmallow root; $18-$25, naturium.com and target.com

Naturium - Credit: Courtesy of Brand

Naturium – Credit: Courtesy of Brand

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Monique Lhuillier

The Filipino American designer’s printed linen Shannon Tuileries Pump; $495, moniquelhuillier.com

Monique Lhuillier The Filipino American designer’s printed linen Shannon Tuileries Pump; 5, moniquelhuillier.com - Credit: Courtesy of Brand

Monique Lhuillier The Filipino American designer’s printed linen Shannon Tuileries Pump; 5, moniquelhuillier.com – Credit: Courtesy of Brand

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Skylar

Hypoallergenic Salt Air fragrance (with bergamot, sea salt and driftwood notes) is from the L.A.-based company founded by Taiwan-born former tech executive Cat Chen; $85 (1.7 oz.), nordstrom.com

Skylar Hypoallergenic Salt Air fragrance 
 - Credit: Courtesy of Brand

Skylar Hypoallergenic Salt Air fragrance – Credit: Courtesy of Brand

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AAPI Best-Seller Beauty Collection

Limited-edition box featuring products from eight AAPI-founded brands; $10 from every one sold goes to AAPI nonprofit groups; $100, herocosmetics.us

 

 

AAPI Bestseller Beauty Collection Limited-edition box - Credit: Courtesy of Brand

AAPI Bestseller Beauty Collection Limited-edition box – Credit: Courtesy of Brand

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Kapital

Logo-appliquéd, bandana-print, cotton-voile bucket hat, made in Japan; $165, mrporter.com

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Mr Porter

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