Little Woman Goods
Little Woman Goods is a woman-owned and women-oriented business. This feminist gift shop sells stickers, magnets and jewellery designed by Los Angeles based artist Rosaline Zhang. The illustrations fall at the intersection of tongue-in-cheek, pretty, cute and subversive, and celebrate the diversity and beauty of womanhood. Rosaline’s artwork is an exploration of the female experience.
Rosaline graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014 with a BFA in Painting. In her last year of college, she wrote her senior thesis on the desexualization of the female form. After graduating, she turned that into real merchandise, and thus Little Woman Goods was born. She considers that there is a tradition in visual arts of the nude female figure being designed for the consumption of men, which is why she started doing images that reclaimed the female figure for the “consumption” of women. She uses Little Woman Goods to normalize female bodies, ideas about feminism, body positivity, reproductive rights and women’s rights and empower girls and women to feel unashamed in those beliefs.
You can shop her products here.
Blingistan was founded by Shamayel Shalizi. Shamayel is a queer multimedia artist who grew up between the U.S.A, Russia & Afghanistan. Her Afghan parents were refugees who fled to the U.S.A after the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan. Starting out painting & sculpting, Shamayel has progressed to create more conceptual & diverse pieces - and founding & designing the jewellery line Blingistan. She is a nomad but will always call Kabul & Los Angeles her homes.
Her jewellery taste has, was and always will be big, gold hoops, sexy chokers and hands laden with rings. She wanted to create a line of unique jewellery, that was fun, kind of kitschy, expressed pride and respect in one’s heritage(s), whatever it may be, but also stay true to the essence of the $1 hoochie hoops she grew up wearing.
Shamayel considers that there is little jewellery for marginalized peoples and very little that is cute, affordable and won't tarnish. She never could find jewellery she could identify with, or that expressed who she was. She wanted sass, badassery, she wanted heritage, she wanted pride, she wanted chic yet fun, statement pieces and everyday jewellery, playful, sexy, conversation starters. So she just started making it. And this is how Blingistan was born.
Blingistan is jewellery that is affordable, well-made, gold-plated and can be worn by anyone and everyone. Blingistan is for the rebellious, the freaks, the descendants of immigrants, the PoC's, the politically-conscious, the ones who want to express ourselves through what we wear.
The production of Blingistan used to be in Afghanistan, but it has now moved to Los Angeles, California, because of the uncertainty that comes with running a small business out of a third world country.
My Mad Fat Zine
My Mad Fat Zine is a queer feminist artist and activist based in Paris. Through their work, they're willing to empower gender minorities and to bring feminist issues to light. Their goal is to promote an inclusive and intersectional feminism... and to smash patriarchy the way it should. Their greatest inspirations are Sasha Velour, Jamie Windust and Audre Lorde.
My Mad Fat Zine (aka Flo) is the editor-in-chief of a French feminist newsletter for teenagers named Les Petites Glo. They're also community manager for Les Glorieuses - a kickass feminist newsletter - and a journalist. Flo have
been advocating for issues such as body positivity and raising awareness about mental health and eating disorders for the last 3 years. Now, they want to use their art to change the world, one collage after the other.
Lundi au Soleil
Lundi au Soleil (translation: Monday in the Sun) was created by Vanessa Lellouche, a French artistic director and illustrator.
Vanessa was always passionate about art, having studied at EPSAA, an art school, and working for 7 years in design. After the birth of her daughters, she decided to start her own business and created a brand where she could use her art to spark joy and happiness, and this is how Lundi au Soleil was born.
Lundi au Soleil is all about holidays, which Vanessa considers is the embodiment of happiness and excitement. She designs everything herself, and all the products are handmade ethically and in small quantities by artisans in France. With Lundi au Soleil, Vanessa wants to create fashion that is ethical, sustainable, made in good material, affordable with a touch of fun and impertinence.
Painting and sculpture are her hobbies, and she's successful at them: she is exhibiting soon one her work in the Grand Palais in Paris.
The Young Empress
Setana Abdelwahab, the woman behind The Young Empress, was tired of the disapproval she felt around her for calling herself a feminist. She is not a stylist or designer; The Young Empress is her side gig, born out of her need to make a statement about her feminist beliefs and raise awareness. And this is how the idea of her “Feminist” crop sweatshirt was born - and of creating “The Young Empress”.
The Young Empress is for all the feminists in progress, those who want to display their beliefs in gender equality.
All the products from The Young Empress are made in Poland; Setana is just starting out, and more are coming soon.