SHOP WOMEN-OWNED EXTENDED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 SUPPORT WOMEN'S ORGANIZATIONS
Welcome to the Passionistas Project Virtual Marketplace, the virtual vendor experience that is part of
the Passionistas Project Women's Equality Summit. Please take some time to browse through the listings of the artists
and businesses who are taking part in the marketplace this weekend. Some of them are inviting you into their online store and others have videos for you to watch. Use the buttons in each vendor listing to take part in that experience
WATCH VIDEO, SHOP or MORE INFO.
THE KNITTING TREE L.A.
ANNETTE CORSINO-BLAIR is the owner of The Knitting Tree L.A. She spins. She weaves. She knits. She crochets. She embroiders. She dyes yarn. She paints. She does bookbinding. She teaches. She makes jewelry. She is a photographer. AND she makes the yarn store fun.
The Knitting Tree, L.A. is a local sanctuary for fiber arts enthusiasts of all skill levels. We offer an extensive selection of high-quality yarns and supplies for knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving and needle felting, as well as, hands-on instruction by skilled artisans of diverse backgrounds. Our passion is contagious, inspiring beginners to embrace new skills, while challenging more advanced fiber artists to expand their creative horizons.
Lisa Harrington of LMH Artisan makes beautifully handcrafted clothing and accessories to bring your wardrobe to a whole new level. Her latest collection includes summer weight, 100% cotton shawls and scarves and matching H2O holders. The shawls and scarves are embellished with sea glass and teardrop beads. The newest addition to her line is hand-crocheted earrings made of 100% cotton with sterling silver French hooks and teardrop beads.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Project U First.
LISA BARBOSA walked
a long and winding career path that involved many creative pursuits — from directing theater to sewing altar cloths. After relocating to California in 2016, Lisa discovered another passion — crocheting. Vowing to move beyond “your grandmother’s” crochet with her use of colors and patterns, she puts a modern spin on what some might have considered a passé art form.
MODERN GLASS STUDIO
ANN KALB KIP I'm an architecture enthusiast, born and raised in Los Angeles, I found my calling in art glass, with a distinct focus on mid-century modern design as a primary influence.
These unique and
clean-lined pieces express an interpretation of the consistent aesthetic of late '40s, '50s, '60s
and early '70s, as line
and color become infused with a contemporaneous edge. I create both functional and decorative pieces, all with that Modernist hallmark.
Otherwild is a studio, a store and a gathering, workshop and event space. Otherwild was founded in 2012 within a vast, multi-disciplinary community of inspiring artists, craftspeople and designers.
BEAUTY AND SELF-CARE
BatMe! Cosmetics creates a global celebration of queer individuality and the culture since its launch in 2017. Founded by television personality, Jayla Roxx, BatMe! Cosmetics has reflected all that she is: beautiful, bold and brave!
At Chanvre Naturals
I wanted all natural products with ingredients I could actually understand. My favorites and what I’m most proud of is my SHE Rose Makeup Melt Away Cleansing Balm and the Rose Gold Facial Oil. My SHE Rose line is also an ode to every woman who has overcome any obstacle in her life.
KHALEEN CARSON I’m a black, woman, veteran owned business. I started Chanvre Naturals as an answer to my personal needs. I really wanted to improve on the products I frequently bought and decided to start experimenting and create my own.
CLAUDIA CORDOVA RUCKER is the founder of the award-winning beauty oasis Aqua nail bar and Estetica Mia-a Jurlique wellness spa. She is a heart centered activist and supports equality, empowerment, women’s rights as human rights. .
Estetica Mia is a Jurlique wellness spa that is on a mission to change what beauty looks and feels like through our online store, in spa and online virtual spa deep beauty experiences.
Kaya Essentials is an impact-driven lifestyle & skincare brand. Our products help you feel good because they are simple, organic and non-toxic. And we help you do good by sourcing fairtrade coconut oil, supporting female artisans and providing school meals to children. "Kaya" in Filipino means we can do it. And when we #kayatogether, we can create long-lasting change for a better world.
SARA KU worked for a local non-profit in the Philippines, where she had her first introduction to the concept of a social business. When she learned that 60% of coconut farmers in the Philippines live below the poverty line, this shocked her because the Philippines is one of the top global providers of coconut oil. She saw the impact fair trade farms had in local communities. Suddenly coconut oil had a whole new meaning for her.
Marilyn Opitz’s business is called BibaGirrrl Beauty which offers a wide range of products and services from a local freelance hair & makeup business to nationwide sales with Avon (which now carries everything from beauty to fashion to home care to wellness products) to training her sales team to doing live tutorials on her Facebook page to hosting virtual beauty parties & classes for customers in different time zones.
MARILYN OPITZ has been in the beauty business for 37 years, a beauty & style blogger for 14 years, and now a Bronze Ambassador Sale Leader with Avon for a year & a 1/2. She is also an artist, a writer & a performer, living in Germantown, MD with her huband Patrick & their dog Pippa.
Sonshine Bath is a small business founded by full time mompreneur, Tuanieha Twanna and the light of her life, TJ. Her goal is simple, to provide people with 100% natural products their entire family can enjoy.
WILLOW & BIRCH
ANNA KRUSINSKI founded Willow & Birch Apothecary in 2015 as an extension of her love for the Victorian era and her passion for creating natural skincare and beauty products. Today, she crafts her botanical creations in her home studio nestled in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York.
Willow & Birch Apothecary creates all-natural skincare, beauty and home fragrances inspired by the Victorian era and handcrafted following the traditions of 19th-century apothecaries and perfumeries. Find our perfumes, soaps, bath salts, lip balms, moisturizers, candles and more at our online shop and use code PASSIONISTA at check-out for 10% off your entire order, plus free shipping on orders $75+! (Ends Sunday, 11:59 pm PST.)
BOOKS AND BOOK STORES
Billie Best's uplifting memoir titled How I Made a Huge Mess of My Life (or Couples Therapy with a Dead Man) is a provocative, at times hilarious, account of her midlife mistakes and misadventures, and how they build her strength. Available on Amazon in paperback ($12.99) and ebook ($7.99).
BILLIE BEST is a writer/blogger living in Portland, Oregon. Her memoir from Widowspeak Publishing is titled How I Made a Huge Mess of My Life (or Couples Therapy with a Dead Man). Her blog Beyond 60 — Loving Life, Staying Relevant is posted Wednesdays at billiebest.com.
Bluestockings is an independent bookstore, café and activist resource center, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They actively support movements that challenge hierarchy and all systems of oppression, including but not limited to patriarchy, heterosexism, the gender binary, white supremacy and classism, within society as well as our own movements.
CAFE CON LIBROS
Cafe con Libros (coffee with books) is an intersectional Feminist community bookstore and coffee shop. Through our choice of books, programming and great coffee, we endeavor to create a vibrant community space where everyone; specifically female identified folx, feel centered, affirmed and celebrated.
Owner of Cafe Con Libros, is an Afro-Latinx feminist, social worker, activist, teacher, veteran and mother. She has combined a lifelong journey, curiosity and love of literature, community, intersectional feminism and delicious coffee to create a space in her home turf that brings her, and others around her, joy.
THE LIT BAR
The Lit Bar opened its doors on April 27, 2019 and is currently the only bookstore serving the 1.5 million people of the Boogie Down Bronx. Our venue encourages curious readers and welcomes literary and community gatherings — while our wine bar connects the great pastimes of social sipping and introverted reading. We offer a carefully curated selection of general interest books, gift items and programming which emphasize local interest and diversity for all ages.
NOELLE SANTOS is an African American and Puerto Rican venture activist from the Bronx. She's a life-long reader whose studies at Lehman College earned her a bachelor’s degree in business/accounting and a master’s degree in human resources management. She's living her best life owning & operating The Lit Bar.
CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
Aliya Wanek is an eponymous womenswear label that focuses on exploring the connection between one’s identity and style.
I have always been different. The road less traveled has
been a very familiar path. When I started making shoelaces from fabric, it
was a small way of expressing my individuality. Adding my handcrafted shoelaces to my shoes was
a way of self expression.
As with many businesses, Cute Laces started when friends and family would ask me to make some for their Converse shoes. We make "Cute" laces to add self-expression to every step. Our Cute Laces are made from fabric with metal tips. Available in various lengths for adults and kids.
COURTNEY RHODES is the Co-Owner and Designer of the FLAVNT partnership; she helps design, promote and run the business and is the mastermind behind some of your favorite designs. Both "Gender Roles Are Dead" illustrations were created by Courtney, along with some of your favorite phrases on FLAVNT t-shirts.
FLAVNT Streetwear is an Austin-based independent clothing brand for everyone within and anyone who supports the LGBTQ+ community. Started with the goal of creating clothes that promote confidence and pride, FLAVNT is all about being comfortable with who you are and flaunting that to the world.
MALINA BOWEN The pursuit of knowledge lead Malina from her rural home village of less than 600 people to the small city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she started her handmade jewelry business to fulfill a need to create and bring herself happiness.
JustDangles was started in 2009 and has grown into a full-time profession with focus and determination. The designs range from simple, wire-wrapped classics to elegant and whimsical, but always combine the best quality stones with sterling silver to karat gold.
Bowtie Behavior was founded with the intent to create pieces that are bold and flavorful; pieces that outfits are built around.
This sister-sister team remains united by their love of premium quality products with great design, especially footwear. Footwear has been divided into "men's" and "women's" categories for too long. They believe that style and aesthetic preferences transcend gender lines and that foot size should not limit one's style or quality options. Quality is equality.
On Your Sleeve is stylish x sustainable x charitable apparel for the modern, conscious consumer who cares about how they look + the impacts of their purchase. Each design is matched with a carefully curated charity - the sole beneficiary of 15% of proceeds generated from sales of that design.
ON YOUR SLEEVE
On Your Sleeve is stylish, sustainable,
charitable apparel for the modern, conscious consumer who cares about how they look + the impacts of their purchase. Each design is matched with a carefully curated charity - the sole beneficiary of 15% of proceeds generated from sales of that design.
graduated from Northwestern University in 2015 then moved to Tanzania and Kenya on a Princeton in Africa fellowship. Upon her return, her passion for social change on the African continent led her to develop RoHo.
RoHo is an ethical accessories company offering ethically made beaded leather sandals, jewelry, bags and accessories all handmade by talented artisans across Kenya (95% of whom are women). In addition to paying its artisans fairly, RoHo is also committed to sending artisans' children to quality local schools.
A Tribe Called Queer is a line of t-shirts and accessories with important messages about their community and the movement. A portion of proceeds of sales go directly to organizations such as Black Lives Matter and ProjectQ.
EMMA McILROY, TAYALYN THUOT and JULIA PARSLEY founded Wildfang in 2012 after previously working at Nike, Inc. in Portland, Oregon. The US-based women's apparel company features clothing that offers menswear inspired styling, breaking gender norms in fashion and society.
In 2013, we set out to create a home for badass womxn everywhere. It started with the “radical” belief that a womxn has the right to wear whatever the hell she wants and be whoever the hell she wants. Fan faves worn by the likes of Janelle Monae and Evan Rachel Wood, this collection is a reminder that equal rights are for everybody.
FOOD AND DRINK
LAURA ANN'S JAMS
Laura Ann’s Jams, divine spread atop a chunk of bread or a biscuit, or accompanying a charcuterie platter, will also add a sweet level of complexity to a variety of dishes both sweet and savory. Not to mention what they can do for a cocktail. These aren’t your average sweet-stuff jams that languish in the back of your fridge. The are elevated, revelatory, embracing herbs and spices that marry with fruit in the most intriguing and delicious ways.
LAURA ANN MASURA
is a punk rock drummer turned artisanal jam-making entrepreneur. She is no stranger to turning lemons into lemonade — or, in this case, oranges into Hollywood Marmalade. Raised in Illinois, where she played drums in many bands in Chicago's indie-rock scene. She landed in Los Angeles in 2004. When her band broke up shortly after her arrival, her well-honed instinct for improvising kicked in. She started taking her service industry career seriously, and reacquainted herself with the preserving skills she was taught by her grandmother.
Working in the food and beverage industry for years, we have noticed a severe lack of representation for the talented winemakers of the world who happen to be African American, Latinx, Indigenous, women or LGBTQ+.
At Oh-Mazing!, we believe that every person has a purpose. We want to help you explore new ways of living every moment of your beautiful lives and not go hungry — hike a mountain, take your dream trip, start a blog, play in the park with your children or simply add a little more flavor to your commute. Yes, we sell granola (it's quite tasty), but more importantly, we want to inspire you to live your life with purpose, passion and to follow your dreams.
owner of Oh-Mazing!, has always believed in providing “from-scratch," all natural meals for her family to promote a healthier lifestyle. Over time, she developed her own granola recipe to provide an alternative to some of the unhealthy snacks found on grocery store shelves. The snack instantly became a hit among her family, friends and community. After having two children, Stephanie resigned from her job to spend more precious time with them and to create an abundance of Oh-Mazing! moments.
April and Bonnie Wardlaw are a mother-daughter team from the Washington, DC area that handcraft caramel popcorn with the finest ingredients and lots of love. Their story began over a decade ago when Bonnie began adding popcorn to holiday gift bags. April added Bonnie's caramel popcorn to a cocktail party menu for her catering company. From there they created a line of flavors that now includes 9 different varieties of caramel popcorn. In September 2013, they let the catering company go, launched Popcorn Queens and have been busy making caramel popcorn ever since.
APRIL AND BONNIE WARDLAW The Popcorn Queens have been in business for almost five years. Before starting the company Bonnie was a vice-president in a local insurance company and April ran her own catering business.
Founded in 2015 by Sashee Chandran, Tea Drops is a woman and minority owned, innovative tea company with a mission to inspire human connection through tea. Tea Drops has become a favorite among new and experienced tea drinkers alike, launching innovative tea experiences that merge flavorful blends, food art and edgy design. A favorite of Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States, Tea Drops are also loved by Oprah Magazine, Forbes and the Tory Burch Foundation.
SASHEE CHANDRAN is founder and CEO of Tea Drops, creator of organic, dissolvable loose leaf teas. After working in corporate offices in her early 20s, she found it difficult to make loose leaf tea on-the-go. This inspired the creation of Tea Drops, which is now sold nationwide in over 1,500 retailers.
TARYN DEMESTRE is a retired elementary school teacher, turned behavior therapist. She loved working with children but after so many years started feeling burnt out. She wanted to do something that would put a smile on someone’s face. When the opportunity to purchase an online gourmet marshmallow company came about, she knew that was the right fit.
Over the course of the last four years of Viveltre Marshmallows Taryn has put her own spin on the products and has expanded the business tremendously. All her products use quality ingredients and contain no high fructose corn syrup or preservatives. The marshmallows are created in small batches and are made to order, setting them apart and making them so delicious.
The Homebody Society is an online gift and home goods shop founded in 2014. We create custom rubber stamps and laser engraved gifts that celebrate a home full of love, comfort and coziness!
KELLY PARKER SMITH Kelly Parker Smith is the artist and designer behind The Homebody Society. She believes in the power of being happy at home and giving back to those in need. Please visit her Give Back page at www.thehomeodysociety.com/give-back to see which charitable organizations we are currently supporting.
Chantal Bradley’s Modish Décor Pillows will add just the right accent to every room.
PAPER GOODS AND STATIONERY
KALYN JOHNSON CHANDLER
is the founder and creative director of Effie’s Paper. She's a lawyer turned fashion stylist turned stationer/graphic designer. Her weaknesses are diamonds, pretty stationery, Hermes scarves, sequins and metallics.
Effie’s Paper is a lifestyle brand presenting cool and on-trend accessories for fun at work, stylish travel and a chic daily life. We believe that from the door to her desk, a woman should be surrounded by pretty things that make her heart leap! Our products are a unique mix of casual elegance, motivation and social conversation that make using them fun and engaging. Although named after Kalyn’s grandmother, Effie’s Paper is not is not your grandmother’s lifestyle brand!
Illustrator and author Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful, graphic drawings and hand lettering. Lisa works for clients around the world including Comme des Garçons, Crate and Barrel, Facebook, MoMA, REI and Harvard University among many others.
Lisa Congdon is a Portland, Oregon-based fine artist, illustrator and author known internationally for her colorful drawings and hand lettering. Her playful work is recognized for its vibrant palettes, geometric patterns and uplifting messages.
Susanna has written cards and letters since her early childhood days of penpals and her love of the written word continued all through her teens and adult life, so she finally decided to create cards that she wants to send. All the 5” x 3 1/2” cards are designed by Susanna and printed and hand glittered locally in LA. Here they are. Send a card, not just a text.
GET A 15% DISCOUNT for anyone buying during the virtual marketplace. Enter the code PASSION15 at checkout on any purchase August 22-23 only.
SUSANNA BECH-YOUNG is a Kiwi greeting card designer living in Santa Monica with her musician husband and 2 sons. She has combined her love of writing and design to create the "girlfriendly"
cards for her business PaperLove Boutique.
Vertical Printing & Graphics creates unparalleled, clever and highly-effective individualized services for all of their clients. "We can help with the marketing or creative part and then the design, print, finishing and mailing services."
LAURA BEULKE is a self-taught designer and entrepreneur who decided to start her own printing business in 2002, vowing that she would never create bland and generic marketing materials for her clients and Vertical Printing & Graphics was born.