DESIGNER INSIDER: SANAYA SET
Dallas [Intuitive] is passionate about using our platform to nurture a creative community and support individuals who are challenging the norms. Representation begins with us, so we along with countless others use our voice to talk about diversity, mental health, culture, social issues, and topics pertaining to womxn of color as communicated through creativity. We have never been solely a platform for fashion, but rather focus on the cross-section of arts, culture, and style as a medium through which we talk about the forces that surround us. Ultimately, we believe that there is more to our time here beyond the material and we are committed to making a positive impact in our communities.
It is especially inspiring to see that we are not alone in our thinking and that there are tons of fearless womxn who are making moves, such as the ladies from Sanaya Set. Sanaya Set is a company that sources & curates lifestyle products that promote self-care and social justice. Tarul, Sandy, and Tejal — the ladies behind Sanaya Set — were influenced by their first-generation upbringing and focused on intersectional feminism and the equality for race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, class, and religion. Each seasonal box is a reflection of their values and focuses on collaborating with womxn-owned businesses. The Sanaya Set Spring 2018 box designates 10% of the net proceeds towards the ACLU and each product captures the spirit of Sanaya Set’s mission towards social justice & equality.
The Sudara “Anju” robe was one of my favorites and is handcrafted in India by women working to remain free from sex slavery. Sudara is a Certified Benefit Corporation and each purchase goes towards creating jobs for these resilient womxn looking to take back their lives. The robe was super soft & versatile, so you could even wear it out over a tank and destroyed denim.
The Claws Out nail polish in “Resistance” designates 10% of their proceeds to the ACLU. It’s a vegan, five-free, family owned business that makes great quality nail polish. I frankly don’t like to get my nails professionally done, so I loved the convenience of a high-quality lacquer in this bold red color. It was super easy to apply and fast drying.
Hi Wildflower’s “Gulabi Gang” lipstick is an ethically sourced, vibrant pink lip color inspired by the Gulabi Gang, a movement of womxn in India combatting domestic violence. I love experimenting with lipstick shades, especially when there is cute packaging involved, plus there is something really special about wearing a color that represents the strength of the Gulabi Gang.
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is a New York Times bestseller and a captivating autobiography about Maya Angelou’s life. The book is both light & dark at times, highlighting the struggles of African Americans and the complexities of race & culture. I haven’t finished the book in its entirety yet, but I have always been such a fan of Angelou’s work, and I live for this writing style.
Theo is an organic and fair trade certified chocolate company that supports families in Congo and Peru. Their Bread & Chocolate bar is 70% dark chocolate. While I particularly don’t like dark chocolate, I actually enjoyed the saltiness from the breadcrumbs and frankly chocolate in any form is always a good thing, right?
Nandi Jewelry’s lotus necklace is a delicate piece that would be perfect for everyday wear or even to layer with other necklaces. The lotus represents resilience and proves that even from the depths, beautiful things grow, which I found really inspiring.
This post was originally published to BrownGirlMagazine.com and republished with permission.