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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 “Bubble Tea”, which has been called a “timely new anthem for the Asian American community”.
“The inclusive design specifically for lower Asian nose bridges is perfect for my face,” Basco continues, “and it’s a type of accessory I’ve been looking for for a long time. I’m so glad I found a brand of sunglasses that can perfectly meet 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
Formulated by former Korean pop star Paul Baek, Matter of Fact’s Minimalist Moisturizer hydrates sensitive skin. $20 (10ml) or $50 (30ml), matteroffact.com
Matter of Fact Moisturizing Cream
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, phlur.com and sephora.com
Phlur Not Your Baby Eau de Parfum
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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
Summer sandals Peter Do
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
Kimiko Beauty The Brow Sensei
“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
Yina Hydra Cloud Cream
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.