After graduating from The School of Visual Arts and trying her hand at digital branding, Sara Berks left the field to pursue her desire to use design to create an impact. In 2013 she founded MINNA, a queer-owned, ethically-made line of home goods rooted in traditional craft techniques. They collaborate with female weavers and artisans in Central and South America, which ensures job creation and craft preservation. The designs are splashy, textural, and meant to be mixed and matched—a perfect mashup of feminist art, the Bauhaus, traditional craft, and vintage textiles. We asked Sara to tell us which items from her line and beyond she’s hoping to gift (and get!) this season.
"Everyone I know has been spending more time in the kitchen this year."
"You can fill this basket with smaller, gift-y items too! We like to encourage customers at the shop to use our baskets as ‘sustainable wrapping.’"
"This dog collar is just what my dog Soba needs this season! Dogs need some extra love this year too!"
"I really like gifting useful items—especially from brands whose ethics I respect. Diaspora is a really amazing queer and BIPOC–owned brand and I love what they’re striving to do for the spice trade."
"I love everything Connie and Alex do over at East Fork—from the actual products to the care they take with supporting their community."
"I’ve had this sweater sitting in my cart for weeks! I love Kotn’s commitment to ethical fiber and direct trade."
"I’ve never been a great cocktail maker and now that we can’t go out to enjoy them, this is a nice way to make something special at home!"
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