11 Awesome Queer Local Businesses That You Should Support
Supporting local businesses has always been a priority at iHeartBerlin, even more so when owned by queer people. Naturally, this has become even more important in times of the ongoing global pandemic. That’s why we can’t wait to join the next QUEER market! There, you can discover creative products from queer designers in a friendly environment that implements all current health and safety precautions.
For this new guide, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite local queer companies and labels. All will be part of the Queer Market on Sunday July 26, but there will be even more stalls to explore during the day! iHeartBerlin will also be present with a booth and you will be able to get your hands on our books and other products.
Discover the handmade products by Tight Laced for all your lingerie wishes. Sabrina, the founder of the brand, points out that many styles are adjustable for different genders and body types, and encourages everyone to ask questions on all requests for custom sizes.
photo: Tight Laced
Rory Midhani’s colorful work reflects the queer and trans life, which has already gained popularity in Berlin. In the market, you can choose from “art prints, postcards, stickers, fridge magnets” and other products showcasing Midhani’s bold visual creations.
photos: Rory Midhani
All fashion enthusiasts should check out Remesalt, a Berlin-based brand offering sustainable designs. Francisco Remesal, the founder of the brand, elaborates on the ideas that shape Remesalt: “The local, the hand and sustainability are our premises. Without gender our aesthetic. Our handcrafted creations are romantic with clean lines that bring out the beauty of simplicity. Colors, textures, patterns and prints are a constant line in our rooms. “
If you are one of those Berliners who make headdresses a staple in their wardrobe, you can’t miss the creations of Lego Sky. The unique Lego Sky headdresses look like portable works of art. In addition to this undeniable aesthetic value, the caps are produced in an eco-responsible manner. As their creator Oleg explains: “My style can be described as an affordable upcycled / recycled seam since I make most of my masks from unusual materials, some of which I find on the street. It also means that most of my headdresses are only produced once. “
photos: Lego Sky
Beeswax wraps can really revolutionize your kitchen. If you haven’t heard of this eco-friendly game changer yet, you should definitely take a look around the Wax Wrap Berlin booth. Anna and Chelsea, the founders of the brand, make each packaging themselves using organic materials.
photos: Wax Wrap Berlin
The explicit designs of Italian artist Anna Piera Di Silvestre can turn even a plain t-shirt into a fairly controversial piece. There will be more accessories with his creations on the market.
photos: Anna Piera Di Silvestre
Shades are a must for the summer! And we’re in luck, because Dress Your Mind Eyewear has some of the coolest designs available. Brand owner Vincenzo Cannone defines the brand as: “Berlin-based introspective research into the most popular and iconic Italian frame designers of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s”.
photos: Dress your mind Glasses
Whether as a gift for a friend or as a self-care item, everyone loves handmade soaps. We love Sabun soaps also because of their eco-friendly manufacturing. As Varun, the owner of Sabun, explains: “I started Sabun six months ago in Berlin to promote awareness of sustainability, fairness and the locally produced green products that we use daily. All of my products are vegan / vegetarian, handcrafted by me and promote zero waste based on ancient Ayurveda principles. “
At Queer Market, you can find many explicit products that spice up everyday life. Lusty Ice has the perfect ice cream for the sexually liberated crowd of Berlin. And, it should be mentioned that the founder of Lusty Ice, Marc, is also the organizer of the Queer Market. Well done for bringing together so many queer business owners for this!
photos: Lusty Ice
Homo Homewear offers a range of home products with the photos of Callum Leo Hughes. These accessories simply cannot go unnoticed in any home.
photos: Homo Homewear
If you are looking to spice up your outfit with accessories that generally correspond to the dress code of Berlin fetish clubs, discover Cochaine! The pieces are all handcrafted by Svenja, who founded the brand in 2017.
There will be many more local queer designers, artists and business owners at the upcoming Queer Market on July 26 starting at 1 p.m. at Sage Beach. Keep an eye on the Facebook event to see which other brands will be attending. Come on, say hello and support your local gays!
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