Queer Made is providing a platform for India’s LGBTQIA+ community to grow their business. Introduced this July — in partnership with Tinder, Little Black Book, and digital platform Gacy Family — it includes 22 businesses across a variety of categories. ,[You can also read about] 54 queer initiatives and entrepreneurs including authors, social initiatives and queer-led restaurants on the LBB x Tinder microsite [queermade.ill.in], says Ahana Dhar, Director – Communications, Tinder India. She picks three brands to try:
Choir Studio: They specialize in natural soy wax candles. Molded by hand in small batches, you can customize the design, color, and fragrance. Try new scents like gingerbread, chocolate, and vanilla bourbon. “We are launching resin trays [with gold flakes], which can be used as a candle stand or trinket tray,” says founder Jasmine Ahmed. ₹499 to ₹900.
Lazy Lemon Studio: Anindita M started the studio in 2019 to promote a sustainable model of production. “Deadstock clothing became a way to create and contribute to fashion waste.” Start your 2022 shopping list with their Lazy Summer Shirt (₹2,800). In shades of yellow and blue, the summer season is a happy reminder of the good days to come.
Belly: Created with pet comfort in mind, the brand continually seeks feedback and reviews from pet parents and trainers. Their range of dog and cat collars, leash and bows combine sporting motifs, made for them by artisans in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Telangana. The New Year can also see trinkets aimed at the human friends of pets. From ₹200 (for a short bow tie) onwards.