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Local Stokes: November’s Hottest Picks

This November, explore women-owned companies vending planters made of plants, earrings that look like eggs, and bags that give back
Two 3-D printed planters for succulents made by San Diego company Fern Heights
Courtesy of Fern Heights

New Heights

In 2021, Joanne Johnson was working as a corporate professional in environmental sciences—but her passion was in decorating with plants. She created Fern Heights to offer unique eco-friendly pots to the masses. Every vessel is 3D-printed in SD using a durable plant-derived material. There are currently 17 different styles offered, including realistic dog and cat planters (and you can even get a custom one featuring your own four-legged friend).

Editor's pick, Resinuendo, a Sam Diego company producing food shaped jewelry like eggs, strawberries, and lemons
Courtesy of Resinuendo

Edible Adornments

The key to looking like a snack? Wearing one. Run by SDSU grad and artist Ilse Almazan, whimsical local jewelry company Resinuendo vends handmade earrings that resemble olives, eggs, baguettes, berries, tomatoes, and more, crafted from mixed materials like polymer clay, resin, and glass beads. Almazan also creates charming necklaces, hair accessories, and trinket trays.

Editor's pick, Sash Bag, a Sam Diego company producing leather cross-body bags with plenty of pockets
Courtesy of Sash Bag

Crossbody Cargoes

Until designers answer the cry for women’s jeans with actual pockets, those of us who refuse to stoop to cargo pants must find creative, comfy ways to haul our necessities. Enter Sash Bag, San Diegan Nichole MacDonald’s crossbody carrier with 10 stacked pockets and built-in wallets to evenly distribute weight. Bonus: The company partners with change making charities, giving back to Monarch Schools, local homeless shelters, and other nonprofits.

By Jennifer Ianni

Jennifer Ianni is a long-time San Diego journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, PACIFIC magazine, Point Loma-OB Monthly, PB Monthly, and more. She’s a native San Diegan who loves puns, pop culture, dive bars, yoga, extra dirty martinis, walks with her dog, Luna, and hanging out with her nephew, Jay, and her niece, Siena.

By Amelia Rodriguez

Amelia Rodriguez is San Diego Magazine’s Associate Editor. The 2023 winner of the San Diego Press Club's Rising Star Award, she’s covered music, food, arts & culture, fashion, and design for Rolling Stone, Palm Springs Life, and other national and regional publications. After work, you can find her hunting down San Diego’s best pastries and maintaining her three-year Duolingo streak.

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