I’ve grown up with strong women in my life. They have both humbled and inspired me to dream big and work hard. My grandmothers lived by example in showing love to others and providing safe spaces for all people. Both of them enjoyed living their lives to the fullest, and that included self care, traveling, shopping and buying gifts for the people they love. I always felt like I could go to either of them with my dreams and goals and they’d be the first to hop on board and tell all their friends.

As I dreamt up a name for my lifestyle brand with products meant for gifting, I new that I wanted to pay homage to the legacy of two important women in my life. The struggles and trials that they each endured as women of color, the loss and joy experienced, it shaped them and how they exhibited love towards their grandchildren.

In honor of my grandmothers

Evelyn Leaño

My Lola (Grandmother in Filipino) just turned 90 years old. A native of the Philippines and retired Chemist with U.S. Borax, she was a social butterfly well into her 80s. She has had a love for jewelry, couture apparel, and handbags since I can remember. She is a wife of over 60 years and mother to 6.

Bonnie Jean

Jelly beans danish candy canes marshmallow cotton candy sweet brownie. Sesame snaps sesame snaps chocolate jelly bear claw halvah sesame snaps brownie shortbread. Apple pie tootsie roll cupcake icing ice cream danish. Sugar plum cake jelly beans jelly cake.

L – R: My Lola and Granny (leaño+jean)