6 Nerd-riffic Small Businesses to Shop With
At Espionage Cosmetics, we're all about supporting small businesses and the badass entrepreneurs behind them! Being a small business ourselves, we really love and support our fellow nerds and geeks and came up with this little roundup list of businesses that should be on your radar if you want to shop for nerdy things created by nerds, for nerds!
Image from RockLove Jewelry's Instagram
"RockLove celebrates lost art forms, eras of history, exotic destinations, and the belief that your jewelry's back-story should be as interesting as your own." Behind RockLove Jewelry is designer and jeweler Allison Cimino. She fused her love of history, fantasy, and sci-fi with silversmith training after an old-world apprenticeship in Italy. Every piece you see at RockLove Jewelry is handmade by Allison and her team in New York City. RockLove Jewelry uses the highest-quality gemstones, precious metals, and fair trade organic materials. Among her original jewelry designs, you'll find fandom and geek-inspired collections like their Twin Peaks Collection! You'll also find other popular and well-loved fandoms like Guardians of the Galaxy, Outlander: The Series, Star Trek, Skyrim, Mass Effect, and much more! There's no doubt you'll find something for a loved one or for yourself. Show RockLove Jewelry some love by checking out their goods here.
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Her Universe was founded by actress and entrepreneur, and the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, Ashley Eckstein. Her Universe is also a stand-alone subsidiary of Hot Topic. Ashley created the lifestyle brand and fangirl fashion company with the goal of creating stylish, fashion-forward merch for female sci-fi fans. Her Universe stands out in the crowd and makes it heard loud and clear, that science fiction and fantasy isn't just for boys. If you're a fan of Star Wars, Marvel, Doctor Who, Studio Ghibli, and more--then this is the place to get your apparel! Fangirls rejoice--you're not stuck with just fandom graphic tee's, but a variety of stylish or feminine choices. You'll find amazing collections such as the Loki Collection, Princess Mononoke Collection, and more! Shop coats, skirts, dresses, tanks, and even children's wear!
Image from GeekifyInc.com
Based in Colorado, Geekify is an awesomely nerdy invention and design studio focused on bringing ideas to life by merging creativity with technology. The Geekify team works with a variety of materials including leather, metal, wood, plastics, and more. They also specialize in costuming, cosplay, nerd gear, science-y gadgets, and all kinds of geek swag you can think of--they even do custom orders! Give Geekify a gander and discover an impressive selection of high-quality, hand-crafted products for geeks right here.
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Searching for subtly geeky or nerdy goods? Check out Jordandené. That's pronounced "Jordan-den-nay" ;) Founder of Jordandené is Jordan Ellis--everything started with a geek-chic kitchen apron and has since expanded to products like super soft and high-quality tees and enamel pins! Jordandené focuses on keeping their goods subtly geeky so that it quenches your deepest inner-nerd feels, yet isn't too extra for every day. They're also huge on good, quality designs and materials--you won't find "cheap plastic, comic sans, or boxy graphic tees here." They're also eco-conscious and do their best to be eco-friendly whenever possible--right down to the inks and packaging used. Bonus points for their strong sense of community by working with other local businesses as well. Shop their selection of apparel, accessories, home goods, and even geekery for the littles! Find their handmade products that are sweatshop-free and girl team powered here.
Image from Bombsheller.com
Bombsheller is a little legging business found in Seattle, Washington. Bombsheller designs and creates amazing leggings to be the "shell that contains the explosive force that is you, whether you be man, woman, or robot. It's your mission to choose the Shells that best reflect (or disguise) the body they contain." Bombsheller's leggings are very different from the others you find in the market. They're made to perform--4-way stretch, completely opaque, SPF 50+, breathable yet moisture wicking, and colorfast! Not sure about you, but that sounds like the perfect legging to us! All manufacturing is done in Seattle on demand--they do not keep any leggings in stock. They're printed, cut, and sewed after a customer has placed their order. Bombsheller's process is heavily focused on eliminating unnecessary waste and being as efficient as possible. Not only can you purchase a Shell from Bombsheller from their existing designs, but you can even choose to design with them! Their collections include themes based on outer space, nerddom like dragons & unicorns, Kill Bill, circuit boards and more, you'll also find collections based on comics like Bitch Planet, Dark Horse Comics, and much more. Whether you're purely a legging junkie, living an active yoga lifestyle, a workout machine powerhouse, or anything in between, Bombsheller has the perfect Shell for you. Shop their selection here and feel good about your purchase.
And then there's us Nerd Misfits here at Espionage Cosmetics! Based in Tacoma, Washington and manned by a team of Nerd Misfits, we bring you the highest quality nail art and Nerd Makeup possible all officially Leaping Bunny Certified! If you're into #NerdManicures and #NerdMakeup, you can go ahead and check out our goods for fandom infused nail wraps and more and feel good about the non-toxic and cruelty-free products you're about to pick up. We've got something for every nerd--video games, Harry Potter, science, and a whole lot more!
Tell us, have you shopped with us or any of our friends listed? If not, who are you most excited to add to your shopping list? Let us know in the comments!