Alex Mancini is tired of seeing rainbows. She realized a few years ago that there wasn’t a wide variety of LGBT-inspired products on the market that weren’t rainbow-themed and wanted to make a change for herself and for her community.
“At the time I started my business in 2018 I felt like there wasn’t a lot of retail out there that catered to everyone under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella [more than rainbows, essentially]. I knew I wanted to work for myself, and that I wanted to be creative, and since the queer community is where my heart is, it wasn’t too hard to figure out,” she said.
So Mancini created Crafty Queer Studio, an all-inclusive online store that sells more than just rainbows.
“I make a variety of accessories and jewelry that’s constantly evolving. Right now I have stickers, pins, buttons, magnets, earrings, necklaces, and leather cuff bracelets,” she said. “I also have a big variety of Pride flags across my collections, and I’m always happy to make custom pieces for folks.”
As a queer demi-gender human, Mancini’s biggest goal is to make sure her community feels represented through her products.
“The purpose of my business is to be able to offer fun, affordable goods to folks in my community that actually make them feel seen. It’s very important to me that I offer something for everyone, for all identities, that I have products that folks can’t necessarily find easily elsewhere,” she said.
Customers can find a wide selection of Pride flag designs to choose from for almost every product Craft Queer Studio offers. Mancini also offers gift packs that include earrings, necklaces, pins, and more depending on which pack is ordered.
Stickers are the newest product at Craft Queer Studio and Mancini couldn’t be prouder of them.
“My stickers are my brand-new product, and they’re really the first time that I’ve used illustration skills to actually make full designs,” she said. “I’m really happy with them and proud of them.”
Mancini’s sticker collection includes two transgender designs, three queer designs, and five more LGBT-inspired designs.
Crafty Queer Studio sets itself apart from other businesses because of its unique style, according to Mancini.
“The biggest difference between small Pride creators is that we all have our own unique styles, voices, and ways of running our businesses. I try [to] make a sense of fun and amusement into a lot of what I do, so many of my products that have designs or text reflect that,” she said.
Ultimately, Mancini just wants her community to feel represented whether it’s within her business or another LGBT-owned business.
“We’re all in this together, and I’ve actually been really heartened by how many queer creators online support each other rather than compete with each other,” she said.