Culture, Fashion

25 Black Owned Brands to Know & Support

There is no better time to invest and support black-owned businesses. After standing in solidarity with protest and supporting educational programs that support underprivileged kids in predominantly black communities, our natural next step is to continue supporting black creatives and business owners. If you know any black owned businesses or are a black owned business, please contact us here so we can add to our expanding list!

If you’re looking to support the black community, whether its small independent brands or established labels, supporting black creatives and designers helps put money and resources into the community. In addition, it gives black creatives a voice without having to speak.

Among other things, big companies have a history of oppressing small businesses and low-income communities. But diversity builds economic vitality, holistic sustainability, and strengthens the local community. In addition to this, it allows more black creatives to expand their business and their vision. Let’s do our part to help make an impact by standing in solidarity with community and supporting black owned! Please share and show love!

Born in Nigeria, and having moved to the United States in his early teens, Soji Solarin’s work speaks to the malleability of black being; in both the contexts of Africa and America. Fueled by research and the designer’s fundamental understanding of the differing iterations of blackness, the eponymous label SOJI SOLARIN was founded in Los Angeles, in 2016. Shortly after the designer’s graduation from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Now based in Berlin, Soji Solarin was awarded the Global Talents award in Fall 2019 and debuted his Spring 2020 collection at MBFW Moscow.

For Third Crown, New York based co-designers Kristin and Kofi Essel fuse their love of geometric shapes with the details found in their architectural surroundings to create their collection of men’s and women’s jewelry. Their shared desire to delve into the accessories world came early on for the co-creatives. (cc ThirdCrown)

Based in Amsterdam, Daily Paper was co-founded in 2010 by Jefferson Osei, Abderrahmane Trabsini, and Hussein Suleiman, of Ghanaian, Moroccan, and Somali descent, respectively. Inspired by the founders’ shared African heritage, Daily Paper fuses traditional aesthetics from the continent with modern and casual designs.  (cc Highsnobiety)

For Pyer Moss, The Haitian-American designer never fails at delivering powerful messages through his work. He’s not afraid of calling people out, either, as he recently critiqued BoF in an open letter. The menswear and womenswear brand holds weight in the fashion world and counts ongoing collaborations with Reebok.

As a third generation entrepreneur born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Kendall has always been the type to forge her own path. Starting Kendall Miles Designs (KMD) as a passion project from her college apartment at the University of Southern California, Kendall completed her degree in International Relations while simultaneously teaching herself how to design footwear. (cc KendallMiles)

UzuzuriCreations makes beautiful handcrafted home creations including decor, artisans, jewelry and much more! This brand is providing local artisans in Kenya and other black communities to provide their products on a online marketplace to help support families in Kenya. “We want to play our part in reversing the fortunes of artisans by creating a streamlined supply chain process that creates value for both the artisan and consumer.” – UzisuriCreations

The Original Highlighting Finishing Spray Vegan Cosmetics brand. This black owned cosmetics brand was established in 2017. Their products are handmade and cruelty free, and made with love!

“We’re married to the idea that men should be able to take care of themselves and not have to break the bank. That we shouldn’t have to use products packed with harmful chemicals just to look and feel like a boss. It’s with that same spirit we continue to build out MULTI-purpose, handmade better-for-you grooming products; solutions to the real issues men face daily.” – ScotchPorter

Aṣọ Dára” originates from the Yoruba language and translates roughly to “good cloth”. Aṣọ Dára was started by a group of siblings who decided to put their talents and passions together to create a lifestyle brand that reflects the genius, precision, and diverse beauty of Pan-African ideals and culture. They make beautiful head wraps, headbands, chokers, scrunchies and much more!

Co-founded by Jaden Smith, JustWater.Sustainably Sourced from the First Drop. JUST is not purified tap water—an inefficient process that actually wastes water and energy. JUST is flavorful spring water with naturally occurring mineral and PH content. It is pumped from a reliably plentiful source in the United States. Three-billion-gallons-a-year plentiful.

Award-winning hairstylist, owner of the Hairlounge salon and founder of the Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil product range – Charlotte Mensah has covered amazing ground. An inspiration to stylists, business owners and women worldwide. She’s achieved all this and more through hard work unwavering self-belief and it also helps that she’s such a genuine, down-to-earth person.

Originally From New York City, Chantal Bradley Grew Up With A Passion For Interior Design And Started Modish Decor Pillows In Late 2015. She Provides Products That Symbolize Her Posh Style In Home Decor. Recently, Modish Decor Pillows Was Featured In Elle Decor Magazine And Has Appeared In West Elm’s Home Furniture Store In New York, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia, New Jersey, California, Washington D.C. And Maryland For Pop-Up Shops.

AFROHEMIEN is a curated collection of afrocentric handmade jewelry, cultural goods and vintage finds that reflect the beauty of African and Black Culture. Lakesha Renee has been creating jewelry for over 6 years from her home studio, in Chicago, Illinois.

“At Grass-fields we offer high quality and ethically made African inspired fashion. We create a range of modern African print dresses and clothing for women, men and kids that are all sourced and made here in the UK and Cameroon. Above all, we believe in bringing value to every single one of you by providing exceptional products, resources, and customer service.” – GrassFields

Elexiay is a fashion brand that highlights Nigerian craftsmanship sustainably. Nigeria is blessed with rich history, heritage and craftsmanship which Elexiay explores, focusing majorly on crochet. Crochet is an ancient skill which has been confined for years to certain garments. Using knowledge passed down from generation to generation, we’re skillfully making clothes without machines with the aim of producing clothes that cause little to no harm to the environment.

NAKIMULI aims to go beyond the traditions of women’s fashion and explore more of the imagination, creating fashion forward garments for forward thinking young women. Inspired by color, shapes, and prints, NAKIMULI has created their own fashion revolution: one that embraces a love of self at any size, inspires sisterhood, individuality, comfort, and lots of fierceness.

Established in 2016 by Leomie Anderson, LAPP or LAPP The Brand is a women’s sportswear brand that was created to embody the 21st century girl and producing clothes that represent not only their style but their issues. LAPP stands for ‘Leomie Anderson the Project the Purpose’ and spawned from Leomie’s outspoken stance on women’s issues including the pressures that young girls face in today’s society.

A lively concept women’s fashion brand based in Lagos Nigeria.

19. BFYNE Swimsuits

BFyne is a contemporary swim and resort-wear brand. Every hand-sewn garment has been conceptualized for the fiercely fashion-forward, cultural aficionado you are. BFyne designs are for the risk-taking woman in protest of the fashion status quo. Highly regarded for enchanting designs and alluring hues, BFyne swimsuits emphasize your curves with intention.

Nubian Skin is a lingerie and hosiery brand specializing in ‘nude’ undergarments for women of colour. They are currently based in London. The brand officially launched in October 2014 and offers its garments in four tones: Berry, Cinnamon, Caramel and Café au Lait.

MUJI-LAGOS is a handbag and accessories brand skilfully handmade by artisans in Lagos, Nigeria. We offer a curated collection of clean-shaped and well-structured handbags that epitomise precision, craftsmanship and style. Creating leather handbags is an intimate process and each MUJI-LAGOS bag is produced using centuries-old leather-working techniques and only locally sourced leather.

22. OmiWoods

Omi Woods jewelry are contemporary heirlooms that celebrate all of our connections to Africa and her diaspora. Our jewelry is individually and ethically handmade with fair trade African gold and globally sourced conflict-free fine metals. Omi Woods jewelry is intended to be worn everyday, gifted for special occasions and passed down to future generations so its meaning can live on for generations to come.

Raw Edible Skincare sourced from Ghana!

A durag is a popular hair covering in the Black community used to provide hair protection, usually during sleep. In recent years, durags have grown into a fashion accessory and they’re no longer just worn around the house. Lyons decided to put her own twist on durags, making them from velvet and silk.

EDAS was created from an innovative standpoint, initially focusing on sustainability while using unusual home-goods and refurbished elements. Through the maturity of the brand, EDAS now delivers feminine and staple accessories, accommodating the everyday, eclectic woman.  We create each piece of jewelry by hand, and we take pride in seeing the hands of the craftsman within our pieces. Our signature is making each item one of a kind, and uniquely tailored to whoever chooses to wear it.

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