As worldwide protests continue the fight against police brutality and systemic racism, we must remember that Black communities are also contending with the compounded effects of COVID-19: Black Americans are dying at three times the rate of white people due to economic disadvantages, and only 12% of Black and Latino business owners have been approved for a PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loan. A direct way to support Black communities is to shop at Black-owned brands and businesses; below, we’ve compiled some of our favorites to start. Shout out your suggestions to the comments below, and we’ll add them to the list!
Black Pepper Paperie Co. draws from founder Hadiya Williams’s influences across the African diaspora to create handcrafted ceramic jewelry, home decor, paper goods, and apparel.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, ceramics artist Lalese Stamps crafts pieces that are abstract, whimsical, and functional all at once. Of her wares, the most popular are her mugs that feature spirals, spheres, and spikes as the handles.
Founder and interior designer Nicole Gibbons makes paints pleasurable by streamlining the entire experience—from shopping, to achieving color accuracy, to getting fuss-free paint swatches. All paints and supplies can delivered to your doorstep.
Sweeten is the brainchild of CEO and architect Jean Brownhill. Similar to a matchmaking service, Sweeten accurately pairs clients with architects and contractors for home and commercial projects. The meticulous vetting process ensures that both parties’ needs are met.
Offering boho inspiration with a modern mindset, creative director Justina Blakeney runs Jungalow from Los Angeles. Her company offers home decor, artwork, apparel, plants, wallpaper, and more—plus, the company plants two trees with every order.
Founded by Brooklyn natives Kiyanna Stewart and Jannah Handy, BLK MKT Vintage is a collection of vintage wares spanning literature, vinyl records, home décor, and furniture that speak to Black culture and history.
After working in architecture and interior design for a number of years, Ethiopian-American designer Hana Getachew decided to make a change and marry her desire to create Ethiopian products with her love for textiles. Her Brooklyn-based studio Bolé Road Textiles brings bold, traditional fabrics that are handwoven in Ethiopia to a broader market.
Located in a newly awakened downtown, Roslyn Karamoko’s Détroit Is The New Black (DITNB) is a brand, retail shop, event space, and art gallery that celebrates the city’s creative output. The brick-and-mortar and online concept store offers clothing, accessories, and beauty products that facilitate an ongoing dialogue of socioeconomic status, race issues, and revitalization initiatives in Detroit.
Brooklyn-based Shadé Akanbi is the curator and founder of Printed•Pattern•People, which aims to showcase culture through art and fashion. The online shop offers a broad swath of products which range from handmade clothing to shoes and bags, and from accent pieces to patterned bedding.
Sincerely, Tommy, founded by Kai Avent-deLeon, is an acutely chic lifestyle store featuring up-and-coming designers, artists, and other talents. The online collection is a covetable mix of home décor, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and wellness products.
Brittany "Bee" Harris is a social justice advocator, creator, and visual artist whose splashy and bold illustrations represent and speak to a multitude of important issues of the Black diaspora. Products are available as prints, stationery, apparel, and accessories. An endometriosis and uterine fibroids diagnosis also spurred Harris to found RootedSol, which uses cannabis to ease the symptoms of PMS.
Founder and creative director Dawn Marie West designs luxury candles and "chill-wear" under the moniker La Botica, located in New York City.
Fusing her background in industrial and interior design, blogger Jessica Reilly offers effortlessly graceful living through a DIY lens. With her shop on Etsy, she offers curated trinkets and treasures from all over the world.
Artist and activist Malene Barnett shares her interpretations of the Black experience through ceramic tiles, mixed-media paintings, handwoven rugs, and other art forms inspired by her extensive travels. Her online shop currently offers one-of-a-kind ceramics, paintings, print pieces, and tapestries.
Akosua Afriyie-Kumi founded AAKS after graduating with a fashion degree from Kingston University London. The company’s exuberantly colored bags are handwoven by artisan weavers in her native Ghana and take about one week each to produce.
Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, Ariene Bethea is the founder of boutique furniture shop Dressing Rooms Interiors Studio. Her vintage collection spans art, mirrors, case goods, coffee tables, decor and accessories, lighting, seating, and tables. As a tastemaker, she has a natural talent for blending vintage with modern pieces to offer an overall timeless appeal.
Shari Currie owns and operates Recycled Modern in Chicago, which prides itself on offering customers vintage and upcycled pieces that are lovingly handcrafted. For those who seek eco-conscious living without sacrificing style, her finds include midcentury accessories, accent pieces, industrial lighting, limited edition mixed-media art, and more.
Jomo Tariku is an Ethiopian-American industrial designer and artist whose heritage permeates all of the products he creates by hand. Akin to functional pieces of art, his geometric and modernist creations include chairs, stools, end tables, and more.
Phoenix Gonzalez and Sandra McCurdy founded Silked, which offers everything you need to get an optimal night of beauty sleep. Products include their innovative Silk Pillow Sleeve, created to nourish skin and hair; the also features beauty products, accessories, and more.
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