In the past few months, #BlackLivesMatter has trended consistently and caught worldwide attention to dismantle systemic racism and promote an inclusive environment for the Black community. While making hashtags trend is one thing, there are actionable ways to support this—and that is to direct economic resources to game-changing Black-owned businesses, many of which have been disproportionally affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Check out some of these notable shops worth buzzing about!
The headwrap is a celebrated expression of identity and style for African American women over the years. Nnenna Stella, seeing the lack of authentic pieces online, launched The Wrap Life in 2014. Nowadays, the brand is a coveted destination for customers looking for exquisite headbands and turbanettes made of fabrics sourced from Ghana and Morocco. If you’re looking for stylish ways to wear their headpieces, they also post a lot of helpful tutorials on their page. https://thewrap.life/
51 35th St 2nd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11232, USA
It was 1999 when her landlord gave Lorraine West a custom-made anvil after seeing her struggle in hammering her leather cuff bracelets. To this day, she considers this her most prized possession—the anvil being an important tool for her signature metalwork. Her jewelry brand is now making waves with the fashionable set, including the likes of Alicia Keys and Serena Williams.
New York, NY, USA
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. As for federal employees Jaqi Wright and Nikki Howard, they were given a furlough during the 2018 government shutdown and they made cheesecakes out of it. Their story became viral, the sisters quickly snagging major interviews with ABC and The Ellen Show. Those looking to taste their delectable cheesecakes can purchase online or in Walmart stores throughout Washington, Maryland, and Virginia.
5885 Kingstowne Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22315, USA
This Brooklyn-based studio works directly with small women-owned weaving businesses in Ethiopia to create modern textiles. The designs are created by the founder herself, Hana Getachew, who draws inspiration from her traditional Ethiopian upbringing. Each design only comes in limited quantity, taking several rounds of work from expert weavers to ensure quality. https://boleroadtextiles.com/collections/all
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Meet our newest ceramic obsession. Lalese Stamp, a graphic designer based in Columbus, creates awe-inspiring conceptual mugs as part of her 100-Day Ceramic Mug Project. She sells the sublime pieces on her website and also hosts monthly giveaways for followers of her work. https://lolly-lolly.com/
Columbus, OH, USA
From single-handedly launching a business while battling breast cancer to acquiring USD3,000,000 in funding from consumer-giant Unilever, founder Cashmere Nicole knows that there’s no such thing as “overnight success.” Her makeup line, which includes cruelty-free lipsticks and illuminators, to name a few, are now sold in more than 130 countries. It’s a cult favorite among millennials, raved about by the likes of Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas and superstar Beyoncé. https://www.beautybakerie.com/
3025 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098, USA
If you’re constantly shopping for beauty products online, then you might have heard of this brand that provides an honest, bespoke approach to hair care. Founder Nancy Twine left her career in finance to launch the brand in 2014, after rigorous research on how to produce naturally derived products for textured hair. Today, Briogeo is one of the fastest-growing hair brands in beauty with USD19,000,000 in annual revenue. https://briogeohair.com/
1045 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2V7, Canada
While skin cancer amongst black women is less common, melanin isn’t a magical repellant from damaging UV rays. Founder Shontay Laundy created a formula specifically made for women of color, with natural non-white residue unlike other brands of sunscreen. It’s also infused with ingredients such as jojoba oil and avocado, which makes it a breeze to apply daily.
151 SE 1st St STE 2411, Miami, FL 33131, USA