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30 Black-Owned Businesses + Brands to Shop today!

Jun 19, 2020

30 Black-Owned Businesses

Above: Wearing earrings from Vintage Royalty and graphic tee from Sir & Madame! This exact style is sold out now but I also love this one

 

30 Black-Owned Businesses + Brands to Shop today!

 
I felt like it was fitting to hit “publish” on this awesome roundup on Juneteenth! (So many thanks to YOU GUYS who submitted many of these fantastic brands to me on Instagram stories!)

What is the significance of Juneteenth?

It took two years for news of the Emancipation Proclamation to reach enslaved people in Texas. June 19th was the day that Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston to inform enslaved African Americans of their freedom. 
 
While celebrating Juneteenth is newer to many (admittedly, it was not on my radar before this year either) it’s something I’m honoring this year (and every year moving forward) by setting some time aside today to read and educate myself, as well as making sure I support Black-owned artists, authors, brands, and more! So I hope this post comes in handy as you look to do the same! 
 
I’ve included an awesome graphic created by Monica Pirani here that gives more background on the history of Juneteenth. So please click through all the slides! (And also, when you’re done, give this petition a sign to make Juneteenth a national holiday!) 
 
 
I’m excited for today’s post and the opportunity to introduce you to some so incredibly talented Black designers, entrepreneurs, and artists. 

Can your dollars really make a difference? YES!

They absolutely can! Supporting black-owned businesses is extremely important for fighting racial injustice– it’s another way to make your voice heard. In fact, according to Forbes, voting with your pocketbook is one of the best ways to affect change in a capitalist society. 
 
Chef Brian Jupiter, AKA “Chef Jup” of two of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, Ina Mae Tavern and Frontier, summed it in a recent Instagram post. “In general, Black-owned businesses don’t have the resources of other businesses. They’re dealing with even tighter margins, and a lot of times Black-owned businesses aren’t in the best neighborhoods. For Blacks to have an even playing field, in any business, people need to go out of their way to support them because we’re already outnumbered to begin with. So spend your money where it counts, be an ally, and continue to learn and be better. Not just now, but always.” 

 

So let’s dive in and do some shopping! This is certainly not the last roundup you’ll see on Black-owned businesses, but it’s a great place to start!

Fashion & Jewelry 

Vintage Royalty– Chicago based jewelry designer Meena makes the most FUN handmade jewelry and also offers her own jewelry-making classes! (FYI a lot of her designs are sold out–hooray! But make sure to keep checking back for restocks!) 

Admiral Row– an Atlanta-based husband and wife team curating affordable handmade and vintage jewelry and accessories. I especially love their dainty gold jewelry, and they have really fun men’s ties, too! 

Pru Apparel– motivating women towards enlightenment + strength, while encouraging a strong sense of self-confidence, pride, and community. In addition, fusing culturally-inspired prints into chic fitness gear! (I love their new patterned bike shorts!) 

Jam + Rico– short for “Jamaica” and “Puerto Rico”–they make bold and joyful handcrafted costume jewelry with antiquated metals and colorful textiles! 

Lola Ade– Love fun statement earrings? (a la Baublebar?) You will LOVE Lola Ade! In fact, they offer a mix of handmade dainty pieces & bold African inspired pieces.

Salone Monet- nude heels handmade in 6 shades! I know the perfect “nude” is really hard to find, and most companies only define nude in terms of “white girl skin color”– so if you’ve been struggling to find your skin tone represented, definitely look into Salone Monet! 

Sir and Madamea men’s & women’s clothing brand and luxury lifestyle boutique, based in Chicago, owned by a husband and wife team! I love their cute “Madame” graphic tees–but they run small, so size up!

The Tiny Tassel– brightly colored tassel jewelry, accessories, and garments handmade in Charleston!

Zou Xou shoes– beautiful handcrafted, ethically made shoes! I just ordered these gold sandals

For more reccos, I highly recommend checking out @BuyFromBIPOC for awesome clothing and accessory designers! 

Home Goods & Textiles 

Bolé Road Textiles– ethically sourced and lovingly crafted modern textiles for the home, designed in Brooklyn, handwoven in Ethiopia.

Blk Mkt Vintage– a collection comprised of black collectibles, cast-off’s and curiosities, representing the richness of black history and lived experience. The collection includes found items like vintage literature, vinyl records, clothing, art, housewares/decor, furniture, and other goods. Brick and mortar in Brooklyn and available via e-commerce. 

Compliments ‘n Coffee– coffee mugs and accessories created to uplift and encourage women to silence negative self-talk on sip at a time! (Would also make the best gifts!) 

Lovenotes Fragrances– custom blended and hand-poured soy candles.

PUR Home– a natural, non-toxic eco-friendly laundry detergent and household cleaners product line made from organic and raw ingredients that are plant-based, biodegradable, and low toxic. (I placed an order from them last week, can’t wait to receive it!) 

rayo & honey– handcrafted in Brooklyn, pennant goods with Positive Intent that combine pop-culture, literature, affirming phrases, and a clean design aesthetic.

@wethriftyo– a thrifting Instagram account full of beautiful, unique pieces that uses a bidding system, set prices. In addition, offers worldwide shipping. 

Skincare & Beauty & Hair

25th & June Nail Elixir– cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, and made in the USA nail elixirs free of 10 commonly found harmful chemicals.

Briogeo Hair Care– a clean and conscious haircare brand for all hair types and textures that harnesses 6-free, clean methodology and the power of natural ingredients like natural oils, vitamins and antioxidants to detoxify, hydrate and protect.

Golde– a Brooklyn-based wellness brand crafting superfood-boosted essentials for health and beauty on a mission to bridge the gap between superfoods and today’s wellness-curious consumers. (I just orderd their Matcha and can’t wait to get it!!) 

The Honey Pot Company– the first plant-based feminine care system on the market. Powered be herbs, made by women and 100% natural. 

Soap Distillery– Chicago-based handmade unisex bath and body care inspired by cocktails and spirits! 

Mented Cosmetics– a luxury beauty company targeted to women of color offering a full spectrum of products. 

Rosen Skincarethis brand boasts a newer, younger way of thinking about natural skincare. No unpronounceable compounds, no unnecessary fillers, and no stuff that causes skin damage and irritation. 

For more reccos, I recommend following @blkandgrn for more non-toxic beauty products by Black artisans! 

Other Small Businesses & Shops 

Greer Stationery– an online, Chicago, and New York stationery store with a thoughtfully-selected collection of international stationery and office supplies from American-crafted letterpress greeting cards to impeccably-designed Japanese notebooks to luxurious Belgian stationery.

Dorcas Creates– cute cards, prints, and accessories from a UK-based artist. (I so need to do a whole different roundup of favorite Black artists!) 

Plant Shop Chicago– a Northside nursery specializing in tropicals, succulents, cacti & houseplants of all kinds!

Semicolon Books– Chicago’s only black woman-owned bookstore and gallery space. In fact, you can order/support them from anywhere via Bookshop.org or Libro.fm! (FYI Libro.fm is donating 100% of membership payments today to Black-owned bookstores!) 

Unwrp– offering the solution to traditional & boring gift wrap with sustainable gifting options that everyone will love! 

Blk & Bold– specialty coffee & tea meets community impact. In fact, 5% of profits go to disadvantaged youth. 

McBride Sisters– They are the largest Black-owned wine company in the US! Owned by two sisters with the most incredible back-story! (Read about it here!) 

Do you have more businesses to add to the list? Let us know & happy shopping! Don’t forget to share your favorite purchases on your social media channels to keep spreading the word!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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