Over the last week, I’ve done a lot of thinking on how I can be a valuable resource to the black community. How can I use my platform that is usually filled with frivolous things like beauty, fashion, home, and wellness to discuss a much heavier, underlying issue in our community? After a lot of reading and listening, I realized that everyone’s voices will sound different and everyone’s unique way to share support during this time will look different.
For me, that meant looking at what I’m good at – and where I’ve fallen short. Finding clothes, beauty products, homewares and other goods that make life colorful and joyful is what I love doing and likely why you found me. But I realize over time, I have fallen into a comfort zone of sharing the same major retailers over and over again – instead of finding new, emerging, smaller ones. This includes black owned businesses.
Over the last few days, I’ve gone down a new and exciting rabbit hole of businesses that I’ve never seen before. There have been a lot of helpful Instagram posts listing new accounts to discover. (I did notice that some got repetitive with the same businesses featured over and over.) To go a step further, I started clicking through the comments of those posts where people were tagging even more black-owned businesses. There I found some really exceptional ones that I felt are a perfect fit for APOL and YOU.
Below, I’m sharing below 40+ black-owned business to discover and support below. As I started to click through the sites, I realized A LOT of them are already sold out of product which is amazing! If you find ones you like, please bookmark them to visit later when restocked! I’ll be adding more as I find them as well.
If you’re looking for more resources, this is one of the most helpful that I’ve come across this week:
Black Lives Matter Resources + Action Items
BABY + KIDS
Pretty Please Teethers / @prettypleaseteethers / ordered paci clips for Bennett
Harper Iman Dolls / @harperiman / handmade linen keepsake dolls
Truth and Gold / @weartruthandgold / children + adult tees + a stellar reading list
BEAUTY + WELLNESS
Makeup By Meggan / @makeupbymeggan / have her foundation + setting powder
Carol’s Daughter / @carolsdaughter / body + haircare
Briogeo Hair / @briogeo / award-winning clean + conscious haircare
Beauty Bakerie / @beautiebakerymakeup / sweets-themed + SO cute
The Lip Bar / @thelipbar / vegan, cruelty-free makeup picked up by Target
Golde / @golde / superfoods for beauty + wellness
Mented Cosmetics / @mentedcosmetics / vegan, paraben-free, non-toxic
Black Girl Sunscreen / @blackgirlsunscreen / now available at Target
Oui The People / @ouithepeople / shaving and bodycare
The Honey Pot / @thehoneypot / feminine care products
KNC Beauty / @kncbeauty / CUTEST eye masks, lip masks, lip scrubs!
Rayo and Honey / @rayoandhoney / Homewares with positive intent
Clare Paint / @clarepaint / Zero VOC paint and supplies
Tactile Matter / @tactilematter / homewares and art
The Zen Succulent / @thezensucculent / plant and succulent shop
The Jungalow / @thejungalow / home decor and homewares
CLOTHING + ACCESSORIES
Brother Vellies Shoes / @brothervellies / handcrafted designer accessories
Peace Images Jewelry / @peaceimagesjewelry / curated gold jewelry
Sincerely Tommy / @sincerelytommy_ / clothing and accessories
Nomadic Citizen / @nomadic_citizen / handmade artisan goods
H Kyle / @shophkyle / local Baton Rouge store
The Tiny Tassel / @thetinytassel / the most fun + colorful earrings
West London Boutique / @westlondonbtq / local New Orleans store
Andrea Iyamah / @andreaiyamah / Swooning over everything here
Dynasty George / @dynastygeorge / beautiful dresses + uplifting IG feed
Hanifa Official / @hanifaofficial / unique ready-to-wear designs
Grass Fields / @grass_fields / beautiful + unique textile patterns
Twelve AM Shoes / @twelveam.co / really into these slides
Meow and Barks Boutique / @meowandbarksboutique / bright + colorful pieces
Love Cortnie / @lovecortnie /
Salt N Sunscreen Swim / @saltnsunscreen / love this one piece + this bikini
ZOU XOU / @zouxou / ethical, small batch shoes
Tree Fairfax / @treefairfax / handmade leather handbags
Sweats By Sam / @sweatsbysam / hand-dyed loungewear sets
Cause Box / @causebox / curated, socially-conscious products
McBride Sisters Wine / @mcbridesisters / black-owned, women-owned wine company
The Cupcake Collection / @thecupcakecollection / location in New Orleans!
Trade Street Jam Co. / @tradestjamco / their feed makes me SO hungry
Aya Paper Co. / @ayapaperco / 100% recycled stationery + gifts
Have one to add to the list? Please leave below, send via DM on IG, or email me!