Today I wanted to highlight eleven really amazing Black-owned businesses. This collage feels very resorty and I am here for that as right now, most of the shopping I am doing is for upcoming warm-weather getaways. I placed an order with Mie after seeing them highlighted on Danielle’s story (I ordered both of these dresses, oops!) and am thinking of ordering a few things from We Dream in Colour next (I cannot get over their earrings!!!). Really though, I will take one of each of these things in the round up. Want it all.
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11 More Black-owned Small Businesses to Know!
This might become your new favorite resort brand. Mie (founded in 2018) is a Nigerian based lifestyle brand with a focus on sustainability. Everything is made locally by seamstresses and artisans in Lagos. They focus on resort wear, using natural and biodegradable fabrics. AND they offer extended sizing, with pieces going up to a 3X. I am fully obsessed with this brand and ordered both this little red dress (the cut-out feels more playful than sexy which I like… it will be perfect on vacation but also, hot Charleston nights) and this dreamy aqua kaftan.
I learned about Kate Lynn & Adwoa when I was a part of the Fleurs de Prairie Seeds of Beauty Campaign and they were one of the finalists, earning a $10,000 seed grant. I wound up ordering a bunch of stuff from them after the campaign ended and am here to tell you that the black soap and the body butter are both a dream for dry skin as they’re packed with shea butter. The black soap is great for sensitive skin and if you have dry skin, it will just soak up the butter.
Sika, based in the UK (founded in 2005), makes the most incredible dramatic dresses (amongst other things, but the dresses are just beyond) inspired by the rich and diverse culture of Ghana, West Africa. Garments are designed in London and then handmade in Africa, where all employees are paid fair wages which makes a meaningful difference for the Ghanaian community.
Melanie Marie makes so much beautiful jewelry but the piece that really steals the show for me is this New York subway token necklace. The perfect gift for any New Yorker (or ex-New Yorker, such as myself!) Each token is genuine (made from solid brass). Love, love, love.
Oh my god, this jewelry! It is hard to pick a favorite pair of earrings as they are all so good. I love the Daisy earrings but am equally smitten with the Vervet – those little monkeys, swinging from the flowers! These, too! We Dream in Colour is a Black-owned, self-funded, and independent jewelry line designed and handmade with a focus on sustainability. I honestly want everything.
Humans before Handles, founded by Ashley Sims, has such fun, colorful statement jewelry… all under $50! I personally really love this green pair, and they are a great price. The site can be a little difficult to navigate but there are some great pieces to be found – I also really love these pearl drops.
Chaos is an ethical clothing brand created by a community of artisans around the world. Their aim is to create forever clothing… pieces that you will have forever that do not have a lasting impact on the earth. I personally just love the Junie dress – the COLORS. Also, this block printed kaftan, made from 100% organic cotton.
Half Baked makes beautiful, versatile swimwear inspired by comfortable underwear basics – meant to feel like a second skin. Easy to wear, versatile, and feel good. I love that their swimsuits include UV protection!
A A K S (founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi) makes incredible woven raffia bags, all woven by the women of Ghana using the Akosua’s favorite weaving techniques. The brand (and the bags) are all so bright and happy. I love this little pom pom one (just too fun, it has so much personality!) and this tote. The brand focuses on ethical craftsmanship, creating sustainable jobs within Africa, and attention to detail.
Beads Byaree is a hand crafted jewelry line, founded by Areeayl Goodwin, who lives in Brooklyn. Each piece is whimsical and unique; inspired by her dreams. Her pieces have been worn by Beyoncé and Tracee Ellis Ross, and each piece comes with a rich backstory.
Jam + Rico is another incredible jewelry brand. Pieces are designed in New York and manufactured in India. I love this disk necklace! Jam + Rico stands for Jamaica + Puerto Rico. The brand creates thoughtful and playful accessories, all with a beautiful (colorful!) Caribbean sensibility.