Black-owned ethical brands to support this Black History Month (and every month)!

Black-owned ethical brands to support this Black History Month (and every month)!

I believe that conscious consumerism can be even more impactful when we approach it with an anti-racist and intersectional feminist lens. Shopping BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of Color – more context here) and woman-owned brands helps supports these communities in a world where wealth and power are mostly centralized in the hands of white men, while supporting more ethical practices.

This Black History Month, I’ve curated a list of ethical and sustainable Black-owned brands that you can support any time of year! Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference 🙂

Black-owned fashion brands:

  • Adele by Adele Jackson – LA designer Adele Jackson’s beautiful illustrations printed on tees and accessories.
  • Adele Dejak – Eco-friendly, African-inspired jewelry handmade in Kenya.
  • Brother Vellies – High-end footwear made in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco.
  • Cee Cee’s Closet – Founded by two Nigerian sisters, Cee Cee’s closet sells accessories such as head wraps in beautiful West African prints, handmade by artisans in Nigeria.
  • ENZI – Based in Ethiopia, this premium footwear brand aims to challenge perceptions of Africa through fair-trade, artisanal shoes.
  • GALERIE.LA – LA boutique carrying ethical and slow fashion brands, owned by a celebrity stylist.
  • I Am Kreyol – Founded by Haitian designer Joelle Wendy Fontaine and inspired by the life of her immigrant mother, I Am Kreyol features fashion-forward, imaginative, and boldly feminine designs.
  • Jewel Posse – Handmade jewelry that is bold, imaginative, and beautiful.
  • Kintu New York – Artisan-made luxury handbags, founded by Ugandian American Sarah Nakintu.
  • lemlem – Founded by an Ethiopian woman, Liya Kebede, lemlem’s designs draw from the traditional cotton handweaving techniques of her homeland.
  • Minnie + George – DIY leather-working kits! Never seen something like this before, which is really cool. Founded and owned by L.A. Caldwell.
  • Omi Woods – Conflict-free, contemporary heirloom jewelry inspired by African heritage and diaspora.
  • Sindiso Khumalo – A sustainable textile designer, Sindiso Khumalo designs her textiles by hand through watercolors and collage. Her textiles draw from African storytelling and her Zulu and Ndebele heritage.
  • Splendid Rain Co – Wear your politics on your sleeve with Splendid Rain Co’s graphic print tees and sweatshirts. Apparel is ethically printed.
  • TawiaDesigns – A Ghanaian-American clothing brand started in Chicago that provides comfortable handmade gear ranging from sandals, boots, lace-ups, shoes, clothing, and custom sneakers. 
  • The Tiny Closet – Capsule wardrobe collection of fashion-forward workwear and basics. Black-woman-owned and founded.
  • Thundress – Undies made with organic cotton and non-toxic dyes, because vaginal health is v important. Cut and sewn ethically in LA.
  • Tree Fairfax – Minimal leather goods, handmade and sourced locally.
  • Two Days Off – Minimalist slow fashion brand owned by Gina Stovall, made to order in LA. Dreamy linen separates.
  • William Okpo – Founded by two Nigerian sisters and inspired by their father’s style, the line is at once sexy, fun, and polished.

Black-owned beauty brands:

*All cruelty-free 🙂

  • Beauty Bakerie – Cruelty-free makeup line that benefits orphanages through their “Sugar Homes” program.
  • BLK + GRN – Black-owned marketplace for artisan-made, non-toxic goods including bath & beauty products and gift sets!
  • Breed Love Beauty Co – All natural and organic beauty products, handmade & Black-woman-owned!
  • Carol’s Daughter – A clean beauty line that began in the founder Lisa Price’s kitchen (she is, indeed, the daughter of a woman named Carol), now under the L’OREAL umbrella and available at Target!
  • Kyra’s Shea Medleys – Hair and skincare products made with natural, organic, non-GMO, and fair trade ingredients. Founded by 1st generation business owners in South Central LA and owned by a Black woman, Kyra Nicole.
  • Lotus Moon Skincare – Clean and sustainable skincare line founded by Lake Louise.
  • OBIA Naturals – Non-toxic, vegan haircare products formulated for natural hair by the founder, Obia Ewah, a Nigerian-American chemist! The company is run by Obia and her brother.
  • Plain Jane Beauty – Founded by Lake Louise of Lotus Moon Skincare, this non-toxic line of cosmetics is geared towards women who want to look great without sacrificing their health.
  • Shea Moisture – Clean, sustainable, natural, and organic products made with shea butter. Available at Target.
  • Uncle Funky’s Daughter – Clean, natural haircare line designed for curly hair.

Know any Black-owned ethical brands that aren’t on here? Give me a shout and I’ll add them!

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