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!