30 Black-Owned Businesses + Brands to Shop today!
What is the significance of Juneteenth?
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Juneteenth is not the day that all enslaved people were freed, or the day that slavery ended. Juneteenth is a day to commemorate African American Freedom! Download these slides at link in my bio. Immense gratitude to my dear friend and historian @utonevan , who offered consultation on this post. . ✨ Welcome new followers! I wanted to post some additional information about Juneteenth! I made these graphics in an effort to spread education (which is a part of what Juneteenth is all about!) The sources I used are listed on the last slide. . ✨Please feel free to share these graphics with your loved ones and to your feed! Black History is American History, and unfortunately many of us aren’t taught about Juneteenth. I just learned about it two years ago! There is no need to feel shame or guilt for just learning about this, we know by now that systematic racism effects our education system. You know now, so you can help spread education and awareness! . 📖 HOMEWORK: . Set a timer for 30 minutes and look up and learn about Juneteenth! Comment below what you learned! Share resources and educational material with your loved ones and talk to your kids about it! . Follow accounts that teach Black American history and provide resources for learning, like @zinneducation, @nmaahc and @theconsciouskid . ✨If you are celebrating Juneteenth this week, I’m sending you a whole lot of love! 🧡🧡🧡 .. ✨**comments have been turned off due to racist trolls.
Can your dollars really make a difference? YES!
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 Madame– a 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!
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 Skincare– this 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.