There’s never been a more important time to lift up the Black community. Some of us are donating to causes; others are marching and mobilizing to raise awareness. But another direct and sustainable way to support is by shopping from Black-owned businesses.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of Black-owned and led businesses across apparel, beauty, food, books and more—all of which you are sure to love. We encourage you to learn about and shop from these inspiring brands and others—not just today but every day.
We recognize this list is far from complete, and we commit to continue adding to it.
Here’s Where You Can Donate to Help Today
Below are organizations you can donate money to in order to support social justice, help your community organizers and offer solidarity to the Black community.
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Black Lives Matter
- Color of Change
- The Marsha P. Johnson Institute
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
- We The Protestors
Tips for Shopping with Purpose at Black-Owned Businesses
Our wonderful Black@ZD Employee Resource Group shared some of their favorite Black-owned businesses and brands to support this month and all year long, as well as tips for how to strategize your shopping. Thank you for these amazing ideas!
“Research stores that support Black businesses prior to shopping when going to big chain stores (i.e. Target). You can also use apps that support Black businesses to find other business to support (i.e. Kharis Connect).”
Timeka Green – Sr. Talent Acquisition Specialist (At Spiceworks Ziff Davis) and member of our Black@ZD Employee Resource Group
“When you support Black-owned businesses, you are ultimately supporting the Black community. As a community, we can’t continue to demand change without making some changes ourselves and where/how we shop is one of them. There is a quote from Barack Obama that says – ‘Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.’ I think this is a quote to constantly keep in the back of our minds when choosing where we shop.”
Krystal Boulay – Digital Marketing Manager and member of our Black@ZD Employee Resource Group
“Do your research! If you truly desire to support Black-owned brands do not assume just because the brand sells products marketed towards Blacks the company is Black-owned. Also, if you are totally lovin’ the brand, share your experience, give them a good rating/review, and refer them to your friends and fam. Word-of-mouth is impactful.”
Danielle Booker – Sr. Associate of Merchandising and member of our Black@ZD Employee Resource Group
Black-Owned Brands to Shop With Today, Tomorrow and Forever
Beads Byaree is an innovative and hand-crafted jewelry line created out of the whimsy of Philadelphia native Areeayl Goodwin’s imagination. Her pieces are one of a kind and crafted to inspire others to make their dreams a reality and to remind us all to reach for the stars.
Prices starting at $25
Jam + Rico
Established in June 2016, Jam + Rico is a fashion jewelry company providing bold, unique and colorful designs. The designers travel to Caribbean and Latin America countries, taking inspiration from the people, culture, music and terrain. From these adventures, they create jewelry pieces that evoke confidence and beauty.
Prices starting at $35
Mateo New York
Mateo New York is founded and run by Matthew Harris, who was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Mateo New York is loved for its modern, relatable fine jewelry at an approachable price point. Plus, the brand was a 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist.
Prices range from $140 to $1,950
Melanie Marie is a custom jewelry company that gives back in major ways. They offer exciting excursions, creative mentoring, social advocacy opportunities and educational opportunities to young girls to help them discover their passions and achieve academic success. Their collection is robust and includes anklets, bracelets, baby jewelry, earrings, hair clips, bags, shoelace tags and so much more. They even offer custom grillz!
Prices range from $10 to $435+
The founder of The Serendipitous Project, Sydney Ziems, created this gorgeous jewelry brand with a mission to build a community of intentful and conscious shoppers whom enjoy fashion and making the world a better place. For each seasonal collection, they brand selects one item where a percent of the proceeds will go to a charity or organization that aligns with this mission – making the world a better place with each unique piece!
“My fav brands are those that balance profitability with sustainability. The Serendipitous Project is a Black-owned jewelry brand that uses natural sustainable materials to create their one-of-a-kind jewelry. The brand is all about “a celebration of art, nature, and the past” with their vibrant colors inspired by one of my favorite places to be…the beach!”
Danielle Booker – Sr. Associate of Merchandising and member of our Black@ZD Employee Resource Group
Prices range from $75 to $300
Telfar is a unisex line established in 2005 in NYC by Telfar Clemens and sold internationally. The collection includes handbags in various sizes and inspiring colors, as well as jewelry and select clothing. Telfar’s hit bag is nicknamed the “Bushwick Birkin.”
Prices start at $150
Trill Paws is a pet accessory brand founded by Rachel and based in Los Angeles, California. “Trill Paws was created out of my over-the-top obsession for dogs and my on-going admiration for Pop-Culture,” Rachel says. Check out the pet tags and accessories with icons and sayings—we’re talking everything from emoji designs to popular sayings.
Prices ranging from $5 to $28
All Butter’d Up
This luxury skin care company specializes in whipped, scented shea body butter that doesn’t leave a greasy residue. All Butter’d Up products are made in small batches using the finest natural and organic ingredients for maximum freshness. The products are preservative-free and have never been tested on animals. You can also shop an exclusive lava bead aromatherapy bracelet. You just add your favorite roll-on fragrance, and the bracelet helps extend your scent experience for up to seven days.
Prices ranging from $8 to $45
Beauty Bakerie’s mission is to “be sweet and sweeten the lives of others” by encouraging men and women to feel both empowered and beautiful. The brand offers quality beauty products that are cruelty-free, paraben-free and vegan.
Prices ranging from $8 to $38
This award-winning men’s grooming brand is beloved by Nas, John Legend and Magic Johnson—all of whom are investors. From shaving tools to skin care products, Bevel’s got you covered.
Prices ranging from $9.95 to $209.95
Black Girl Sunscreen
Founded in Miami, Black Girl Sunscreen was created to provide a non-white residue sunscreen brand for women of color. The brand has been featured in Essence Magazine and recently debuted a kid’s line called Sunscreen-BGS Kids. The products are also sold at Target. Black Girl Sunscreen uses no parabens or other harmful chemicals, and are committed to sprinkling melanin magic everywhere.
Prices range from $9.99 to $18.99
Briogeo is founded by Nancy Twine—a CEO who is passionate about offering high-performance hair care that is naturally based, yet provides visible results. Every order supports the company in providing 50,000 meals to those in need during COVID-19.
Prices start at $36
Butter By Keba
Butter By Keba is a premium line of all-natural moisturizing products that are paired with clean fragrance. The formulas are designed for anyone who desires healthier skin or loves smelling amazing all day. Their products are blended with the best plant-based ingredients, then infused with essential oils and phthalate-free fragrance synergies that have been created using a perfumer’s technique. Their line guarantees you’ll have smoother and softer skin!
Prices range from $7 to $95
CARA B Naturally
CARA B Naturally is a family business based in Charlotte, North Carolina, founded by sisters Landra Booker Johnson and Kristi Booker. They offer premium-quality, all-natural alternatives to products that are currently available for ethnically diverse babies, children and their families. The brand’s singular focus is on all-natural skin and haircare products for ethnic babies and children.
Prices start at $9.99
Caire is founded by two former beauty execs and WOC who met with scientists to truly understand the how and why of skin aging to empower modern women with science-backed, clean formulated, hormone responsive skincare solutions. They offer two products: The Theorem Serum Boost and the Lift Molecule Mask. Both are formulated to be skin boosting, glow-making and wrinkle reducing as well as being suitable for all skin types and tones. They are vegan and cruelty-free and help to reduce the appearance of eye, mouth, forehead lines, wrinkles, eye and nose-mouth sags. My pores already feel tighter after one use!
Fun fact: The brand was a just announced as a finalist for Pharrell William’s Black Ambition Prize!
Prices start at $52
Délali Robinson Cosmetics
Délali Robinson Cosmetics was created in 2016 by owner and CEO Adodo Robinson as a solution to providing better color matches for darker complexions. The brand is known for being melanin-focused with “love for all Queens.” Délali Robinson Cosmetics offers more than 40 different shades in liquid, cream and powder foundation, and the products are paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free and vegan-friendly.
Prices start at $19
Treat your locks with a haircare brand that is all made from natural ingredients. The products let you give your hair the boost and nutrients it needs to maintain its natural beauty. Pick from the Orange Marmalade Curl Definer to help get those summer waves, Matcha Boost to strengthen brittle, dehydrated hair and Banana Cream or Rice Pudding to deep condition and add hydration during the cold, dry months.
Prices start at $30
This subscription-based services make it easier to meet your needs, and every time you subscribe, they send you the perfect period box, complete with the Pretty Panty, extra pads, liners, wipes and a few extra goodies.
Plus, they make sure underprivileged students have access to premium sanitary items. Femi believes that no girl should go without what she needs every month or worry about leaks at school. And no woman should be limited to harmful, fallible and sometimes embarrassing feminine products.
Prices starting at $4
When Rihanna launched her beauty line, she got attention for having foundations in essentially every shade. She was inspired to create Fenty Beauty after years of experimenting with the best-of-the-best in beauty and still seeing a void in the industry for products that performed across all skin types and tones. She launched a makeup line, “so that people everywhere would be included.”
Even more, Rihanna founded a clothing company called Savage x Fenty, which carries lingerie and loungewear. Plus, the brand also runs a non-profit organization, the Clara Lionel Foundation, which has donated $5 million to fight against COVID-19.
Prices start at $18
Golde is an independent, Brooklyn-born brand making superfood-boosted essentials for health and beauty. They believe that being well should feel good. That means products that look good, taste good and help you feel like your best self. The brand has a mission to “bring good vibes to the wellness industry.”
Prices start at $22
Hanahana Beauty is a clean beauty brand that offers ethically sourced and better-for-you ingredients. They are serious about consumer transparency, remaining cruelty-free and always pay two times the fair trade price for their shea butter, which is sourced directly from Tamale, Ghana. Plus, Hanahana Beauty is committed to creating sustainable ways of access and learning while sharing the stories of black women globally. Their beauty products will always keep you feeling smooth and confident!
Prices range from $5 to $45
This brand was founded and created by a 10-year-old! Heathmade provides the best quality ingredients in their premium, alcohol-free products, which range from hand sanitizer, lip balm, deodorant and lotion bars. They use ingredients like aloe vera gel, anti-inflammatory witch hazel, wondrously scented and antimicrobial essential oils and antioxidant-rich vitamin E oil. Self-care for the win!
Prices start at $8
Kazmaleje is a hair company designed for women and men with textured hair. This female, Black-owned business is empowering women and men to rock their natural curls and celebrate their unique style with the use of KurlsPlus detanglers and combs. The combs mimic fingers combing your hair!
Prices range from $14 to $42.20
Kinky-Curly was founded under the belief that natural hair is beautiful hair, and with the right products and styling techniques, you can easily flourish and grow your hair. Kinky-Curly hair products are formulated to add moisture, give hold without drying your hair out and offer protection from the elements. The brand is available at Whole Foods and Target, and was named one of the “hottest makeup and hair products of 2008” by Essence Magazine.
Prices starting at $10
Kristen Noel Crawley’s brand KNC Beauty offers eye masks, lip masks and lip scrubs. The products are all about keeping you looking and feeling naturally cute and effortlessly fresh. I love this message from the brand: “We think you’re dope just the way you are, but we’re here to give you that little bit of extra. Chill with us for 15-20 minutes, and we’ll put stars in your eyes and kisses on your lips.”
Prices start at $22
OUI the People
Founded by Karen Young, this company makes amazing reusable, direct-to-consumer razors. They also sell a body gloss, a gel-to-milk in-shower moisturizer and bikini line masks.
Prices range from $7.60 to $183
Pat McGrath Labs
One of the world’s most famous makeup artists, Pat McGrath launched her own line in 2015. By 2019, it had grown into a billion-dollar business known for its rich, shimmery formulas. Naomi Campbell recently became the first celebrity face of the company last year.
Prices range from $28 to $230
American actress, singer and television host Tracee Ellis Ross worked with chemists for two years to perfect the products in her hair care line Pattern, which is “specifically for curly, coily and tight-textured hair.”
Prices range from $6 to $141
Pear Nova was founded in 2012 by Rachel James. A graduate from the International Academy of Design & Technology, she hit the streets looking for a place to plant her talent. She went to work for herself, incorporating Pear Nova and assembling a team of creative conspirators all working in trade to help each other push their talents out into the universe. The debut line is all creme nail polishes, with an aura of silk and leather. Pear Nova is designed in Chicago, made in the USA, cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and made from clean products.
Polish collections start at $44
Pipcorn was founded in 2012 by Jen and Jeff Martin, who are brothers and sisters, and is backed by investor Barbara Corcoran. They produce heirloom corn snacks that are made with simple, whole ingredients that are whole grain, gluten-free and Non-GMO Project Verified.
Satrell, named after her two sons Samual and Dontrell, has exclusive beauty products, such as lip glosses and nail polishes, that inspire creativity and expression. Satrell resonates with these core values: passion, trust and boldness. I think we all can get behind that!
The collection is cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, free from harsh chemicals and complementary to all skin tones. Satrell’s mission is to create beauty products that are long-lasting, moisturizing and allow women to showcase their personalities. You have to check out their lipgloss bundles!
Products start at $15
So Supple Organics
So Supple Organics offer handmade skincare and haircare products made from all-natural and organic ingredients. Their formulations are inspired by ancient beauty recipes used from time immemorial to maintain beautiful and healthy skin and hair. All products are handmade with the highest-quality natural and organic butters, oils, and herbs sourced from Ghana, India and Australia.
Prices range form $15 to $89
The Beem Box
This subscription beauty box lets you receive makeup curated for deeper shades, pigments and undertones. Simply sign up for a plan, and you’ll get five to six full-size makeup items sent right to your door every two months. This includes lipgloss, eyeshadow, highlighter and much more!
$39.95 + $5 shipping
The Crayon Case
You might know Wuzzam Supa, aka Supa Cent, from her hilarious social media videos. You also might know her as Reynell Steward, a former waitress-turned-founder and CEO of the viral cosmetics brand, The Crayon Case. The New Orleans native is now a $1 million woman. The makeup brand’s name is inspired by one of her debut products, which includes an assortment of colors and pigments that bring nostalgic memories of playing with crayons and bold colors.
Prices start at $5
The Honey Pot Company
The Honey Pot Company was born out of one woman’s need to naturally heal herself. Beatrice became a woman on a mission, searching for natural remedies to help prevent unruly infections. She created The Honey Pot Feminine Wash, her very own natural treatment for UTI and healing aid. She now produces washes, wipes, tampons, pads and pantyliners. Her mission is “to educate, support, and provide women around the world with the tools and resources that promote feminine health and wellness.”
Prices start at $7.99
The Lip Bar
The Lip Bar believes everyone is beautiful and deserves to be celebrated. Not seeing that in the beauty industry, Melissa Butler created a beauty brand with inclusive imagery and a dynamic assortment of products no matter your complexion, age, or skin type. In 2012, The Lip Bar launched because the media has been telling women that beauty looked a certain way. Butler started making lipstick in her kitchen because she believed beauty shouldn’t compromise health, and because she was determined to change the way people thought about beauty.
6-Piece Fast Face Kits starting at $99
The Mane Choice
As founder of The Mane Choice, Courtney Adeleye, built her hair empire from the ground up by incorporating her specialized knowledge base with her own curiosity. Initially taking to YouTube to document her healthy hair journey, she created The Mane Choice Hair Solution to be a results-driven and super-affordable hair vitamin. The formula includes hair-healthy ingredients like black tea, moringa and Kalahari oil. Her and her husband’s mission is to beautify while improving health, working from the inside out.
Prices starting at $12.99
The Ronnie Shop
Garonne Decossard aka “Ronnie” is a chemical engineer who founded The Ronnie Shop in 2015. After dealing with her own hair loss, she decided to share her gift with the world. Her brand specializes in hair regrowth products, which she has designed and developed with all-natural and essential oils with “moisturizing, sealing and restorative properties to soothe and stimulate the scalp.” The line has now expanded to include a shampoo, a conditioner and an herbal tea that nourishes the hair and skin from the inside, and an eyebrow serum for beautiful brows. Her products are now sold at hair salons, dermatologists and boutiques. Her clientele ranges from those dealing with hair loss to those who simply want effective products that nourishes their hair. Try out her products today and save with the promo code LOVE25 for 25% off until February 14.
Prices starting at $9.99
thirteen lune is an e-commerce destination designed to inspire the discovery of beauty brands created by Black and Brown founders that resonate with people of all colors. It reframes how Black and Brown beauty brands are perceived not only from an industry perspective, but also for the consumer by giving each brand a platform to educate and engage a wider audience. They offer products for your hair, face, body and even candles!
Queen City Beauty Group
Founder Nichelle Mosley started Queen City Beauty Group as a safe place to celebrate and empower our differences. Her services and products target hyper-pigmentation, sun damage, acne, rosacea or wrinkles and fine lines. Based in North Carolina, her online store ships skin care products and apparel to your door.
Prices starting at $15
We Are Crown’d
Owned by Excel Ansong, We Are Crown’d sells all-natural products for hair, skin, face and body that can benefit men, women and children. The products serve as a natural medicine, “to sooth and eliminate different types of skin and hair conditions using natural oils, herbs and other natural elements that have proven to aid certain ailments.” Everything is handcrafted and natural with no added chemicals.
Prices starting at $6
Bookstores You Can Order From Online
Black Pearl Books
Black Pearl Books is an independent bookstore in the Texas Hill Country, aiming to serve a multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-socio-economic community. They are built to promote diversity, inclusion, equality and cultural awareness. The store also has frequent curated popups and a “Well-Read Black Girl Book Club.”
Books and Crannies
DeShanta Hairston founded Books and Crannies in 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia. It’s an independent bookstore featuring fiction and non-fiction accompanied by a selection of children’s books and a wide range of titles. They also sell used books with paperbacks for $1 and hardcovers for $3. Plus, the store hosts events like children’s readings, open mic poetry and book signings.
The Key Bookstore
The Key Bookstore is a fully interactive bookstore experience. They host virtual events, debuted a “White Ally” book list, and engage readers through activities, events and community engagement. The store is curated on for the pillars Afrocentricity, spirituality environmentalism and entrepreneurship.
The Lit. Bar
The Lit. Bar is an indie bookstore in the “Boogie Down Bronx” in New York with the fun slogan “Bookstore & Chill.” But they don’t just offer a curated book collection, it’s also a wine bar! They encourage curious readers and welcome literary and community gatherings, making it a staple in the neighborhood. The Lit. Bar only general interest bookstore in the borough.
MahoganyBooks is a Washington, D.C., independent bookstore that believes in social entrepreneurship. They take a leadership role in the African American community by promoting reading, writing and cultural awareness as tools to improve self-esteem, self-love and ultimately communities to enrich the lives of motivated individuals. Recently, they rebranded with the name “Black Books Matter.”
Started in 2016 by DL Mullen, Semicolon is Chicago’s only Black woman-owned bookstore. Semicolon Bookstore is “committed to nurturing the connection between literature, art, and the pursuit of knowledge; while also using the power of words to better our community.”
While the Philadelphia-based bookstore and eatery has temporarily closed its physical store, Uncle Bobbie’s is offering customers the chance to shop for books and audiobooks through their IndieLite and Libro.fm accounts. The bookstore has also set up a GoFundMe to provide financial relief for their staff as they remain closed.
Babes and Felines
This clothing company specializes in leisure apparel for all body types. Some of their best sellers include bodysuits, rompers, leggings and tops. Everything Babes and Felines sells is super-comfortable and long-lasting wash after wash. Right now, they’re also selling hand sanitizer and face masks.
Prices start at $5
Christopher John Rogers
Christopher John Rogers is one of the designers to watch in 2020, and it’s easy to see why. Since launching his eponymous brand only a few seasons ago, the designer’s voluminous silhouettes, sharp tailoring and unabashed use of color have already earned him a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. Rihanna, Ashley Graham and Michelle Obama are all fans. You can shop his designs on Net-A-Porter.
Prices range from $100 to $1,925
FUBU is a sportswear company featuring shirts, hats and more designed by a team of close friends in 1992. The brand represents determination, excellence and boldness of the four partners (dubbed “TEAM BUBU”) who had the courage to go against the grain and strike out on their own to form. They turned their dream into a reality, and today the business they founded over the years is carried in over 5,000 stores and has sold over $6 billion in merchandise.
Prices start at $34.99
Founded by Christelle and Michelle Nganhou, twin sisters from Cameroon, Grass-fields was created with a simple aim to put the love back into African-print clothing again. They have created a range of modern African-print dresses and clothing for women, men and kids that are all sourced and made in the U.K. and Cameroon.
Prices starting at $33
Journacy makes amazing wearable statement-making products. All of their items are designed for men who embrace fatherhood, including expecting fathers and father figures who are excited to fill this bag up, go out and experience the world with their kids. This sleek design redefines the way you see “dad bags” the same way the men wearing it have re-imagined fatherhood. The Journacy Bag is a tribute to the elevated father and so special that they are offering only 500 uniquely numbered bags as a limited first-edition.
Established in August 2016, Kai Collective is a London-based womenswear brand of attainable clothing with luxury aesthetics founded by fashion and travel blogger, Fisayo Longe. With a deep passion for women and equality, Kai seeks to create clothing for multi-dimensional women who embrace their femininity in all its various forms. Through clothing, they communicate with women and inspire that extra dose of confidence. Longe travels the world sourcing the best fabric, seeking design inspiration and meeting ethical manufacturers to collaborate with.
Prices starting at £55
Love, Vera is an intimates brand that celebrates Black women, Black entrepreneurship and Black cultural influence. The name stems from the love that Vera maintains for others and its limitless power as a problem solver, peacemaker and unifier. They proudly hire Black talent to increase representation in fashion. That said, the brand is inclusive and works with people from many different backgrounds, gathering diversity of perspectives to put forth the best product.
Prices starting at $39.99
Public School is a trendy clothing company that focuses on sustainability and collaborates with many brands, such as Fun City Tattoo, Nike and Eileen Fisher. New York-born and bred designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne launched the brand in 2008 when the fashion landscape was very different, and Public School promoted inclusivity, “rainbow runways” and men’s streetwear. The name came out of the founders’ experience of growing up in NYC public schools and implies a sense of over achievement, beating the odds and turning nothing into something.
Prices range from $14 to $975
This hosiery and intimates brand was founded to solve the frustration it can be when you can’t find products in your own nude. That’s why Ade Hassan, the founder, decided to create Nubian Skin, an intimates brand for women of color. Nubian Skin launched with a carefully edited collection of lingerie, swimwear and hosiery to provide the essential underwear needs of women of color. Headquartered in London, Nubian Skin delivers worldwide and looks forward to growing the company’s offering and expanding its reach.
Prices range from $13 to $141
Designer Kerby Jean-Raymond’s collection is as much about activism and heritage as it is about beautiful clothes. Stars, such as Issa Rae, Lena Waithe and Gabrielle Union, have rocked these clothes. Pyer Moss creates everything from sweats to colorful gowns.
Prices range from $20 to $450
Rich Girl Candy
Clothing designer Mieka Joi introduced her Rich Girl Candy concept in 2013, fusing the the electronic dance music lifestyle with hip-hop culture. Her line now has expanded beyond an activewear brand comprised of hoodies, hats and T-shirts. You can now shop her popular rainbow-inspired Rich Girl Candy hair extensions, Rich Girl Candy jewelry, Rich Girl Fox Fur slides and awesome festival gear and accessories.
Prices start at $85
Founded by Monti Landers, this bathing suit company carries fashionable, luxe and minimalistic options for women, with suits coming in five sizes. Plus, Riot Swim’s site features YouTube videos with try-on reviews to make sure you find the right fit. They’ve been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, The Zoe Report, PopSugar and more.
Prices start at $75
Shop Oasis NYC
Shop Oasis NYC is a premier online boutique delivering on trend, high quality, undiscovered brands from emerging artists from New York to Africa and beyond. The brand was founded in 2015 by Clara Williams to allow for authentic African fashion to be sold in the global marketplace.
Prices range from $69 to $250
The POC Brand
The POC Brand was created to celebrate Black people in America and across the world. It is committed to serving as a catalyst for future projects solely for the benefit of POC, and carries a wide range of T-shirts and sweatshirts for men and women. The brand is 100% Black-owned and Black-centered.
Prices start at $35
The Urban Tee Company
This is a custom tee brand started by a young entrepreneur in Maryland, with a focus on quality designs but also speed. Their catalog features trendy t-shirts with custom sayings. Urban Tee offers two- to three-day Express Shipping to 24-hour turnaround time on custom products.
Prices start at $10.50
This D.C. company is owned by two brothers and a cousin. This company started 30 years ago while the owners attended Howard University. Unitees has a printing company and a clothing line. They make one-of-a-kind dip-dye clothing with Adinkra symbols and more. They call their creations “the Native Tongue Collection” because they speak a language that the soul understands. The style, fit and hand-dyed uniqueness are for those who value originality. All of their pieces are made in house and include silk-screen printing, embroidery, dyeing and sewing.
Prices start at $15
Viva La Silk
This apparel company was founded by artist My-Cherie, who blends her Afro-Caribbean heritage in all of her wearable art designs. All of their scarves, kimonos and wrap pants are made with 100% silk, hand-dyed, hand-painted and hand-sewn in small batches in Austin, TX. Their dyes and paints are non-toxic, eco-friendly and a few of their designs are created from repurposed silk!
Food and Drink
A Dozen Cousins
This company sells products inspired by Black and Latino recipes from throughout the Americas. They are all made with wholesome, easy-to-recognize ingredients like beans, vegetables and nutrient-dense avocado oil. Plus, all A Dozen Cousins products are free of GMOs and artificial flavors. The brand provides an annual grant and volunteer support to non-profit organizations working to eliminate socio-economic health disparities in the U.S. You can shop the beans at Amazon.
Prices start at $19.99
BLK & Bold
BLK & Bold sells coffee and tea that helps the community. They donate 5% of profits to non-profit organizations to support at-risk youth. The founder, Pernell Cezar, says, “Since you don’t drink bottom shelf wine, you shouldn’t drink bottom shelf coffee.” The delicious blends are available at Target, Whole Foods, Amazon and the brand’s website.
Prices start at $10
Dope Coffee Company
Based in Atlanta, this veteran/woman/Black-owned specialty coffee company has a mission to change the narrative around the pastime of drinking coffee. Mike Loyd co-founded Dope Coffee in 2018 with his cousin Stace and wife, Chel Loyd, to focus on coffee-oriented products created by and for Black people—as well as anyone interested in Black culture. Besides roasted beans, they serve up music (via their record label, Dope Coffee Music) and coffee-infused health and body products, such as scrubs, soaps and a beard and scalp serum. Our editor-in-chief is, in a word, obsessed with their limited-edition Ethiopian Dripp blend, which has the tagline, “Sip slow homie, and vibe to the beats of $pinach.”
Prices start at $8
Tiffany Hall was a lawyer working for huge spirits company Pernod Ricard. While there, she noticed spirits weren’t created to appeal specifically to women, despite a growing market for female consumers. So Hall decided to create a brand that celebrates and honors women and caters to their distinct tastes. The result is the Empower Cosmopolitan Martini by Empower Cocktails, a ready-to-pour vodka that can be consumed straight or with other mixers to create different drink options. The beverage contains sweet potato vodka, locally sourced from a family owned farm in Northern California, as well as triple sec, cooling white cranberry and zesty lime. It is best-served refrigerated, and all you need to enjoy it is a martini glass and your favorite garnish.
Price varies by state and store
Jones Bar-B-Q is founded by sisters Deborah “Shorty” and Mary “Little” Jones. For them, barbecue has been a way of life since they were children. Over 30 years later, the Jones sisters carry on their father’s legacy of smoking meats and making their family’s secret barbecue sauce from scratch daily at their restaurant. Fun fact: They were featured on “Queer Eye”! You can order their secret sauce to enjoy yourself on their website!
Prices start at $6.99
McBride Sisters Collection
The McBride Sister Wine Collection is a story of two sisters and their passion for wine. They feature wines from California and New Zealand, two continents that each founder grew up on. After connecting later in life, they have created the largest African-American–owned wine company in the United States. Every one of their wines is labeled “Black Girl Magic.”
Prices start at $16.99
These mocktails are made with the highest quality and natural ingredients that create healthy, refreshing drinks reminiscent of classic cocktails but with a modern twist. Each of these sophisticated drinks is created with functional benefits and include antioxidants and prebiotics for digestive health.
Prices start at $16.95 for a 4-pack
Partake was developed when two parents discovered their infant daughter had food allergies. When they couldn’t find healthy options for her, they set out to create their own solution. So they made Partake cookies, delivering healthy and delicious snacks that are wheat-, egg-, milk- and nut-free.
Prices start at $14.99
sanaia Applesauce is a category-disrupting applesauce brand created by CEO and founder Keisha Smith-Jeremie. Inspired off the plant-based movement and the re-imagination of childhood treats for adults, the sanaia brand has the makings of a household name. Keisha was the first to recognize that there were millions of applesauce-loving adults who were being completely ignored by the sector, and so she developed sanaia specifically with those adult taste buds and consumption habits in mind.
Prices vary by retailer
The Sip is a wine delivery subscription that sends curated sparkling wines and champagne right to your doorstep. Choose from a variety of selections, such the fabulous Rosé All Day Box ($65.95) and more. You can even keep the pour flowing bi-monthly with their subscription services in which you’ll discover sparkling wines, by the glass, six times a year to keep your palate fresh and satisfied.
Prices start at $50.95
Soultox is an all-natural, powerful antioxidant mineral water made with a proprietary Fulvic & Humic acid formula that helps you hydrate, all while helping your mind, body and soul recover. Created by Lucky Soul, this inspirational, Black-owned apparel and wellness lifestyle brand has a mission to inspire the mind, body and soul. This 0 sugar, 0 carbs and 0 calories recovery drink is made with Fulvic & Humic acid, one of the most powerful, natural supplements for maintaining the body’s metabolic and healing functions.
Prices are $3.39 per bottle and $39 for a 12-pack
This premier catering company serves the four corners of Atlanta and beyond. You can order everything from beef broccoli to maple salmon and hire Tasteful Innovations to be your personal chef (no joke!) or cater your birthday or wedding. The Tasteful Innovations Head chef Sean Clark has been in the food, beverage and hospitality industry for over 30 years. He has been the executive chef at five local restaurants in the Atlanta area and served as a food and beverage director for Marriott. Not sure about you, but my stomach is growling already.
Prices vary by package
Blue Sole Shoes
Founded in February of 2007, Steve Jamison’s Blue Sole Shoes is the premiere men’s boutique for high-fashioned footwear and accessories in Philadelphia. Their main goal to give every visitor the best shopping experience they have ever had, with outstanding customer service. Blue Sole carries a variety of new and cutting edge men’s shoes along with updated classic, well-known name brands and high-end shoes.
Prices start at $150
Brother Vellies was founded in 2013 by designer Aurora James with the goal of keeping traditional African design practices and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs. Now handmade artisanally across the globe, Brother Vellies creates luxury accessories that celebrate cultural histories and timeless design.
Prices start at $425
The FUGGIT brand is a concept to parody the opulence of popular cultural designs through the art of handmade crochet and other forms of art. Through the sale of these crocheted slippers, FUGGIT aims to accomplish two things. First, to start the conversation about sneaker violence in the United States. Second, to use proceeds from sales to build their brand in order to create content intended to educate others on the reality of material violence and consumerism.
Prices range from $18.99 to $799.99
Founder and brand director Jamela Acheampong started Kahmune in 2016 as “a solution to the age old fallacy that ‘nude’ refers to a specific color.” Her luxury line offers an array of footwear styles designed to match the skin tones of all women. Kahmune offers styles in 10 colors ranging from the fairest of skin tones to the darkest of brown. At the company’s core, they believe representation, diversity and inclusion matter.
Prices range from $100 to $340
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu founded soleRebels as a way to blend her Ethiopian community’s artisan talents with the traditional “barabasso” (Ethiopian recycled tire) shoe. Every pair of soleRebels is made from the most sustainable materials available: a combination of recycled, organic and bio-based materials from Ethiopia. The brand offers made-to-order sneakers, slip-ons, sandals, flats and boots.
Prices start at $120
This sneaker brand started in Chicago and aims “to design a line of sneakers that blends the luxurious nature of world-renowned fashion houses with the inner-city street flair that characterized rap music’s humble beginnings.”
Prices start at $210
Bolé Road Textiles
Bolé Road Textiles is a Brooklyn-based design studio that specializes in vibrant home decor. All of their pieces are handwoven in Ethiopia, and Bolé Road is dedicated to helping their clients create spaces they love while supporting artisans in Ethiopia. Bolé Road marries ancient weaving traditions, which are passed down through the generations to today’s master local artisans, with a modern global aesthetic. All the products are ethically sourced.
Prices range from $45 to $1,728
Clare is on a mission to make paint shopping easy and inspiring, so you can create a home you love. They’ve reimagined a whole new paint shopping experience with designer-curated colors, technology to guide you, mess-free paint swatches and the highest-quality paint and supplies, delivered right to your door. Founder Nicole Gibbons has had such success that Clare Paints has been featured by top media outlets like HGTV, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Good Morning America and Elle Decor.
Prices start at $54
Cloth + Bristle
April Sargies, founder of Cloth + Bristle, has brought her vision to life by bringing premium all-natural cleaning products into our homes. With more than 25 years of experience in the professional cleaning industry, she identified limited options within the market for products that were free of the toxins/chemicals that worked effectively on delicate and fine surfaces. This problem inspired Cloth + Bristle, and the renowned patent pending No. 001 all-purpose cleaning product ($15.95) which can take on even the worst rust, lime scale, soap scum, mold, mildew, bacteria, dirt, grease and so “muck” more!
Prices range from $5 to $50
Culture Greeting is a Black-owned, female-led greeting card brand whose automated, digital technology allows customers to send real greeting cards in the mail without leaving home. Customers choose a card online, write a personalized message using handwriting fonts, and Culture Greetings sends it directly in the postal mail to their USA recipient. They can even add a gift card inside from major brands like Starbucks, Amazon, Target and more. Their collection of over 2,000 unique greeting cards reflect diverse cultures and experiences in response to the lack of inclusivity in the mainstream greeting card industry. They are artistic, cultural, funny, fashionable, encouraging, cheerful and more. Bonus! They now offer beautiful, fresh flowers via their app, FRESH, or. on their website.
Prices start at $3.99
Founder Sofi Seck is a weaver originally from Senegal, West Africa. Her company sells woven baskets, placemats, bags and jewelry that have a purpose. Expedition Subsahara aims to build and maintain a STEAM school for young girls in Senegal. Twenty percent of each product sold is set aside in an education fund for the school.
Prices start at $39
Jungalow offers bohemian furniture and decor to help you tap into your own creativity and bring good vibes home. Jungalow started as a design blog by Justina Blakeney in 2009 and has since grown into a lifestyle brand and the go-to source for “jungalicious” design goods and inspiration. Jungalow works with vendors from all over the world to source, design and create products and work toward more responsible and sustainable business practices.
Prices range from $5 to $199
LM Organics was established when the founder, Denise, found herself to be highly dissatisfied with the quality of ingredients in baby care products available. After much research, she decided that it wasn’t worth it to chance the health and well-being of the sweet human growing inside of her to use any of the products available, simply because it was convenient. Now they produce 100% organic products for the home.
This company is a true labor of love. It all stems from one mom making pure, safe and effective products for her family to use, and her desire to share these products so that you can feel confident in the products that you use on and around your most precious gifts! Moms, dads, teens, college students, young professionals, empty nesters, grandparents–these products are for everyone. LM Organics is seeing an incredible response from people all over the globe because there truly is something for everyone, and all of the products are practical and useful.
Prices range from $5 to $50
Brooklyn founder Nya Kam invites her customers to “find your love note” when choosing from her hand-poured, custom-blended fragrances as well as body teas and aromatherapy. Love Notes Fragrances was distinctly designed with its sleek packaging made with their consumer in mind—the consumer who personifies fashion, beauty and sass while still caring about quality, their health and the environment.
Prices start at $30
Lowe’s is led by President and CEO Marvin Ellison, who has over 30 years of leadership and business experience. Lowe’s grew from one small-town hardware store in North Carolina to one of the largest home improvement retailers in the world. Then and now, his business is committed to helping homeowners, renters and pros improve their homes and businesses.
If you’re looking for new artwork, look no further than Pinklomein LLC! The founder, Ashley began her full-time journey as an artist in 2014 when she decided to take a leap of faith and dive into a world of art and colors. Art has always been her creative outlet, and she creates pieces filled with life and colors, with a focus on self care and self empowerment. Pinklomein canvas prints are now available in HomeGoods, TJMaxx, Marshalls and Homesense nationwide! Check out her work here.
Prices start at $20
River Birch Candles
River Birch Candles sells organic candles that are not made with any dangerous chemicals, like many other candles. They believe that candles should be made with soulful fragrance and no BS ingredients.This means they only use 100% soy wax, safe and natural fragrance as well as cotton wicks. New fragrances launch every month, and have scents like fresh mint, coconut bourbon, clean cotton and more. They also sell loose leaf tea!
Further, River Birch Candles believes that all companies should be a force of good, therefore they focus on sustainable practices and giving back to those in need. For each candle purchased, they donate one meal to an individual experiencing homelessness in Texas, one of the country’s largest homeless populations.
Prices start at $10.99
Ponytails or puffs. Braids or twists. No matter how they wear their hair, Coco’Pie’s goal is to show Black girls how beautiful they are by placing their images front and center on their shirts. As a family run apparel company, Coco’Pie understands how much representation matters and wants it to be normal for Black girls to see images of themselves in a positive way, every day.
Prices start at $24
Harperlman sells handmade keepsake dolls that have Black skin and come in multiple styles, with great outfits. You can also order a custom doll that looks like you or someone you want to surprise with an endearing gift. You can even customize the size and hair style.
Prices start at $98
Healthy Roots Dolls
Healthy Roots produces this beautiful doll with hair specially designed to be washed and styled. You can use actual products on Zoe’s hair and achieve styles from puffs to box braids. Due to high demand, Zoe often sells out. But you can order her now!
Just Like Me! Book Box
The Just Like Me! Book Box was built on the foundation of exposing children of color to literature, characters, authors and stories that are reflective of them. Picture books are among the first representations of the broader world that we see, and they are introduced at a critical time. The Just Like Me! mission is to spark a lifelong love of reading and self-discovery with every box they ship. When you sign up, Just Like Me! will send you a perfectly curated box filled with African-American children’s books and other educational tools.
Price is $28/month
Little Likes Kids
Founded by mom Kemi Tignor in 2018, Little Likes Kids aims to delight and exceed the expectations of children ages 6 and under. The company is committed to being a trusted source for thoughtfully designed, quality toys that kids love. Currently, Little Likes Kids is helping barbers in Midtown D.C. by donating a puzzle or game to a child in need for every $25 donated.
Prices start at $17.95
Lucy Lue Organics
Lucy Lue Organics is an online-exclusive brand of modern organic baby clothing that ships worldwide from North Atlanta, GA. The brand debuted their first collection of clothing back in November of 2017 to rave reviews from customers around the world. Their cute baby basics are designed to be modern and simple, in mix-and-match gender-neutral colors and styles. Lucy Lue Organics only uses GOTS certified organic cotton that’s sustainable and ethically produced to make all of their baby clothes, ensuring top-notch comfort.
Prices vary from $5 to $38
This is a boutique in Pasadena, but you can shop their accessories, decor, clothing and more online. A portion of their sales supports A21 and Redeeming Love, two organizations that support victims of human trafficking through prevention, advocacy, prosecution and restoration. They believe that every woman holds within her the beauty of the world, and every woman deserves to experience it, embrace it and share it. Shop owner April Hicks cultivates a caring and supportive shopping environment while stocking a carefully curated selection.
Prices start at $9
The Aspire marketplace lets you connect with Black-owned businesses so you can buy Black-led and founded beauty brands, eateries, clothing and home products. Their website is a convenient place to discover and shop new and trending businesses. They are driven by the message to “shop with a purpose.”
BLK MKT Vintage
BLK MKT Vintage is a vintage shop selling a curation of furniture, posters, records, knickknacks and more. Their motivation is to build a collection that mirrors multifarious Black cultural expression and is rooted in love for Black people, Black culture and our own lived experiences. They approach their work as cultural historians, and encourage customers to join them in bringing history and antiquity into our everyday lives.
Ross Imaging Center/CT Prints
Owner Mike Ross established Ross Imaging Center/CTprints.com in 2000. His business, located in Hamden, CT, provides a wide range of services, such as photo and poster printing, film processing, archival scanning projects, framing and much more! His customer favorites are custom photo gifts that customers love giving as gifts to friends and family. Ross Imaging Center also offers a business and promotional printing department for business cards, brochures, restaurant menus and flyers. Mike and his staff can help you with any project you might need big or small.
Natural Hair Goddnesses
Natural Hair Goddesses was established in 2018. The brand was created to honor, uplift, inspire and support women and young girls with natural hair by providing designed pillows, shirt and sweatshirts. They believe it is important that women and girls love themselves for who they are, and show that in their designs. All women are beautiful no matter what race, complexion or hair type they have. They believe that every woman is a Goddess, and that’s a message we can all get behind.
Prices start at $10.95
Noname’s Book Club
Noname’s Book Club is an online and in real life community dedicated to uplifting POC voices. They do this by highlighting two books each month written by authors of color. In addition to their strong social media presence, they feel it is highly important to have free in-person meetups to discuss the monthly picks in a safe and supportive environment. Currently, Noname’s Book Club have six local chapters with plans for continuous growth.
Unwrp offers a curated selection of fun and cool gifting options, from vibrant greeting cards to home goods, gift wrap and accessories. Everything they sell is designed by amazing artists, and all the products are luxe in quality and sustainable by nature.
Prices range from $3.50 to $45
YOWIE is a home and life shop focused on curating small collections from friends, independent artists and designers. It’s founded by Shannon Maldonado, who lives in Philadelphia and offers consulting services in the form of prop styling, art direction, interior design and programming.
Starting at $20
Get your zen on with yoga mats, candles, jewelry, crystals, yoga accessories and more from Zentric. We love that their cork yoga mats are made from sustainable material that’s non-slip and mold and mildew resistance. Ideal for someone who loves the comfort of a little padding on their mat!
“As a melanated yogi, there is definitely a representation void when it comes to Blacks and yoga. Just look at most yoga publications, studio ads and social media post and you will see an apparent lack of diversity and inclusion. Not only do other women of color not see themselves represented, little black boys and girls are usually never exposed to the transformative power of yoga while growing up. My own experience mirrors this. The irony is that yoga is a practice created by people of color. Yet, you wouldn’t know that if you look at most yoga brands. Zentric Flo was created from a ‘passion for yoga and crystal healing.’ Their cork mats are not only eco-friendly and anti-microbial, their afro-centric aesthetic is just beautiful!”
Danielle Booker – Sr. Associate of Merchandising and member of our Black@ZD Employee Resource Group
Prices range from $12 to $100
How to Find Black-Owned Businesses to Support Near You
All the brands above have websites with nationwide shipping, but we know many of you also want to support local Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Below are websites and apps that make it easy to locate and patronize Black-owned businesses and restaurants in your area.
- Black Nation
- Black-Owned Brooklyn
- I Am Black Business
- Official Black Wall Street
- Support Black Owned
- WhereU Came From
Why You Should Support Small Businesses
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