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As a business founded on the principle that brands have the power to be vehicles for change we are excited to highlight just a few of the Black-owned businesses that perfectly fit this ideal for the holiday season!


Shopping Black-owned is a great way to support the Black community, especially when funds from the businesses are donated back into supporting the locality; regional economies thrive and it makes steps towards closing the racial wealth gap. 

 

Each of these companies is dedicated to giving back and making a difference in the world, and we hope that you will share and support them in their missions! Let’s get shopping!



Clothing

Phenomenal Woman

Founded by Meena Harris, the author of Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea, Phenomenal woman is a socially-conscious lifestyle brand that is dedicated to bringing awareness to social causes and giving back. They support nine nonprofit organizations with their work.

 

Trans Is Beautiful Apparel

Trans advocate Devin-Norelle created this line of apparel inspired by Laverne Cox. Every piece in the collection donates to the Bye Gender Trans Wellness Fund.

 

Bombas

For every pair of (extremely comfortable) Bombas socks another is donated to an individual experiencing homelessness. They have donated over 30 million to date!

 

Kréyol

Custom made high-fashion pieces for your every day looks, editorials, or theatrical productions, Kréyol can do it all! This unique brand also runs a foundation to support disenfranchised women in Haiti through education and entrepreneurship.

 

Elle B Zhou

This luxury brand featuring silk dresses, leather-print trousers, and elegant crop tops has launched with a charitable initiative to support COVID-19 relief.

 

Accessories

 

Melanie Marie 

Melanie Marie makes gorgeous accessories to bring out the inner fashionista in every woman. The brand has a ‘Gems & Jewels’ program meant to empower and inspire young girls to discover their passions. 

 

Omi Woods

These contemporary heirlooms are made to celebrate the connection between Africa and her diaspora. Made ethically, and sustainably with conflict-free fine metals Omi Woods also donates a portion of sales to a local or global non-profit, social organization, charity or cause each year.

 

Kazuri

Kazuri proudly offers handcrafted ceramic beads and jewelry made in Kenya. The brand started with two single mothers and now supports over 340 women, they aim to provide and sustain employment opportunities for disadvantaged members of the Kenyan society. 

 

Civil Jewelry

This powerful brand believes adornment can fuel empowerment, and there are a lot of gorgeous pieces to choose from. The brand reinvests 20% in underrepresented founders and creates its own diamonds with extremely sustainable practices. 

 

A A K S

A A K S  features gorgeous handwoven bags and was created with the goal of introducing the world to weaving techniques done by the women of Ghana while creating sustainable jobs within Africa. The brand also launched ‘Weaving for Change’, which aims to create fair and dignified work for refugee artisans in Burkina Faso.


Beauty

 

BASE BUTTER

This skincare brand features a sustainable makeup remover and nourishing aloe vera face moisturizer to die for. They are dedicated to donating 10% of profits each month for the time being to an organization that is doing critical work to dismantle systemic racism.

 

Eugenia Shea

This brand features luxurious shea butter for all your skincare needs. They are dedicated to fair wages and creating opportunities for their female workers in Ghana, and donate 15% of profits back to them in the form of an education fund.

 

ILERA Apothecary

ILERA Apothecary is dedicated to keeping West African practices and philosophies alive through their skincare products made with sustainable ingredients naturally found in the earth. They are partnered with Global Shea Alliance and Jasper House Haiti to empower women and their communities. 

 

Zandra Beauty

The development of Zandra Beauty started all the way back when founder Zandra Azariah Cunningham was just nine years old, she created a bath and body line that featured natural ingredients as alternatives to commercial products. Zandra’s business now has sister entities Zandraa, LLC, and the Zandra TLC Foundation, that donate up to 10% of every purchase to support the education of girls across the globe.

 

Beauty Bakerie

Beauty Bakerie has gorgeous makeup that’s (almost) good enough to eat! Through an initiative by the founder of the brand called Sugar Homes, Beauty Bakerie also helps provide care to 24 orphaned children in Uganda.



Food

 

Justice of the Pies

This Chicago-based bakery specializes in pies (sweet and savory!) quiches and tarts. Formed as an L3C, Justice of the Pies considers itself to be a social mission in a culinary art form. They partner with multiple organizations to positively impact the lives of those who work with them. 

 

TeaSquares

TeaSquares sell snack bars infused with organic tea resulting in a delicious caffeinated energy snack. The brand is also dedicated to giving back and has launched a fellowship program to hire young adults and train them in business, marketing, and sales. 

 

Iya Foods

Iya Foods creates healthy vegan flours, spices, and seasonings for all palettes! Iya Foods is committed to reducing poverty, creating sustainable jobs, and fostering socially responsible food connections.

 

Love Cork Screw

LCS is a wine and lifestyle brand devoted to offering consumers quality wine, entertainment, and other products and services. They support charitable organizations through their work and are proud to fuel the local economy in the south side of Chicago.

 

 

BLK & Bold

This coffee and tea brand creates quality blends with a variety of flavors to enjoy. The brand also does great community work and pledges 5% of its profits to initiatives that sustain youth programming, enhance workforce development, and eradicate youth homelessness.

 

Hair

 

Beautiful Curly Me

CEO of Beautiful Curly Me is 7-Year-Old Zoe, with help from her mom they created a brand that empowers young Black girls to love their curls, from dolls with curly hair to fun and fashionable hair caps. 10% of all proceeds go to charities that have a focus on supporting girls in areas of literacy, education, and empowerment.

 

Moisture Love

This brand features products for hair care focused on one thing: infusing natural, textured hair with the moisture it needs. For every product purchased one is donated to a young girl to build her confidence.


Home Goods

 

TENSIRA

Sustainable production, respect for the environment, and people are at the core of this business. TENSIRA creates gorgeous woven linens for place mats, totes, pouches, and more. The company proudly supports over 100 artisans to directly impact their communities.

 

Jungalow

Jungalow has a piece of home decor for everyone. Their bright and colorful designs add a bohemian-flair to all homes, and for every order they plant at least two trees. They also regularly donate to nonprofits that they believe in. 

 

Expedition Subsahara

Expedition Subsahara sells beautiful handwoven home goods, like baskets and place mats, and is dedicated to building and maintaining a STEAM school for young girls in Senegal. 20% of each product sold is put into an education fund for the school.

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