Black History Month is in February, but the time to shop at and support Black-owned businesses?
That’s all year long.
The good news is that in recent years, Black-owned businesses have been booming, according to the latest US Census report measuring growth from 2018 to 2019.
“In 2019, there were 134,567 Black-owned employer businesses (businesses with more than one employee) in all sectors of the US economy, an 8% hike from the 124,551 Black-owned employer businesses in 2018,” read the report.
However, there is still so much more work to be done when striving for equality in the business world. According to the Federal Reserve, “in 2019, the median net worth of white families was $188,200 — 7.8 times that of their Black peers, at $24,100,” read a report by Brookings.edu.
So what can we do? Well, since you are already here and clearly love online shopping — that’s exactly what you can do!
Shopping at Black-owned businesses is a great way to support the community, encouraging others to follow suit and discovering new products you’ll love at the same time — a win-win if you ask us.
The best part? You can shop from the comfort of your own home, as the businesses below are available to shop online right now.
Fashion and Accessories
Sparkle and shine with this stunning jewelry brand. Auvere, founded by Gina Feldman Love, produces stunning 22 and 24 carat gold pieces, in addition to some silver and gemstone-laden items. Shop here for luxury gifts for a loved one or as a treat for yourself.
Step up your shoe game. Loci Wear makes amazing kicks for him and her, with premium vegan leather detailing. In addition to being a black-owned business, they are also an eco-friendly one, with a mission to protect wildlife and follow top sustainability practices.
3. Love Vera
Love is in the water. Shop at Love Vera for all your lingerie needs, especially ahead of Valentine’s Day. The brand is committed to supporting Black women, in fashion and in business.
“Black women make things cool, but remain outsiders to leadership and business opportunities in fashion. Love, Vera is going to change that,” reads the site. “We hired black models. Afros and braids are welcome. Brown skin is celebrated alongside red hair and freckles. Our beauty comes in unlimited shapes and sizes.”
4. Silver & Riley
Get that bag! Silver & Riley make stunning handbags and other leather goods, made in Italy with premium leather. The company was founded by Lola Banjo, a world traveler who uses a global inspiration in her designs.
5. Ten Wilde
Go wild for gold jewelry. Ten Wilde makes just that, plus personalized jewelry, earrings, waist beads and more. The company is founded by Tenisha Wilde and based in Los Angeles, designed by and for the modern woman.
Food and Drink
1. Baked Cravings
Satisfy that sweet tooth ASAP with Baked Cravings. The online bakery sells 100% nut free items, perfect for sharing, classroom parties and more, with offerings spanning cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more. Why nut free? Founder Craig Watson is also a father, and when his kids have a severe allergy, he has to work on a yummy alternative.
Pip, pip, hooray! Three cheers for Pipcorn, the delicious popcorn and other crunchy snacks co that also happens to be Black-owned and woman-owned, too. The snacks have also made Oprah’s Favorite Things list a number of times, should you need any more convincing to try them.
Happy soup season from Egunsifoods! The delicious subscription-based soup and sauce company brings the flavors of West Africa to your door. The New-York-based company specializes in a “grab-and-go” style soup, perfect for work lunches and easy, flavor-packed meals.
Shoot for the moon and you’ll land among the snacks! Moonshot is a cracker company with a few missions. The first is to provide a climate-friendly snack, using a shorter supply chain and organic ingredients working with the farmers to source them. It is also a woman and Black-owned business, founded by Julia Collins.
5. Partake Foods
Go ahead, you can partake in these cookies and snacks. Partake Foods, now a certified B-corp, is also a black-owned business, with founder and CEO Denise Woodard leading the way. The snacks are made with allergens and dietary restrictions in mind, too, offering gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan and top-nine allergen free snacks.
Beauty and Grooming
Feel silky smooth and support a black-owned brand at the same time. Karité focuses on shea butter, making lotions and salves for the body, hands and even lips — great for the winter. The brand was founded by three sisters from Ghana, now paving the way for other women and Black founders in the skincare world.
2. Uoma Beauty
Feel beautiful inside and out with an inclusive beauty company. Uoma Beauty caters to all shades of skin, with a color matching slider on their site. The founder, Sharon Chutter is all about inclusivity, with this quote on the site: “Everyone deserves to walk into a beauty hall and feel inspired and included. All will always be welcome to our beautiful tribe.”
3. OUI the People
Say “oui oui” to cruelty free! The skincare brand is also free of sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances and phthalates, making it easy on sensitive skin and better for the planet. It is also Black-owned, founded by Karen Young, a Caribbean woman who aims to change the way aging is seen, especially in skincare.
4. Scotch Porter
Take your beard game to a new level with Scotch Porter. The grooming company sells a wide range of products with natural hair in mind. It was founded by Calvin Quallis, who saw the need for a clean range of products that catered to him and the men’s personal care space as a whole.
5. Mented Cosmetics
“Black owned and founded, Mented wants women of all complexions to enjoy their beauty experience,” reads this Black-owned business’ home page. Mented is made for every skin type and complexion, with color matching experts on hand to help everyone find the perfect shade.
Bring the style of Africa into your own home with these designs from 54kibo. The houseware and design store specializes in items sourced and designed in Africa, offering lighting, rugs, furniture and gifts for every occasion from 54+ countries.
2. Be Rooted
Stay organized and Be Rooted. The home goods brand specializes in designs that feature diversity, in their planners, journals and other decor. Founder Jasmin Foster focuses on inclusivity, giving BIPOC people a place to be seen in their design choices.
3. Edloe Finch
This husband and wife duo is one to watch, or at least let them help you furnish your home. Edloe Finch was founded by Darryl Sharpton and his wife Jessica after he retired from the NFL. The brand sells furnishings for every room in the home, including mid-century modern chairs, tables, couches and more.
Oh goodie, a home brand with a Black-owned founder and great mission! Goodee supports brands that use natural materials, artisan-made goods, and have great community values. It was founded by brothers Byron and Dexter Peart on a mission to cultivate a community of creatives.
Sleep well knowing you are supporting an American-made and Black-owned business. The linen company is founded by Jason Evege who set out to create stunning linen sheets in the USA, without the need to head to Europe or spend a fortune on shipping.
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