13 Black-Owned Small Businesses to Shop Right This Second
02.07.18

I’ve heard a lot of gratitude directed toward black women lately, especially in regard to our political involvement at the polls. Along with these “thank you’s” come questions about how to help. One way to show your support? Invest in black women-owned small businesses — yes, during Black History Month, but also all year long.

As the founder of Black Girls Who Blog, an Instagram account that highlights black women in the blogging space, I’m constantly discovering these kinds of brands on Instagram. Below are 13 of my favorites, from indie clothing labels to custom wrapping paper.

For the Online Shopper

William Okpo is designed by Darlene and Lizzy Okpo, two sisters who have been in the fashion game for a while. This season, it’s their striped tee and wear-to-everything slinky midi dress that have caught my eye.

Omondi, designed by Recho Omondi, offers a custom pullover that allows you to say whatever your heart desires (in up to nine letters and in the designer’s handwriting).

Melanie Marie designs custom jewelry. Her pieces range in price and start just under $50. (I personally want a nameplate necklace in yellow gold for myself. *Obnoxious wink.*)

Made by Malyiafounded by Malyia McNaughton, is a line of dainty and delicate jewelry, that will invite your edgier alter ego out to play (think ear cuffs, body chains and faux nose rings).

For the Beauty Enthusiast

Cleanse by Lauren Napier are the most luxurious wipes your face will ever meet. The individually packaged towelettes are perfect for flights, sleepovers and weekend getaways. I use them to remove makeup, the day, sunscreen, mascara mistakes and to prep my face before putting on makeup.

The Lip Bar, founded by Melissa Butler, is a vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand that specializes in lipsticks, liquid mattes and lip glosses. In my experience, you can’t go wrong with any of the brand’s stunning shades, but if you’re buying for someone else, The Lip Bar offers gift cards.

Mischo Beauty, founded by Kitiya Mischo King, is a vegan-friendly, cruelty-free clean beauty line of nail lacquers that come in some of the most beautifully-packaged bottles I’ve ever seen. You can buy the shades solo and build your collection, or start with a set of three (base coat, top coat and color).

For the Craft-Happy Artist

Unwrp, founded by Ashley Fouyolle, is the gift that keeps on giving. This made-to-order wrapping paper isn’t just great for wrapping (although the dimensions, 17” x 22,” are cut to aid in easier wrapping and less scrap paper waste), the prints work just as well framed. I just recently bought this “Girls, Girls, Girls” pattern to hang up in my bedroom.

Kashmirviii, created by pop artist Kashmir Thompson, makes practical, everyday items that are anything but ordinary. Lil’ Kim coasters? Check. A Different World clutch? Check. Maxine Waters wall clock? Add to cart, check out and reclaim your time, sis.

Debra Cartwright’s artwork is regal and relatable. Select from pretty prints or sweet stationary to send to your girlfriend who still smiles over snail mail.

For the Knickknack Collector

Coloring Pins, created by Essence Murjani, carries pins, patches and keychains that will send you down memory lane. Get into these nostalgic finds featuring Zaria (Murjani’s take on a black Daria), the cast of JAY-Z’s “Moonlight” video and more.

Effie’s Paper, created by Kalyn Johnson Chandler, sells novelty items that make for great trinket-gifts: travel and coffee mugs, post-it notes and notebooks, boxed stationery and wall art.

LIT BKLYN candles by Denequa Williams will make your home smell great and feel cozy. Keep the glasses after the candles run out; they make for great storage solutions.

Have more to add to this list? Comment your recommendations down below! I’m taking notes.

Feature photo via William Okpo

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  • nevvvvave

    Sincerely Tommy in bed-stuy!

    • Gentlywithoutnoise

      Of course! I love that damn store even though I’ve gained a extra 20 pounds and can barely fit anything there.

  • Bmo

    Dying over everything at William Okpo!

  • Abby

    Check out my friend Trinity’s brand Golde Turmeric!! She makes premade turmeric latte mixes and other wellness blends, and she’s been featured in Bon Appetit, Essence, and others!

  • karakafka

    Brooklyn Blooms NYC (florists): https://www.instagram.com/brooklynbloomsnyc/?hl=en
    Adwoa Beauty (hair care for naturals): https://adwoabeauty.com/

    • Morgan @ cosMORGpolitan

      Oooo yasss! I LOVE flowers — thank you for sharing. Following BK Blooms nowww 🙂

  • Lesprispaservices

    Check out handcrafted stationary By Grace Expressions at Oliviakmichel.com.

  • Marissa

    Such amazing shops on this list! Love Coloring Pins, she has so many fun and quirky pins which make great gift ideas! For clothing, OBSESSED with William Okpo! Coveted Style at shopcovetedstyle.com is another black owned favorite of mine at the moment.

  • Courtney Vaughn

    You’ll love The Identitea Line created by Candid Tea. This particular collection is the embodiment of the phrase, wellness meets women’s empowerment. Sold online.

  • Dope post! Also NIKKI RA womenswear clothing company nikki-ra.us

  • Panic

    check out my friend Camille’s beautiful jewelry! https://peaceimagesjewelry.myshopify.com/collections/all

  • Dymond Moore

    The ONYX beauty box is killer!

  • disqus_lf6g9x393E
  • Obsessed with my Omondi pullover! Also her personal IG is in.cred.i.ble.

    http://www.otisunfiltered.com

    • Morgan @ cosMORGpolitan

      Me too! Mine says my last name.

  • elpug

    ALSO
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/MommaLipsPrints?ref=hdr_shop_menu%C2%A0&section_id=18071545

    She does really cool digital portraits by request and has clothing for adults and little ones!

  • Oh wow, hello Unwrp!! I am obsessed with prints and theirs are awesome!

  • Courtney Callender

    Eclecticbella.com a black owned women’s clothing brand

  • Gentlywithoutnoise

    I LOVE Manrepeller you guys are impressing me more and more I must admit. Oh and I’d like to add for the conscious girl on the go “foxie cosmetics has a beautifully crafted line of vegan/ homemade bath, body, hair, and face products. It’s a extra plus that they are all hand made by a hip sister straight out of Brooklyn. God I sound like a advertisement forgive me please, I just really love her line and it’s affordability😩

  • Leandra Medine

    bought the omondi sweatshirt even tho i already have one that says “diamond” (amelia and me switched)
    actually, amelia, can we switch back?

    • Morgan @ cosMORGpolitan

      Leandra commented on my story, y’all — full circle moment!

    • Amelia Diamond

      NO (yes)

  • Gabrielle

    McMullen boutique in Oakland, CA

  • Angela Bruno

    And for the gents and beaus, Bespoke: https://www.decarlosbespoke.com/

  • Nadine’s Natural Body Care

    http://www.nadinesnaturalbodycare.com is an amazing, new handmade body care line that offers natural, quality body butters and lip butters in great fragrances. A kids line is even in the making!

  • Paige Herman Axel

    Karité Shea Butter… Developed by three sisters from Ghana (one of which is a dermatologist)! Best hand and body creams ever!

  • Thanks for this MR!! I can think of a few more nolaskinsentials.com (vegan skin and body care), oui shave (luxury shaving for women, gingerandliz.com (vegan and toxic free nail polish), beautybakerie.com (super cute, vegan & cruelty free makeup line) and boutiquejrenee.com (clothing and accessory boutique)!! <3

  • Permanent Bishface

    Ok this is the kind of content that I am definitely here for.

    • Morgan @ cosMORGpolitan

      Love The Wrap Life as well! Bought my mom’s Mother’s Day gift from there last year.

      • Permanent Bishface

        Looove them. They have such great pieces.

  • nyalycat

    Concept Forty-Seven in San Francisco owned by 3 African American women featuring curated vintage, natural beauty care and handcrafted leather goods form Ethiopia.

  • Beki

    Someone may have already mentioned her but Subrina Heyink has a vintage clothing store online at subrinaheyink.com the pieces she finds are truly stunning and the whole ethos of what she has curated is amazing. Following her on Instagram is a treat!

  • Alldressedup

    For elevated vintage and preloved items all in a sophisticated neutral and metallic color palette head to https://www.shopneutralground.com/

  • Kimberley Boehm

    Wow, thank you, for this article and I’m loving the comments. Beautiful products for self-care. Let me add Katie’s Bakery in Pasadena, Ca. https://katiesglutenfree.com/
    She ships, too.

  • Allegra

    The LIT BKLYN candles are AMAZING – so delicious smelling, I have gotten many compliments when guests come over.

    • Morgan @ cosMORGpolitan

      Agreed! Bought her “Oh Saint Lit” Christmas candle and want more!

  • Caro A

    Thank you for this!!!

  • Sankan N.

    Excellent post! Check out ShoeFlyy Unlimited! It’s a new online shoe store that specializes in women’s shoes for extended sizes 10-13. The website is shoeflyy.net. Thanks! 😊🙏🏾

  • Those candles look amazing! Thanks for sharing these brands!

    Eva | http://www.shessobright.com

  • Michelle

    Lesley Saligoe Botanicals on Etsy! Her body and wellness products are made by hand in Indianapolis and are incredible!!

  • Oh I absolutely love this post! Also, The Rad Black Kids! http://www.theradblackkids.com

  • Penni Gebreselassie

    Nandi Naya for the most beautiful hand made jewellery!!! Plus she does customs as well! http://www.nandinayanyc.com/

  • Kelly Donnelly

    Besides a couple things that I’ve wishlisted for a long time (looking at you, Doc Martens) and using gift cards I’ve already received, my shopping goal this year is to only buy from women owned/POC owned/local stores or vintage/second hand for clothing, jewelry, etc. I know some people do this religiously to begin with, but it’ll be a challenge for me to not order online from my usual websites. And better that my money is going to small businesses and not large corporations. So please, more things like this!!

  • Morgan @ cosMORGpolitan

    If you’re in search of a natural deodorant: https://www.instagram.com/beahealthnuttoo

  • fredricka fonta

    THIS IS SPEAKING TO ME,ALSO CHECK OUT https://www.glamoroushippe.com/
    IT’S AN ONLINE SHOP/COLLECTIVE FOR THE NATURAL LIFESTYLE ENTHUSIAST. FOUNDED BY ME,AN AFRICAN AMERICAN SINGLE MOTHER,WHO STUDIES HERBS & COMPLETE WELLNESS. FULL OF ADVICE,MOTIVATION,ORGANIC ITEMS,RECIPES,& MORE.

  • bhautik

    i totally loved it
    http://likediva.com – Social Media Likes, Follows, and Comments.

  • Kahindo Mateene

    For colorful pieces check out http://www.kahindo.com designed by former project runway designer

  • UrbnStateofMind

    Cloth & Paper by Ashley Reynolds for planners and all your stationary needs.

  • Glam Pixie

    Black owned marketplace (similar to Amazon/Etsy) purely for organic skincare.
    https://www.bareandbeyond.com

  • Asiah Green

    I love this post! Seriously, it’s mentally exhausting resorting to the same mass-produced brands. *filtering through every comment to find new places to shop*