The last post published here was back in January 2019, my hiatus wasn’t intended, it wasn’t on purpose, a new job, a divorce, a move all kept me occupied and unable to make space for this space.
And to me, this space is special, celebrating conscious brands and conscious work can feel very special but it’s nothing if it’s not inclusive. To be conscious, is to be anti-racist.
While I’m not going to pretend that I’m over here saving the world with my fashion blog, it did feel like the right time to deliver on a promise I made back in February 2019 in this Instagram post. I did two of the three items in that promise, but I never did publish a BIPOC shopping guide (to be fair I haven’t posted anything since then, but still, I made a promise!)
So here I am, celebrating with intention, conscious Black owned brands. You can shop via the links below (with no affiliate links here) and I have added a “Black owned” filter under values in our “Shop Consciously” section where, I plan on updating regularly with new discoveries.
The list below is by no means comprehensive, I’m sure I have a lot more brands to discover, and, if I ever post on this site ever again, it will be with a plan to be very intentionally inclusive.
Arrow + Phoenix
Swimwear, made in the US, of 100% recycled materials.
Two Days Off
Simple, conscious clothing made in Los Angeles.
Artisan made, under sustainable and fair trade conditions, clothing based in Ethiopia.
House of Aama
Line rooted in the ethos of the African continent and diaspora, from a mother and daughter team.
Upcycled designs seeking to fight poverty and social injustice.
Consciously made clothing using natural and biodegrade-able fabrics based in Nigeria.
Sustainable California Bay Area based clothing line.
Adele by Adele
Lifestyle brand made in Los Angeles, inspired by California.
Hope for Flowers
New sustainable fashion line from industry veteran Tracy Reese.
Reworked vintage denim.
Combine de Filles
Brooklyn based sustainable separates and jumpsuits from French designer, Aissatou Marie C.
Geometry and organic form merge in this Brooklyn based jewelry line.
Oma the Label
Empowering jewelry line challenging homogenous industry standards.
White Space Jewelry
Los Angeles based fine jewelry brand.
Upcycled jewelry handmade in Astoria NY.
Handcrafted metalwork inspired by Queens and Pharoahs.
Heirlooms that celebrate connections to Africa and her diaspora, handmade with fair-trade African gold and conflict-free metals.
Metalwork from designer, Alicia Goodwin.
Eclectic handmade jewelry.
Candid Art Accessories
NYC based line inspired by African visual culture practicing sustainability with recycled metals.
All natural, vegan skincare.
Soaps, skincare, hair care and more that is certified fair trade for life by EcoCert, non GMO, made safe with an impressive list of commitments and social programming.
Lightweight moisturizer made with aloe vera.
Natural superfood-boosted essentials for health and beauty
Cruelty-free, clean, ethically sourced hair care.
Multi-use bioactive beauty oil.
Clean, ethically sourced skincare.
Luxury candles based in NYC.
Quality, sustainable, luxe skincare.
10-free, high pigment nail polish line.
Ethically made, handcrafted, small batch footwear.
Handmade vegetable-tanned leather purses.
Bags and belts handcrafted in Los Angeles.
A A K S
Fair trade artisan bags handcrafted in Ghana
Handcrafted Ethiopian leather bags.
Luxe leather bags made in NYC.
Accessories line founded to preserve African design practices and sustain artisanal jobs.
Vegan shoes made with pineapple leaf fibre (Pinatex)
Artisan produced footwear, made with sustainable materials, ethically in Ethiopia.