As part of The Mom Edit’s ongoing commitment to increase our coverage of Black-Owned businesses…we’ve put together this handy directory. Some of the businesses featured are ones that we already knew and loved, and some were recommended to us by readers (thank you!!). As we learn more, new black-owned companies will be added, so feel free to bookmark and check back.
Browse our posts below, or hop on down for our full directory (with easy jump links to get you where you want to go quickly).
ps. additional recommendations are always welcome.
AAKS | Andrea Iyamah | Beads Byaree | Brother Vellies | Cindy Liebel | Detroit Is The New Black | Detroit Vs. Everybody | Diva Kurves Co. | Folake Kuye Style Pantry | Folklore | Grant Blvd Clothing | Gwen Beloti | Hope for Flowers | ILAVA | Jade Swim | Jibri
“A A K S was founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi with the goal of introducing the world to her favourite weaving techniques done by the women of Ghana while also creating and igniting sustainable jobs within Africa. Handcrafted in Ghana, A A K S creates bags in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts characterised by bright exuberant colours.”
Andrea Iyamah owned by Dumebi Iyamah, is a clothing brand with the most vibrant patterns and colors. It’s inspired by “colour, ethnic cultures, nature and design elements that stay true to creating authentic clothing and resort wear with hints of a retro yet contemporary edge in design.”
Designed in Brooklyn and sustainably handcrafted with artisans worldwide, Brother Vellies creates luxury accessories that celebrate traditional African design practices and techniques. These are one-of-a-kind pieces that will stay in your wardrobe forever.
“DITNB is a brand at the crossroads of culture, fashion & community. We take pride in our city and the people who go out and make it their own every day.” And if you like THIS shirt…you gotta see it in French. SO GOOD.
Tommey Walker started Detroit vs Everybody because he was ‘fed up with the media’s continual bashing and lack of cultural recognition for a place that has contributed so much to the world and society.’ About effing time, World…team Detroit FOREVER. Also, the company has expanded into a line of hoodies and tees that say things like ‘Injustice vs Everybody or ‘Cancer vs Everybody’…and some seriously genius face masks: COVID vs Everybody.
FSKP is a Nigerian woman-owned clothing business located in the heart of the Los Angeles fashion district. The prints are especially gorgeous, and the entire team is swooning over this romper (which can be worn on or off the shoulder).
This Philadelphia-based apparel company is committed to sustainable sourcing, and is designed and made in-house. The fashion collection is really good (think: menswear shirting made feminine and sexy), but their social justice hoodie miiiiight be our fav.
**Sustainable Pick** Tracy Reese uses sustainable materials and some of her pieces are available in plus and petite sizing. I am in LOVE with her vibrant sundresses as well as her skirts and her linen pants and..and ..and…the list could go and on. – Linzi
Parents Keewa & Doug are married creatives based in Chicago. Doug is a visual artist who specializes in graffiti and murals and Keewa is a performing artist who sings jazz and plays characters. Kido is a combination of their most clever and colorful ideas and the affirmations they give to their children every day.
Kiya Tomlin’s first collection of “re-imagined sweatsuits” launched in the Fall of 2014 and has since expanded to include tops, bottoms, dresses, jumpsuits and rompers. Made in the USA with environmentally (and super-soft) bamboo fabric, she designs with the goal of intersecting style, function, and comfort.
Maryam Pugh and Ruth Perez founded Philadelphia Printworks in 2010. This tee-shirt company is a social justice heritage brand and screen printing workshop that encourages a culture of activism and inclusion. Located in the BOK Building.
This jewelry is literally made from Detroit graffiti – Rebel Nell collects the peeling paint from the art on the walls of Detroit and repurposes it into unique, wearable pieces of jewelry. Additionally, Rebel Nell works in tandem with organizations that help women facing barriers to employment in Detroit transition to an independent lifestyle.
Owned by Shanti Mayers and Syreeta Scott, The Sable Collective – located in North Philly – began as a place to reflect the cultural references of Black women and WOC. Their selection of clothing, jewelry & accessories, beauty & body care, home goods, stationary, and books are composed of Black and marginalized communities of artisans and entrepreneurs.
Shekudo was originally founded in Sydney, Australia as a womens clothing brand drawing on heritage, life experience and wearable art aesthetic. Now, it moved its base to Nigeria and included footwear and accessories – shedding light on more local artisans.
Soko is a women-led, ethically made jewelry company with global market access to artisan communities in Kenya. They use a beautiful mix of materials — wood, brass, gold-plated, silver, reclaimed horn & bone and ceramic beads. It’s nearly impossible to choose just one piece.
This Philadelphia-based company was started by 13-Year Old Trey Brown with his birthday money. “I wanted to empower youth that you can do great things at any age and I wanted to combine that with a luxury urban activewear!” Love the passion, love the ambition. (Also love the hoodies.)
Taylor Jay designs with every woman in mind and offers a wide range of standard and adaptable sizes. She partners with an ethically sourced, fair-labor-practicing factory in Oakland, CA to produce environmentally safe garments from certified eco-friendly textiles.
Founded in 2014 and based in Seattle, Valerie Madison Fine Jewelry is working to change the fine jewelry industry. She is taking environmental responsibility and applying it to her process while crafting jewelry that feels beautiful, modern, and classic.
This makeup artist is currently doing free live IG makeup tutorial sessions! All of the products she shows are available through her online store. In addition to sessions-by-appointment, she stocks foundations, brushes, lipsticks and glosses, and even some online courses.
Kissed By A Bee Organics is founded by third-generation herbalist Akilah Scott-Amos, who grows and hand-makes products based in Spring, TX. Her curation includes health and wellness products for men and women, with a focus on healing and pain-relief.
Mented Cosmetics provides makeup products perfectly pigmented to match skin tones from light, to tan, to dark. From their original nude lipstick to eyeshadow palettes to blushes, they strive to make each of their products work for women of all complexions. Also – all of their lipsticks are vegan, paraben-free, non-toxic and cruelty free.
Mixed Chicks is a beauty brand specifically centered on producing products for mixed women with combination hair. Their curly-hair products are lightweight, non-stick, and also work on weaves. They also have shampoo, conditioner, and tangle-tamer specifically for kids.
I honestly fell in love with this brand when I was reading their about page. “With OUI the People came a mission: The reConstitution of Beauty is our commitment to “watch our language”. No brand is just a brand. Clearly. Brands inform culture and language, as beauty has done for decades. We believe beauty shouldn’t come at the expense of our psyche. Rather than pursuing flawlessness, we aim to build efficacious products, designed thoughtfully, that help you feel great in the skin you’re already in.” Karen, the founder, tells her personal story on the about page, too and what led her to creating this brand. It’s 100% worth the read. They also have a strong commitment to sustainability.
Urban Hydration is a collection of naturally inspired products for the whole family, and donates 1 gallon of water to a community for each product sold. They have a wide range of skincare, hair care, bath and body products that lend to a more natural, healthier routine.
Adiya Wiggons perfected the crease-free makeup finish with her original Yubi Applicator. The Buff & Blend Duo is used to apply full-coverage makeup and also blot excess. You can get the Yubi Applicator with the brush or applicator only, or opt in for one of their sets which include the interchangeable parts.
Zoe is the 7-year-old queen/CEO of Beautiful Curly Me, who’s mission is to inspire girls’ self-love by reinforcing positive images of themselves and their natural curls. Each Zuri doll comes fully dressed with a free outfit included. 10% of proceeds goes to charities that focus on literacy, education, and empowerment of young girls. They’re currently making masks in addition to their reversible satin sleep caps.
A Brooklyn based design studio, Bolé Road Textiles specializes in vibrant decor for your home. All of their pieces are handmade in Ethiopia and ethically sourced.. “Bolé Road marries ancient weaving traditions, passed down through the generations to today’s master local artisans, with a modern global aesthetic.”
Expedition Subsahara provides handmade African goods for your home and your wardrobe — woven baskets, African bags and beaded jewelry. 20% of their profits are donated weekly to a different charity in Sub-saharan Africa helping with Covid-19 relief.
Johanna Howard – first a successful clothing designer, creating looks for established people of the fashion industry, now has brought her designs to the home. Through traveling, she’s met many artisans that she not only collaborates with, but also incorporates their techniques into her products. Think: the dyers of Peru and the weaving families of Portugal, bringing these cultures together to create something amazing for the home.
Rochelle Porter Design is an Atlanta-based brand specializing in home decor and fashion textiles from the creator’s original artwork. Their products are sustainably and ethically made with organic cotton and eco-friendly materials.
This Minnesota illustrator opened her shop of hand-lettered and designed calendars and other whimsical stationery products, inspired by her life growing up surrounded by women. Finding inspiration in the beauty of their differences, she celebrates the diversity of people, honest motherhood, and her faith.
LaToya Tucciarone, the founder of SustainAble Home Goods and Accessories, says “Marginalized people groups all over the world have been creating magnificent works of art for centuries! Unfortunately, a lot of these groups live in some of the poorest places on the globe. Commerce gives us the opportunity to bring dignity and financial stability to these people groups, while also getting to have a beautiful piece of their culture in our homes.” Love.