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.
ps. additional recommendations are always welcome.
This handcrafted jewelry line comes straight from Areeayl Goodwin’s dreams and imagination. She also has a seriously gorgeous line of clothing.
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.
A brand that works to empower women and inspire change around the world through fashion, jewelry, handmade cards, and home decor. Also…THAT DRESS.
Jovan’s ‘serious’ designs are gorgeous: evening dresses, a lace top with strategically-placed panels, a dress with lace-up side detail…but we also love (so much) her line of power tees and hoodies. SO GOOD.
Jameel Mohammed founded his fine jewelry company, Khiry, as a way to represent African heritage and culture in beauty and art. He launched his online company in 2016 as a student of UPenn, got his big break after securing an internship at Barney’s, and the company later picked up his line of jewelry inspired by African cattle horns. After the chief executive of a high fashion retail conglomerate made a comment that suggested a black aesthetic couldn’t be “high fashion”, Jameel focused his work and goals on seeking to help other black designers make it in fashion.
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.
Founded by Nisha Blackwell in 2014, this Pittsburgh based company works in up-cycling textile discards to create stylish bowties and masks for everyone.
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.
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.)
Graphic tees with messages of social justice.
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.
An L.A.-based handmade clothing brand that is working with dead stock fabric and made-to-order production to eliminate waste.
Tracey’s Faceys is an online store that stocks washable, reusable, non-medical masks made in Los Angeles, CA. They have some of the best prints we’ve seen.
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 leisure clothing and clean beauty shop is located in Livermore, California. Their website is coming soon as well as their June line.
Founded by Nnenna Stella and operating out of Brooklyn, The Wrap Life is crafting beautiful headwraps made from gorgeous textiles picked from trips to Ghana and Morocco.
100% homemade, Ecoslay is still being made in Adria’s kitchen and shipped straight to customers. They are selective in what ingredients go into their products and explain why each is added. “Slay your look, not the planet.”
The Honey Pot Company is the 1st plant-based feminine care system on the market. Bea Dixon works to make 100% natural, plant-based feminine products.
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.
This is makeup that doesn’t need a masters degree — TLB creates easy to use beauty solutions for the girl on the go! They suggest items by complexion and have a dynamic assortment of products for all ages/skin types. Their products are also vegan and cruelty free!
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.
Sita Lewis created her Miracle Buttercream to teach and share her hand-made, all-natural body cream. Now, she has her very own “Mama Sita’s Miracle Butter Cream” that has raving reviews, along with other products like body oil and men’s beard/hair products. Her products are a combination of all natural, raw vegan, and chemical-free skin and hair formulas.
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.
The Puff Cuff Hair Clamp is THE solution to styling thick, textured hair without causing stress or pain. It works with a variety of hair types (from 2C to 4C — whether curly, textured, or wavy) to create beautiful hairstyles without any cinching or pulling.
Soap Distillery creates a myriad of unique, unisex, sustainable products. They use only sustainable essential oils and biodegradable packaging.
These hair products are exclusively formulated for textured hair (kinky, wavy & curly textures). They are paraben-free, developed with natural & organic ingredients, and never tested on animals. Their initiative is to celebrate natural beauty, while helping protect Earth’s natural resources.
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.
Founders Jannah Hand and Kiyanna Stewart created BLK MKT Vintage. It’s a collection of black collectibles, cast-off’s and curiosities that represent black history. It includes literature, records, clothing, art, home decor, furniture and more! Through this, they want to communicate to the black community that ‘not only do we see you, but we love you as well. You’re worthy. What you’ve created is worthy. You are important here.’
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.”
Clare provides a “whole new paint shopping experience with designer-curated colors, technology to guide you, mess-free paint swatches, and the highest-quality paint and supplies, delivered.”
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.
This started as a design blog run by Justina Blakeney and grew into a lifestyle brand bringing inspiration in the form of curated picks from around the world and collections design in their Los Angeles studio.
Based in Baltimore, this company is owned by Letta Moore. Here you can attend candle making classes, buy pre-made small-bach candles, or shop her other home and beauty products.
This tropical tea shop was founded in 2015 and cherishes the foundation of Going Back to Nature using organic, eco-friendly, high quality blends and shipping materials.
LIVVY & NEVA, created by Keita Turner — an NYC based interior designer, is a vintage and contemporary pillow collection made from vintage textiles and contemporary fabrics.
Minimalist mugs to wear your everyday mantras, jokes, and quotes.
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.
YOWIE is a home and life shop focused on curating small collections from friends, independent artists, and designers. Their store is located in Philadelphia and founded by Shannon Maldonado.