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.
Andrea Iyamah | Beads Byaree | Brother Vellies | Cindy Liebel | Detroit Is The New Black | Detroit Vs. Everybody | Diva Kurves Co. | Folake Kuye Style Pantry | Grant Blvd Clothing | Heron Preston | Hope for Flowers | ILAVA | Jade Swim | Jibri
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.”
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.
Cindy Liebel has some of the most unique, geometric jewelry out there. AND it’s at such a good price point (and has a focus on sustainable processes.) I’m eyeing a few pieces as we speak…
“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.
Diva Kurves Co. makes beautiful plus-size clothes and swim (size 10-30.) LOVE.
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.
Heron Preston is a fashion designer who creates “workwear-redefined” separates heavily inspired by sustainability and technology. LOVING that sweater dress, but eyeing so many of the cozy hoodies, too.
**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
A brand that works to empower women and inspire change around the world through fashion, jewelry, handmade cards, and home decor. Also…THAT DRESS.
Brittany Kozerski created the brand Jade Swim (inspired by NY, made in LA) and we’re in love. We’ve been drooling over their brown swimsuits… some of the best we’ve ever seen. SO many other pretty silhouettes and colors, too!
Jibri is a plus-size (size 10-28) fashion company created by Jasmine Elder. They have some seriously unique pieces for a night out or for lounging around… I mean LOOK at that sparkly jumpsuit. I die.
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.
Mateo New York, created by Matthew Harris, was originally a mens jewelry company. Now, they sell beautiful jewelry for women, (but I’ve been eyeing their bags, too.)
Laduma Ngxokolo founded his South African-inspired knitwear brand, Maxhosa in 2012. The designs and colors are insanely beautiful and one of a kind.
The entire team has been drooling over Mrs. Jones. It’s sustainable, made in NYC by @ohnichole and has the prettiest dresses.
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.
R-KI-TEKT’s website says, “Kel created a brand for those that share an appreciation for the fine details. Whether minimal or bold, Kel redefines the balance between whimsical & classic.” Whimsical and classic? We’re sold and we love.
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.
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.)
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.
Zelie For She is designed and produced in Los Angeles by Elann Zelie. She makes amazing plus-size clothing. Really loving their “Leisure in Style” collection right now. (All designs are made in a limited run.)
Bevel is part of Walker & Co. brands that Tristan Walker says started with one mission, “to make health and beauty simple for people of color.” Bevel focuses on sensitive-skin grooming products for men to make shaving and skincare easy.
They have the best hair products EVER. Their hair mask has been featured in tons of magazines and is widely recognized as being one of the best and CLEAN hair product companies on the market. – Kat
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 Brooklyn-started brand Golde was started in 2017 by Trinity Mouzon Wofford. It’s a wellness brand focusing on making superfood-boosted essentials for health and beauty.
Hand Scrubs by Faith, based in North Carolina, is a lip and hand scrub company with the most delicious sounding scents and flavors.
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.
KNC Beauty started by Kristen Noel Crawley, sells lip and eye masks, lip balm and a lip scrub set. Can’t wait to try these out!
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.
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.
Pat McGrath is an amazingly talented makeup artist who made her own makeup line. She has the most gorgeous palettes and lipsticks. We’re kiinda obsessed. (Check out her IG for some serious makeup inspo!)
Plant Apothecary is a vegan, unisex, eco-friendly skincare company. There’s zero synthetic ingredients and everything is easy on the environment (including their packaging.)
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.
Savish started by Ishmael Mayhew, is a lifestyle brand that sells skincare and home products. They’re sustainable, vegan and unisex.
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.