8 Black-Owned Fashion & Beauty Businesses You’ll Love Supporting

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In the midst of fighting systemic racism, fashion and beauty can seem like frivolous topics to discuss. But let’s not forget that female black-owned businesses contribute significantly to creating a more diverse representation of beauty. Businesses by women of color in particular are still rare in the beauty and fashion industries, despite women of color comprising a major share of consumers in the market.

Strong, growing businesses can help employ more people of color and create greater influence within these industries. Supporting black-owned beauty businesses can be a powerful way to be an ally to the cause, not to mention a great way to indulge yourself a little bit. Send them some love by spending a few bucks on these innovative black-owned businesses. It’s a great way to do good, while doing a little something nice for yourself too. 

Lauren Napier

Meet the makeup artist and skin-care enthusiast who searched the world for the perfect makeup wipe. When she didn’t find it, she did what any industrious woman would do — she created her own.

Lauren Napier wipes not only work hard to remove stubborn makeup, but also repair and hydrate your skin. Made in America using sustainable technologies and renewable energy, its botanical extracts gently and effectively lift makeup, pollution and impurities from your skin’s surface.

Monrowe

Inspired by her grandfather, a jazz musician who was loved by clamoring crowds despite having no formal training, model Dani Evans launched her millinery shop Monrowe. Her product photos alone give you a confidence boost – they are seriously badass.

Monrowe’s strong, structured silhouettes blend in influences from the 1940’s and 50’s, giving them a timeless appeal – a hat from here would be one of those classic investment pieces you’d wear year-round. Monrowe hats are made in the USA. 

Chinero Nnamani

Here’s one of our favorite black-owned-business fashion finds this week. The colors and patterns of traditional African clothing get an updated, fun & flirty interpretation thanks to designer Chinero Nnamani. Dividing her time between Nigeria, Florida and NYC, Nnamani brings a globe-trotting sensibility to her line of head wraps, tops, bottoms, dresses, jackets and accessories. If you’re looking for a way to amp up your wardrobe, her figure-flattering skirts and dresses are an easy answer.

Want to make a statement returning to the office? Chinero Nnamani’s bold prints and colors in classic, professional cuts are sure to do the trick.   

Love, Vera

Did you ever wish for an inclusive lingerie company with an abundance of sexy pieces in a wider range of sizes? Love, Vera founders Vera Moore and Nate Johnson did too. Love, Vera strives to offer inclusive lingerie sizes, and share the love of body positivity to all women – no matter their size.

Love, Vera also proudly creates opportunities for black talent, so as to spark more representation in the fashion industry. Lingerie is personal, and Love, Vera is here to make this personal experience a safe and diverse place for all people, while standing as a powerful symbol for unification within the fashion industry. 

Jam + Rico

Jam + Rico, founded by Lisette Scott, sells jewelry inspired by the traditions and upbringings of Scott’s immigrant grandparents from Jamaica and Puerto Rico. Scott visited both islands and fell in love with her heritage. Today, she brings that island style to the rest of us. Her Caribbean-inspired jewelry draws on the colors, carnivals, art, nature and beaches of the islands — just the bit of escape we could all use right now.

Briogeo

When she saw that the natural hair care products available in the market weren’t living up to their performance claims, Founder and CEO of Briogeo Nancy Twine transformed her grandmother’s homemade hair care recipes into a now celeb-favorite line, right from her tiny studio apartment.

Briogeo offers hair care products for every hair type and every hair ailment. Their ingredients include a slew of antioxidants and vitamins that leave you with stronger, healthier hair. They even list the exact percentages of all the naturally-derived ingredients, and a list of their sources, on every bottle. Bonus perk: great smelling hair!

Mented Cosmetics

Mented Cosmetics founders Amanda E. Johnson and KJ Miller created their makeup line over a glass of Pinot and the question “Why is it so hard to find the perfect nude lipstick?”. Mented has grown exponentially from that girls night convo to a cosmetic powerhouse. The expanded line now includes lipsticks, as well as eye, brow and face products. Each product is perfectly matched to all skin tones from light to dark. Mented cosmetic products are also vegan, paraben-free, non-toxic and cruelty free.

Shekudo

Sick of fast fashion? Welcome to Shekudo – the brand that prides itself on being an advocate for slow fashion and women’s empowerment. Handcrafted by artisans in Lagos, Nigeria, Shekudo’s shoes and accessories use locally-sourced materials like recycled insoles, cotton and leather. With its geometric, patchwork style, Shekudo aims to give wearers a way to stand out, knowing that each item is responsibly made. Shekudo’s line of signature mules has enough color and flair to let any personality shine! 

 

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