The Best BIPOC Businesses to Invest Your Time and Money in
Conscientious shopping from sustainable brands has increasingly gained awareness and popularity on a global scale. This is a great thing, as ethical and viable systems and practices have been so desperately needed within the fashion industry and other consumer regions. By shopping with responsibly-sourced brands and implementing a purposeful change in mindset and motive, the goals of ethical practice, people and planet promotion, and the excitement of beautiful new possessions can all be achieved.
So why shop with BIPOC businesses? It is one way to invest directly into the lives and communities of disadvantaged people of color and support them culturally, socially, and economically. The racial wealth gap is a very real and perpetuated problem, as it was rooted in discriminatory practices of the Jim Crow era, such as with redlining, withheld job opportunities, and exclusion from homeownership. This block in credit and wealth building has set back Black families for generations and continues to do so today.
By working to close that gap and strengthening local economies, wealth can be recirculated back into Black communities, followed by an upturn of financial stability and related opportunities for locals. Further, a continued acknowledgement and celebration for Black lives and culture can be facilitated by the intentional act of our mindful shopping.
To help kickstart these ethical habits and intentional investments, check out these 35 Black-owned, sustainable brands for apparel, accessories, beauty and wellness products, home goods and decor, and more!
Black-Owned Brands For Fashion, Beauty, Home Goods, and More
Chelsea Bravo of New York is a made-to-order clothing brand offering earthy and sustainably-sourced pieces.
Price Range: $108-$352
Hope For Flowers is a clothing brand selling conventional, feminine styles with simplistic designs, all of which are made via sustainable materials.
Price Range: $131-$605
Taylor Jay of Oakland is a clothing brand that uses recycled and upcycled materials, and in turn offers some of the best eco-friendly basics and staples.
Price Range: $8-$325
Aliya Wanek of Oakland is a clothing brand that makes American + Japanese-inspired pieces from hand-dyed natural resources. This brand offers a classic and comfortable collection.
Price Range: $90-$285
beRESONANT is a sustainable clothing brand that operates without an inventory, and rather makes all their pieces post-purchase. This method, along with their mindful manufacturing practices, eliminates waste and shrinks the brand’s carbon footprint. They offer an array of vibrant and expressive garments.
Price Range: $39-$1,250
Gracemade of Los Angeles is a faith-based, sustainable clothing brand that features simplistic boho-style pieces.
Price Range: $15-$180
Galerie.LA is an ethical fashion brand with a beautiful and minimalist collection of women’s clothing and accessories.
Price Range: $8-$238
Two Days Off of Los Angeles is a made-to-order clothing brand that creates light and graceful sustainably-sourced pieces.
Price Range: $10-$185
House of Aama is an African-inspired, made-to-order fashion brand built on upcycled vintage clothing.
Price Range: $45-$1,300
Kind Socks is a sock-specific brand that offers quirky and colorful designs made from ethical organic cotton.
Price Range: €7- €15
Arrow + Phoenix is an inclusive, body-positive, and sustainable brand of swimwear, inspired and influenced by the 1990’s.
Price Range: $10-$148
Jade Swim of Los Angeles is a line of responsibly-sourced and New York-inspired swimwear with an array of simple and sexy designs.
Price Range: $80-$245
Studio 189 is a Ghanian-American based fashion brand with beautiful artisanal pieces made with sustainable resources and traditional techniques.
Price Range: $13-$995
Brother Vellies is an ethical brand of footwear with designs and techniques that are heavily influenced by African culture and traditions.
Price Range: $35-$1,495
Selva Negra is an ethically-operated brand that offers a little bit of everything, from men’s and women’s apparel, to jewelry and accessories, to home goods.
Price Range: $8-$480
Valerie Madison is a fine jewelry brand that makes timeless ethically-sourced pieces, ranging from elegant basics to engagement rings.
Price Range: $75-$25,610
Arlokea is a sustainable jewelry brand with core values of supporting others, eco-friendliness, and building strong communities. The brand is also heavily focused on the topics of health, education, and social issues/inequalities, and invests funding accordingly. Their jewelry can be described as earthy, boho-style statement pieces.
Price Range: $19-$120
Nia Thomas is a high-quality artisanal fashion brand that offers sustainable and globally-influenced apparel and accessories.
Price Range: $22-$625
The Folklore is a culturally-rich luxury fashion group whose online platform enables community, connectivity, diversity, and innovation. Their website is composed of 3 main pages: a brand discovery + connect page, a product marketplace page, and an editorial page. All offer impactful content and sustainable pieces with African and diasporic designs.
Price Range: $2.80-$3,941
Proclaim is an ethically-sourced, inclusive lingerie line that breaks the conventions of the concept of “nude.” Find comfy and unique delicate pieces to match any skin tone.
Price Range: $14-$110
Cee Cee’s Closet of New York City is an artisanal and ethical brand of apparel that includes accessories, headwraps, and clothing. West African culture and diasporic designs are made evident via many of the pieces’ beautiful and elaborate prints.
Price Range: $15-$160
Printed Pattern People of Brooklyn is a globally-influenced brand of apparel and home goods that offers classic pieces via traditional and sustainable materials. Within this brand, expect to find colorful prints, patterns, and textures.
Price Range: $15-$300
Kpelle of Delaware is a Liberian and African-inspired jewelry and accessory brand with handmade designs made from ethically-sourced materials.
Price Range: $10-$80
Season Three of Italy is an eco-friendly brand of handmade footwear that uses responsibly-sourced leather and other recycled/recyclable resources.
Price Range: $10-$199.95
Ashya of New York is a line of unisex bags and travel accessories, intended for the most stylish of wanderers. Products are made from upcycled and ethically-sourced materials and scraps, and are intentionally produced in minimal batches.
Price Range: $225-$1,295
CanDid Art of Oakland is an artisanal and sustainable brand that features products such as jewelry, kids clothing, decor, and more. The brand’s designs are African and Indigenious-inspired and have led to the creation of unique and intricate pieces, all made from recycled and/or ethically-sourced materials.
Price Range: $3-$150
Alaffia is an integrity-filled, ethical beauty company that works to empower African communities and provide sustainable, quality products.
Price Range: $2.79-$29.98
Adwoa Beauty is a sustainable unisex brand with the primary focus of clean Black haircare. The brand offers a variety of products intended for curls and textured hair.
Roots & Bloom is an ethical line of footcare, with products including foot creams, oils, exfoliants, masks, and more.
Price Range: $12-$75
Mented Cosmetics is a US-based sustainable makeup brand with mindful practices and products that are non-toxic, paraben-free, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Price Range: $5-$110
Shipping: US, Canada, and the UK
Golde is a sustainable beauty and wellness brand, with an array of loved products ranging from lifestyle and skincare to latte and matcha kits.
Price Range: $6-$64
GOODEE is an impactful, curated, and artisanal marketplace brand with quality and ethically-sourced home goods, decor, and lifestyle products.
Price Range: $5-$9,680
Shipping: US & Canada
Linoto is a sustainable brand of high quality linen products, featuring sheets, towels, boxer shorts, and more.
Price Range: $8-$795
EDAS of New York City is an ethical brand of jewelry, accessories, and home goods with responsibly-sourced and unique products for feminine and versatile individuals.
Price Range: $25-$485
The Narativ House is a sustainable and artisanal brand that offers a little bit of everything, from apparel, to jewelry and accessories, to home goods. With their diverse range of products, this brand works to share global perspective and culture while fostering traditional artistry.
Price Range: $10-$500
I hope you feel inspired by these BIPOC businesses and their beautiful, ethical products. By supporting them you can not only play a role in upholding sustainability and responsible brands, but you can also change lives and support entire communities. Conscious shopping is world-altering!
Marissa Somers, who studied communications at Ohio State University, is an aspiring writer and lover of music, nature, and exercise