#BuyBlack: 15 Black Businesses to Support this New Year Part 1
Temple University Alumni, Kwashee, is a trendsetter to say the least. Kwashee juggles his music career, event planning, and fashion designing, all the while staying on top of the industry. You can support his vision by coping up on his “I feel like Pablo” inspired unisex t-shirts. His clothing line can be found at: http://kwizzyohsowavy.bigcartel.com/.
Bijoux’s Basket (@bijouxsbasket):
Treat yourself to some Tender, Love, and Care this holiday season with Bijouxs’ Basket. From her handmade Gawdbuttah to her Cocolave curl crème, Bijoux will make you feel like absolute royalty. The Queen behind the brand, Sedia Ngofa, started off as an accredited ethnobotanist before she started Bijoux. Her background in Ethnobotany, the study of the interrelations between plants and humans, powered her vision on creating her own natural cosmetics company. After testing different oil and herb blends for about five years, she went into her undergraduate to learn more. Her first product was the TUFFRoots Loc and twist gel. After that, her business sprouted. Bijoux’s basket now includes Cocolave anti-dandruff treatment and the Love Thy Roots Hair Growth Serum. This would be a perfect gift for your favorite naturalista. Her products can be found at: http://www.bijouxsbasket.com/.
Geechi Vigilantes (@geechi_vigilantes):
The brand got its name “Geechi” from the Gullah people who were the last descendants of enslaved Africans. Combing this sacred African history with the term “Vigilantes” meaning superhero, Geechi Vigilantes was born. Through custom threads, Geechi Vigilantes illustrates the richness of the lost African culture. Their highly anticipated collection “Melanin Royalty” will drop in the New Year of 2017. This collection will highlight the history of the real ancient Egyptian Kings and Queens. You can check out a prelude of their new collection at: (http://www.geechivigilantes.com/).
Status Apparel (@statusappareldc):
Status Apparel is a lifestyle apparel brand that was created in Washington, D.C. in 2012. The brand stands behind diversity, and setting your own trends. Status to these guys doesn’t meant cool. “Status” is someone who is a positive individual that’s motivated, driven, innovative and loyal to friends and family. The word was something that the founders used loosely in 2010, until it defined their lives two years later. Status Gang is a group of innovators/friends. The brand recently showcased their line at the Black Market Creatives Showcase. You can shop their products at (http://www.statusappareldc.com/).
Philadelphia Print Work (@philaprint):
Maryam Pugh, Owner/ Founder, established Philadelphia Printworks back in 2010. The company was created off of the owner’s love for “Do It Yourself” projects. Her love for D-I-Y sprouted into an desire of wanting to learn how to screen print. The mission behind Philadelphia Printworks was to make a positive impact on the community by displaying positive images. Philadelphia Printworks encourages activism and inclusion. You can check out all the cool things that they’re doing at: https://www.philadelphiaprintworks.com/.
Jones and Roses (@jonesandroses):
Jones and Roses is a skin boutique line of body care products that are made from natural ingredients. The company prides itself on using rich butters, plant oils, and botanicals to lock in moisture and to protect the skin from harshness. The founders are two sisters who used their differences to create products that everyone can enjoy. They infused their love for beauty and style into natural products to allow its customers to stay original. Indulge at your own risk. Visit their website at: (http://jonesandrose.com/).
Peace Images Jewelry (@peaceimagesjewelry):
Peace Images Jewelry gives you a taste of luxurious handmade jewelry. From their Black Girl Magic rings to their Nefertiti earrings, the women at Peace Images Jewelry will remind you of how strong your Black Girl Magic is. Check out their merchandise at: http://peaceimages.bigcartel.com/.
Give your MCM the perfect gift this holiday season with the Bevel Trimmer. Bevel, By Walking Brand, is a luxurious beauty & health brand that was created for African-American men and women. The Founder & CEO Tristian Walker received is BA in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his MBA in Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Check out their products at: https://getbevel.com/.
Love in My Language by Alex Elle (@alex_elle):
It’s nothing like a good book to cuddle up with during the winter season. “Love in My Language” is Alexandra Elle’s second self-published book on her own personal self-discovery. She shares all of her highs and lows, and how she found her light at the end of the tunnel. When Elle is not writing she is living creatively in Washington, DC with her husband and daughter. Her passion for storytelling, poetry, and narrative writing are infused with life lessons, self-celebration, and building community through reading, writing, and language. Check out her story on her website and purchase her book at Amazon.
Mianik Chokers (@mianik.co):
Mianik was founded by sisters Olayinka and Nzinga Noel. Their passion for fashion and beauty inspired them to create an accessory brand that would make every woman feel beautiful. Every piece is handmade to ensure the best quality for their buyers. Each piece is designed to make you feel beautiful, confident, and unique. Check out their website at: http://www.mianik.com.
This lucrative brand got its head-start back in 2014 by a hungry Briana Wilson. Wilson left her hometown Texas in search of the “American Dream” in New York City. She originally set out to be a model, but realized she could do much more. Just eight months after her move, she launched MATTE, a brand with must-have basics, inspired by her love for clothing with minimal design, femininity and comfort. When Wilson launched her brand in August 2014, she was focused on bodysuit. Now, she sells everything from jumpsuits to co-ord pieces. Wilson is definitely someone to look out. Shop her must-have basics at: https://www.shopmatte.com/.
Is an environmentally-friendly letterpress stationery that creates meaningful and positive messages. Send the perfect card this holiday season while using Primrose Press. Visit their website at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/primrosepress#about.
Tabitha Bianca Brown illustrated her love for nature, humans, and animal life through her customized paintings. Her style is a combination of Afrocentrism, minimalism, and funk. From t-shirts to phone cases, you can get her imagery on almost anything. Brown received her BFA in Illustration from The American Academy of Art back in 2005 in Chicago, IL. Her artwork has been featured on several sites including Huffington Post, Design Milk, Decor8, Modish, and Afrolicious. Check out her cool stuff on her website: http://thepairabirds.com/.
2 Chic Designs (@2chicdesigns):
The Owner, Cynthia, always had a love for drawing since she was in the first grade. Her love for drawing quickly turned into a knack for sewing. Since then, she has yet to look back. She started her first business venture with a small shop selling baby snow suits, but longed for more. After having a conversation with her son, she decided to create her own handbags. She opened her Etsy shop in March 2009 and launched 2chicdesigns. Cynthia taught herself how to be social-media savvy and most importantly business efficient. Her vibrant colors and unique fabric designs definitely sets her apart from others. Check out her collection at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/2chicdesigns.
Article by Unique Ratcliff