Black History Month may run all of February but we love shopping these black-owned businesses all year round. See below for a guide to just a few of our faves for jewelry, beauty, and health & wellness:
Established in 2014 under the name 'Krown Jewels' and re-branded in 2019 as KRWND (pronounced 'crowned'). KRWND is a jewelry brand and virtual design studio that specializes in custom jewelry and in house collections. With our line of custom jewelry you can “create the pieces you wish existed” and make symbolic and sentimental keepsakes that incorporate things like handwriting and logos. We work with gold/silver stainless steel, gold vermeil and solid gold (10k-24k). To be crowned is to be officiated as royalty or to be given a prestigious title/position. At KRWND we believe 'your jewels are your crown' and you are royalty. Jewelry isn’t just an accessory, it’s an emblem.
Oma The Label is a brand focused on challenging homogenous industry standards, while creating quality and affordable pieces for the everyday woman. The brand was created by Neumi Anekhe, a New York based fashion stylist that started the brand in 2018, because she saw a need for more brands representing people of color. She wanted to help diversify the markets,change the imagery and predominant representation that we see in fashion today.
Morgan Thomas is the founder of Yam, a Queens-based jewelry studio that sells an arrangement of handmade necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. Yam aims to use upcycled materials, recycled metals and working with small family owned sellers. Morgan’s business was conceived when her mother brought home a jewelry-making book when she was young. This moment “unknowingly implanted an idea for a company that would later recognize her legacy,” as Morgan explains. Yam is an ode to her late mother and draws inspiration from nature and vintage aesthetics.
Klur is a Los Angeles based botanical skincare brand founded in 2019 by Esthetician and formulator Lesley Thornton, who set out to fill a void in luxury skincare. A self-funded, female-owned company Klur prioritizes skin health, inclusivity, sustainability, and humanity as vital aspects of its brand philosophy. Klur exemplifies skin-wellness can be achieved with considerate products and minimal maintenance.
Gilded Body is a dermatologically developed, body skincare company. Our mission is to elevate the conversation around body skincare and provide high quality, effective options for people seeking to add a bodycare component to their beauty and wellness routines. We create effective and original products and tools that make body care easy and luxurious.
Born and raised in Western Australia, Maeva is a beauty industry veteran who spent her youth at her Mothers’ African Hair braiding salon, and her early career working at the likes of L’Oreal and Procter & Gamble. After ditching chemical hair straightening products a few years ago, she struggled to find clean hair products that were easy to navigate and would uncomplicate her hair life. So, the idea for BREAD was born - a clean and contemporary hair brand that would simplify haircare routines; the basics, the must haves, just like bread.
BROWN GIRL Jane, a luxury plant-based beauty and wellness collection, is according to its founders, "Our love note to badass women everywhere." Biological sisters Malaika and Nia Jones, along with their Spelman College sister, Tai Beauchamp are the powerhouses behind Refinery29's Beauty 2020 Innovator of the Year. Leveraging the power of CBD--the collection's hero ingredient --Brown Girl Jane's goal is to ensure that women, especially Black and Brown women, have a toolkit, community, and beautiful solutions that help them feel good, look amazing and live well.