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It’s no secret that Black-owned businesses have surged since the pandemic, although it hasn’t been easy staying afloat. In an effort to showcase some of the many Black-owned companies that you might not be familiar with and some you may already know, we collected a list of more than a dozen fashion and beauty brands to support now and forever. Juneteenth (which is this Sunday, June 19) is the perfect time to spotlight these Black-owned brands, but you can shop them all year long.
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See below for our list of Black-owned beauty and clothing lines.
Mented Cosmetics Complexion Bundle
A conversation about not being able to find the perfect lipstick shade sparked the idea that became Mented Cosmetics. Amanda E. Johnson and KJ Miller created the company because “every woman should be able to find herself in the world of beauty no matter her skin tone.” Made for your lips, face and skin, Mented Cosmetics products include lipsticks (matte and liquid), concealer, blush, eyeshadow, foundation, eyeliner, lip liner, nail polish, primer, makeup brushes and more. The products are vegan, paraben free, cruelty free and dermatologically tested and available at Ulta Beaty, Amazon and MentedCosmetics.com.
EDEN BodyWorks Lavender Aloe Anti-Breakage Deep Conditioner & Moisturizing Cowash Bundle
Like a lot of great ideas, EDEN BodyWorks was also born from necessity. Created in 2004 by Jasmine Lawrence, the brand offers body and hair care products made from clean, cruelty-free ingredients at an affordable price (everything in the line retails for less than $10-$12). One of EDEN’s top-reviewed products is the Coconut Shea Cleansing Co-wash, which is designed to remove buildup, along with restore, moisturize and detangle hair. You can purchase EDEN BodyWorks products at Target, Amazon, Sally Beauty and at EdenBodyWorks.com.
Unsun Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen
Unsun Cosmetics grew out of a lack of sunscreen options for people of color. Founded in 2016 by Katonya Breaux (Frank Ocean’s mother), the company offers tinted sunscreens, body lotions, highlighters, body butters and more. You can purchase Unsun products at various retailers including Macy’s, Amazon, Nordstrom and UnsunCosmetics.com.
Issa Rae’s Wash Day Ritual
Co-founded by Hannah Diop and Issa Rea, Sienna Naturals is a hair care brand for textured hair that features shampoos and conditioners free of harsh sulfates, parabens, silicones, artificial fragrances, dyes and other chemicals. One of the brand’s best sellers is The Issa Wash Day Ritual bundle (pictured), which comes with H.A.P.I. Shampoo, a Plant Power deep hydrating treatment mask, Dew Magic leave-in conditioner and Lock & Seal sealant.
Rae isn’t alone in the world of Black-owned celebrity hair care lines. She joins Pattern Beauty by Tracee Ellis Ross (available at Ulta Beauty) and TPH by Taraji P. Henson TPH (available at Walmart).
Mielle Organics Type 4 Slay Bundle
Mielle Organics is a name that you may have already seen around the web. Founded by Monique Rodriguez in 2014, the health-conscious brand of shampoos, conditioners, hair oils, vitamins and other products have been promoted by reality stars and social media influencers alike. Mielle Organics features over 60 products that you can find at Sally Beauty, Amazon, CVS, Target and other major retailers. The products tend to sell out quickly, but if you’re looking for a full collection, the Type 4 Slay Bundle includes four products from Mielle’s popular Pomegranate collection. Another popular and affordable set, the Oats & Honey Collection ($39.90) which is designed for sensitive scalps.
Bevel Men’s Grooming Kit
Beards need love too! Bevel’s Beard Grooming Kit for Men comes with beard oil, conditioner, 2-in-1 beard balm and pomade. The company was founded by Tristan Walker to help customers embark on a positive beard journey. Bevel products have been clinically tested to help prevent clogged pores and skin irritation and are available at major retailers such as Amazon in addition to the Bevel website.
Nina Parker Collection Plus Size Cropped Knot-Hem Top
$51.75 with Code: DAD
A show-stopping, plus-size fashion line that includes this trendy, orange crop top with matching wide-leg pants featured above, The Nina Parker Collection aims to help you confidently embrace your curves while expressing your personal style. Founded by TV host and content creator, Nina Parker, the collection launched at Macy’s last year and features an array of styles starting at $39 and ranging from sizes 0X-4X. The line also features bodycon dresses, bodysuits, dusters, comfy joggers, and pencil skirts.
Fear of God Cotton Jersey Long Sleeve T-Shirt
This luxury streetwear brand founded in Los Angeles in 2013 by designer Jerry Lorenzo. Fear of God offers a “distinct interpretation of American expression” by way of a collection of timeless pieces which includes outerwear, knitwear, tops, bottoms, suits, loungewear, footwear and accessories. This celeb-loved brand has been worn by Kanye West, Dwayne Wade, Justin Bieber, Michael B. Jordan, Selena Gomez, Queen Latifah, the late Virgil Abloh and more.
Re Ona Halterneck Dress
Founded by sisters Christina and Philiscia Abayomi, this ready-to-wear label believes that clothing should be “effortless minimal and comfortable.” Re Ona carries a selection of transitional and structural, ethically-produced tank tops, shirts, bodysuits and dresses like the halterneck design pictured. Purchase via ReOna.ca, Revolve and Nordstrom.
Pashko Tech Trousers
Fashion for a good cause! Founded by Patrick Robinson, Pashko is a clothing brand that focusses on combatting the impact of racial and social inequality in the United States by bringing jobs to underserved communities. The brand carries tank tops, shirts, pants, blazers, jackets and more via the Pashko website. Some of the best sellers include the Impecabbly Cut Tech-Trousers ($188) pictured above and the Slim-Fit Tapered Stretch Track Pants ($168).
Victor Glemaud Pencil Skirt
New York born, Haitian-American designer Victor Glemaud launched his collection of statement knitwear in 2006. Glemaud’s fashionable, figure-huging designs include the ribbed pencil skirts pictured above, along with eye-catching pants, dresses, knit shorts and tube tops. Prior to launching his own label, Glemaud’s worked for Paco Rebanne and Tommy Hilfiger. Victor Glemaud clothing is available at Revolve and Glemaud.com.
Love, Vera Appliqué 3 Piece Garter Set Black
Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty might be the biggest Black-owned lingerie company, but it’s certainly not the only one. Meet Love Vera, a Black-owned lingerie brand that’s “raising the bar for representation and inclusivity.” Founded by Vera Moore, the brand carries bras, panties, bustiers, garters and more in sizes ranging from small to 4X.
Jessica Rich Platform Sandal
Jessica Rich made PVC pumps into a fashion movement. Chloe Bailey, Saweetie, Lil Kim, Cardi B, Jennifer Hudson and Keke Palmer are just some of the celebs who have been snapped in her stylish shoes. The shoe designer, fashion expert and former host (who’s also the great-niece of Patti LaBelle) made PVC her signature, but the line also has mesh pumps, sandals, mules and platforms in varying styles and designs.
D. Bleu Dazzled Crystallized Black Fishnet Tights
A little sparkle never hurts! Founded by Destiny Bleu, this dazzling line landed on the map for its selection of crystallized fishnets pictured above (and thigh highs) — some of which feature phrases like “F–k You,” “Keep Your Distance” and “Look But Don’t Touch.” You’ll also find a selection of bejeweled gloves, mesh skirts, hoodies, joggers, sports bras, durags, lingerie and other bedazzled items.
Buttah Skin Transforming Kit
Buttah Skin is an organic animal- and cruelty-free unisex skincare line created for all shades of melanin skin. The brand, founded by actor Dorion Renaud, uses “proven-effective, good-for-your ingredients” which are made to target different skincare needs including dryness, discoloration, oiliness, and blemishes. And did we mention that it’s Beyoncé approved? Buttah Skin is available in major retailers such as Amazon, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Ulta Beauty.
Design Essentials Kukui & Coconut Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner, 12oz
From shampoo and conditioners to detanglers and scalp tonics, Design Essentials has just about anything that you might need to cleanse, condition, prep, style, train and maintain your hair. This Black-owned, women-led hair care brand offers up a huge list of products with best-sellers like the Kukui & Coconut Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner ($11) featured above, and the Almond & Avocado Curl Enhancing Mousse ($16.99). Shop by texture, regimen, hair solution or by a specific collection to suit your hair needs. You can find the brand’s products at Ulta Beauty, JCPenny and DesignEssentials.com.
Footnanny Rose Cream & Rose Lime Soaking Salts Gift Set
A collection designed for the sole. Gloria Williams launched Footnanny with her mother’s legacy of health and wellness in mind. The line of foot creams and butters includes Lavender Foot Cream, Lemon Foot Cream, Peppermint Foot Cream, as well as unscented creams and gift sets like the one pictured above.
We Dream in Colour Little Laelia Earrings
Founded by Jade Gedeon, We Dream in Colour has gorgeous, handmade earrings, necklaces and bracelets that will glam up any look. The dazzling design inspirations are inspired by Gedeon’s childhood in the Caribbean and her nomadic lifestyle. Every piece is assembled by an all-women team and range in price from around $45 and up. We Dream in Colour is available at Neiman Marcus and through the brand website.
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