Black-Owned Businesses to SupportAmplify
I’m excited to share with you guys the black-owned businesses I’ve been learning more about. I feel inspired by each of these brands and the creativity they lend. Here are some of my favorites from fashion, beauty, home and art – we’re hoping to include a lot of these in Happily Grey Store. I’m realizing more and more just how important it is to have different voices and perspective as a business owner and creator.
Please send more recs our way- we’re committed to diversity!!
About: Andrea Iyamah owned by Nigerian fashion designer Dumebi Iyamah, is a clothing line strongly inspired by colour, ethnic cultures, nature and design elements that stay true to creating authentic clothing and resort wear with hints of a retro yet contemporary edge in design.
About: Mifland Leather Goods is an American based mixed accessory goods company with a modern utilitarian approach. Through founder and brand director Tobi Egberongbe’s previous experiences and affinity to design, photography, architecture, contemporary furniture, a brand was created. All pieces are designed with form and function as the most important requirement.
About: Golde believes that being well should feel good. That means products that look good, taste good, and help you feel like your best self. Golde is an independent, Brooklyn-born brand centered in making superfood-boosted essentials for health and beauty co-founded by Trinity Mouzon Wofford and her partner Issey Kobori with the mission of bringing good vibes to the wellness industry.
About: Founded by Rachel James, Pear Nova looks to the runway’s most innovative designers and wraps the texture of lux fabrics into subtle hues of lacquer. A year and a half went into perfecting a formula while staying true to custom color choices. Pear Nova is designed in Chicago, made in the USA, cruelty free, vegan friendly and 5 free.
About: Mented Cosmetics was created from the believe that every woman should be able to find herself in the world of beauty, no matter her skin tone. From original nude lipsticks to eyeshadow palettes to blushes, each of Mented’s makeup products is made to match your skin tones. Mented wants all women, from light to tan to dark skin tones, to feel like they have makeup that actually works for their complexions. All lipsticks are vegan, paraben-free, non-toxic and cruelty free.
About: Nom was born in Swaziland and grew up in Netherlands. She studied textile design at the Charles Montaigne fashion academy in Amsterdam. Doing a lot with a little is definitely one of her strengths. Simplicity, beauty, and honesty are the essential ingredients in her work.
About: Contemporary African design is inspiring the global design landscape. Born in Ghana, raised in South Africa, and now living in New York, founder Nana Quagraine hoped to create a design destination that is both uniquely beautiful and authentic.
About: Tyler Mitchell is a photographer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, working across many genres to explore and document a new aesthetic of blackness. Mitchell is regularly published in avant-garde magazines, commissioned by prominent fashion houses, and exhibited in top tier institutions.
About: Tschabalala Self is a New Haven based painter. Her current body of work relates to the significance of the Black female body in contemporary culture – exploring the emotional, physical and psychological impact of the Black female body as icon.
About: Megan Gabrielle is a multi-disciplinary artist from Sacramento, California. Her work is mostly comprised of drawings, paintings and photography – inspired by fashion photography, surreal landscapes and natural forms. Women of color are typically the focus in her work. She uses vibrant, rich color palettes while depicting these female figures as powerful, regal and divine which is the perception that she has of the women in her community.