In the 21st century, there are lots of different ways to support the struggle against racism. Some ways include: donating money to a local organisation to support BLM. Emailing your MP, asking them to lobby the government. Thirdly, there are protests to attend, if you feel comfortable to do so. In addition, educating yourself and continuing the discussion on racial injustice with those who are less likely to be on the receiving end of it as well as your Black friends. One of the most direct ways you can show support, is to shop at Black owned businesses.
Here, we’ve created a list of 5 different Black owned businesses you can support in several different categories. These include: beauty brands, clothing, food and drink, home and décor and boutiques. We understand that there are plenty of more Black businesses beyond this list, but we will continue to update and write more articles in order to highlight different businesses where we can moving forward.
Health and Beauty
The Afro Hair and Skin Co.
The Afro Hair and Skin Co. is an award winning natural-beauty brand founded by writer, beauty expert, and holistic health advocate Ibi Meier-Oruitemeka. Their products are handmade in small, fresh batches each week using only natural products to do wonders to your hair care routine. Afro Hair and Skin Co’s mission is to elevate daily self care rituals and promote true wellness by sharing their beauty secrets. With focus on meeting the needs of afro-textured hair and melanin rich skin, products include shampoo bars, facial oils, and clay masks.
Fitness and leisurewear line Damihow is a brand that aims to perfecting the fit and fabrics of active wear to ensure that you feel and look good wearing it. The brand is on a mission to encourage everyone to feel confident in their clothes by staring the hashtag, #FeelConfidentInFitness. Dami Howells, told the Daily Mirror that she launched the brand due to the lack of representation of Black women in fitness. The line is unisex, features both clothing for males and females, with prices starting at £16.
Food And Drink
Dark Sugars began their journey on a stall at Borough Market run by the founder Nyanga Mendy. Now in East London, the Brick Lane shop in Shoreditch, works Ghanian cocoa beans into variety of products, from ice cream to hot chocolate. Dark Sugars aim to bring quality chocolate without pretension and with all the passion of their rich and vibrant culture.
Home and Décor
Luxury African home décor, Copper Dust, was founded by Vanessa Agyemang after she realised the gap in the interior-design market for handmade luxury African home décor. Copper Dust creates limited-edition products, whilst supporting environmental initiatives that protects our planet. Their packaging is 100% recyclable, right down to the eco friendly bubble wrap. Copper Dust champions women in business and has been featured in Elle Decor, House & Garden, The World of Interiors and The Guardian. Their store is located in Greenwich, London.
Pigment Perfect was founded by graphic designer and mother Jane D’Offay, after her eldest daughter was a victim of racial abuse at school. Empowering prints and products for melanin beauties are the items you will find at this boutique. This boutique was built to help create a visual pathway to confidence and self-love to children and adults of colour. D’Offay worked with her daughter to design visual materials that would assist the latter realise her heritage and beauty. The range includes positive, child friendly prints as well as colouring books and bags.