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A Directory of Black-Owned Design Businesses to Support Now and Forever

Not only is the black community currently experiencing disproportionate death rates from the coronavirus and continued systematic violence by police forces across the United States, the pandemic has also hit black-owned businesses exceptionally hard. Reports show that nearly 95% of black-owned businesses who applied for PPP loans were denied them, and more than of 40% of black-owned businesses had shut down during the pandemic (that’s almost 450,000 business owners—more than any other group).

You also may have heard of the Fifteen Percent Pledge, spearheaded this week by Aurora James of Brother Vellies, insisting that the retail industry do more to include black-owned businesses on the shelves of Target, Whole Foods, Walmart, and more mega-retailers.

If you’re looking for more ways to support black-owned businesses, shopping with them is a direct way to make an impact. We’ve compiled this list—which is by no means exhaustive—of some of our favorite black-owned brands and new finds, many of which were discovered via ShiShi Rose, Tahirah Hairston, and Alyssa Coscarelli. We also strongly recommend checking out @blackownedbrooklyn, Black Artists + Designers Guild, BLK+GRN, @webuyblack, and the Official Black Wall Street app to find thousands more businesses across all industries to support in your daily shopping.

Looking to share your favorites? Please DM us on Instagram or comment on our latest post and we’ll keep this list updated.

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Lichen NYC

What makes a great vintage shop? Impeccable curation and hard-to-find items, sure. Lichen NYC has all those things, but Jared Blake and Edward Be set out to make their Brooklyn-based outpost something more. Their spin comes in the form of late night performances, an in-house coffee bar, locally made (and accessibly priced) home goods and art, all combined to make the space feel more like a neighborhood beacon than an overpriced gallery.

Clare Paint

As an interior designer and blogger, Nicole Gibbons had more than her fair share of experience with the paint selection process—one that most of us labor over. In founding Clare Paint, she dramatically simplified the decision by using her expertise to develop and curate the perfect shades of paint that are washable and close to odorless.


If you’re on the hunt for beautifully crafted objects made by real people doing good work, look to Goodee. The e-commerce and storytelling platform, founded by designers and tastemakers (and twin brothers) Byron and Dexter Peart, is an online destination for beautiful, essential, and timeless housewares that emphasize transparent sourcing, upcycling, and waste reduction.

Hello Yowie

Founded by Shannon Maldonado, Yowie is a Philly-based home and life shop that curates pieces from independent artists and designers. Not only does Shannon have an eye for really cool products, but she also handles prop styling, art direction, interior design, and programming, too.

Rituals and Ceremony

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and curated by Sarah Williams, Rituals and Ceremony is a home goods and lifestyle store with the goal to help you create your sacred space. When you need a good saging or a crystal-infused water bottle, this should be your go-to spot.

Aya Paper Co

SaVonne Anderson created Aya Paper Co. with the earth’s wellness in mind. The sustainable stationery brand creates greeting cards and gifts made from 100% recycled material. Celebrate your loved ones while doing good for the planet. It’s a win-win.

BLK MKT Vintage

For all you vintage lovers, Brooklyn-natives Jannah Handy and Kiyanna Stewart are the masters of curation, bringing their distinct sensibility to BLK MKT Vintage. The shop includes clothing, art, furniture, housewares, records, and books—all centered on black culture.

Brother Vellies’s Something Special Program

The Creative Director and Founder of Brother Vellies, Aurora James constantly impresses us. Her company, which was founded in 2013, started with the goal of keeping traditional African design practices and techniques alive and thriving, and has expanded in so many ways—all while celebrating cultural histories and timeless design. With a new program called “Something Special,” you can join in and receive a made-to-order, handcrafted piece every month.

The Jungalow

Justina Blakeney’s shop features collections she’s designed in her Los Angeles studio, as well as a curated selection of creative, colorful, modern goods from around the globe. The Jungalow also works with vendors to reduce the use of single-use plastics and styrofoam and gives back to non-profit organizations worth supporting.

Tactile Matter

Kenesha Sneed was able to combine her background in digital media and illustration and her ceramics hobby into the carefree, SoCal brand that is Tactile Matter. Full of coastal vibes and color, Kenesha’s work spans many mediums and collaborations.

Sincerely Tommy

Sincerely, Tommy, the Brooklyn-based boutique and concept store (and coffee bar) founded by Kai Avent-deLeon, has a lovely selection, from home goods to womenswear and jewelry. But really, it’s also a serious community hub.

Lisa Hunt

Lisa Hunt knows how to work with patterns. The artist’s screen printed work often takes inspiration from Art Deco and indigenous textiles that result in incredible graphic displays. Plus, the use of gold leaf really makes it all—literally and figuratively—shine.

Tackussanu Senegal

Built by two friends inspired by Senegalese culture and the power of women, Tackussanu Senegal works with artisans to create ethically and naturally sourced woven baskets. With a variety of shapes, colors and leather trims to choose from, each basket is unique and handmade.

Mitchell Black

Mitchell Black, founded by New York native Lynai Jones, offers an astounding 365 wallpaper patterns–each available in either a peel and stick or traditional printed format. Better yet, every sheet is made in the U.S. From soft, subtle blush tones to Carnival and peacock inspired watercolors and strong traditional plaids, there is truly a print for every taste.


A staple on a bustling block in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Peace&Riot stocks their shelves with an abundance of home decor items across categories including furniture, skincare products, design objects, and kitchen essentials. Owned by husband-and-wife team, Achuziam Maha-Sanchez and Lionel Sanchez, the shop reflects their African and Caribbean upbringings with some midcentury and Scandinavian finds mixed in.

Dressing Rooms Interiors

Charlotte-based collector and designer Ariene Bethea is the founder of Dressing Room Interiors—part vintage shop, part interior design studio. Bethea’s knack for color, texture, and statement pieces will ensure a room that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Ethel’s Club

It is telling that Naj Austin named her POC-centered co-working space, Ethel’s Club, after her grandmother. The warm, inviting space, designed by Shannon Maldonado of Hello Yowie, was created to foster and strengthen community as opposed to perpetuating the type of networking and professional ladder climbing that dominates so many co-working spaces. The gift shop further enhances that mission with goods including tonics, aromatherapy, and ceramics designed by artisans of color.

The Lam Label

If you live for the weirdest (in the best possible way) tchotchkes, The Lam Label is going to be your new best friend. The Louisiana-based vintage retailer curates the most incredible wares from hand-shaped toast holders to spicy pajama salt and pepper shakers.

Torrey Beckham

Texas born, Brooklyn-based Torrey Beckham is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is an expression of intersectionality–each piece is an examination of societal structures and lived experience. Every detail, down to the thread choice, of their large scale weaving “African America (A Stateless Nation)” is representative of the slave labor used to build the US and its lingering effects.

xN Studio

Nasozi Kakembo’s brilliant use of mudcloth and batik printed fabrics is applied to pillows, wallpaper, furniture and more with her Brooklyn-based brand, xN Studio. Follow her on Instagram for a masterclass in interior design, international travel, and great outfits.

The Camp Interiors Designer Julia Leigh Sergeon has a refined style that is refreshingly unfussy. In addition to running her interior firm, The Camp, she also makes custom furniture, accessories and wallpaper in polished prints.

Wildfang Home For all things pastel, shell, and Murano, Montreal based Wildfang should be your go to. Led by Hana Nagel, a UX design researcher and advocate for diversity in tech design, her finds are available exclusively via Instagram.

La Botica Dawn Marie West had our best self-care interests in mind when she created La Botica. The luxury candle studio and concept/chill wear brand combines Dawn Marie’s experience in art direction and luxury perfumery with her Black and Afro-Dominican culture. The result gives us pure relaxation in an ultra-chic style.

Denniston House Though she only launched Denniston House back in April, Joilyn Jackson (who is also an artist based in DC) quickly built a following for the brand. It’s not hard to see why, looking at her selection of found and vintage home goods with a minimalist lean.

Cleaning Supplies

PUR-HOME Pur Home founder Angela Richardson turned what was a quest to make her own natural soap for personal into a full blown non-toxic cleaning brand. Their products are cruelty free, sustainably produced, and have some of the most beautiful packaging we’ve seen on the market.

The Hoot All Natural All natural cleaning product lovers will appreciate the care that Tonya Newsome puts into her work, inspired by her own experiences with irritating chemicals and toxins. Her cleaners are available in five fragrances and packaged in recycled plastic.

Honeydipped Essentials Organic and all natural everything is at the heart of Ashli Goudelock’s Honeydipped Essentials. Aside from cleaning products, she has also built a line of bath and skincare goods that includes soaks, masks and accessories.


Bolé Road Textiles * Hana Getachew’s company, Bolé Road Textiles, is a perfect combination of her upbringing in Ethiopia and her education in architecture and interior design. Hana’s love of Ethiopian handwoven fabrics and her own modern aesthetic come together in everything from bath mats to pillows to table linens.

Linoto * Linen bedding, friend to hot sleepers everywhere, was a product ripe for disruption with its traditionally overpriced and plainly colored offerings. Linoto, founded by Jason Evege, provides high quality linens–all made in New York–at competitive prices and in a variety of rich hues and patterns. Evege has also expanded on the category with dining linens, curtains, and boxer shorts to name a few.


Malene Barnett A true Renaissance woman, Malene Barnett is a ceramicist, textile artist, painter, and founder of the Black Artists + Designers Guild, and activist. She’s also an interior designer with an enviably curated and colorful brownstone in her home base of Brooklyn.

Black Pepper Paperie Co. Washington DC-based artist Hadiya Williams applies her vision across several mediums including graphic design, art direction, and ceramics. Her clay practice focuses on wearable art, jewelry in the form of earrings, necklaces, and rings.

Pottery by Osa A believer in functional design, Osa Atoe’s ceramics are as beautiful as they are useful. Using fine etchings, a soothing color palette, and a mixed glaze method, her work is meant to reflect “a multiculturalism and a human universality.”

Lolly Lolly Ceramics Lalese Stamps, a ceramicist based in Columbus, Ohio, spent 2019 making 1 mug a day for 100 days. The result? A stunning portfolio of 100 matte black vessels, each with a silhouette more bold and graphic by the day.

Ceramic Meltdown The beauty in Brooklyn-based ceramicist Kyle Scott Lee’s work is not just in his skillful shaping, but in his hand-painted glaze work. Lee frequently draws inspiration from Japanese firing techniques and symbolism.

Naked Clay Ceramics Carla Sealey’s instagram bio reads as follows “A moment of still for a peaceful soul.” Her work certainly lives up to that ideal with clean lines, minimal shapes and intentional glazing.

Nur Ceramics Dina Nur Satti, the designer and maker behind Nur Ceramics, has a personal connection to her work as a way to reconnect with the indigenous culture of her homeland and the Somali and Sudanese traditions of her parents. Beyond making incredibly beautiful pieces, Dina works to provide a window into the artistic sophistication of cultures that are often overlooked.

Tony S. Williams Tony Williams uses a variety of techniques and materials–from salt firing and Shino and Celadon glazes–to create a texture that is earthy and sophisticated all at once. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-VZ4UAaDx/

Ekua Ceramics Sara Ekua Todd, the LA-based designer behind Ekua ceramics, has a delightful sense of color and proportion. Her chunky mugs have oversized handles that are packed with personality and her vases, dishware, and incense burners follow suit.

Grey Remedy Melissa Chin’s stoneware mugs, dishes, and plates are handmade in Chicago and stem from her belief in art as a healing medium. Her minimalist style and focus on detail conjure serenity and calm.

Ashé Ceramics Jasmine Spitzer-Smith, a nonbinary artist based in the Bay Area makes incredible stone pottery informed by their West African and Jamaican heritage. Their work references such details as cowrie shells and the Bwa masks of Burkina Faso, as well as intricate line work and bright, sun-kissed colors.

Tracie Hervy Tracie Hervy’s vessels are quiet poems. The New York based ceramicist creates the purest form of each item she turns her eye on, whether it be an elegant low bowl or a milky porcelain tumbler.

Camille at the Wheel NYC-based Camille Beckles makes charming wheel thrown pottery from a distinctive speckled clay. Beckles then hand carves each piece to give an extra personal touch.

Isatu Hyde Ceramicist Isatu Hyde is one part of the design and craft studio and shop Studio Artificer. Highlighting makers who work with natural materials to make beautiful, useful things, the shop sells work from a variety of makers. Once you get to know Isatu’s work, you’ll be in love.

Mudbelly Ceramics Phoebe Collings-James is an artist in every sense of the word. She writes, paints, sculpts, creates sound-based work and, under the moniker Mud Belly, creates wheel thrown pottery in muted tones.

Furniture Design & Upholstery

Nicole M. Crowder Working from custom pieces for individual clients to full-scale collaborations with restaurants, hotels, and textile designers, Nicole Crowder’s upholstery career is thriving. The Washington D.C.-based independent furniture designer and upholsterer takes inspiration in her designs through many aspects of life from fashion to fresh fruit.

Dozie Kanu Dozie Kanu’s work makes us think of a modern day Marcel Duchamp. With a focus on fusing materials into objects, the Houston-born design star (who’s now based in Portugal and New York City) creates pieces of furniture that are sculptural but also function.

Image courtesy of Dozie Kanu

Jomo Furniture Jomo Tariku is an Ethiopian American industrial designer and artist, who specializes in modern furniture that incorporates a deep appreciation for African art and culture. With beautiful interpretations of classic designs, he’s able to create new forms infusing his heritage.

Plants & Florals

Saint Flora Saint Flora is the perfect blend of whimsical and elegance that we’ve been searching for. Striving to provide both the “atmosphere and objects”, this concept store will set the tone for any occasion.

Brooklyn Blooms Flowers are the medium of choice at Brooklyn Blooms. The company curates seasonal blooms and mixes them with interesting vessels to create your ideal arrangement. Be sure to follow owner LaParis Phillips on Instagram for the plethora of amazing visuals.

Plant Vessel Plant and Vessel is just what it sounds like: a plant and ceramic lover’s dream. Owned and curated by Austin, Texas-based Traci Ward, the online shop features not only plants and vessels, but care tips and ceramic techniques.

Hilton Carter Hilton Carter probably has one of the most incredible plant oases on the Internet. While his background is in filmmaking and drawing, his passions eventually led him to styling and design, authoring books, and creating art, which can be found at Things by HC.

Offerings Co Inspired by her grandmother’s rose garden, floral designer Schentell Nunn created Offerings in 2016 as way to spread her love for flowers. Based in California, Offerings helps to bring awareness to not only the beauty of florals but to the ways in which our lives have been enriched by them as well.

Bloom & Plume You name it, Maurice Harris has done it. The iconic Los Angeles based artist is the visionary behind the bespoke floral design studio, Bloom and Plume. His unique eye and dedication to his community has landed Maurice at the top of the LA floral game, working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Grounded Leaning into the healing properties plants provide such as air purification, tranquility, boosting creativity, and reducing stress to name a few. Shipping all around the U.S., Grounded aims to find the connection between humans and greenery with their curated selection of plants. But they don’t stop there: head to their blog to read up on plant care and all of the magical goodness we get from our green friends.

The Zen Succulent Based in North Carolina, this modern terrarium and plant craft company was founded by Megan George in 2012. She and her co-owner, Margaret George use the unique approach of gathering all terrarium components in hand and dropping them on craft table in order to ensure each terrarium has one-of-a-kind design.

Mallory With the Flowers Making incredible arrangements in her free time while having a full-time job, Los Angeles-based Mallory creates beautifully whismical arrangements filled with soul.

Natty Garden With two locations in Brooklyn, Natty Garden specializes in urban landscape and garden design and offers both indoor and outdoor plants as well as pottery, planters, soil, and everything in between. Their laid-back approach to plants makes urban garden design more accessible and less intimidating to the public. Clearly the nursery is doing something right as their shop has more than tripled in space since its inception in 2008.

Les Blooms Floral Living and working in the community they serve, Les’ Blooms is a Brooklyn-based urban floral boutique providing bespoke arrangements fit for any space.

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

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