From original finds packed full of imagination and innovation, to the founders bringing culture and creativity in abundance, I’ve curated some of my favourite Black-owned businesses here for you to discover. As well as being a treat for your gift lists this Christmas with all the beautiful products available, supporting independent Black-owned businesses is one of the most direct and sustainable ways that you can help close the huge economic inequality gap and support the Black community, many of whom have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Clarkes Closet handmakes rag dolls and children’s accessories in many different skin tones, so that all children can find themselves represented in the collection. They also use local, fair trade suppliers and upcycle where possible.
Beginning as a way to help build her daughter’s confidence after she experienced racism at school, Serlina launched the UK’s first magazine to celebrate, empower and inspire young Black girls: Cocoa Girl.
Crumpetorium create delicious small batch, artisan crumpets, hand made in Norfolk and delivered to your door. Mince pie crumpets anyone? Or Binham Blue Cheese perhaps?
Cake decorator, baker and confectionary artist Dee says she basically ‘makes sweet, good looking things’. Her cakes have a wonderfully nostalgic feel to them, are innovative, tasty, pretty AND she even offers a postal service, too.
Freya Bramble Carter Ceramics
Working with clay since her youth, Freya’s stunning work ranges from fine homewares to sculptural pieces for the home and garden, strongly inspired by the ethos of beauty and nature.
Grain and Knot
Hand carved from reclaimed, foraged or locally sourced timber, Sophie hand makes wooden utensils and kitchenware in London.
Jamii is the home for Black creators and makers, and THE place to discover Black British brands on the up. The team handpicks each product on their platform, and you get a discount for signing up to shop with the community.
Kemi Telford is a brand that cares about its people. In fact, it was founder Yvonne’s wish to create Nigerian-style clothes that make women feel good. Each patterned piece she sells is as consciously made as it is beautiful.
La Basketry is an online boutique, offering baskets and unique woven homeware designed by Tabara and her sister Mamy. Each piece is handwoven by a group of female artisans near their parents’ hometown Thies in Senegal.
Founder Abigail is a true cake connoisseur. From baking personalised brownies or wedding cakes, to biscuits and more, these are some of the most creative creations we’ve seen. They look beautiful and taste good, too.
My Runway Group
On a mission to inspire the next generation of Black creatives and provide a runway for talent, My Runway Group aims to build careers despite the inequalities that exist, and have worked with a huge 15,000 people already.
Our Lovely Goods
Our Lovely Goods celebrates the feeling of home. A wholesome collection of lifestyle and homewares will make your space calm and tranquil.
PRICK is London’s first boutique dedicated to cacti and succulents. Plant expert Gynelle sources a selection of unique and exotic plants and pots to bring life to your space.
Bringing artisans who create sustainable fashion, accessories and homewares under one roof, Sancho’s is a treasure trove of products that put ethics and the environment at the forefront.
Shrubs & Dubs
Music and plants? That’s a combination with a lot to love. Cacti and EPs make this unique concept store the coolest heart of the community.
Anyone else got clothes they’d love to wear if only they fit them properly? Josephine Philips hasn’t. She realised she’d never get round to fixing them herself, so founded Sojo, the UK’s first clothing alterations and repairs app.
With the kind of donuts (and ice cream and marshmallow fluff) that dreams are made of, it’s no wonder founder Lungi soon earned a reputation amongst Londoners as being one of the finest donuteers in town.