Black-Owned Fashion and Beauty Brands You Should Know – Billboard
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It’s no secret that black-owned businesses have increased since the pandemic, even if it was not easy stand. In an effort to showcase some of the many black-owned businesses you may not know about, we’ve put together a list of over a dozen fashion and beauty brands to support now and forever. Black History Month is a great time to shine a light on these black-owned brands, but you can buy them year-round.
See below for our list of black-owned beauty and clothing lines.
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 started the company because “every woman should be able to find herself in the world of beauty, regardless of her skin color.” Mented Cosmetics products include lipsticks (matte and liquid), lip gloss, blusher, eye shadow, foundation, eyeliner, lip liner, nail polish, makeup brushes and more. Looking for a gift idea? Try a subscription box. With Mint’s Statement Box (pictured), you can choose from a selection of semi-matte lipsticks, lip glosses, lip liners, eyebrow pencils, blushes and foundations. Mented Cosmetics is also on Amazon.
To buy: $50 at MentedCosmetics.com.
Eden Body Works
Like many good ideas, EDEN BodyWorks was also born out of necessity. Founded in 2004 by Jasmine Lawrence, the brand offers body and hair care products made with clean, cruelty-free ingredients at an affordable price (everything in the line sells for less than $10-$12). One of EDEN’s most popular products is the Coconut Shea Cleansing Co-Wash, which is designed to remove buildup, as well as restore, hydrate and detangle hair. You can buy EDEN BodyWorks products at TargetAmazon, Salty beauty and to EdenBodyWorks.com.
To buy: $8.47 at Amazon.com.
Unsun Cosmetics was born 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’sAmazon, Nordström and Unsuncosmetics.com.
To buy: $29 at Macys.com.
Co-founded by Hannah Diop and Issa Rea, Sienna Naturals is a hair care brand for textured hair that offers shampoos and conditioners free of harsh sulfates, parabens, silicones, artificial fragrances, dyes and other chemicals. One of the brand’s bestsellers is The Issa Wash Day Ritual Pack (pictured), which includes HAPI Shampoo, Plant Power Deep Moisture Treatment Mask, Dew Magic Leave-In Conditioner, and Lock & Seal Sealer.
To buy: $80 at SiennaNaturals.com.
Mielle Organics is a name you may have seen on the internet before. Founded by Monique Rodriguez in 2014, the health-conscious brand of shampoos, conditioners, hair oils, vitamins and other products has been promoted by reality stars and social media influencers. Mielle Organics offers over 60 products which you can find on CVS, Salty beauty, Amazon, Target and other major retailers. Products tend to sell out quickly, but if you are looking for a lot, the Oat & Honey Pack (designed for sensitive scalps) is currently on sale for $39.95 (regular price $46.95).
To buy: $39.95 at MielleOrganics.com.
Beards also need love! Bevel’s Beard Grooming Kit for Men includes beard oil, conditioner, 2-in-1 beard balm and pomade. The company was founded by Tristan Walker to help customers embark on a positive journey with beards. 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.
To buy: $31.48 at Amazon.com.
A jaw-dropping plus size fashion line that includes this printed mesh bodysuit featured above, the Nina Parker collection is all about helping you embrace your curves with confidence while expressing your personal style. Founded by TV host and content creator, Nina Parker, the collection launched at Macy’s last year and offers a range of styles starting at $39 and ranging from 0X to 3X. The line also includes bodycon dresses, feather dusters, comfortable joggers and pencil skirts.
To buy: $69 at Macys.com.
Founded by sisters Christina and Philiscia Abayomi, this ready-to-wear brand believes that clothing should be “effortless, minimalist and comfortable”. The brand offers a selection of ethically produced transitional and structural styles, including bodysuits, tanks, shirts and dresses, like the halterneck style pictured. Purchase via the Re Ona website, Turn Where Nordström.
To buy: $85 at Revolve.com.
Pashko is fashion for a good cause. The clothing brand, founded by Patrick Robinson, focuses on addressing the impact of racial and social inequality in the United States by creating jobs in underserved communities. Find tank tops, shirts, pants, blazers, jackets and more through the Pashko website. Some of the top sellers include the Impeccably cut technical trousers ($188) and the Slim Fit Stretch Tapered Track Pants ($148), you can also find the brand’s Serene Ultra Comfortable Pants on Amazon.
Buy: $148 at Amazon.com.
New York-born Haitian-American designer Victor Glemaud launched his collection of knitwear in 2006. Glemaud’s fashionable, figure-hugging designs include the Twisted ribbed skirt (and assorted top) pictured above, as well as eye-catching PantsDresses, knit shorts and tube top. Before launching his own brand, Glemaud worked for Paco Rebanne and Tommy Hilfiger. Victor Glemaud clothing is available at Turn and Glemaud.com.
To buy: $95 at Revolve.com.
by Rihanna Wild X Fenty may be the largest black-owned lingerie company, but it’s certainly not the only one. Check out Love Vera, a black-owned lingerie brand that “raises the bar for representation and inclusivity.” Founded by Vera Moore, the brand offers bras, panties, bustiers, garters and more in sizes ranging from small to 4X. The set pictured above is the Love Vera Appliqué 3 Piece Garter Set Black ($60.90).
To buy: $60.90 at LoveVera.com.
Jessica Rich made PVC push-ups a fashion movement. Chloe Bailey, Saweetie, Lil Kim, Cardi B, Jennifer Hudson and Keke Palmer are just a few of the celebrities who have been photographed in her stylish shoes. The shoe designer, fashion expert and former entertainer (who is also Patti LaBelle’s great-niece) has made PVC her signature, but the line also offers knitted pumps, sandals and mules in different styles and designs. starting at $215. You can buy the Fancy Pointed Toe Stiletto Pump and other shoes on the Jessica Rich’s website and in Nordström.
To buy: $215 at Nordstrom.com.
A little sparkle never hurts. Founded by Destiny Blue, this dazzling line has landed on the map for its selection of crystallized fishing nets pictured above (and thigh highs) – some of which feature phrases like “F*ck You”, “Keep Your Distance” and “Look But Don’t Touch”. You’ll also find a selection of jeweled gloves, mesh skirts, hoodies, joggers, sports bras, durags, lingerie, and other dazzling items.
To buy: $65 on Etsy.com.
Footnanny foot cream
A collection designed for the sole. Gloria Williams started Footnanny with her mother’s health and wellness legacy in mind. The range of foot creams and butters includes Lavender Foot Cream, Lemon Foot Cream, Peppermint Foot Cream, as well as unscented creams and gift sets like this shown above. You can buy Footnanny products through the Company Website And Amazon.
Buy: $99 at Amazon.com.
Founded by Jade Gedeon, We Dream in Color sells beautiful handmade earrings, necklaces and bracelets that will enhance any look. The dazzling design inspirations are drawn from Gedeon’s childhood in the Caribbean and his nomadic lifestyle. Each piece is assembled by an all-female team and ranges in price from around $45 and up (via the company’s website). You can also get We Dream in Color earrings such as the Little Laelia earrings, Butterfly Dangle Earringsand Dreamer Moon & Star Earrings At Neiman Marcus.
To buy: $135 at NeimanMarcus.com.