February 06, 2021 5 min read 1 Comment

The 6th of February marks Black Pound Day, an important campaign fostering inclusivity and empowerment for the Black community by encouraging consumers to buy from black-owned businesses.

Why is it important to do this? People stick to what they know, or if they venture elsewhere, it tends to be another mainstream retailer. Smaller local business struggle to compete against these larger companies and so they get left behind.

In a bid to help you do your bit, we have rounded up a list of eight brilliant black-owned businesses to support today and every other day. Head over to our Instagram to shop the Sika'a edit from each brand.

Our Lovely Goods

Boasting a broad range of beautiful products, Our Lovely Goods are a family run company established by Ebi and Emmanuel who offer candles, natural skincare, gift sets and handcrafted homeware.

 

Sustainability sits at the heart of all that they do, and so everything from the materials used to the packaging is carefully considered and curated in an environmentally friendly way. Their eye-catching homeware is hand made by artisans based in Nigeria who they work with collaboratively.

 

Liha Beauty

 

Born out of a desire to create luxury beauty that embodies both African and British culture, Liha’s products combine botanical African ingredients, aromatherapy and self-care.  

 

You’d be hard-pressed to find a beauty brand more committed to sustainability. Materials are sourced and produced in the UK and all packaging is 100% recyclable. Liha are best known for their incredible hero product Idan Oil, a multi-use cold-pressed coconut oil that smells like fresh tuberose and can be used on your skin and hair.

 

Grain And Knot

After discovering an unlikely passion for spoon carving, founder Sophie decided to start a business selling handcrafted wooden goods in her home studio. Sophie's deep affinity for nature ensures that each piece of wooden kitchenware has been created out of reclaimed timber.

Despite their sometimes whimsical appearance, each wooden sculpture is entirely functional. You’ll find a mixture of cutlery, miniature vases, ornaments, brushes and bowls - there really is something for everyone at Grain And Knot.

 

Prick London

  

If you’re a plant lover but struggle to keep your home-garden alive, Prick might be the shop you’ve been searching for. London’s first cactus boutique, Prick is devoted to providing you with exotic, one of a kind cacti and succulents sourced from Europe and the UK.

 

Founder Gynelle sees cacti as ‘living sculptures’ which are a sustainable way to decorate your home. Her love of cacti began after visiting Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle back in 2011. Following Gynelle’s growing interest, she started working part-time in a floristry and soon after left her corporate job in the city to travel the world discovering and studying plants. Unfortunatley, due to COVID Prick's shop has been closed but they are still accepting orders online.

Tove Studio

  

Combining 15 years of passion and knowledge for contemporary fashion, London based Tove Studio was co-founded by Camille Perry and Holly Wright. Tove’s designs are both innovative and classic, catering to the modern woman and offering an escape from the sometimes overcomplicated approach to work and occasion wear.

 

Sleek, modern silhouettes embodying luxury are their signature, though each piece has been designed with wearability in mind. The majority of their collections are centred around a muted palette, though they release fabulously bold colour iterations each season.

 

Grass Fields

 

Following a failed job interview in which her outfit choice was deemed ‘unprofessional,’ founder Christelle ventured back to her home in Cameroon to start a business selling print dresses with her sister Michele.

 

Drawing inspiration from traditional African heritage, what started as a dress boutique now stocks a selection of unique tops, jackets and headwear. Each garment is handcrafted out of high-quality fabrics using the utmost care. Grass Fields sustainable ethos ensures that all clothing is sourced and created ethically both in Cameroon and the UK.

 

A.A.K.S. 

 

Founded by fashion graduate Akosua, A. A. K. S. has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2014 and is currently stocked in 60 stores worldwide. The brand utilises raffia, a natural fibre native to Africa and pays homage to traditional weaving techniques originating from Ghana. Each bag takes around a week to make and is handwoven with meticulous attention to detail by artisan weavers who live in the village.

 

Sustainable practices are honoured throughout the process. The raffia is harvested and sourced sustainably from Ghanian farmers allowing long-lasting partnerships and necessary work for the locals in Africa. Each bag is energetic and bright, fusing a mix of colours, textures and shapes. We love The Hana PomPom Bag, a playful summertime staple.

 

Nubian Skin

 

Developed out of frustration for the lack of nude lingerie for darker skin tones, Ade set her sights on starting an underwear range catering to women of colour. Nubian Skin stocks hosiery, shape wear, bodysuits and underwear in a broad range of colours and sizes - the largest cup size being a 40G.

 

Wearability and comfort are also integral to each design. You’ll find no flimsy pants here. While this can not be said for every set, collections comprised of organic cotton are available such as their Wireless Bra. You’ll be pleased to know they stock swimwear and menswear, too.


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Irene
Irene

February 10, 2021

Thanks for this great article!

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