Like many of you, I’ve spent the past several weeks listening, learning, and reflecting. And while progress is being made, there is still so much work to be done. The sustainable and ethical fashion space has been predominately dominated by White voices, and that must change. Today, I’m sharing several Black-owned businesses to support as well as Black influencers who are in the conscious-living and sustainability space. I will share more in the coming weeks and months. It is my hope that you will support these small businesses financially, or by promoting them through your own social networks.
Shout out to a local Richmond business that I love to support! The owner, Anthony, has curated the coolest kids items that are both environmentally and socially conscious. Additionally, he has always been intentional about creating a space that is inclusive and representative of our community. Thank you for you hard work and dedication, Anthony!
Husband and wife team, Sophia and Kerem, started this womenswear brand in 2013 with a desire to offer feminine pieces with stunning embroidery. They are also environmentally conscious as well as immensely dedicated to the empowerment of women. I will take one of each, please!
Estelle Colored Glass
This luxury hand-blown glass company was founded by Stephanie Summerson Hall and inspired by her grandmother, Estelle, who loved antiquing. Stephanie says her favorite pieces in her grandmother’s collection were the colored glasses. These vintage-inspired pieces are definitely worth collecting.
Le Petit Organic
Founded by Jay K. Smith, a mom of three, Le Petit specializes in vintage, organic and eco-friendly clothing and accessories for children. The clothing, toys, and accessories are all lovely!
The Tiny Tassel
I had the opportunity to visit this shop a few weeks ago while visiting Charleston. Both Mimi (the owner) and her store spark so much joy. She offers a wide selection of party items, accessories (including her infamous tassel earrings), and clothes handmade by her mom.
These stunning designs are inspired by the diverse culture of Ghana, and each piece of fabric has been carefully selected in Ghanaian markets. Every piece is like a work of art – beautifully crafted.
Sun and Selene
Sun and Selene is another Richmond-based business that offers stunning, modern jewelry. Created by Brittanny Chanel DeRaffele (Phipps), each piece is carefully hand fabricated, hammered, polished, and finished. She also makes each piece in small batches using recycled metals and natural gemstones.
Conscious & Chic
I have followed Kathleen on Instagram for several years, and I love her chic style and more importantly her voice in the sustainability space. She’s such a positive light and full of energy! Please check out her blog and her IG to learn more.
Thrifts and Tangles
Tyler Chanel is an ethical fashion blogger and model. She started her blog in 2012 to share her hair journey as well as her thrifted items. As time has progressed, it has morphed into a space to “inspire women to give secondhand shopping, sustainability, and their natural selves a chance.” Give her a follow on IG and be sure to check out her blog.