10 Fab Black-Owned Businesses You Should Support This Holiday Season
It went down last night. Donald Trump won the election. Hillary Clinton lost. Those are the breaks. While the world is in mourning – we are looking at the bright side – the show must go on. Don’t let your spirits drop. Take this moment to organize, focus and support your peers. In addition, take your time to understand civics and most importantly the role of big business in your life. In celebration of black power, black intelligence and the mighty black dollar – we advise you to put your money where it matters – in the hands of growing black businesses.
10 Fab Black Businesses You Should Support This Holiday Season
Lipstick: The Lip Bar
Let’s face it, for years women, especially women of color, feared a bold, vibrant lip color. You stood back and watched from the sidelines, because “that color looks great on her, but I would never wear that” or “that color would not look good on me!” Well in 2011, a Detroit native decided to put all those pitiful fears of lip color to rest; to build a company that would forever change the way you looked at lip color. A company that would introduce women of all shades to experience a lip color that was not only bold in its shade, but also healthy in its intake.
Thus she created The Lip Bar. Melissa Butler, The Lip Bar founder and visionary, set out on a mission to impact the cosmetic industry with products that are unsurpassed in craftsmanship, quality and color. Handcrafted with a unique blend of natural ingredients such as vitamin E, shea butter and avocado oil. The Lip Bar lipsticks are designed to moisturize, soften and amplify lips all while setting you apart with intoxicatingly bold, kick-ass colors.
The youthful, fun and sexy concept of a cosmetic bar comes from the desire to synergize alluring bold lip colors with every twenty-something’s favorite social setting. The Lip Bar caters to your individuality. Through our highly pigmented lipsticks, we aim to encourage self -expression through beauty. Everyone isn’t the same—nor should they look it. So try something new, let The Lip Bar take you a place where women are bold and fierce and they like their lip color and their drinks, straight up—no chaser!
Jewelry: Crystal Streets Jewelry
Crystal Streets Jewelry is a collection designed by celebrity stylist Crystal Streets. Her work is inspired by her love of all things celestial and reminiscent of a night’s sky. Streets, a fashion diva-in-residence on the hit TV show “House of Glam” is a style universe star with a design vision as dynamic as her larger than life-persona. The stylist behind celebrity clients such as Ciara, Will Smith, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Usher and Mariah Carey brings her own universe of fashion to life with the Crystal Streets Jewelry Collection. Check out her amazing pieces.
Clothing: Front Row
“We all have a Rockstar that lives within us. FR is designed for those who aren’t afraid to rock leather in the summer. Fashion without boundaries.”
Frontrow, is a Ready-to-Wear luxe brand that made its debut during fashion week September 2012 with a collection of leather garments ranging from sweats to fall dresses. This range established the designers ability to create something for everyone using leather. -“a timeless material that can be worn forever.”
Shateria Moragne-EL CEO, founder and head designer has a bold, fearless approach to the fashion world. Each piece is unique in a way that can be worn however and whenever. Having studied at the Baltimore School of Arts, with a concentration in ballet and modern dance, Moragne-EL cultivated a passion for all things aesthetically fulfilling. As her love for the creative arts flourished, Moragne-EL decided to express her talents on a new stage: the world of fashion. She began working as a personal stylist and consultant, providing creative direction on a variety of projects, lookbooks, and catalogues. She created the line allowing her fashion lovers to understand that you can be free, confident and unapologetic when you step out.
“Clothes without limits.” -Shateria Moragne-EL
black|Up is the first French beauty brand dedicated to women of color. The Paris-based line is known for its range of professional-quality makeup that is developed by women of color and answers the specific needs of darker skin tones. black|Up develops a true expertise answering darker complexions’ specific needs and offers products that pair professional quality and pleasure of use: velvety effects, mat or powdery finishes, perfect coverage, ultra vibrant colors, 100% non-ashy finish… Thanks to its unique offer, black|Up has become a key player in the makeup world that seduces black and mixed women as much as all the makeup addicts of the planet.
The black|Up Woman
Free and modern, the black|Up woman is a beauty who is proud of her roots and absolutely anchored in her era. Stylish and triumphant, she is a symbol of elegance accepting who she is, and cultivating her beauty as well as her personality.
Quality | Innovation | Modernity | Elegance
Hair Subscription Service: curlBOX
If you’re “natural”, you’ve probably spent more money in the first few months on products for your hair than you’ve spent over the last few years combined. And if by chance you’ve just “gone natural”, not only are you spending money trying to find what works, you’ve likely become increasingly frustrated with each purchase. The solution to this problem is curlBOX, an exclusive, affordable and effortless way to explore hair care products delivered to your doorstep each month.
“After taking on beauty clients that focused on solutions for women with naturally curly hair, I was instantly exposed to a plethora of products. I’ve met many women with hair like mine and the conversations I had with each person were the same, we want results but don’t know where to begin. A product that works on someone’s hair that looks exactly like your won’t always work on yours.
curlBOX will give women the opportunity to try several products for the price of one!”
Myleik Teele | Founder + CEO
Grooming: Scotch Porter
Scotch Porter is more than just a brand; it’s a call to action. When Calvin Quallis left the comfort of his cushy desk job this year Jerry Maguire-style to pursue his dream of creating the ultimate beard-grooming line, he did so with the intent of making the most stylishly accessible products in the game.
Scotch Porter is for men who want to look their best at all times—and not in that gym 45 hours a week #FitFam kind of way (but hey, that’s okay too). We have developed a line that takes facial hair to the next level.
If you’re about looking your best at all times, we’re here to make sure you’re always on point. All natural and full of good intentions, Scotch Porter is a high end line for wallets of any size. Thank you for rocking with us. You have impeccable taste.
“We exist to provide healthy and effective products that help men to feel confident and look their best as they set out to explore the world and build their dreams”
– Calvin Quallis, CEO Scotch Porter
Hair: True Indian Hair
TRUE INDIAN HAIR (TIH) was founded by entrepreneur Karen Mitchell in 2005 in New York City.
TIH hair provides its diverse clientele with healthy, luxurious, 100% virgin cuticle hair culled directly from donors in East Indian Temples and Brazil. The hair strands are handpicked , sterilized, and sorted for the best quality and textures in order to provide you with a superior product that stands apart from the so-call “remy” hair being sold on the market today.
TIH hair is unprocessed human hair that has not been chemically treated. There are no permanent/semi-permanent colors, perms, or relaxers used to alter the color, texture or curl pattern of the hair. To prevent tangling, all the hairs are placed with the cuticles in the same direction.
Our hair comes in natural textures of Straight, Wavy and Curly and in natural tones of black and browns. TIH hair can be colored with professional permanent, semi-permanent and cellophane coloring products. You can purchase the hair in bulk for braiding or fusion; or machined weft or hand-tied for weaving.
Our hair is reusable and with the proper care can last six months to a year or longer.
Textiles: Bolé Road Textiles
At Bolé Road Textiles we are driven by a passion for good design and a belief that textiles have the ability to transform interiors and inspire the people within them. We are dedicated to helping our customers create spaces they love, while supporting artisans in Ethiopia. Designed in Brooklyn and handwoven in Ethiopia, Bolé Road marries ancient weaving traditions, passed down through the generations to today’s master local artisans, with a modern global aesthetic. All of our products are ethically sourced and lovingly crafted.
Skin Care: Cream Blends
It is often difficult to write a story that is still being written but we want to give you an idea of how and why we started.
Cream Blends started out of sheer curiosity of natural products and how they affect the skin. Reading labels is difficult and many of the words we can’t even pronounce let alone understand how the chemical composition will affect our bodies in the future. Here at Cream Blends we want to maintain the integrity of our brand by providing products with simple ingredients from the Earth that do complex things for the body. The skin is the largest organ in our bodies and the first thing that people see, we should guard that and make sure we are always using products that help heal, restore and nourish our skin.
The skin doesn’t lie. It tells all of our stories of tiredness, dehydration, allergies etc. we just have to listen to what it is saying and stop abusing it with cheaply made products with great smells.
The Universe has provided us with ingredients that are known for their restorative properties. Ingredients like Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Vitamin E, Coconut Oil were all here well before any of us arrived and it is our job to introduce “them to the world in the least compromised way possible. We love great smells too! We pride ourselves on products that not only look great on the outside but on the inside as well.
“Handmade quality with commercial appeal”
Fine Arts: Whitney Austin
Whitney Austin wants to make each piece either on your walls, on your couch, or on your table UNIQUE! We can hand paint anything your imagination desires…from your children, to your favorite car, to your business logo! Allow Whitney Austin to consult with you for your color scheme, style, and layout of your dreams!