January 23, 2021

26 Small Businesses Owned by Women of Color

5 min read

In light of everything going on right now, not just in our country, but worldwide, we wanted to put all of our content on hold this week, to stand in solidarity with our black community and to mute ourselves so we could amplify melanated voices. We wanted to take this week to listen and learn how we can be better allies, use our voices to be vocal anti-racists and put together an action plan of what we can do to help. To you, our community, we acknowledge our lack of diversity, in not just our content, but within our own team and for this, we are deeply sorry. It should not have taken such extreme circumstances for us to educate ourselves and take action. Over this past week, I, Julia, have been reading, listening, donating and taking the time to figure out how I can better use my platform for good.

We want to make a commitment to be better. A lot of words and images have been posted, re-posted and shared this week, but we know that the power of change comes from action. On the blog here, we want to be more aware of being inclusive and spend even more time researching and discovering a vast array of brands owned by a diverse group of people. It’s a small step, and one we are very excited about.

Today we are highlighting small businesses owned by women of color, some recent finds and others, past favorites, regardless, they’re all beautiful, unique discoveries and ones we are delighted to share with our community! I had featured a few of these on my IG stories earlier in the week, and we received a huge repeated request to save them here on the blog. We encourage you all to share any businesses that you love or support within our comments, too.

Estelle Colored Glass is a Charleston-based brand that makes hand-blown colored glasses and cake stands. I love the soft green of the stemless wine glasses that I just ordered, perfect for adding a pop of color to your table.

Lemlem makes beautiful swimsuits, as well as dresses and kaftans that are perfect as cover-ups or worn on their own. I love the tie details of this swimsuit–they have a matching kid’s style as well!

I have heard amazing things about these retinol-infused eye masks from all-natural beauty brand, KNC Beauty. I am also eyeing their rose lip balm.

I love this contemporary update on the Mary Jane flat by Zou Xou, a company that makes beautiful shoes by hand in Buenos Aires.

Built to apply just the right amount of pressure, this razor from Oui The People provides a close shave without causing irritation or razor burn, even on sensitive skin. It is just as beautiful in your shower as it is functional.

Ronni Cole creates beautifully unique floral plaster pieces, as well as hand-painted pastels on paper. I just ordered four of these botanicals to create a gallery wall and can’t wait to display them in our home.

KLUR is a botanically based collection of high-performing skincare and multi-purpose self-care products. I am eager to try their Elements of Comfort botanical oil (which sounds like it smells heavenly, thanks to neroli orange blossom, rose, and lavender) to help combat my dry skin.

Salt & Stem is a Charleston-based wandering flower truck that gives customers the chance to put together their own bouquet, or have one expertly created for them. Follow their Instagram for a schedule of where to find them around town.


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