As some of us may already know, February is Black History month. According to Brittanica, we celebrate Black History in February because two very important figures were born this month, Abraham Lincoln who signed the Emancipation Proclamation and Frederick Douglass who was an African American abolitionist, author, and orator. Since they passed away, the Black community has celebrated their history and culture during the month of February.
We would love to take the opportunity to share and recommend 5 of our favourite black-owned business with you to celebrate this amazing of remembrance and celebration. Here you go!
They are an underwear company that makes neutral tone underwear for every skin colour. We often might not think about the difficulties Black people might face when shopping for a nude bra, since majority of them were designed with the notion of "nude" being a lighter tone. The truth is that "nude" is whatever colour matches the customer's given skin tone. Thankfully @loveandnudes jumped in on the undergarments game with beautiful nude shades for EVERY skin tone. And they are rocking it!
This Canadian company is also female-owned and they make vegan beauty products for your skin and hair, with so many different scents from coconut to beautiful combinations of lemongrass and turmeric.
3. Tish Jewelry
Lateisha is an incredible business owner who we've had the pleasure of collaborating with in the past. This jewelry company makes gorgeous handmade pieces, from dainty and delicate necklaces to beautifully crafted earrings with big carved stones. They are also female-owned and Canadian made.
This zero-waste shop sells all types of things, from body to household cleaning products and home decor, all eco-friendly and made primarily from bamboo — sound familiar? 😄 They also have a refillery based out of the Toronto area (for all our neighbour friends!) with super affordable prices, we love to see it. Sustainability doesn't have to mean more expensive!
Pronounced "CROWNED", this is another super cute fine jewelry company that makes sustainable custom and signature collections. They have dainty pieces as well as bolder statement styles at affordable prices.
Our team learned last year that many social media algorithms actively works against Black creators, and we want to change that. We can ALL help by following, liking, sharing and saving content from BIPOC owned businesses in our community, and buying their beautiful products and services! Not just today, not just this month — but every day. So make sure you go visit all these amazing brand's Instagram pages that we tagged above! Even if you're not looking to make any purchases right now, you can support them by engaging with their content, joining their email list, and showing your support online.
We always want to use our little space and voice to talk about things that matter to us. Black-owned small businesses are incredibly important to us to keep amplifying. We especially love to support other local, Canadian owners that share our values of sustainability and high quality. If you're ever looking for more Black owned businesses to support and love, you can check out this instagram page: @blackowned.to they feature new businesses all the time and you can find some hidden gems there 🤩 And don't forget to leave any other Black-owned businesses you love in the comments section of this blog post!
Your Miik team 💚