8 Black-Owned Businesses To Secure the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts
Ring in Black History Month and pamper that special someone with this gift selection
It’s Black History Month, and what better way to celebrate than by supporting Black-owned brands while getting your V-Day shopping done. From lingerie to candles, to handbags and menswear, we have compiled a list of the best and brightest in the industry. Pamper your beau (or yourself) with these gifts sure to keep them smiling long after the holiday.
1. Love, Vera
Beauty comes in unlimited shapes and sizes with this lingerie brand, who raises the bar for representation and inclusivity. Hiring solely black talent while maintaining diverse perspectives, Love, Vera welcomes everyone to celebrate Black joy and bring Black women to the forefront of leadership and business opportunities in fashion.
Handmade in Queens, NY, Yam is an ode to founder Morgan Thomas’ late mother. Nostalgic themes are explored through jewelery made from upcycled materials, with pearl accents and a vintage feel.
3. Maya Njie Perfume
Maya Njie began her eponymous label in 2016, its formulas developed in-house and rooted in Njie’s Swedish and West African culture. Cruelty free and vegan, scents aim to capture moments in time and are made from essential oils, aroma compounds and resins.
4. Washington Ave Vintage
Sustainably focused and Louisana based, Washington Ave, sourced by Lakeitha Washington, specializes in upcycling clothing from the 70’s to early 90’s in a variety of sizes and styles. Unique pieces with vintage feel and colorful flair is the theme, ensuring something for every one.
5. Kendall Miles
Bold meets classy with Kendall Miles designs, her luxury shoes offering durability, versatility, and accessibility since 2015. Produced out of Florence, Italy using ethically sourced, sustainable materials, her shoes offer statement style and everlasting comfort.
6. Anima Iris
Named after Cameroonian-born founder Wilglory’s mother and childhood friend, Anima Iris is inspired by African roots, celebrating its contribution to culture and the fashion industry. Utilizing a zero-waste model, handbags are bold and traditional, including patterns made from palm oil reds of Cameroon’s traditional Bamileke cloth and notable geometric shapes of Ghana’s kente.
7. Daily Paper
Amsterdam-based lifestyle brand Daily Paper offers menswear, womenswear, and accessories inspired by the rich heritage of African culture with a contemporary twist. With two collections a year, timeless meets innovative, intersecting fashion with music, art, and culture.
8. House Of 40
Handmade in New York, House Of 40 offers 100% natural soy wax candles with pure cotton wicks, infused with essential oils an aromatic blends. Free of toxins and carcinogens, health is at the forefront of this Black-owned brand.