The events of the past month, the past year, forever, are outrageously disgusting. Black people’s human rights have been discriminated and taken away from for forever. As a white women living in America and having this platform, although small, I recognize that I would be doing wrong and stepping onto the wrong side of history if I didn’t speak up.
I have been taking the time to further educate myself on topics that I now realize that I knew very little about for the past few days, and I’m going to be making it a habit of continuing to do so. There is injustice in this country for humans, and as a young white women I, and all other white people, and all other poc, have a responsibility to speak upon these issues and stand with the Black community always.
There are petitions to sign, numbers to text and call, places to donate if you are able, and additional resources at this link to support humans: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
Remember to vote, and if you are not registered please do if you are eligible. Make sure to educate yourself on the candidates and ensure that who you are voting for is anti-racist and wants to make a true change in this country. This is a human rights issue we are facing.
One of my resolutions this year was to start shopping from smaller businesses. Whenever someone says that they’ve read a post of mine the happiness I feel is definitely one a small business owner is overcome with when they receive new customers. With Google and Instagram being at our fingertips we can discover new businesses everyday which is incredible. I love to come across a piece of clothing, accessory, or home decor item that is totally unique. Some of my favorite pieces are those I’ve purchased from smaller businesses that don’t receive as much publicity.
For today’s post I am sharing seven Black women owned businesses to support.
La Basketry first launched in 2017 by a sister duo Tabara and Mamy. It’s an online boutique that offers handmade woven baskets and other woven products handmade by female artisans in Ngaye Mkeke which happened to be right outside their parents hometown Thies in Senegal. Mamy has since stepped down, but Tabara over the years has learned how to weave baskets and offers workshops and has a book that teaches basket-making from 16 different projects. Read more about La Basketry’s story here.
This fan is so cute and Tabara offers them in an array of fun summer colors. I think it’s so chic to carry a fan in the summer as you’re out exploring or running errands, and it keeps you cool from the summer heat!
This pretty lilac color woven basket is so perfect to hold fruits and vegetables on your kitchen counter. I’d also use this to store my bracelets!
Melanie Marie Collection
Melanie Marie Collection is a New York City based contemporary, classy jewelry line. You can get customized name and initial necklaces, anklets, rings, bracelets, and earrings. Melanie also offers a selection of women’s and men’s apparel. Some of the pieces are hypoallergenic which I love!
I love chandelier earrings. The purple and pink color combination is so pretty on this pair.
A bamboo initial necklace is a pretty summer jewelry piece to have.
Tree Fairfax creates minimal leather goods, handmade and they aren’t mass produced. She use leather hides with imperfections that are natural in each bag that makes the piece you order different and unique from the rest.
The cognac brown color of this woven clutch is so beautiful.
Durable black, cognac, mahogany, and russet tan belt with brass hardware. The rich tones pair so well with any jeans, dresses, skirts, or shorts in your wardrobe.
Zou Xou creates minimal, elegant shoes with just the right of detail that make for perfect shoes for your wardrobe. The shoes are all produced in low quantities to reduce waste and energy which is amazing. Created and founded in New York City in 2015, Katherine Theobalds is inspired by the artistry of Argentinian footwear design.
I’m a lover of the Mary Jane style of shoes, and these flats are so perfect for everyday wear. The square-toe is chic, and the top is made from kidskin leather and lambskin lining. Handmade in Argentina.
These sandals are simple and in such a pretty olive color for summer. I tend to find sandals uncomfortable because my shoes always need to have special insoles, but these are lined with memory foam and are reinforced with extra lining at the heel. The square toe is as chic as it is comfortable because your toes aren’t being squished together.
THEBE MAGUGU is a South African contemporary brand. Perfectly described on the website as “Sleek, forward-looking design intersects with motifs from our continent’s storied past, providing smart, multifaceted clothes as valuable as their woman.” The site is currently being redone, but you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for sale inquiries. Their Instagram is linked here.
Zebra Mud Set
This set screams a 70’s mood! The work that went into this is amazing and can be fully read here. The piece has an NFC chip in the label that when scanned with a smart phone provides you with information about the piece along with photographs and biographies on all the people who worked on it. How amazing!
Fluted Green and White Knitted Dress in Wool with Sisterhood Scarf
In the AW20 collection, this green colored dress is so beautiful. I love that it has a drop was it effect with a pleated bottom portion. Featured on the Instagram here.
Valerie Blaise founded the brand and everything is made in New York City’s Garment District. VAVVOUNE sells leather accessories, and all of the designs are thought of in Brooklyn, New York. Beautiful green, purple, and red leather hues along with neutral tones are offered.
I love a red bag, and I love an attachable strap so that I can wear the piece in different ways. So chic!
A top handle bag that also has an attachable strap. Love the wisteria color with the gold hardware. This shape is also so unique!
Sydney Ziems founded Serendipitous Project in 2017 to provide people with affordable yet sustainable trendy jewelry and accessories. All of the pieces from her permanent collection are handmade to order. There is also another aspect of the brand where she sells up-cycled vintage pieces!
One of the reasons I love when summer dressing comes around is because I love shell jewelry. These seashell earrings with dangling freshwater Keshi pearls are perfection.
From their vintage selection, a 1950’s handbag!
I look forward to sharing more Black owned businesses this week and in the future. I am committed to being a better ally.
If you want to share any more resources on how you’re making a change, how you’re furthering your education on this issue, more petitions to sign and numbers to text and call, please share in the comments below.
Xoxo, MᶜKenna Ramona Jennings