Monday Moodboards - Black-Owned Businesses to Support - Monday 8th June
Whilst the last week has been an amazing show of solidarity and support for the fight for true racial equality and the end of white supremacy, we can't just let it end there. Us white people carry the responsibility of continuing this momentum forward, of continuing to show our support and be actively anti-racist not just today, tomorrow but every day going forward if there is to be REAL change. There is so much more work to do be done.
I'm thinking carefully about how I can continue to show my support as a small business owner and how to actively fight for change. This week, all profits from our weekly flower deliveries are being donated to the official Black Lives Matter campaign fund along with the The Bail Project.
I'm looking at ways I can commit to regular donations, at challenging the under-representation of black suppliers and individuals in the wedding and creative industries and how I can continue to learn, share resources and engage in important conversation with those I work with.
Today I wanted to share with you, as part of my usual weekly Monday moodboards, some amazing black-owned homeware businesses to support. Where we spend our money is something we DO have control over.
1.Our Lovely Goods - I've had the pleasure of working with Ebi and Emanuel a few times now. Their family run lifestyle and homeware business, Our Lovely Goods, is based in Aberdeen. They sell handcrafted natural wax candles, botanical skincare and and a curated collection of homewares from artisans in Nigeria. They also hold amazing workshops and hosted a pop-up residency just down the road from us in Edinburgh last year!
2. Bonita Ivie Prints - founded by Bonita Ebuehi in 2017 after she saw the lack of ethnic influence in high streets shops and a lack of diverse stationery that people of colour could easily identify with. Her fun prints centre on beautiful, bold patterns and African-inspired colours.
3. Atijo Store - Founded by 4 friends and stylists, their Instagram @atijostore showcases a 'a collection of exclusively curated vintage, secondhand and artisan products'. Find them on Instagram and look out for beautiful pieces like this handmade clay vase. DM them to buy.
4. LIHA Beauty - 'LIHA was born from the desire to create an innovative, luxe natural, organic and vegan skincare brand that blends the rich botanical life of West Africa with traditional English aromatherapy and folk remedies.' - Even just logging onto their website, you feel calm and at ease. Their branding is beyond beautiful and they've put so much thought into each item - I loved reading the stories behind the product names. For example, the Queen Idia candle below - 'our inspiration was the famous Yoruba Queen Idia, a symbol of female empowerment and proof of ancient matriarchal societies. The myth tells of two medicine-filled incisions on her forehead that were the source of her metaphysical power.'
5. Bespoke Binny - Natalie created Bespoke Binny out of her desire to encourage others to create a home that is a reflection of your wellbeing. Her bold and colourful items which feature beautiful African prints are vibrant and uplifting. Natalie is also offering virtual workshops including a lampshade-making course.
6. Afton by Palm - Self-taught artist Bonnisa Moore, founded Afton by Palm on her maternity leave in 2018. All her beautiful handcrafted jewellery and clay dishes are made with minimalist design in mind and in small batches to minimise waste. 'Neutral tones, simple curves and minimal lines'.
7. Jungalow - I've loved this American brand for a long time now. A business set up by Justina Blakeney, working tirelessly to inject good vibes and positivity into people's homes. Her mission to connect us with nature whilst at home is clear and along with regularly donating to non-profit organisations, they also plant at least 2 trees for every single order placed.
8.GOODEE - Byron and Dexter set up Goodee as a global e-commerce platform and storytelling destination in 2017 to 'work exclusively with artisans and products that make a strong social or environmental impact.' Their brand is all about 'good design and good purpose - highlighting the diverse voices of the designers, artisans and brand founders who inspire us.'
One of the brands they stock is the amazing Golden Editions, set up by Sara Efia Reddin, whose beautiful lights are handmade by skilled weavers in Bolgatanga in the North of Ghana. Sara wanted to highlight the amazing craftsmanship in the country.
9.Eva Sonaike - Eva's luxury collection of homewares and textiles are based around a contemporary take on West-African influences. Through her mission of 'bringing colour to life', Eva wants to translate the vibrant, uplifting African colours and aesthetic into luxury home decor.
10.La Basketry - all baskets and woven products are handmade by a group of female artisans in Senegal in a village just outside of Thies. Founder Tabara N'Diaye wanted to support the local community in Senegal and help to create jobs for the rural community to thrive. She's also released a book and guide to basket-making!