12 Black-owned Travel, Fashion, and Accessories Brands to Know and Support Now
Are you dusting off your travel gear for that long-awaited trip only to realize that your go-to items are in desperate need of an upgrade? Or maybe you're just in the mood to treat yourself to something new?
Whatever the case may be, it's the perfect opportunity to shop with small businesses — particularly the Black-owned companies that often go under the radar for far too long. Though recent years have seen dedicated campaigns, encouraging consumers to spend their dollars with Black businesses, any day is a good day to show your support.
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With that in mind, we've rounded up 12 amazing Black-owned brands that you can shop this fall and beyond. If you're looking for a new swimsuit to splash around at the beach or relax poolside, there's Jade Swim and Nubian Skin. All your luggage needs can be easily met with the fine leather goods from Made Leather Co., while Ashya is your go-to brand for passport holders and more.
So if you're ready to upgrade your travel gear and wardrobe, keep reading for the 12 Black-owned brands you should be shopping with.
Mifland is known for its modern, utilitarian bags and leather accessories, including structured rucksacks, duffels, and belt bags. Founder Tobi Egberongbe used his experience and passion for design, photography, architecture, and contemporary furniture to create this brand, which sources materials from both Atlanta and New York.
To shop: mifland.com
Made Leather Co.
Lenise Williams founded Made Leather Co. after discovering the leather artisans and tanneries in Marrakech, Morocco. She launched the brand back in Atlanta, though she ethically sources all her leather from Morocco. You can shop Made Leather Co. for beautiful handbags, briefcases, duffels, and more.
To shop: madeleathercompany.com
Tote & Carry
Tote & Carry's leather Travel Sets are available in a rainbow of rich colors, so whether you're looking for a bold backpack and duffel duo or a neutral arsenal of bags that will go with anything, there's an option for you. The brand, co-founded by Anthony Dennis, a stylist and tailor, and Tony Rey, an artist and entrepreneur, also makes crossbody and messenger bags that are essential accessories for travel or everyday use.
To shop: totencarry.com
All made in New York City, Ashya's stunning leather belt bags, crossbody bags, and passport holders will upgrade your travel looks. Ashley Cimone and Moya Annece founded the brand in 2017, with the goal of diversifying cultural perspectives through their designs.
To shop: ashya.co
It doesn't get more chic than Vavvoune, especially when it comes to the brand's gorgeous and practical handbags, belt bags, and wallets. Founder Valerie Blaise designs these stunning pieces at home in Brooklyn, New York, and donates leather scraps to art programs across the country.
To shop: vavvoune.com
Mind the Cork
Mind the Cork is a London-based brand, available on Etsy and specializing in environmentally friendly home and travel accessories made from cork. Whether you're looking for a sleek cardholder or a zippered pouch, you can't go wrong with these items that are both stylish and ecologically sound. Jenny Espirito Santo, the brand's founder and designer, says cork is one of the world's most underrated materials.
To shop: etsy.com
Kingsley Thompson, founder of Kingsley Leather, is known for his handcrafted leather wallets, belts, and accessories. We love the polished look of his products, many of which also happen to be perfect for travel, including the leather keychain and sunglasses case.
To shop: etsy.com
Salone Monet makes chic nude heels in an inclusive range of six shades, since the brand believes "every woman should know the effortless style of a thoughtfully designed nude shoe that highlights her complexion." And while some styles are currently sold out, we're bookmarking the brand for when items are restocked.
To shop: salonemonet.com
Founder Rebecca Allen created her namesake brand after not being able to find the perfect nude shoe for her own skin tone. Now, shoppers can browse everything from pumps to flats to strappy sandals in five nude shades.
To shop: rebecca-allen.com
Ade Hassan founded Nubian Skin to provide lingerie, hosiery, and swimwear that's accessible for people of all skin tones. The soft organic cotton bralettes and briefs will become essentials for both travel and everyday use, and you'll want to shop the stunning nude swimwear for your next vacation.
To shop: us.nubianskin.com
Founded by fashion editor and stylist Brittany Kozerski, Jade Swim is a gorgeous swimwear brand that offers minimalist suits made from luxe fabrics. In addition to being classically stylish, these suits retain their shape, provide UV protection, and resist damage from chlorine and sunscreen.
To shop: jadeswim.com
Harlem Candle Co.
Candles are a key tool in making any house (or hotel room) feel like home. Founder Teri Johnson combined her love of fragrance, jazz, and Harlem to create this line of beautifully scented and aesthetically pleasing candles. The brand even offers travel-sized candles that you can easily take with you on the go.
To shop: harlemcandlecompany.com