In addition to having meaningful conversations with friends and family and donating to organizations that support Black people in Canada, you can make a conscious effort to purchase items from a Black-owned business. Next time you are shopping for new makeup, shoes or clothes, consider purchasing from the Black-owned beauty, fashion, lifestyle and health companies below.
This Vancouver-based beauty brand features efficacious plant-based ingredients for all skin types. Okoko supports various non-profit initiatives including Bridge Housing For Women, Beauty Night Society and The Joy Smith Foundation.
Based in Toronto, jELN carries made-to-order, sustainably-sourced products formulated with raw ingredients and essential oils.
Plant-based, hypoallergenic hair care products safe for coloured hair and sensitive scalps.
These vegan beauty products are packed with skin-and-hair-saving ingredients like turmeric, rose hip, aloe vera and castor seed oil.
Chic + Savvy Beauty
A Toronto-based beauty supply store carrying everything from hair tools and extensions to face masks, sanitizers and nail care products.
Apprenti Ôr’ganik body care products are meticulously hand-made by founder Alexe, who runs the business independently from her Montreal studio.
This Winnipeg-based brand carries vibrant cosmetics designed to be worn by makeup lovers of all skin tones and genders.
This cruelty-free skincare line is made with sensitive skin in mind. All products are created with certified organic ingredients, mainly sourced just north of Toronto.
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Locally sourced organic beauty products crafted in chic BPA-free recyclable glass containers.
Ready-to-wear and accessory brand by Fanny Ngantchue, specializing in vibrant West African wax textiles.
This Montreal-based streetwear label is known for their signature bright orange colour and multidisciplinary approach to design.
Designer Naomie Caron’s approach to swimwear is sustainability first. The suits are made using recycled fibres and she offers a repair service so you can keep wearing it year after year.
The silhouettes of Dumebi Iyamah’s vibrant swim and resort wear are inspired by different African cultures.
With an emphasis on the vivid prints and colours of African Ankara fabrics, founder Catherine Addai is creating ultra feminine and inclusive styles (the label goes up to size 22).
Founder Ashley Alexis McFarlane’s jewellery line is ethically handmade with fair-trade African gold.
Stylist Tahnee Lloyd-Smith is making statement denim pieces in small batches using ethically-sourced cotton.
Pick this Montreal-based accessories label—designed by Linsey Myriam Bain—for genderless and versatile pieces.
Batik Boutik’s ready-to-wear designs are inspired by West African culture and sustainably made in Ghana.
Toronto-native Aurora James founded her New York-based shoe and accessories label to keep traditional African design practices alive while creating sustainable artisan jobs.
This Toronto-based fine jewellery brand uses recycled fine silver, recycled glass and repurposed brass to create sustainable pieces.
Designer Spencer Badu’s Toronto-based streetwear label combines masculine and feminine elements for contemporary pieces meant to be worn by all.
Toronto-based British-Ghanaian designer Emefa Kuadey launched her luxury made-to-order label in 2019 with a focus on minimal and feminine pieces executed with expert technical construction.
Kyso, a.k.a. Knock Your Socks Off, is a Toronto-based sock brand designed with bold colours and patterns.
Inspired by her years of treating celebrities with high heel-related pain, osteopath and posture expert Dr. Liza Egbogah designer her line of ultra-comfy shoes.
Love & Nudes is at the forefront of inclusive fashion – the bras and underwear from founder Chantal Carter Taylor’s lingerie brand come in a wide range of shades and are sourced ethically from Columbian factories, where workers are paid fair wages.
This Toronto-based atelier offers bespoke, made-to-measure and ready-to-wear garments. Choose from tailored trucker jackets, overshirts and leather goods in collaboration with Jean Rousseau.
A beloved Toronto bookstore stocking a wealth of African-Caribbean novels, Canadian books and international bestsellers.
Subscription-based company featuring a monthly curated box of beauty and wellness products.
Health & Fitness
Saran Vaughan is a holistic practitioner offering a variety of wellness courses and workshops.
A health and nutrition company featuring wellness retreats, nutrition coaching and healthy recipes.
Rebeckah Price is a yoga teacher, Nike trainer and community builder with a dedicated following.
A wellness company that creates inclusive and nurturing spaces for womxn of colour to connect and heal.
For Black-owned businesses specifically in Toronto, go here.
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