It’s summertime. Let’s soak in the sun. We are slowly stepping out into the world again. So, let’s celebrate at a social distance. We are taking on racism, fighting for equality and understanding that a thoughtful and determined approach is what is necessary to ensure that all people get the justice, fairness, safety and peace they deserve. Let’s support black-owned businesses, and all their items which are certainly on our wish list this summer. Here are our list of just a few of our favorites that have the perfect gift for birthdays, hostesses, new homes and other events that are happening this summer and long after.
This swimsuit brand was founded by model Monti Landers in 2016. The brand has minimalist lines and a unique style. So, on our wish list is the Maddox One Piece, which is uber flattering and different from any suit we’ve ever seen. riotswim.com; $91
The products from this skincare company, created by Keli Smith, are all about multi-use. To begin with, her idea for the company was based on embracing your skin with the knowledge that less is more—the result is a line of plant-based products with less ingredients, and more uses. We love this notion, plus the brand’s packaging is low-key but bright, vibrant and happy. So, what is on our to-do list? e Clay Mask + Scrub that comes in the yummiest flavors! shopkaike.com; $20
This stylish footwear and accessories brand embeds traditional African design techniques and practices into their company. In addition, they also help in creating and sustaining jobs for artisans across the globe. Brother Vellies founder Aurora James fused her background in fashion and culture with a passion for design and humanitarianism to create the brand. Are you looking for the perfect cowboy boot to kick of this trend that’s sure to stick around for a while? We’ve got the Atlas boot on our gift wish list—hint, hint! brothervellies.com; $995
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LA-based artist Michael G. Simpson curated this clothing line—tops and bottoms, jackets and even masks—from hand-selected refurbished materials. Most interesting however, the artist hand-paints each piece with poetic sentiment and inspiration that he believes will “push the world forward one piece at a time.” We believe it. writingsfrommichael.com; from $80
Mother and daughter Cynthia and Kathryn fill a need with their handmade doll company by producing dolls of color inspired by the type of dolls they wish existed when they were young. Certainly the purpose of these doll lines—baby dolls, tea party dolls, keepsake dolls—and accessories is to provide children of color with positive affirmation of how special they are in so many ways. The dolls, perfect for anyone, are beautiful, sweet, cuddly and stylish, and the perfect gift. harperiman.com; from $98. Please note, most dolls ship six weeks from date of purchase.
This meaningful brand is the creation of LA-based creative entrepreneur Anitra Terrell. The home line includes decor pieces, tableware, handwoven baskets and travel accessories. Most importantly, these materials are ethically sourced from Africa and globally. Therefore, these compelling designs, like these Kenyan Olive Wood Twisted Salad Servers, are purposefully created to spark interest and conversation, and are a great gift. reflektiondesign.com; $32
This luxury fine linen brand was built out of a desire for beautifully designed linen sheets at an affordable pricing. Materials for these linen used for the sheets, pillowcases, tablecloths, napkins, curtains and spa towels are sourced from Italy and Belgium. In addition, they even make men’s boxer shorts—and they are equally as comfortable and luxurious as their home pieces. linoto.com;sets from $269
The prints and custom paintings from this contemporary artist are simple, chic and ever evolving. Firstly, Nicole’s early works were steeped in imagination and pop culture in influences with vivid colors and whimsical depictions. More recently however, her works have evolved to use a soft, earth tone palette as she interprets portraits and still lifes in minimal and balanced works. briapaints.com; prices vary