As the Black Lives Matters Movement continues to grow in prevalence, you may wonder what exactly you can do to show your support. You’ve attended protests, you’ve signed petitions, and you’ve made donations. Now what? How can you continue to show support for the cause in your every day life? One way to do that is by supporting the talents and businesses of Black artists, designers, and entrepreneurs.
Below is a list of 5 Black-owned home decor companies that are sure to spice up your home or office space.
Clare is a paint brand founded in 2018 by interior designer, Nicole Gibbons. She has is an Emmy Award-winner whose expansive design portfolio has been featured on media outlets such as HGTV, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Good Morning America, and Elle Decor. Her goal in creating the Clare brand is to cut out the unpleasant facets of paint shopping and cater to younger generations. The Clare website is interactive in the fact that it not only serves as a place to shop for high quality paint and tools, but it also offers paint inspiration, color curation, and a digital consultation along with a questionnaire that helps customers find the perfect paint color.
The MB Collection was founded by interior designer, Marie Bourgos in 2018. Born and raised in France with parents who are from the island of Martinque, Bourgos drew inspiration from the cultures of both regions and put them into her collection. The MB Collection mission is to provide professionals and homeowners with bold decorative pieces that fit their aesthetic, and bring forth a fresh perspective.
Linoto is a company that specializes in linen sheets, napkins, and tablecloths. The New York based company was founded by Jason Evege in 2007, when he found frustration in finding simple, modern linens that wouldn’t take over a month and a half to ship from Europe, and that cost less than $1000. This inspired him to create his own linens for himself, friends, and family. What makes Linoto unique is its wide variety of bold color options and the fact that all products are made in New York’s Westchester County.
The 125 Collection is a candle brand that is inspired by New York City, fashion, and pop culture. Founded in Harlem by two Black women, Valerie Wray and Joy Fennell, the brand was not only created based on a love for candles, but also a desire to create a product that encourages self expression and relatability. The 125 Collection candles include quotes that fall into categories of either “sweet,” “spicy,” or “spirit.” The brand also includes celebrity-inspired and Latinx-inspired candle options.
If you’re a fan of “woke culture” and social consciousness, you will love Don’t Sleep Interiors. Don’t Sleep Interiors is an interior decor company inspired by the artwork of Emory Douglas and the design work of Sheila Bridges, Joshua Kissi, and Travis Gumbs. Their products consist of items such as pillows, mugs, and posters that are covered in literal African Diasporic culture. You may have seen their products featured on the following media outlets: ESSENCE, Shoppe Black, HGTV, House Beautiful, Apartment Therapy, REAL SIMPLE, New York magazine, Okayafrica, In The Know, Huffington Post, The Root, and BET. The goal of Don’t Sleep Interiors is to not only add style to your home or office, but to also evoke meaningful conversations.
Far too often, reputable Black-owned companies are left off of lists like these due to a wide scope of reasons. As a result, these companies may receive less business, not because they don’t provide quality products but because many people don’t know about them. Use this list to help you put your money where your mouth is and uplift Black entrepreneurs.