February is Black History Month, as I’m sure you all know. I don’t want to sound like some sort of expert (I’m not), or center myself in some way, but I didn’t want to ignore it, either. For me, one of the best ways that I feel like I can show support is in my spending, by shopping from Black-owned businesses. So today I’m sharing a few of the Black-owned business that I know and love.
This is by no means an exhaustive post – I wanted to keep it a bit more personal. But if you’re looking for something a bit more in-depth, Visit Pittsburgh has a great round up of local Black-owned businesses, and NY Mag has an incredibly extensive list.
Phone Case // Ring Stand // Vitamin C Serum
Mask + Bow Tie // Champagne Coupes
Diane Hill is an incredible artist – her work is so beautiful! She’s also done some really cool collaborations, creating the prints for brands like Hill House and Sarah Flint (with their silk scarves). If you’re not looking to buy art, she sells phone cases with her designs on them, too!
Emmanuelle is the first Pittsburgh business on my list! She creates gorgeous ceramic pottery – plates, vases, trays, etc. I think that this little ring holder is so cute – I love art that’s functional, too.
I have a whole post about my love for Hyper Skin – it is, hands down, the best Vitamin C serum that I’ve ever used. I also think that their whole ethos of commitment to diversity and products that work on all skin tones is really great.
Pat McGrath is one of the most iconic makeup artists of all time, so it’s no surprise that her makeup line is amazing, too. I have a few of the eyeshadow palettes and some lipsticks, and everything is super pigmented and easy to use. This Bridgerton-inspired palette is especially fun and beautiful!
The second Pittsburgh business on my list is Blakbird. I love, love, love my Blakbird earrings, and I get so many compliments every time I wear them! They’re bold and yet delicate, and they’re also really lightweight – my ears don’t feel like they’re being pulled when I wear them. I love being able to buy from and support a small(ish) jewelry artist.
The last Pittsburgh business on the list! I am just the hugest fan of Knotzland (and the founder Nisha, too!). They take fabric scraps and castoffs and make them into THE coolest bow ties – and have now expanded to masks, to pouches, and to the most beautiful feminine lavalliere bow ties. A really great business with equally amazing products.
Estelle Colored Glass
These champagne coupes have been on my wishlist for over a year now!! I think they are just the most beautiful glasses that I’ve ever seen, and I love that they’re handblown, too – it makes them so special. I love this blue, but they come in other gorgeous colors, too.
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