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February is Black History Month, and if you’re looking for ways to support Black-owned businesses, Etsy may be a great place to check out. From home decor lines to Black-owned fashion brands, Etsy features a variety of Black creators in various categories with excellent businesses to shop.
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, there’s a top-rated seller who creates gorgeous geode planters, unlike anything we’ve seen before. In New York, there’s a five-star rated stationary expert who draws inspiration from their maternal grandmother, as well as our Celebrations Editor’s favorite Los Angeles-based designer who whips up transitional totes that work year-round.
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With an overwhelming amount of Etsy sellers currently listed, and to help streamline the shopping process, we’ve gone ahead and curated a list of seven amazing Black-owned businesses to support this Black History Month and all year round.
Owned and operated by Felicia Maxwell, this Los Angeles-based Etsy shop has not only been a longtime favorite of mine but reviewers, too. Maxwell is an exemplary example that functional pieces can be fashionable. Every tote presents a high-quality, waterproof construction designed in fashion-forward prints that work everywhere from holiday soirees to the farmer’s market.
Among our favorites is BeccaLov’s medium waterproof camouflage tote bag, which is suitable for day-to-day use. The medium-size bag is large enough to fit a laptop, water bottle and wallet, but small enough where it doesn’t feel oversized. But if a larger-sized tote is what you’re looking for, then turn your attention to BeccaLovAccessories’ large leopard tote that is a personal favorite of mine.
The leopard design is perfectly on-trend, while the leather accents make it a stand-out option in a crowd. One shopper says, “it’s perfect for schlepping a laptop to work or using for travel,” while another confirms despite it’s larger-frame it is “room and lightweight.” A win-win!
With a perfect five-star rating and nearly 4,000 purchases, Kalyn Johnson Chandler and Effie’s Paper Etsy shop rank high on our list. Named after her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Effie Chandler, this shop focuses primarily on female-focused stationery with the Future is Female and Black Girl Magic notebooks among our favorites.
Reviewers sang Chandler’s praises for the gorgeous prints and swift shipping, while a handful of shoppers loved how they made the “perfect holiday gifts.”
This Black History Month, say “no” to conformity and “yes” to authentic self-expression by shopping 3rdArrival’s Etsy shop. Featuring offbeat and colorful journals, tees and stickers, 3rdArrival owner, A.Colghan, hopes to spark inspiration and grab attention.
The Gemini Hardcover Journal is perfect for your crystal-loving, tarot-card-reading best friend, compared to the cheeky MEH. Nostalgiacore Hardcover Journal that “look just like it does in the picture,” according to one five-star review.
The founder of this stellar beauty brand, Joshica Kiah Craig, is a veteran on a mission to empower Black women to celebrate their natural hair. The natural hair care brand also sells soaps, body oils and lip products, all made with essential oils, botanicals and other natural ingredients. Bonus: Joshica Beauty uses sustainable materials and packaging that are beneficial for the environment.
The Rosemary Grapefruit + Lime Curl Softening Cream and Coconut + Brazilian Mango Natural Hair Butter are stand-out options for Joshica Beauty fans. Both smell incredible and help to tame curls without the use of harsh chemicals or artificial additives.
Good luck not wanting to buy virtually everything from husband-and-wife duo Val and Ray Talbert’s Etsy shop, which sells handmade, raw mineral geode planters and candles. Their product line builds off of the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi—the concept of finding beauty in imperfections in nature—and combines the Pittsburgh couple’s passion for the outdoors, recreational mining and art.
After outgrowing their home studio, they’re now a two studio company with a brick-and-mortar storefront, showcasing their own creations along with items from other local, small businesses.
Tal and Bert are best known for their abundance of eco-friendly and handcrafted gifts and goodies, but we love the Geode Succulent Planter in particular for the subtle statement the packaging makes. It doubles as the perfect home décor.
The Soy Concrete Holiday Candle is also a great option and has regularly been touted as “even more gorgeous in person” by Etsy reviewers. Tal and Bert’s planters and candles also rank high in our books as the gorgeous vessels can be recycled and reused as coffee mugs or trinket holders.
Helmed by Tampa-based illustrator Melissa Koby, this black-owned business has been a staple on Etsy since 2020. After her “the Quarantine series” took off, Koby took her love of celebrating women and how they support each other and turned it into art.
“Women are underrepresented in art, especially women of color. We’re strong, beautiful, and so much more powerful than the media gives us credit for,” Koby said in the Etsy blog profiling her shop. “It’s my duty to represent us exactly as I see us and amplify that as much as possible.”
Our top favorites are the Built on Pride Print and Selfcare Sunday Print; both pieces make the perfect gift to yourself and others. The simple-yet-sophisticated line drawings and gilded detailing will suit any home décor style but are standout enough to work as a focal point. With reviewers raving over the “vibrant colors” and intricate detailing each photo presented.
From the talented Atlanta-based creator Erin Carter, this ethereal-inspired shop is a fan-favorite on Etsy. With a background in interior and retail design, Carter’s backstory is simple: her workload was affected due to the pandemic, so she took to making items out of concrete as a creative outlet. The verdict? She’s a five-star seller regularly praised for her impressive and high-quality designs, with two of our favorites being the Black Marble Decorative Arch and Concrete Pillar Candle.
The Black Marble Decorative Arch is beloved for its unique art deco construction that utilizes hand-poured concrete. One reviewer says it’s so stunning and “makes the perfect wedding gift.” While another shopper says the Concrete Candle with Metallic Foil offers an elegant and modern approach that other candles lack, and aside from “looking better in person,” it also makes “the best housewarming gift.”
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