14 black-owned lifestyle brands to shop on Black Pound Day and beyond

Shopping small independent businesses is important, but what’s even more important is shopping black-owned small independent businesses. And with the next Black Pound Day (a UK-based campaign encouraging people to buy from black-owned businesses) on the horizon on Saturday 1 August, now’s the time to swot up on which brands to have on your radar.

From fashion to beauty and even greeting cards, there’s always a wealth of independent brands that offer more than the high street can – unique design, stunning craftsmanship and tailored customer service are often de rigueur.

So we’ve hunted high and low for 14 of the best black-owned lifestyle brands out there. From candles and art to soft furnishings, ceramics and more, whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or something to brighten up your own home, consider this list your starting point for all things homeware and lifestyle, especially if you want to join in on the monthly Black Pound Days.

14 black-owned lifestyle brands to have on your radar

House of Lilah

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CREATIVITY UNLEASHED✨✨ Our modern and fast-paced lifestyles don’t always allow time for creative stimulation. HOUSE OF LILAH offers sensory experiences designed to help you spark your imagination every day. __________ Creativity is an immersive process that engages all senses, so we bring an artistry touch to your home. Discover our beautiful range of soy scented candles and loose-leaf teas especially designed to create peaceful atmospheres, awaken senses and trigger inspiration.  Beautiful 📸 by @moakley_studios * * * * #creativelifestyle #londoncreatives #tealovers #teabrewing #londontea #tea #flavoredtea #cuppatea #teablends #tealove #teaaddict #artoftea #teatime #afternoontealondon #herbaltea #londoncandles #candlelovers #scentedcandles #soycandle #homefragrance #homescent #smallbatch #madeinlondon #mindfulliving #wellbeing #ukblackbusiness #ukblackbusinessowners #ukblackowned #supportsmallbusiness #se25

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Entrepreneur Chantal M’Biki carefully pairs scents and tastes to bring you an immersive sensory experience through her candle and loose leaf tea sets. Together, the three sets aim to unlock the three steps to creativity: mindfulness, freedom and curiosity.

Shop House of Lilah.

Bespoke Binny

Natalie Manima makes a range of handmade homeware and gift items, from pillows and lampshapes to oven gloves and table runners, all from beautifully bright West African cloth. Bespoke Binny also runs lampshade making classes (currently virtually).

Shop Bespoke Binny.

Dorcas Creates

Dorcas draws on her Nigerian heritage and ‘obsession with black women’ for her illustrations that work their way onto prints, enamel pins, cards, notebooks, tote bags

Shop Dorcas Creates.

KashmirVIII

This Atlanta-based small lifestyle brand (which ships internationally) is the brainchild of Kashmir Thompson and counts Issa Rae and Spike Lee as fans. Her pop culture-inspired illustrations adorn mugs, coasters, posters, tote bags, pillows, T-shirts and now face masks, too.

Shop Kashmir VIII.

Mind the Cork

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Thank you so much for all the orders for my new collection!!! They are fun to make and I am so over the moon with the positive response these little guys have had. 💞🙌🏽 The new batch of them is nearly ready so I’ll start posting them next week! 💃🏽 After that I’ll start on a new batch. Keep an eye here on Insta for the latest updates 📣🗯 Any orders placed by next week, I might still be able to include in this batch depending on stock availability. 🌱🌵🌿 #mindthecork #planters #botanicalpickmeup #supportsmallbusiness #makerssupportingmakers #allthingsbotanical #cork #sustainableliving #ecofriendlyliving #coolgiftideas #ethicalshopping #ethicalgifts #plantlover #urbanjungle #lockdownlondon

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Jenny Espirito Santo uses sustainable cork and innovative design to craft her beautiful range of homeware and lifestyle products including planters, card holders and decorative figurines all in her signature, minimalistic yet bold style.

Shop Mind the Cork.

The Everyday Print Co.

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New Month, New art prints for your space 😍

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Often drawing on the beauty of the natural female form, Nigerian-Indian artist Mezay Ugbo creates stunning illustrations in an earthy palette. Based in India, The Everyday Print Co. ships posters internationally at an affordable price.

Shop The Everyday Print Co.

Grain & Knot

Beginning originally with spoon carving, Sophie now crafts beautiful, one-of-a-kind wooden items ranging vases, brushes and more, allowing the natural beauty of the wood to speak for itself.

Shop Grain & Knot.

Our Lovely Goods

A family-run business based in Scotland, Our Lovely Goods handcraft natural wax candles, home mists, botanical skincare and work with talented artisans in Nigeria to curate their collection of homewares.

Shop Our Lovely Goods.

afton \ by palm

Alongside ceramic trinket dishes in warm earthy tones, founder Bonnisa Moore also handcrafts jewellery and greeting cards in her home of Buckinghamshire. She makes her items either to order or in limited batches of no more than five at a time to reduce the amount of wasted materials.

Shop afton \ by palm.

Tihara Smith

Vibrant handmade bags, clutches and fabric wall hangings feature Tihara’s embroidery skills while the bright notebooks, pins, greeting cards and prints feature her illustrations and typography, but all are inspired by her Caribbean heritage with a London twist.

Shop Tihara Smith.

LIHA

Drawing on a wealth of influences – their African roots, British upbringing, aromatherapy and the Nigerian tradition of making beautifying oils, soaps and lotions from nuts, tree bark and plants – Abi and Liha create a range of natural candles, oils and soaps. Their candles are made using clean burning sustainable coconut wax, cotton wicks and recyclable and reusable containers.

Shop LIHA.

La Basketry

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Interior goals via @kate.lavie and I particularly love the Matty bowl and a copy of Baskets on the coffee table (wink) ⁠⠀ Have you been enjoying spending more time at home over the past few months? What changes have you made to make it more cosy? I'd love to know.⁠⠀ I have more plants than I had before the beginning of lockdown and I've re-arranged the living room furniture at least 3 times over the past 3 months and candles – lots of candles to make me feel zen ⁠although right now home has been transformed into La Basketry HQ – need a new office asap! ⁠⠀ #homesweethome #homeware #design #storage #storageideas #abmhome #abmathome #handmade #apartmentliving #thatsdarling #interiordesign #decorideas #houzz #interiors⁠⠀

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La Basketry work with female Senegalese artisans to create unique woven products for the home – basket, bowls, fans, place mats and more. They also sell basket making kits and run workshops where you can learn the traditional art of basket weaving.

Shop La Basketry.

Bonita Ivie Prints

Notebooks, phone cases, planners and to-do lists all in bright and cheerful Afro-inspired designs, guaranteed to perk up your day; all designed by Bonita Ivié and sold through Etsy.

Shop Bonita Ivie Prints.

Prick

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WE ARE SELLING ONLINE FROM HOME 💻🌵 Our online shop has been restocked and I have really appreciated all of your online orders while the shop is closed; not only does it help keep the business alive but it’s been keeping me nice and busy spending time with the plants I love. I have also enjoyed all the beautiful love notes, birthday wishes and funny made up rhymes you have been including in gifts to loved ones who you are apart from. I’m so happy to be able to help make their day special with a new plant friend or plant book to read during this period of isolation. Please stay safe at home! 😷 And look forward to seeing you irl when lockdown is over – Gynelle 💕🌵• • • • • #prick #cactusshop #cactus #succulents #cacti #cactuslove #prickldn #houseplants #prickdalston #indoorplants #plantgang #houseplantsofinstagram #plant #prickshop #plantsmakepeoplehappy #indoorjungle #plants #plantportrait #plantaddict #plantsofinstagram #instaplant #cactusgram #plantgoals #plantstrong #cactusofinstagram

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London’s only boutique dedicated to cacti and succulents, Prick also sell their wares online. From large statement-making cacti to small windowsill-sized guys, brand founder Gynelle Leon sources a selection of the most unusual and exotic plants from across the UK and Europe, as well as designing a range of small terracotta plant pots to perfectly house their green friends.

Shop Prick.