6 top-rated Black-owned businesses to support on Etsy
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February is Black History Month, and If you're looking for ways to support Black-owned businesses, Etsy might be exactly what you need. From home décor to Black-owned fashion brands, Etsy features a huge number of Black creators with excellent businesses to shop in all kinds of categories.
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To help your streamline your shopping, we've curated a list of six amazing Black-owned businesses to support this Black History Month and all year round.
1. Becca Lov Accessories
Becca Lov Accessories medium waterproof camouflage tote bag for $65
Owned and operated by Felicia Maxwell, this Los Angeles-based Etsy shop has not only been a longtime favorite of mine but reviewers, too. The BeccaLov line is the ultimate example that functional pieces can be fashionable. Every high-quality, waterproof tote is designed in fashion-forward prints that work everywhere from holiday soirees to the farmer's market.
Among our favorites is Becca Lov'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 that it doesn't feel oversized. But if a larger-sized tote is what you're looking for, then turn your attention to Becca Lov Accessories' large leopard tote, which is a personal favorite.
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!
2. Effie's Paper
With a perfect five-star rating and more than 3,500 purchases, Kalyn Johnson Chandler's Effie's Paper Etsy shop rank high on our list. Named after Kalyn's 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."
3. 3rd Arrival
This Black History Month, say "no" to conformity and "yes" to authentic self-expression by shopping 3rd Arrival's Etsy shop. Featuring offbeat and colorful journals, tees and stickers, 3rd Arrival 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—for something a little different, try the cheeky MEH. Nostalgiacore Hardcover Journal.
4. Joshica Beauty
Joshica Kiah Craig, the founder of this stellar beauty brand, is a military 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 standout options for Joshica Beauty fans. Both smell incredible and help to tame curls without the use of harsh chemicals or artificial additives.
5. Tal and Bert
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.
We love the Geode Crystal Soy Candle in particular, as well as the Air Plant Holder, which is the perfect tiny accent for a shelf or nook.
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. Reviewers raving over the "vibrant colors" and intricate detailing in each work.
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