As white allies, one way that we can provide tangible support to the BIPOC community is to make the conscious effort to seek out and shop with BIPOC-owned businesses. These businesses are amazing, but their owners have to work extremely hard to make the same impact as their white counterparts. They are less likely to be able to secure investment and, particularly in the current Covid climate, are more likely to go out of business.
Here we have compiled a list of just some of the incredible BIPOC-owned businesses that you can find on Instagram. Don't blame us if you can't stop yourself from buying from them all!
Stationery and Gifts
- Sabrina Khadija: Visual artist selling prints and accessories.
- Gina Kirlew: Cartoonist who creates adorable and joyful stickers and magnets, many featuring super cute food!
- Pineapple Sundays: Specialising in keychains, bookmarks and positive vibes!
- Paisley Paper Co: Designer of cool paper goods and the mastermind of the In Color Craft Market, a craft market showcasing crafters of colour launching in September in the Detroit area.
- Sexyfation: Pins, patches and assorted flair celebrating curvy pin ups.
- The Stationery Muse: Lifestyle and paper goods made with women in mind.
- Siyo Boutique: Funny and sassy cards and gifts.
- Natalie Gaynor Designs: Hand embroidery artist, creating both bespoke and ready-to-ship hoops.
- La Basketry: Baskets and homewares hand woven by Tabara, who also runs workshops to teach others to weave.
- Mind the Cork: Eco-friendly and contemporary cork homewares
- Naked Clay Ceramics: Beautiful minimal ceramics handmade in Bedforshire.
- Prick: London's first cactus and succulent shop.
- Our Lovely Goods: Scottish business specialising in natural candles, skin care and homeware.
- We Are Nomads: Stylish homewares sourced directly from local artisans and designers from Africa and beyond.
- Century General Store: Edinburgh store stocking sustainable and ethical goods for everyday life.
Clothing, Jewellery and Accessories
- Sanchos: Clothing store in Exeter specialising in sustainable and ethically sourced clothes.
- Feathers and Wings: Delicate jewellery made by Jane in London.
- LeyeLesi: Sustainable, luxury accessories brand.
- Kamso Kids: Ethical kidswear inspired by African heritage.
Health and Beauty
- Tanaka Soaps: Handmade soaps using all natural, cruelty-free ingredients.
- Brows by Femi: Microblading studio in Glasgow City Centre
- Rich Skxn: Cruelty-free skincare for diverse skin.
Food and Drinks
- Plumb and Rabbitts Cake Studio: Luxury wedding cake designer in Northumberland.
- O'Caykx Wedding Cakes: Award winning cake makers based in Aberdeen.
- Knights Kitchen: African street food made in Edinburgh.
- Matugga Rum: Golden and spiced rum, distilled in Scotland.
- Island Slice Rum: Traditional rum blended and bottled on the banks of the Clyde.
- The Good Store: Independent organic, plastic free grocery store in Edinburgh.
- Dmarz Designs: Branding, web design and hand lettering
- Romaine Reid: Motion Designer who has worked for companies such as Disney, Google and Samsung creating stunning visuals.
- Salsabil Morrison Photography: Wedding photographer based in Norfolk. You can also check out her Lifestyle and Editorial work at The Edit by Salsabil.
- Too Gallus: Branding agency in Glasgow working alongside small businesses and multinationals alike. Founder Barrington Reeves was also behind the organisation of the Black Lives Matter protest at Glasgow Green and has set up the Black Scottish Business Fund.
This blog post was written and researched by HOYFC staff member Kayleigh.