If you're looking to support Black-owned businesses, one great way to to do so is to shop Black owned and founded brands on Black Pound Day, held the Saturday of every month – the next on 1 October 2022 – and we've decided to share some of our favourites.
There are so many great Black fashion, lifestyle and beauty brands, as well as designers, out there to discover, whether you're a fan of Etsy and indie designers, or love a great Black-owned label at bigger retailers like John Lewis, Net-a-Porter or Amazon.
Black Pound Day has moved offline as well - the Black Pound Day store in London's Westfield shopping centre stocks more than 80 Black-owned companies and brands.
So high-end luxury buy, or something simple and sweet, there's a Black-owned brand you can support while also adding something fabulous and unique to your beauty haul or wardrobe.
We've put together an edit of our favourites, including royal approved designers that count Meghan Markle as a fan.
What is Black Pound Day?
The #BlackLivesMatter movement shines a light on racial prejudice and inequality and demonstrates that it is up to us to make sure the work of promoting change and dismantling systematic racism continues. One great initiative is Black Pound Day.
The campaign hopes to motivate UK shoppers to, at least one day per month, buy from Black-owned businesses, both locally and online to help make the retail economy fairer and more diverse.
When is Black Pound Day 2022?
The Black Pound Day initiative began in June 2020 and is held on the first day Saturday of the month. The next one is 1 October – just in time for autumn-winter fashion and Christmas gifts.
EDEN BODYWORKS Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner, £15.19, Amazon
Black Pound Days remaining in 2022 are:
- 5 November
- 3 December
Keep reading for a list for our edit of fantastic brands to support, and visit the official Black Pound Day website for a comprehensive list across all sectors.
Black Pound Day 2022: Where you can shop
You can find some seriously chic Black owned fashion brands everywhere from ASOS to Net-a-Porter... including some Meghan Markle favourites.
When the Duchess of Sussex introduced baby Archie Harrison in 2019, she wore a very special look for her little boy's big debut – a belted trench dress that was the work of designer and artist Grace Wales Bonner. The designer's eponymous brand Wales Bonner is available from a number of retailers, including Matches, SSENSE and Net-a-porter, and she even has a cool sportswear collab with Adidas.
Nigeria-born Kemi Telford arrived in Britain in 1996 and studied law and worked as a credit risk analyst before giving up her career when her first daughter was born in 2007 to become a stay-at-home mum. She wanted to make a reality of her childhood dream - of owning a shop from which she could sell beautiful clothes to women. Her colourful designs - which include skirts, dresses and wide leg trousers - have Nigerian influences with a twist, and have earned her rave reviews on her own website, kemitelford.com. Her creations have also earned her a prime spot at John Lewis. Says Kemi: "They are more than just stylish clothes; they are loud, bold and tell the whole world, 'Look at me, I am fabulous.'." We 100 percent agree!
TOVE+ NET SUSTAIN Sirena dress, £465, Net a Porter
London-based duo Camille Perry and Holly Wright worked together at Top Shop before deciding to branch out on their own, pooling their 15 years of fashion experience. Their range of timeless dresses and tops are extremely covetable indeed.
We all need a piece of skin-toned underwear in our wardrobe, but until recently it was impossible to find designs that matched any skin tone apart from peach. Nubian Skin founder Ade Hassan set out to change this and the result is a range of carefully edited lingerie for women of colour. Now you can find Nubian Skin at shops like John Lewis and, starting Autumn/Winter 2022, Matches Fashion.
Exclusive drop box, (£145 value), £44, Fenty Beauty
Robyn Rihanna Fenty's love affair with makeup dates back to her days as a little girl in Barbados transfixed by her mother's lipstick. The first time she experienced makeup for herself, she never looked back. After her rise to fame, Rihanna was inspired to create Fenty Beauty after seeing a void in the industry for products that performed across all skin types and tones.
Neroli rose dry oil spray, £22.95, Anita Grant
Anita Grant started out experimenting with natural products in her kitchen in 2005. Today her award-winning range of natural and organic products includes everything from luscious body and face oils and hair care products. All are cruelty-free, handmade, fresh, to order in the UK and made with ingredients she sources directly from fair trade farming communities.
Duchess Meghan revealed another one of her favourite designers in a video interview from her Los Angeles home in autumn 2020, wearing a daring cut-out look by Victor Glemaud. Meghan's top is sold out but you can still pick up the brand on Shopbop.
Nigerian sisters Ronke and Adeola Jane left their high powered jobs in law and IT and launched Cultureville to share the beauty of African print with the world. Their stunning collection of clothes and accessories – which include gorgeous headbands, wraps, fans and masks – cater for men, women, and kids. The duo source their prints directly from West Africa, where they work with local suppliers, tailors and artisans.
Black Pound Day 2022: Independent Black designers on Wolf & Badger
Wolf & Badger is one of our go-to places to shop for independent labels, and it's an amazing place to discover Black designers and Black-owned brands, from fashion to jewelry and more.
Black-owned Etsy shops for Black Pound Day 2022
Etsy has a special storefront for Black-owned shops, making it easy to buy handmade and unique gifts while supporting Black Pound Day.
How can I further support Black Pound Day?
You can lend your support to Black Pound Day by shopping from black-owned businesses and brands, and recommending them to your friends and posting them on social media, tagging black-owned businesses and using the hashtag #BlackPoundDay. If you want to go the extra mile you can take part in the #BlackPoundDayChallenge by creating a video for your social channels explaining exactly how you’ll be supporting Black Pound Day.
And after you’ve made your purchases you can upload your receipt to the official website to help calculate the total spending power of Black Pound Day.
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