Black Owned Businesses to Shop at for the Holidays

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A lot of people have been asking me lately where I shop at. If you know me, you know I am constantly wearing t-shirts, carrying a bag, or notebooks with bold statements. Every single one of them were designed by a Black owned business. With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas approaching, I thought I would share some of my favorite Black owned businesses. Get your credit cards ready because you’re about to drop a bunch of coins once you see this list.

HGC Apparel

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If you have seen anyone wearing a “Black by Popular Demand” shirt, hat, jacket, etc., you have HGC Apparel to thank for that. HGC Apparel was founded by Marcia Smith, a Washington D.C. native and Howard University Alumna in 2008. Her focus is simple: exude blackness while being unashamed for it. Numerous celebrities such as Zendaya, Waka Flocka, and Charlemagne the God have rocked her designs because they are that good and affordable. HGC Apparel is one of my favorite businesses to shop at. I have at least ten items ranging from t-shirts, hats, and stickers because the collection screams Black empowerment. Smith has created a phenomenon with her witty taglines. An item from her collection needs to be added to your closest if you haven’t added one already.

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The Cultured Savage

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The Cultured Savage are the original creators of the “Blacker the College the Sweeter the Knowledge” t-shirts and sweatshirts. The company, which was founded in 2014 by a Winston-Salem State alum (my alma mater), has been on the rise, designing “shirts with a meaning.” Some of the most popular apparel includes their “HBCUs vs. Everybody,” “Malcolm, Mandela, and Me,” and “Motherland Love” tees. The Cultured Savage’s clothing is definitely #ForTheCulture.

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HBCU Grad by Urban Argyle

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Say it loud, “I’m an HBCU grad and I’m proud!” HBCU Grad is a “clothing line that promotes pride and excellence in being associate with Historically Black Colleges & Universities.” The Greensboro, NC (my hometown) business has over 100 designs specifically made for showing pride in being a HBCU grad. They even have designs for your future offspring to aspire the same milestone. If you love Martin, All That, or grew up in the D.A.R.E program, you will fall in love with the collection found on their website.

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Izzy & Liv

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Since I am a writer, I love buying quirky notebooks that match my personality. I could never find one I really liked or screamed me until I stumbled across Izzy & Liv’s website. The family-owned company created by Nicole H. Brown in 2015, delivers “trendy apparel that celebrates the beauty, confidence, spirituality, history, loves, culture and diversity of women of color.” From t-shirts to mugs to greeting cards, Izzy & Liv displays Black Girl Magic in its truest form. When you shop at Izzy & Liv, you’re bound to find something you can relate to.

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Sweet Knowledge Clothing

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Founded by Howard Alum Leslie Antonoff, Sweet Knowledge Clothing has “fashionable, stylish wares to display HBCU pride.” It has easily become one of my favorite Black owned businesses because everything in the collection showcases Black excellence and the spirit of HBCUs. For anyone searching for the finest in collegiate apparel, Sweet Knowledge Clothing Company exists to fill that need and then some.

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Kashmir VIII

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Looking for paintings of Black culture to display in your home? Kashmir VIII is where you should shop at. The brand was founded by Cleveland native Kashmir Thompson. She has been making huge waves and creating big buzz all over the United States with her unique artistic creations. Her paintings are nostalgic moments drawn on pillows, tote bags, and phone accessories. Having one of Kashmir’s paintings will add an extra touch of blackness to your home.

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All Dem Shades

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The empowering and unifying pro-Black clothing line that “celebrates blackness in all shades.” Their “Hella Black, Hella Proud” collection is perfect for showing Black pride. Even further, their “Black Girls are Lit” symbolizes love for Black women. From swimsuits to hats, All Dem Shades has a variety of options for all shapes, sizes, and genders. Celebrate all shades of blackness with an item from their website.

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Brooklyn Vintage NYC

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Thanks to Brooklyn Vintage NYC, I have amassed a huge hat collection over the past two years. The company has so many options for headwear that is hard to pick just one. With the references to movies and television shows, BKVNYC consistently makes dope hats from all aspects of Black culture. If you’re looking for hats with nostalgia or that makes a statement, you need to head over to their website right away.

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Black owned businesses are thriving now more than ever. It is crucial that we support these companies are they continue to flourish and build their brand. The companies and I have listed in more are the places you should be shopping at during the holiday season. They have the perfect gifts that are bound to put a smile on someone’s face or even yours.

Not feeling any of my favorites? Head over to webuyblack.com or officialblackwallstreet.com to find the right Black owned business for you.

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