Keep the buy Black energy going through Fall 2021 with this collection of Black-owned brands! From delicious foodie finds to seasonal home decor and cozy sweats, there's something for everybody.
The brisk breezes of fall are upon us--well, some of us. And that means it is officially time to get cozy. I think we should be buying Black and supporting Black businesses 365 days a year--not just during the holidays--and, to that end, have rounded up 25 popping brands perfect for this season. Start scrolling for cozy clothes from Black designers, black candle makers, books from Black authors to curl up with this fall, Black-owned makeup brands to shop for statement lip colors, and Black home decor brands to refresh your space for fall. I've even included Black food brands for all the seasonal baking, drink-making, and more that we'll be doing throughout fall 2021. Do I have your attention? Let's get into it!
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1. Blk & Bold
I know that as the weather gets cooler, Black-owned coffee and tea brands are on your mind so let's kick this thang off with Blk & Bold Specialty Beverages. They are widely available, including at Target stores across the country, and dedicated to racial equity, education, and advancement. And, if a morning cup of coffee isn't your thing (I feel you), they just released a new limited edition flavor with Ben & Jerry's ice cream in support of the People's Response Act.
Three brothas, who are also brothers, opened the first Black-owned distillery in Kentucky and the result is smooth and delicious. Brough Brothers Bourbon is becoming more and more widely available (I've found it at several liquor stores around Houston) so look up where to buy it near you. And make plans to visit the distillery for the full experience!
Calabash Tea & Tonic is a Black-owned tea and food shop with two locations in the DC area AND online ordering for shipping nationwide. I love their Panther Partea, which is similar to an Arnold Palmer and have a sachet of the Heart Chakra Tea for brewing at home.
4. Dabira Aroma
Give yourself or someone you love the gift of beautiful candles made by a Black woman in the Bay area! I love Dabira Aroma's destination scents, especially Lekki Beach, and they have a solid Pumpkin Spice candle perfect for this time of year. They're currently restocking the site so make sure you enter your email address to be notified of the next drop!
If you thought I wouldn't plug my own small Black woman-owned business, you thought wrong! Check out my shop for cozy finds like this crisp embroidered sweatshirt and bossy coffee mug. Go ahead a scoop up my holiday dinner guide, while you're at it.
6. Fanm Djanm
As the weather changes, and we seek protective hairstyles, beautiful head wraps should be in regular rotation. Fanm Djanm, which means strong woman, is a dynamic, Austin-based brand from Haitian entrepreneur and creative Paola Mathé. It will be very difficult not the buy one of everything and trust, the quality is there.
7. Forvr Mood
Jackie Aina just doesn't miss with her luxe scented candles and I am over here fighting the air because I just found out there's a fall collection dropping on September 30. I mean, just take all my money, why don't you, sis?! My all-time fave is Cuffing Season.
8. Grass Fields
I always always get compliments and questions on the ankara and African-inspired pieces I wear and most of the time, they're from Grass Fields. This UK-based brand is run by two Cameroonian sisters who source their pieces from West African countries like Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria.
When you want to make a style statement, turn to Hanifa! This African designer has stormed the globe with her unique, luxurious pieces and I simply cannot get enough, hence the start of this whole post in her iconic Miya Sweater Dress.
10. Karen Jai Home
Styling your home for fall? Whether you're adding cozy throw pillows or new wall art, Karen Jai Home should be on your shopping list. If you're design obsessed, their website will be a happy place for you. Ask me how I know!
11. Kyvan Foods
Add some Georgia-grown goodness to your menu this fall with Kyvan Foods. I am a huge fan of their award-winning Honey Apple Butter and will griddle up some toast real quick just to keep myself from eating it straight off the spoon. Their Sweet Potato BBQ Sauce also slaps! Check for them at Walmart and Kroger, or order direct.
12. McBride Sisters
The McBride Sisters can do no wrong, from their iconic Black Girl Magic collection to their purposeful She Can canned wine. They're also widely available so you can shop locally or order direct. Join their wine club for the fall, if you plan on entertaining.
13. Melanin Apparel
I have been rocking Melanin Apparel for years now and am in good company as Issa Rae showed them love in an episode of Insecure. They make sweats, tees, hoodies, hats, and more all for the culture. Go ahead and snag something comfy for your fall streaming sessions. The Legalize Being Black t-shirt is a major favorite.
14. Mented Cosmetics
Fall is time to work all the beautiful, rich Earth tones and deep jewel tones into our makeup routines and Mented Cosmetics delivers all of that! I love a good chocolate gloss and just hit add to cart on Baby Brown and Send Nudes. Find them at Target, too!
Candle making is an art and Olphactory Candles creates masterpieces inspired by jazz music. They were recently named one of Oprah's favorite Black candle brands and just released sustainable candle jars that can be repurposed into drinking glasses and coasters when you're done burning! My personal favorites are Sessions and Interlude.
16. Red Bay Coffee
You can get your coffee fix from Red Bay Coffee at one of their Bay-area shops, online at Target and through Whole Foods/Amazon, or by ordering direct. Their coffee blends are named with nods to global Black culture and they even sell canned cold black coffee for on the go.
I love applesauce year-round but especially in the fall when apples are so crisp and abundant. Sanaia makes naturally-sweet applesauce specifically for adults in a variety of flavors like guava, blackberry, and hibiscus, with no unnecessary ingredients! You might have seen their founder, Keisha, on an episode of Shark Tank. Find them on Amazon and at Walmart.
Did you know that there are affordable online clothing stores for sweats, sweaters, and more...that are Black owned? Well, now you do. You don't have to give all your coins to the fast-fashion giants in order to achieve the current aesthetic. Sorella Boutique is every Instagram baddie's favorite shop and founded by two sisters from the West coast.
19. Soultri Scents
Do not, I repeat, do not get caught ashy this fall or winter! Keeping your skin moisturized and popping is really important all year but especially at this time of year when the temperatures drop and the wind can be brutal. I love Soultri Scents body care products because they are richly scented and deeply moisturizing. And each lid has a space to write an affirmation to yourself. I'm currently loving the body butter and lotion bar in their signature scent, Soultri.
20. Trade Street Jam
I'm sure you've heard of Trade Street Jam but in case you haven't, fall is the perfect time to get acquainted. I like the plum & rose jam for everything from mixing into seasonal cocktails to placing on my autumn charcuterie boards. Buy direct or find them near you.
21. Uncle Nearest
As the temperatures drop, I reach for brown liquor more often than not for mixing up cocktails at home. Uncle Nearest whiskey is a must-have bottle in your home bar setup. You really can't go wrong with any expression of this small-batch whiskey but I'm partial to the 1856 and the 1884. See how I mixed it up in this brown sugar pineapple drink.
22. Washington Ave
If you don't like to be seen in what everybody else is rocking, you need to be following Washington Ave. They source and re-work one-of-a-kind thrift and vintage fashion finds and have a cult following on Instagram (myself included) that waits with bated breath on their weekly drops!
23. Yolele Foods
Please do not waste your time or money on that fraudulent jollof rice mix at TJ's. Get some authentic West African grain action in your kitchen with Yolele Foods' fonio, from renowned Senegalese chef, Pierre Thiam. Fonio is so versatile and I especially love adding it to meal salads. Buy this revolutionary African food direct, at Whole Foods, or on Amazon.
24. Zach & Zoe
Another Black brand favorited by Queen Oprah is Zach & Zoe Sweet Bee Farm, which is run by a Black family in New Jersey. And they have the range. The Beet Root Honey is my personal favorite. Add a jar to your cart for all the fall tea you'll be sipping.
25. Zakiya Dalila Harris
The Other Black Girl is one of 2021's most highly anticipated books that just happens to be written by a Black woman. The story is a super-relatable one about a main character who is one of one Black women at her job until a new employee joins and then there's a big twist! Add this one to your fall reading list or book club lineup. Buy The Other Black Girl anywhere books are sold, including at Target and on Amazon.
I hope you found a few new Black brands to support in 2021 and every year after that. If you have any to add, please leave them in the comments below. I'm always on the lookout and would so appreciate your recommendations. And sharing is caring so be sure to pin this list over on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!