As part of our, now traditional, Saturday #smallbusinessshoutoutsaturday on our Instagram
we focused on makers from all over UK, who are talented and gifted in their craft...from beauty, apparel and accessories to homeware and craft ideas...these makers have been relentless at perfecting their craft despite the odds, despite the hardships and challenges.
Below are just some of the black-owned businesses that we admire, aspire to, and are inspired by in their pursuit of beauty, handcrafted, and made to be loved.
Bespoke Binny is a British based business offering a range of handmade homeware and gifts items made from West African cloth. The birth child of Natalie Manima, Bespoke Binny's products range from Pillows, Lampshades, Aprons, Oven gloves, table runners and card holders.
Dar Leone is a Clerkenwell, London based design studio. They create and curate a globally inspired range of jewellery, cushions and interior objects, all inspired by Isatu's travels.
Our Lovely Goods
handcraft natural wax candles, botanical skincare and work with talented artisans in Nigeria to curate their collection of homewares.
Seeking to make Western African culture accessible to all, ONUA is an embodiment of Western African artistry displayed in an elegant and harmonious way.
Tola Laseinde is the designer/maker behind the vibrant lampshades, homeware & gifts all made by hand from her home-studio in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. Her African inspired handcrafted lampshades are my signature & best-selling products. They are certainly a quick & easy way to inject splashes of colour into your spaces.
Since 2016, Sara has been crafting products and encouraging her customers to buy sustainably. A brand born out of a love for textiles, Sarora Knots embraces green displays and combines them with functional design.
La Basketry was launched in 2017 as an online boutique, offering baskets and unique woven products all handwoven by a group of female artisans in Ngaye Mkeke, a small village in Senegal.
Considered craftsmanship, innovation and sustainable design are at the heart of what Jenny does at mind the cork.
Formed from the belief that we don’t need to destroy the world to make our homes beautiful, mind the cork
aims to make the most of one of the world’s most underrated materials.
Established 25 Atelier - is a British homeware and fashion accessories boutique that combines contemporary design with quality craftsmanship.
The home of modern African and Caribbean themed home décor. All products are functional with an uncompromising focus on quality and durability.
Creativity flowing through Tasha's bones, she mastered her handcrafting skills and began creating luxury scented candles, leatherware and homeware products and thus 'Cornucopia Emporium' was born...
Melitarose embodies all of these elements through a collection of beautiful hand-poured candles made with natural soy wax & created with passion, care and attention.
1st Savile Row trained female to launch a women’s only tailoring brand. Trained by Princess Diana’s Tailor. Tailor to Cinema, Stars and Princesses.
Sika is inspired by the rich and diverse culture of Ghana, West Africa. Every fabric has been carefully selected in Ghanaian markets.
‘Twisting the Tribal’ has been the main aim of the line, which is where the name originated. Kamau saw a need in the market for ‘tribally modernised’ clothing and for easy access to it. She aims to empower through her clothing with bold prints which are known to boost the mood and unconventional designs to make each person feel special.
Chalk is a London based design studio run by architect Malaika who creates unusual, geometric, wearable forms. Designer and maker Malaika has a passion for beautifully crafted design in all its forms, from the structure of large cityscapes to the intricacies of fine jewellery pieces.
afton \ by palm is a brand dedicated to design with minimalist styling at its foundation. hand crafted goods, which have been crafted with the environment in mind, have each been made with femininity and earthy tones as a focal point.
Simone Brewster focuses on the design and production of exclusive sculptural statement jewellery and bespoke adornment. Brewster has worked with galleries, boutiques and individuals who desire bold pieces to adorn their person and their personal spaces.
Michele created Bouclème out of a desire to have healthy, frizz-free curls using all-natural ingredients. The Boucleme range was conceived, created, and is manufactured in the UK. They care passionately about curly hair and the planet we inhabit. Their products are packed with high-performance actives that restore moisture and life to dry lacklustre hair.
Black Girl Knit Club represent a community of Black Women & Girls who love to learn new hand skills and celebrate each other based in East London, UK
Line and Honey is a brand created out of a need to amp up the self-care in a busy, ambitious and fast-paced world. Focused on feeling visible and feeling well (within ourselves and our minds), all of the creativity that comes out of Line and Honey is done so with the intention of using art to be mindful and relaxing, focusing on the visibility and unapologetic attitude of women of colour.
House of Zabadi is a shop full of colour and fun celebrating the beauty of West African culture. All fabrics, literature and prints are carefully sourced and selected from markets and makers in Nigeria and all stationary and bookmarks are handmade in Cardiff, Wales by Chanai Zabadi.
Parys Gardener is an award-winning contemporary digital illustrator based in Bristol, UK. She creates Pop art with a modern edge.
Dorcas is an owner - illustrator - artist - product designer - instagram poster - order packer - customer service agent - behind DorcasCreates. You'll find a lot of bold colours, pattern-work and references to her Nigerian heritage.
Art for mind, body & soul. Check out her selfcare Colouring book Women+Patterns+Plants. All of Sarina's pieces are tailored for Woman, baby and home and she has great pleasure of running a varied mix of creative workshops for toddlers and adults in London.
Bonita Ivie Prints is a gifts, stationery and homeware brand that celebrates African culture with the use of bold colour and patterns synonymous with traditional West African prints, also known as ‘ankara’.