Black-Owned British Fashion and Beauty Brands to Support Now and Forever

We always advocate spending your money wisely, which is why it's important to take a moment to consider who your purchase will benefit before you hit that confirmation button on any checkout experience. Knowing where your pound is going not only will help you shop more mindfully but also can have an incredible ripple effect—one for good. This impact could perhaps be even greater this month as we come together to celebrate Black History Month in the UK.

It's vital that we celebrate and support the Black community in the UK. While we're not here to give you a history lesson (although, you can go donate and support The Black Curriculum, which addresses the lack of Black British history in the UK Curriculum), we can support and celebrate the best Black-owned British fashion and beauty brands, of which there are an impressive number. Black History Month is an excellent time to champion the brilliant Black-owned brands in our country, but don't let them fall from your radar post-October. Scroll on to see our list to buy from now and to bookmark for future shopping moments. 

FASHION BRANDS

1. WALES BONNER

Though she started with menswear, Grace Wales Bonner's androgynous creations have influenced the successful womenswear collections. You'll find cosy knitwear alongside sleek tailoring that encompass European heritage and the Afro Atlantic spirit.

2. LISA FOLAWIYO

Lisa Folawiyo has a talent for taking traditional West African fabrics and tailoring them for her modern collections. The finishing touches are done by hand and demonstrate true artisan craftsmanship and expertise. 

3. AURELIA & PIERRE 

Founder Amokeye Adede designs fine jewellery that plays off notions of duality and contrast that reflect her life: Nigeria and England, science and art, city and countryside. She does this combining colourful gemstones and classic diamonds in perfect harmony. 

4. TOVE

Fashion insiders love Tove (including Who What Wear columnist Monikh Dale), and it's clear to see why. The brand offers elevated feminine pieces to suit all occasions with the intent to encapsulate strength and beauty. 

5. LISOU

Love bold-coloured prints? Lisou is the place to go. Specialising in silk pieces with a twist, Lisou's collections take classic silhouettes and add vibrant  hues and patterns, with all prints designed in-house. 

6. ROOP

We spotted Roop's gorgeous bags a few years ago, and the brand has just gone from strength to strength. The recognisable styles are inspired by traditional Japanese furoshiki. Also, they're made from remnant, deadstock and vintage fabrics to be as green as possible. 

7. APRIL & ALEX

More directional brand April & Alex is definitely one to bookmark for stand-out pieces. With a focus on slow fashion, the brand uses certified reclaimed luxury fabrics for its bold designs. 

8. YALA JEWELLERY

Yala Jewellery isn't just sustainable—it's also affordable. Find elegant earrings and necklaces that are suitable for everyday wear. This brass pendant is a byproduct of other creations that have been transformed into a sleek bean shape. 

9. BIANCA SAUNDERS

Bianca Saunder takes inspiration from her British and Jamaican background to create her menswear collections. Classic silhouettes are refreshed with modern twists such as this asymmetric neckline. This might be menswear, but we can totally see wearing this oversize. 

10. AAKS

Akosua Afriyie-Kumi founded the brand to highlight the weaving techniques of the women in Ghana and increase awareness of ethical production. These intricate bags are a masterclass in craftsmanship. 

11. LOUDBRANDSTUDIOS

Created by Jedidiah Duyile, this label produces body-con dresses with slashed fronts and crop tops with matching trousers. The main inspiration stems from an appreciation of African cultural explorations and shapes of the early 2000s. 

12. CASELY-HAYFORD

Tailoring flair runs in families, as proven by Charlie Casely-Hayford, who set up the brand with his late father, Joe Casely-Hayford. As well as their bespoke tailoring services, you can find crisp tailored pieces on their website, like this cinched-waist shirt that has detachable sleeves. 

13. ACE & PRINCE

You'll be lucky to get your hands on the Ace & Prince tote bags, as they sell out so quickly. Founded by former stylist Chloe Forde and former model Heidi Murray, the brand was born out of a shared love for art, style, design and homeware.

14. NUBIAN SKIN

From bras to knickers as well as shapewear, Nubian Skin is the brand that creates skin-tone lingerie and hosiery for people of colour. Stock up on staples, or opt for more intricate lace designs. 

15. DURO OLOWU

If you don't fall in love with every single one of this brand's designs, then we'll be surprised. Duro Olowu seamlessly combines patterns and textiles that are drawn from his international background. Head to the site to find out where to get your hands on the pieces. 

16. ROXANNE RAJCOOMAR-HADDEN

Roxanne Rajcoomar-Hadden has an innate understanding of what makes each piece of jewellery special. She creates gorgeous yet simple, one-of-a-kind pieces by appointment.

17. FARAI LONDON

Farai London's bold use of colours and cut-out styles is sure to catch your eye. From dresses to swimwear to corsets, there's plenty of vibrant styles to choose from. Oh, and Kylie Jenner is a major fan of this brand. 

18. MAISON BENT

Maison Bent creates sustainable, luxury womenswear that effortlessly combines vintage Caribbean aesthetics with modern glamour. 

19. CANOPI HOUSE

Canopi House's second collection is inspired by founder Timmy Amoo's background in chemistry. The collection, named Carbon, explores the characteristics of carbon structure, which can be seen in this hexagonal bag. 

20. LJ SIGNATURE

Cousins Jackie and Lisa combined forces to create a line of sleepwear in celebration and acknowledgement of the union of nightwear and headscarves. The collections feature prints that match hair-protecting headscarves and incorporate sizes 8 to 26. 

21. KEMI TELFORD

Kemi Telford pieces are designed to last forever, as the brand focuses on sustainable practises. The founder, Yvonne Modupe Telford, pays tribute to Nigerian heritage through the vibrant, colourful collections. 

22. TTYA LONDON

TTYA London's range of timeless pieces cater to people who are 5'9" or taller. Each piece is designed to last beyond changing trends and has caught the eyes of A-listers such as Jourdan, Elle Macpherson, Wendy Williams and many more. 

23. SINCERELY NUDE

Sincerely Nude was born out of a need for more diverse nude tones. The brand offers a range of skin tones for everything from underwear and boob tape to dresses and loungewear. 

24. JAWARA ALLEYNE

Jawara Alleyne's designs are inspired by the three places he grew up: Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and London. The fusion of these influences creates bold, impactful pieces that often play off his skill in drape work. 

BEAUTY BRANDS

25. PAT MCGRATH LABS

The queen of beauty Pat McGrath’s eponymous beauty collection is incredible. You need only try it out for yourself to see that. 

26. CHARLOTTE MENSAH

Award-winning stylist Charlotte Mensah put her decades of experience into her own brand, including this conditioner that tackles super-dry hair. 

27. LIHA

While candles aren’t the only products that Liha offers (see its skincare and soaps too), it’s this candle that smells of lavender and hibiscus, as well as geranium and frankincense, that’s caught our eye. 

28. DIZZIAK

Dizziak only launched a couple of years ago but already boasts a cult following. While this does work on all hair types, it’s particularly great for Afro hair, and it doesn’t rely on harsh chemicals.

29. THE AFRO HAIR & SKIN CO.

The Afro Hair & Skin Co. has some of the chicest packing we’ve seen in a while (always nice to see something pretty on our beauty shelves), and its products are loved. From shampoo bars to face masks, we guarantee you’ll love it all. 

30. BOUCLÈME

This brand works on all hair types but is particularly good for Afro hair. Apply when hair is wet out of the shower for the best results.

31. YARD + PARISH

Yard + Parish brings a luxury feel to online retail. The boutique sources super-chic and gorgeous brands that are Black-owned.

32. AFROCENCHIX

Award-winning, London-based Afrocenchix has a range of products—from hair oil to shampoo—that are ideal for Afro hair. All the products are also ethical and sustainable.