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 will not only help you shop more mindfully, but 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 do what we know: support and celebrate the best Black-owned British fashion and beauty brands, of which there are an impressive amount. 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. 

Though starting in creating menswear, Grace Wales-Bonner’s androgynous creations silhouettes have influenced the successful womenswear collections. You’ll find cosy knitwear alongside sleek tailoring that encompass European heritage and Afro Atlantic spirit.

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

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. This is shown through combining colourful gemstones and classic diamonds in perfect harmony. 

Fashion insider’s all love Tove (including Who What Wear columnist Monikh), 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. 

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 print designed in-house. 

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. 

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. 

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 by-product of other creations that has been transformed into a sleek bean shape. 

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. 

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

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. 

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. 

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

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

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. 

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

Farai London’s bold use of colours and cut out styles are 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. 

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

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. 

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

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. 

TTYA London’s range of timeless pieces cater to women who are 5’9″ or taller. Each piece is designed to last beyond changing trends and has caught the eye of A-listers like Jourdan, Elle Macpherson, Wendy Williams and many more. 

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. 

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. 

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

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

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. 

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. Worth trying its conditioner, which has rave reviews. 

The Afro Hair & Skin Co. not only has some of the chicest packing we’ve seen in a while (always nice to see something pretty on our beauty shelves), it’s products are loved. From shampoo bars to face masks, we guarantee you’ll love it all. 

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.

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

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. 

Next up, 32 Black-Owned Skincare, Hair, Fragrance And Makeup Brands We Love.