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5 Brands We Love Owned By Women Of Color

Lovely Earthlings

Born in the Republic of Panama, Karina Daniel Parris, is the incredible artistic mind behind Lovely Earthlings. At age seven, her family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Atlanta,GA, later growing up in Miami and New York where she found work in modeling and as a waitress. Her creative process flourished in her free time, and soon that "side hustle" became her newfound career.

Her work shares the metropolitan cities she's experienced as well as themes surrounding tropical weather, fashion, and diversity. She has recently been a featured artist on Etsy, appeared on Cheddar TV, & opened a retail Pop-Up shop in Brooklyn, NY.

Sienna Naturals

Sienna Naturals is a clean beauty company started by Hannah Diop, catering to textured hair and overall scalp health. Her intention with is simply to elevate the conversation around hair and scalp health.

"I love how the natural hair movement has inspired women to embrace our natural textures but the conversation has largely revolved around styling and the final look.

The natural botanicals infused in Sienna Naturals such as Baobab Oil, Copaiba Resin, Blue Tansy Oil and Vegan Proteins have been scientifically proven to improve hair and scalp health. Our products are free of: Silicones, Petroleum, Mineral Oil, SLS, SLES, Dyes, Fragrance, Phthalates, DEA, and other harsh synthetics. We are also intentional about how we source our ingredients and purchase from companies that pay sustainable wages and use sustainable harvesting practices."

Just like the regimen you have for your skin before wearing makeup, Sienna Naturals' products build the rituals you need to keep your textured hair healthy during the magnificent and diverse ways we as women with kinks, curls, frizz, waves and texture choose to wear their hair.

Their Promise:

-Every ingredient in every product we make is mindfully selected for it’s proven ability to replenish textured hair and scalp health without harmful side effects to your hair, body or the environment.

-Our plant-based ingredients rebuild the hair, soothe the scalp and give you style without animal byproducts. Baobab and Pea Proteins rebuild damaged textured hair; Blue Tansy Oil and Copaiba Resin naturally soothe and reduce inflammation in the scalp; Slippery Elm and Aloe Vera moisturize without causing build up.

-We work with our suppliers internationally to ensure that sustainable farming and fair living wage practices are being followed.

-We love animals, so we don’t test on them.

Golde

We love beverages that are not only good for you, but the environment too. Few beat Golde.
Their motto is that being well should feel good. That means products that look good, taste good, and help you feel like your best self.

Trinity Mouzon Wofford co-founded Golde with her partner Issey Kobori in 2017 with the mission of bringing good vibes to the wellness industry. The buzz-worthy independent, Brooklyn-born brand is centered in making superfood-boosted essentials for internal health as well as external natural beauty.

linguaNigra

Alicia Goodwin has been creating jewelry since childhood, but it wasn’t until she was earning her degree at The State University of New York Fashion Institute of Technology that she realized creating impactful work in metal was her true calling. During her 18 years of living in New York City, she worked for many talented small designers and also larger jewelry brands, all the while adding work to her own unique line of jewelry, linguaNigra.

The work is created using several techniques, most notably acid etching and also metal reticulation. Each approach gives random texture that can never be predicted during process. The final result is metal with a mix of textures based on time and chance. Shapes are then cut out of the work, or cast items created from wax receive texture. During one of the final steps of the process, the texture becomes even more trans-formative when electroplated with 22kt gold. It is inspired by nature, with a focus on ancient talismans, Victorian era work and mourning sentimental jewelry. Made of brass, silver and gold, extra care is given to these works. With nods to everything from markings on beetles to the texture on trees, Lingua Nigra is meant to evoke a timeless feeling that can be worn everyday, because this form of art should be shared by wearing.

Unwrp

Ashley Fouyolle can actually pinpoint the moment that changed the course of her life. She reflects on her time at Baruch College with fervor, learning that failure can be the best ingredient for success. Fouyolle began her journey at Baruch pursuing a degree in marketing. However, after failing a required math course she questioned if marketing was the right path for her. She took a leap of faith and decided to enter design. Ashley now reflects on that “failure” with gratitude, for if she had not flunked out of her math requirement she would have never found her passion. Fast forward 5 years after graduating in 2013, and she has been features in a number of magazines from Essence to Ebony and beyond only a year into starting her gift-wrapping company, UNWRP. Not only does UNWRP reconfigure our relationship to gift-giving, but Fouyolle emphasizes the beauty of something that may now seem so archaic: paper.

"I’ve always loved paper for how versatile and dynamic it is! I had made a habit of personalizing my friends’ gift wrap. There’s something special about watching someone open a gift that has been personalized for them. It makes the experience of gift-giving that much more enjoyable because it makes them feel special. It is really about the art of something tangible in an age where we do not cherish physical experiences. The way paper moves and bends excited me," she says.

In addition to featuring a variety of products, UNWRP also showcases work by other designers, most of who she found through Instagram! As a designer herself, it was important to Fouyolle to create a platform for digital artists to see their work manifest in real life.

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