Here at Martha Brook, we love supporting and working with other small businesses. And as part of the important ongoing conversations about race and racism, one of the most direct and sustainable ways to support the black community right now is to shop from black-owned businesses.
So we want to share with you some amazing black-owned small UK businesses we have bought from in the past and come across recently. You can show support in many ways, not just by spending your pennies. See here for many different ways you can champion an independent store.
We hope this helps you find some brilliant new small brands to support and fall in love with.
1. mind the cork
Jenny uses her inspiration of nature along with her passion for craftsmanship to create sustainable homeware pieces. We were amazed to find out that everything she produces is made out of cork! We have definitely fallen in love with her pink cork planters. You can find Jenny on Instagram here.
2. The Letterwell
Self-taught calligrapher Pelumi started The Letterwell to produce hopeful, hand-lettered prints and offer calligraphy services. As we’re a big fan of typography and lettering, we fell in love with her beautiful letterforms the minute we saw them. You can find Pelumi on Instagram here.
3. Little Cake Garden
We first met Jasmine at our brand re-launch back in 2017 where she made us an amazing, pink three-tier drip cake. Since then, she’s been one of our go-to and favourite cake suppliers (if you don’t know, we eat a lot of cake!). Her luxury creations are insanely beautiful and taste as delicious as they look. You can find them on Instagram here.
4. The Kindred Workshop
Mutsa has only launched her jewellery/homeware business recently but we are loving all the earrings she has already created. She produces handcrafted pieces using clay and finishes them with playful and fun designs. We can’t wait to see what else she makes! You can find her on Instagram here.
5. M.Y.O (Make Your Own)
M.Y.O is a creative space for grown-ups. Started by Diane and Sam in 2017, to encourage adults to explore their creative sides. They run regular workshops along with hosting private classes for parties, we highly recommend their ‘make your own’ baby grow workshop! At the moment, since they are unable to run their classes, they are now hosting several creative workshops online. What a great idea to stay connected and get crafty! Find them on Instagram here.
6. Tanaka Soaps
Tanaka meaning ‘we are good’ in Zimbabwean Shona. Leonara’s mission is to create natural, plant-based skin products that are not only good for you but also kind to the environment. We simply love her soulful spirit, encouraging beauty and gratitude at the same time. Find her on Instagram here.
7. Thimble & Doll
Alisha, a self-taught sewer realised that it was hard to find dolls that reflect a diverse multicultural society and so she started Thimble & Doll where she makes dolls that resemble different ethnicities. She offers a bespoke service where you can create your own doll and choose from 10 various skin and hair colours. We love this brilliant way to embrace diversity. Support her on Instagram here.
Sarina is a visual artist who uses mix media to create interesting holistic art pieces. She loves to encourage creativity and offers workshops and free downable activities for kids! Our favourite product is the special edition ‘plant mom’ jigsaw as we loooooove a good puzzle but this one is very unique as there are only 10 available! Follow her on Instagram here.
9. Tihara Smith
Bringing the Caribbean tropic with a London twist, Tihara creates unique fashion & lifestyle accessories inspired by her heritage. From bright raffia bags to witty colourful cards to bespoke pieces, each one is handcrafted to bring you some needed sunshine! See more of what she does on Instagram here.
10. Our Lovely Goods
A family run business set up by Ebi and Emmanuel to create products that are rich with goodness. Along with producing skincare and soy candles, they also collaborate with talented artisans from Nigeria to create a carefully curated homeware collection. Their Instagram is one of those ones you can get lost for hours in (guilty!). See more here.
So, there you a go, ten amazing black-owned small businesses that you can easily support. We know that there are more other businesses and brands that we haven’t discovered so if you know any please do tag them below. Here’s to finding many more brilliant artisans, makers and brilliant small businesses to follow and support.