2018 Holiday Gift Guide

In Her Shoes 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: 75 Black Women-Owned Brands to Shop

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Not quite sure where the year went and have no clue where to start your holiday shopping? Stress no more, my loves. From literature and fashion to home decor and wellness, I’ve curated a list of 75 Black women-owned brands you’ll want to give all of your coins to this holiday season. Doing a little shopping for yourself, too? Here’s every single thing you’ll need to introduce some dope, conversation-starting pieces to your office, home, or wardrobe. Let’s be purposeful with our spending and intentional about supporting our sisters in business this Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and beyond.

Leave a comment below if you have a favorite Black woman maker I missed!

ACCESSORIES:

AfricaBoutik: Africaboutik is the online store of Ghanaian-German designer and fashion blogger MsK NY. The brand delivers a contemporary mix of modern African fashion and interior design. They offer a curated selection of Africa-inspired fashion, fashion produced on the African continent, accessories sourced from local artisans as well as designs handmade at their home base in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Nikki Cade Studio: Texas-based artist Nikki Cade finds inspiration in her worldly travels – the places she explores, the cultures she encounters and the friends she makes along the way. Painting on spherical surfaces, she allows creativity to flow as her brush transforms abstractions into global works of art.

Malaika Apparel: Malaika Apparel at its core aims to embody a distinguishable form of revolution. This brand is a practice that defies contemporary norms and aims to celebrate all people of color.  The inspiration of Malaika Apparel is a challenge to the social conditions where Black representation is limited to its appropriation. Malaika Apparel is thus a call for agency and the empowerment of the Black/African Diaspora.

P. Sherrod & Co.: While visiting South America, two friends came across a small family owned leather manufacturer. They were blown away by the rich, stunning, unbelievably soft leather which came in an array of textures and colors.  Since then, P. Sherrod & Co. has emerged in the industry offering a premium selection of high quality, reasonably priced, genuine leather lifestyle bags for women. Each of their bags fulfills a purpose and satisfies our customer’s need to look, feel or just be smart, sleek, sophisticated, and exceptional.

 

Royal House of Wraps: Royal House of Wraps is a fresh company built from dreams manifested into reality. I am an artist, mother, creator, believer and doer who believes that we should all live our life like it is golden.  Royalty is your birthright and I am here to remind you of that. Thank you for allowing Royal House of Wraps to enrich your life creatively through our fashion which is all handmade with love in Los Angeles. Be Bold. Be Creative. Be Royal.

 

Akoto Bags: Jacqueline Green,  the founder of Akoto Bags, has an unwavering love and adoration for all things Africa and in particular, the riches of Ghana. During a recent excursion to her home, the love affair was renewed by the scenic views, beautiful culture, and multifaceted talents found in the people. Her goal is to showcase some of that allurement in the quality pieces she offers. Each Akoto Bags piece is handmade in Ghana with 100% cotton wax print and fine leathers.

Shop Obsessorized: Launched by author and lifestyle blogger, Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey, Shop Obsessorized celebrates the Black girl magic in us all. Product obsessed ladies will love her too-cute-to-pass up items like the canvas makeup bags. They’re sassy, affordable, and perfect for stashing your favorite beauty products!

Vavvoune: Founded by Valerie Blaise in Brooklyn, New York, Vavvoune is a leather accessories brand recognized through way of cultured design. While modernizing bag/accessory silhouettes and shapes (with a dash of spunk) through subtle but sufficient femininity. Character and texture introduces inspiration, making it a huge part of the creative operation and overall aesthetic. As inspiration guides creativity.

MOC Eyewear: Moment of Clarity (MOC) is the destination for authentic deadstock vintage frames from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond. What started out as one’s need for affordable eyewear, has evolved into a brand that empowers self-expression by providing timeless, stylish frames.

Sarep + Rose: The ethos of Sarep + Rose encompasses many things, but what is at their core is to preserve, promote, and ultimately invest in traditional African craftsmanship. They combine traditional handwoven textiles and traditional leather-working skills with contemporary design to build the platform for these traditions to thrive.

Coloring Pins: Coloring Pins is a brand that represents people of color, the mis- and underrepresented. They want people to feel and see themselves in a very popular market. Coloring Pins is just here to add a bit more color to the pin game.

APPAREL:

HBCU Pride & Joy: HBCU Pride & Joy® is an upscale baby boutique dedicated to the next generation of HBCU fans. They pride themselves on offering a wide selection of officially licensed gear for babies, toddlers, and youth, so each purchase supports our beloved HBCUs.

SASS-E Todds: SASS-E Todds is a clothing line created by kids for kids. The online boutique features bold and bright apparel designed by sisters Stephanie and Samantha. The girls are actively involved in every aspect of the company, and are excited to see their creations come to life and become real items they can see on other little girls. With help from their Mom-in-Chief, Stephanie and Samantha are poised to take the fashion industry by storm.

 

Queen E. Collection: Queen E. Collection is a fashion line founded by Ms. Queen Enidiok in New York City. Inspired mostly by her African roots, the Nigerian born designer and stylist celebrates fashion forward women and men and their individuality through her simple yet sophisticated, chic and elegant apparel.

Terese Sydonna: Terese Sydonna is a New York-based contemporary ready-to-wear and accessories brand designed for the superhero in all of us. Inspired by bold prints, sculpture, and unexpected detail, Terese Sydonna’s collections celebrate a modern landscape where art, fashion and comfort intersect. Stylish, yet maintenance free, 95% of the collection is machine washable, quick drying, and wrinkle-free.

OFUURE: Launched in 2015, OFUURE is an award-winning African fashion label featuring beautiful and versatile pieces with vibrant, bold prints for the everyday queen.

 

Omondi: Recho Omondi is a Kenyan Women’s Fashion and Accessories Designer with clothing made in New York City. The brand has produced loose-fitting slip dresses, relaxed pantsuits, and, more recently, a shapeless halter named the “Carmichael Dress,” after one of Recho’s childhood heroes, the fictional Troy Carmichael from Spike Lee’s Crooklyn. From one collection to the next, the brand’s founder, Recho Omondi, has drawn inspiration from her childhood as a Kenyan-American girl raised by a single father in the Midwest.

Kebero Collection: Kebero Collection is a limited edition, lux casual, ultra feminine line made in the heart of NYC designed by self-proclaimed lover and fighter, Kellia Kebero.

Kinky Brooklyn Girl: Kinky is a double entendre. It means being comfortable with your sexuality and sensuality, yet it also identifies a hair type. Even though Kinky Brooklyn Girl was designed with the natural girl in mind, any girl can rock a kinky girl tee because kinky girls are free…naturally!

Random&Chic: Random&Chic was founded by freelance stylist, style blogger and fashion activist, Shayla Janel Hill. The online boutique was created specifically for the women who dare to stand out on purpose and stand up with purpose. They carry outrageously glamorous, eclectic, sexy, bold vintage clothing, shoes and accessories.

2live2love: If you’re reading this, it’s time for a TUTU!  2live2love has an assortment of tulle skirts and tulle apparel, all handmade in Baltimore, Maryland. Custom sizing and styling are available.

ART

Ayok’a: Meaning ‘welcome’ in a native language of the Ivory Coast, Ayok’a is a new platform designed to make the work of black artists available in the form of fine art prints, phone cases and t-shirts by emerging and established black artists from across the diaspora. The artists are hand-picked by the site’s curators and include illustrators, visual and multi-media artists, all of whose back stories are explored on the site in the form of interviews, bringing the passions and inspirations behind the art to life.

Elisa Michelle Designs: Elisa Michelle creates digital illustrations and products that depict brown girls aka bawse babes and all their melanin. The goal is to bring a slice of sunshine into the world through art.

BEAUTY

Africa Miranda Luminous Body Mist: Inspired by the legendary glamour of the French Riviera, our Luminous Body Mist softens, hydrates, and soothes the skin with an exotic blend of fragrant pampering oils. Spray a light layer of oil onto clean, damp skin after exiting the shower or bath. Massage gently into the skin until absorbed. For dry skin or problem areas, spray directly onto affected areas and massage into the skin until absorbed.

Nyakio: Founded by Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, Nyakio brings you beauty secrets, cultural traditions and natural ingredients from around the world for naturally ageless beauty. Nyakio features a five-regimen collection — cleanse, exfoliate, restore, moisturize and treat — which all work together to provide anti-aging benefits, the company said. The products are formulated to be free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, mineral oil, petroleum, formaldehyde and butylene glycol.

Elle Johnson: LaVonndra “Elle” Johnson, North Carolina native and brand strategist, became a skincare enthusiast after witnessing so many women struggle with skin conditions, often times leading to lowered self-esteem and confidence, and a reliance on artificial beauty.  Her own battle with extremely oily skin, causing black heads, lead her to seek viable options for skincare.  After trying chemical based products, which contained harsh chemicals and caused severe dryness and rash, Elle sought out natural remedies to calm the skin and aid in a clearer and even skin tone.

Polish & Co.: Polish & Co. was created for the beauty bombshell with the aesthetics of a Southern belle. Their nail polish effortlessly infuses modern and vintage as well as chic and cutting edge for a nail lacquer that defies expectations. From its inception, Polish & Co. has created high quality, innovative shade collections that range from syrupy concoctions such as Lemon Meringue to fashion fanatic colors such as Oh Hell No!

M. Roze Essentials: Clean out your drawers and makeup bag. Simplify your daily skincare regimen with natural simple products that work throughout the day to build better skin. M. Roze Essentials are designed for busy women who need the best everyday products.

Lip Fetish Cosmetics: Every woman has that one thing that makes them feel confident, makes them feel secure, like they can take on the world. As Quana grew in her own confidence, her “thing” became lipstick. LIPFETISH isn’t for your average woman, it’s for the woman who exudes confidence, the woman who demands attention, who stands her ground, and who welcomes the challenges of society, all while looking stylish and poised.

Pholk Beauty: As a Southerner, a vegan skincare expert, traveller, and former African Diaspora historian, the founder was always in awe of the golden thread of beauty and healing that weaves together the African Diaspora. Pholk Beauty grew out of her own sense of awe and gratitude at the timeless folk beauty and herbalist wisdom of her own kin, the cultivators and botanicals and minerals that have nourished their skin and souls for generations, and the multitude of ways that people of color infuse the globe with beauty.

Kami Cosmetics: Founded by Kameka Barrett, Kami Cosmetics is a luxury beauty brand for the sophisticated, chic, and bold woman. Kami Cosmetics believes that every woman is a BUTTERFLY  which symbolizes the journey, the transformation, and the freedom to feel beautiful.

Mielle Organics: Since inception, Mielle Organics’ products have taken the hair care market by storm. After mere months, Mielle Organics was widely recognized for its results-driven products and excellent customer service. Mielle Organics launched in 2014 with the creation of the first Mielle Organics product, the Advanced Hair Formula, a unique proprietary blend of herbs, amino acids and minerals to support healthy hair, skin and nails, and immune system. After popular demand, Mielle Organics began producing products customers demanded with the introduction of the the Mint Almond Oil, acclaimed for its scalp sensation and root stimulation that aid in hair growth and provide illustrious shine.

Girl + Hair: Founded by Dr. Camille VerovicUNDER HAIR CARE™ is the first natural hair care line formulated for nourishing your natural or relaxed hair while wearing protective styles. Your search is over for the most ideal hair care regimen for cleansing and protecting your natural hair while wearing weaves, braids or wigs. Girl + Hair created these products because they want to take the labor out of caring for your natural hair underneath your hair extensions. They use protective, fortifying and conditioning ingredients to maximize the growth, retention and strength of the natural hair follicles. All of their UNDER HAIR CARE™ products and packaging have been developed for easy application and use.

Pear Nova: Pear Nova looks to the runway’s most innovative designers and wraps the texture of luxury fabrics into subtle hues of lacquer. A year and a half went into perfecting a formula while staying true to custom color choices. The debut line is all creme polishes, with an aura of silk and leather that creates a depth you will get lost in. Pear Nova is designed in Chicago, made in the USA, cruelty free, vegan friendly and 5 free, which means no formaldehyde (ew), formaldehyde resin, camphor, toluene (huh?), and dibutyl Phthalate DBP (yikes!).

Briogio: Founded by Nancy Twine, Briogio is a refreshing deviation from a market saturated with products backed by big-name celebrity stylists and deep-pocketed corporations. Briogeo takes it back to basics, offering a high-performance, hair care collection that is naturally based, yet performance driven to provide visible results.

Hue Noir: Hue Noir is on a mission to change the face of beauty by putting multicultural women at the center of the modern beauty movement. Blending COLOR + SCIENCE + TECHNOLOGY, they develop innovative, everyday makeup solutions ideal for customers with nuanced skin tones ranging from fair to deep.

Chloe + Chad: Aisha, an accountant who works full time has turned her kitchen into a virtual lab, creating a line of organic and natural soaps, balms, lotions and body butters. A Brooklyn native who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, Aisha spends most of her late nights and weekends creating products into the wee hours of the morning. In October 2016 Aisha took a leap of faith and decided to go full launch with her products.  Armed with support from family Chloe and Chad was officially launched.

Oyin Handmade: Named after the Yoruba word for “Honey”, Oyin Handmade products are made with natural, organic, and food-grade ingredients. The line was created in 2001 by Jamyla Bennu, a lifelong ingredient-conscious naturalista, when she couldn’t find commercially available natural and organic products for her highly textured, natural hair. Joined by her husband and partner Pierre in 2003, the company began online only, and is still family-owned and operated.

Sacha Cosmetics: Sacha Cosmetics began operations in 1979 in Trinidad and Tobago which is an ethnically diverse market. Their vision was to develop a brand of makeup that all our women, regardless of ancestry, could wear. Today, through innovation and continuous improvement, they believe that SACHA is the most advanced brand of makeup ever developed for multicultural women – Asian, Hispanic, African, American, Indian and other women of color.

Melanin Hair Care:

Originally founded in 2015 by two sisters, Whitney and Taffeta White, Melanin Haircare is rooted in passion for natural hair care, healthy scalp, natural and safe ingredients, as well as high-quality products and unique merchandise that benefits the community that it serves.

BLK + GRN: At BLK + GRN, all Black artisans are carefully chosen by Black women’s health experts who know what an all-natural product truly looks like. The marketplace connects Black women with natural lifestyles to high-quality, toxic-free brands that share in our mission of health, wellness and community cultivation.

The Doux: A professional approach to texture developed by a professional stylist for Smart Chicks (and Gents) who want REAL RESULTS without the hype.

Epara Skincare: Epara means “to cocoon oneself” in the Nigerian dialect of Ebira. It is a collection of handcrafted skincare products tailored to the underserved needs of women of colour. One woman’s quest to discover luxury skincare that caters to the unique issues affecting women of colour led to a bespoke beauty brand created especially to nourish and protect. Epara is a line of high quality, scientifically-proven products derived from the rich soils of Africa that will wrap you in an all-natural luxury. Epara repairs and pampers, leaving skin moisturised and hydrated.

EDUCATION

Because of Them We Can: Because of Them We Can launched 5 years ago to counter the images and stories in the media that painted Black people in a negative light. That was in 2013 and Barack Obama was our president. The need to counter these narratives and their impact is far greater today than it was back then. The BOTWC team spent the last year surveying parents and teachers and kids and community leaders in order to develop something meaningful for the kids and the culture – enter the Because of Them We Can box for kids. Each month highlights a unique person, movement or organization through exclusive Because of Them We Can apparel items, educational activities and props. Children ages 5-12 will transform as they learn about history makers, past and present, and celebrate their history and excellence in a fun and engaging way. The hottest box of the year will launch on November 30th and ships just in time for Christmas with a special gift for parents!

Rhyme Antics: Rhyme Antics is a hilarious rhyming vocabulary game created by Chantel Calloway inspired by Hip Hop for ages 12+. Players get to think to the beat while they freestyle rap in a game that helps to expand vocabulary through rhyming competitions.

FOOD/BEVERAGES:

McBride Sisters Wine:   Black Girl Magic is a term we use often, but what does it really mean? How does it taste? What does it look, sound, and feel like? Maybe it doesn’t mean celestial perfection. Better yet it signifies the MAGIC within us that allows us to preserve, to create, and SLAY with the best with so much finesse. It tastes like the crisp sweet and sour notes of McBrides Sisters Reisling. It looks like the joy on your mother’s face when you call just to, “check up” on her, and sounds like a thousand Black Girls saying “Yassss” to a Beyoncé ballad. It feels like the company of other women who understand your unique experiences. The ways in which you have to navigate the world. The way you continue to be a BOSS and a lady. Girl, you are all things. Absolute BLACK GIRL MAGIC. Let’s sip to that!

Sanaia Applesauce: Sanaia is a category-disrupting applesauce brand created by CEO & Founder, Keisha Smith-Jeremie. As the perfect, healthy, on-the-go snack, Sanaia is all-natural and contains no dairy products, fat, cholesterol or sodium. It’s a “no-guilt” yet delectable snack, elegantly presented and environmentally friendly. From beginning to end, from the raw ingredients to the finished product in a pretty glass single-serve jar, Keisha insists that the process and the packaging contribute to the conservation of our natural resources.

The Spice Suite: The Spice Suite is the culminating vision of owner Angel Anderson’s love of good food and people. The Spice Suite is an interactive spice bar which features unique infused cooking oils and spice blends. Staying true to the motto “food is fashion,” Angel mixes spices and herbs that may not seem to match and makes spice ensembles that inspire chefs and home cooks alike.

Alexandra Winbush Tea: Here’s to the tea drinkers, the candle lighters, the lovers of music, the lovers of self. this is for you, this is for everyone. This is for us. With collections titled “all tea, no shade,” Angela Winbush online store is a moment to behold. It’s a crash course in self-care and destination for the woman (or man) who knows how to create an entire vibe.

FOOTWEAR:

Rebecca Allen: As a Black woman working in finance, Rebecca Allen always wanted to look professional without sacrificing clean, sophisticated style. She loves color, but never wore it because she couldn’t find the perfect nude pump to complete her outfits. Frustrated by the lack of options, she scoured swatches and borrowed her friends’ feet to find five nude shades to complement women from dark to light, particularly brown ladies. No matter your complexion, you can, of course, wear any and all shades you choose!

HOME

xnasozi: xnasozi (pronounced “by nə/sō/zē”) designs and creates home and lifestyle accessories inspired by a globe without borders. Conceived of and handmade in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn we specialize in blending elements of African-inspired textile design with authentic Brooklyn flare. xnasozi was born out of the desire to integrate the bold wax print and batik style, universal throughout most of Africa, into contemporary homes and lifestyles.

Black Pepper Paperie Co.: Hadiya Williams is a designer/maker and native of Washington, DC. She is the founder of Black Pepper Paperie Co., a design and maker’s studio that focuses on boutique event design and one-of-a-kind handmade clayware and printed works. With a background in graphic design + art direction, Hadiya uses intuition, culture + design to create one-of-kind pieces and memorable experiences from her DC area studio.

Modish Decor Pillows: Originally From New York City, Chantal Bradley grew up with a passion for interior design which inspired her to launch Modish Decor Pillows. She creates handmade pillows that represent her posh style in home decor. Modish Decor Pillows create a modern, effortless look that can be enhance any living or work space.

Brunchnista: Amongst friends and family Michelle Sprott is the go-to for all things beauty, fashion and brunch. A connoisseur of beauty products, she earned her stripes at noteworthy brands like Vincent Longo, MAC and Make Up Forever. Dubbed “Brunchnista” by her besties due to her never-ending pursuit of brunch, Michelle’s return to New York birthed the concept of brunch as more than a merger of meals, but as a behavior. Lucky for us, Michelle launched her Brunchnista collection of coffee mugs and wine glasses just in time for the holiday season.

The Trini Gee: Hydrating is essential, why not do it in style? This perfect size stainless steel water bottle features a safe close bottle that will guarantee no water leaks out. The Black Ballerinas Stainless Steel Water Bottle will make you look good while saving the planet. Inspired by the beauty of ballet, this bottle captures the dancers in various poses.

Bolé Road Textiles: At Bolé Road Textiles they are driven by a passion for good design and a belief that textiles have the ability to transform interiors and inspire the people within them. They are dedicated to helping their customers create spaces they love, while supporting artisans in Ethiopia.  Designed in Brooklyn and handwoven in Ethiopia, Bolé Road marries ancient weaving traditions, passed down through the generations to today’s master local artisans, with a modern global aesthetic. All of their products are ethically sourced and lovingly crafted.

Effortless Composition: Effortless Composition includes an assortment of uniquely crafted home accessories. Such as, handmade crafts made by local artisans from the inner cities of Los Angeles. The founder’s goal through Effortless Composition is to provide timeless pieces and design inspiration that can be incorporated in any home. Additionally, she aims to empower people of color through representation and partnership.

Kintsugi Candle Co.: The founder, Allison Jones, received a harrowing diagnosis in April 2018. Aromatherapy played a significant role in her recovery, and the use of essential oils as part of Allison’s self-care routine made a profound impact on how she was feeling. The instant transformation of outlook brought on by fragrance was something she grew compelled to share, and Kintsugi Candle Co. was born.

LITERATURE:

Becoming Michelle Obama: In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

Step Up, Step Out, and Shine: After over a decade of building a multi-faceted career spanning television, film, stage, and digital and leveraging the power of social media to create a global brand and an engaged community of fans and followers, Digital Personality and Content Creator, Africa Miranda reveals her innermost thoughts on rejecting the status quo to discover the absolute best version of yourself. Step Up, Step Out, and Shine, her debut book, filled with witty anecdotes, life lessons and commentary on all things self-discovery is supercharged with positive energy, and revelations for transformative success. Unfiltered and honest, the truth according to Africa Miranda is the advice you never even knew that you needed to discover your best life yet.

Ana & Andrew: Ana & Andrew are always on an adventure! They live in Washington, DC with their parents, but with family in Savannah, Georgia and Trinidad, there’s always something exciting and new to learn about African American history and culture. Books in Ana & Andrew’s First Series include A Day at the Museum, Dancing at Carnival, Summer in Savannah, and A Snowy Day. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. (Reading level: 6-8 years)

My Courageous Faith: ​​Faith is a little girl who dreams big and takes action. While giving a speech at her high school graduation, Faith, the class valedictorian, shares her childhood dreams and the served as the foundation for her courage.

Little Dreamers: From the New York Times bestselling author of Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History comes the highly anticipated follow-up, a beautifully illustrated collectible detailing the lives of women creators around the world. Featuring the true stories of 40 women creators, ranging from writers to inventors, artists to scientists, Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World inspires as it educates.

Being Is The New Doing: Being is the New Doing outlines a simple tool that marries spirituality, science, and reality to create a framework for going all the way in and uncovering the core definition of who you are as the blueprint for what you do and what you have. Think of it as a programmer’s guide to your own unlimited potential. This book provides a clear, sensible set of strategies for owning your energy, time, and peace of mind as the creator of your life’s results.

PAPER GOODS

Nicola Lespeare: Nicola Lespeare specializes in creating stylish, illustrated celebration cards, gifts and lifestyle products that elevate and celebrate black women and our fro-fabulous hair.

Brooklyn Dolly Gift Wrap: Creative Visionary Erin Robinson is a Fashion Designer by trade but also a trained fine artist from Parsons School of Design and the Corcoran School of Art. Her daydreamy,magical imagination is inspired by travel, color, texture ,the feminine shape and the many shades and coifs of Brooklyn. She work 

WELLNESS

Performance Tempel: Created by multi-passionate entrepreneur, Ashley Stewart, Performance Tempel is a start-up strength and conditioning members only platform for athletic and body enthusiasts. Covering ways to continuously elevate the body, members receive highlights of the intelligence behind muscle and movement. Stimulating media and versatile training gear ( fleece sweatshirts, essential oil rollers, lifting straps, resistance bands)  bring the functional training, CrossFit, Pilates, and aerobic communities together for accountability and support. To access the information and shop, members must register on the site.

Betterness Box: Your self-care shouldn’t be limited, so neither is Betterness Box. Its contents vary monthly as each item is hand picked with the specific goal of helping you be more intentional about creating better habits in the areas of wellness, fitness and beauty. Items you may receive in your box include beauty and body care products, candles, tea, snacks, fitness gear, and more.

MATERNITY

The Stork Bag: The Stork Bag is a company steeped in appreciation of the miracle that is Motherhood. Going from strength to strength, The Stork Bag has continuously kept innovating its product line, adding the PostBump Bag and also coming up with wildly successful branded products such the Bellie Bands, Bellie Butter, Bodie Butter, The Bellie Casting Kit, and also pregnancy and postpartum journals. When you gift yourself or gift an expectant or new mother The Stork Bag, you also support a critical ecosystem of entrepreneurs and inventors who are all hard-working moms themselves.

JEWELRY

84 Gem: A combination of contemporary and African inspired jewelry styles, 84Gem offers very unique pieces reminiscent to jewelry found in other countries and cultures. Inspired by Kimone Young’s personal travels, the designs consists of an organic mixture of natural gemstones, beads and metals. All pieces are handmade in Brooklyn and material is sourced from India, Istanbul and some parts of Africa. Each piece is created to evoke a sense of power, strength and confidence to the wearer.

 

Eluke: ELUKE (pronounced Ay – Luuk – Ay) is more than a company that specializes in statement jewelry and accessories. It is a gateway to an amazing, awe-inspiring world where anyone can feel like royalty. All you have to do is be you. Whatever that may be. Be bold. Every ELUKE piece is handcrafted to complement YOUR individuality, anytime and anywhere you choose to present it. With an ELUKE piece, “wear your bold” like an accessory for the world to see.

Made By Malyia: Made by Malyia is a jewelry and lifestyle brand founded in 2014 by Malyia McNaughton. Growing up the youngest of five kids in New York City, Malyia was fashion obsessed at a young age and often reinvented her style. After graduating from The Florida State University, she seized opportunities to work with NYC’s leading fashion brands.

Free Maiden Studio:  Fabricated with various metals, vintage, and found objects, Free Maiden draws inspiration from nature, indigenous art, symbology and the countless women for whom they create. Free Maiden carries the belief that beauty is found in both traditional and modern offerings, and takes great pride in combining the two. Each Free Maiden piece is designed to compliment the stylish woman while accenting her inner and outer beauty.

Third Crown: New York based co-designers Kristin and Kofi Essel of Third Crown fuse their love of geometric shapes with the details found in their architectural surroundings to create their collection of men’s and women’s jewelry. With their collection, the designers celebrate their mutual fascination with structure, architectural lines, and bold accents.

As a New York City beauty PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

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