Supporting Black Women
This year, we’re celebrating Black History Month by shining the spotlight on local Black businesses owned by women, and continuing to advocate for inclusivity, diversity and authenticity. We asked you to nominate your favourite independent Black-owned businesses that could benefit from more visibility.
Take a look at our selection and learn more about how you can support them too.
Brown Diva Dolls
Brown Diva Dolls is a Montreal-based company, led by Clara D. Lewis. Clara was in her 40s when she realized the lack of diversity and representation in children’s dolls and how it can ultimately affect their self-esteem.
With Brown Diva Dolls, Clara aims to foster a culture of acceptance; encouraging all girls to appreciate, celebrate and feel confident about their beautiful differences.
Heav Nation is a family-owned body care brand that specializes in adapting African beauty secrets to a Western routine.
All products are handcrafted with love and care, and the brand is committed to making your skin look its best with easily traceable, quality ingredients.
Founder Chloe Djafa works hard to develop environmentally-sustainable practices and is committed to providing an excellent customer experience.
Launched in 2019 by Neftalie Lungalala, IVOIRE offers handmade soy candles and other fragrant products for purchase.
Born out of a passion for perfumery, the brand’s mission is to offer quality cruelty-free products without parabens or phthalates and to create unique atmospheres with candles representative of peace, well-being and comfort.
Founded in 2020 by entrepreneurial moms Fabiola Fleurimar and Schamma Rosidor, Royalty Natural provides quality hair care products catering to Black women.
From shampoos to serums and creams, this hair care system is numbered and identifies each simple step in the routine. Whether made for wavy, curly or frizzy hair, their products are easy to use and leave women feeling confident and self-assured.