Architectural Digest Editors Share 21 of Their Favorite Black-Owned Businesses – Architectural Digest

It’s no secret we love a good shopping spree here at AD and Clever, and if we get to support innovative creators and entrepreneurs while we do it, all the more reason to splurge! To kick off Black History Month, we’re sharing some of our favorite Black-owned businesses to shop for furniture, decor, accessories, and more. From stylish bathroom accessories from Sean Brown, one-of-a-kind E&KO. furniture, or all kinds of gifts from Goodee, read on for the full exclusive on a few of the products that we know and love (or have added to our personal wish lists). Happy shopping!

Hoola Beaded Green Cool Ceiling Light

“Nana Quagraine’s decor platform 54kibo stocks everything from luxury dishware to textiles to baby gifts and high-end furniture. The common thread that ties all of these products together? Nana’s dedication to sourcing the best in contemporary African design. Most recently, I was delighted to see the work of South African lighting design studio Mash.T, whose work is woven and beaded by hand.”  — Rachel Fletcher, commerce editor

“Designer Akosua Afriyie-Kuma’s gorgeous raffia handbags are precisely the kind of accessory I’m always searching for to spice up a photo shoot—something with vivid colors, seductive shapes, and fine artisanal details. Handwoven in Ghana (where the designer currently resides), the bags radiate not just beauty but delight. AAKS should make a serious move into the home goods arena. After all, who doesn’t love a raffia pom-pom?” — Mayer Rus, West Coast editor

Alysia Mazzella Tea Lights

“There’s nothing like the smell of burning beeswax to make a room feel homey. I’m an Earth sign, so I thrive when I’m grounded—setting good vibes in your domestic environment through scent is crucial to unlocking this level of inner peace. I became familiar with Alysia Mazzella and her beeswax practice during the pandemic and have never looked at candles in the same way since. I get so much use out of these packs of tea lights that she sells. At this point, I should be on the subscription plan so I never experience running out again!” — Sydney Gore, digital design editor

Brother Vellies Cloud Sock

“There’s a good chance you’ve seen a pair of Brother Vellies shoes on one of your favorite people (my latest obsessed moment: on Molly, in the season finale of Insecure). You also likely know the brand because of its incredible creative director and founder, Aurora James (hello, Fifteen Percent Pledge!). But onto the socks—since I don’t get to see my bare feet from October through June, I’m always looking for the most cozy, delightful footwear, and these cloud socks are perfection. Plus, they come in so many amazing colors, so an ideal item to stock up on.” — Zoë Sessums, digital design writer 

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