Without a doubt Women’s History Month is the perfect time to reflect on and celebrate all the amazing trailblazers that paved the way for the women of today. So many of them were a part of history, big or small, and contributed to society in everything from science and technology, to beauty, banking and even government. Having only one month to acknowledge them seems so unfair considering where we would be as a society if they didn’t have the foresight to strive for greatness.
As much as we need to celebrate the women of the past this month, we should also be rocking out with the dope women who are shattering glass ceilings, stereotypes and barriers today. Black women especially, as they have throughout history, are leading the charge when it comes to creating culture and inspiring innovation. From boss queens who aren’t afraid to rule like kings and live life luxuriously to designers with a gift for giving and women who bring out the beauty of everything in between, Black women are doing it all.
This Women’s History Month we want to celebrate a few of the talented Black women running businesses that make are lives just a little bit better. If you’re looking for a way to show up for women and show some girl power, put your money where your mouth is and support these Black-woman owned businesses this month and all year long.
Mess in a Bottle
Jamaican born, Brooklyn bred Kalilah Wright didn’t start out wanting to own her own fashion company. In fact, the trained architect had a very lucrative position at a major, but after feeling like her unfulfilling career was a mess, she gave it up to create MESS – Mess in a Bottle that is. Merging her love of fashion and architecture, Kalilah birthed her wildly popular brand that crafts cool MESSages on t-shirts, jackets, bags and more. The hip and savvy business woman, whose clothing have been seen on stars like actress Yvonne Orji and tennis G.O.A.T Serena Williams, recently collaborated with shopping Target and had her MESS sold in Target locations across the country during Black History Month.
What do Tessa Thompson, Kelly Rowland, Aisha Hinds and Naomi Campbell have in common? They’ve all been decked out in the luxurious designs of Fe Noel. Created by Grenada born, Brooklyn based designer Felisha Noel, Fe Noel is a womenswear brand inspired by her Caribbean culture. The decadent fabrics and vibrant patterns are for women who want to “Eat Well, Travel Often, and Dress to Inspire.” But if you thought Felisha was only focused on the cloud like sleeves of her popular Rust Puff Sleeve Bodysuit, think again. She also wants to inspire the next generation of women entrepreneurs through her Fe Noel foundation.
Friends, turned business partners KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson came up with the idea for Mented Cosmetics the way all great ideas are born – over wine! While sipping some pinot grigio and catching up on life, the ladies lamented over how hard it was for them to find the perfect nude lipstick. Before they knew it, they had a beauty empire on their hands that has caught the eye of everyone from actress Kerry Washington to Oprah Winfrey, and even landed the duo on the shelves of Target stores across the country. No matter your skin tone, there is a Mented Cosmetics shade for you, because above all else the pair believes that every woman deserves to find herself in the world of beauty.
For many people, gift wrapping is a blah, unnecessary part of the gift giving experience – those people haven’t discovered Unwrp yet. Seeking to fill a void in the market, founder Ashley L. Fouyolle started the company in a small bedroom of her Brooklyn apartment. Combining her love for art, fashion, vibrant colors, unique patterns, and the gifting experience, Ashley created Unwrp, a one-stop-shop for all your gifting needs – offering wrapping paper, fabric wraps, greeting cards, and home goods all designed by the most talented artists around the globe. From her BK bedroom to the pages of Essence, TeenVogue, People, Refinery29 and more, Unwrp is hands down the most popular, Instagram-worthy luxury gift wrapping company out.
Trinity Mouzon Wofford founded her wildly successful wellness brand in 2017 when she was only 23-years-old. Golde, which began with a single product, a turmeric tonic, has since grown to include other products like tonics, matcha, and face masks. Tiffany is the youngest Black woman to sell her line at Sephora and has partnered with major retailers like Goop, Revolve, Urban Outfitters, and Nordstrom. As if all those accomplishments weren’t dope enough, the wellness badass is also helping other budding entrepreneurs by hosting a series on her Instagram called #Office_Hrs, where she discusses marketing, finances, and self-doubt.