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If you are wanting to be a more ethical shopper, why not start with these Black-Owned Canadian Sustainable Businesses that you can support now.

10 Black-Owned Canadian Sustainable Businesses To Support
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WHY DOES THIS MATTER?

The fashion industry has a really bad track record when it comes to inclusivity, fair wages, safe working conditions and basic human rights. A lot of the big brands like Zara, H&M and Adidas, just to name a few, are responsible for harming people, mostly women in the developing world. They can all do way better.

When the pandemic hit, shopping took a real hit and part of me is happy for that. It’s given us the opportunity to really look at what we have, find value in it and ultimately reduce consumption of the stuff we really don’t need. Many people have also turned to shop on-line and we have seen a real surge recently with a focus on small businesses who can really use our support.

BOHTEN EYEWEAR

 

Bôhten makes and sells lightweight eyeglasses made of reclaimed redwood, zebrawood and bamboo harvested in Ghana and reclaimed acetate. They are designed in Canada, hand-crafted in a zero-waste facility and manufactured in Japan and China.

Owner Nana Osei is on a mission. He wants to create fair-wage jobs in his family’s native Ghana by combining his passions for fashion and sustainability.

 

LOVE AND NUDES 

 

Chantal Carter is the amazing woman behind the brand @loveandnudes after spending years in the fashion industry Chantal was motivated to create a line of intimates for women of all colours. Something that was missing in the space. “I want women of colour to explore and wear fashion anyway we choose to. Whether we want our undergarments to be discreet under sheer, lace and white clothing, or if we want to rock it out as an accessory to an outfit, the choice should be ours!” Take a look at her beautiful intimates and click the link in bio for the website.

 

BATIK BOUTIK

 

BATIK BOUTIK is a socially responsible line that provides you with clothing and accessories, inspired by the bold and vibrant designs that are unique to the eclectic culture of West Africa. Through sustainable practices, BATIK BOUTIK celebrates Africa using designs that are made in Ghana, West Africa.

 

PRETTY DENIM 

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Casual Fridays: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wear a lot of denim, not just because I'm a denim designer but because I LOVE denim. The newest addition to my non Pretty Denim wardrobe is this amazing #CMEOcollective vest/kimono number. The cut and fit of this vest hits all the correct style marks. Those who know me well know I have quite strict rules when it comes to layering and pairing multiple pieces of denim together. RULES | 1 – Don't be afraid to mix different washes. Though I am a huge fan of being #monochromatic mixing washes ads depth to the outfit. 2- Think high vs low and I don't mean in price point. Like my outfit today, my jeans (the low), are ripped and super casual. My top (the high) is sharp in colour and the fit is very crisp and finished. By combining these two theories, you create an outfit that looks put together rather then looking like something you picked out of the bottom of the hamper seconds before running out the door. 3- Keep the 3rd layer (often some kind of jacket) proportioned to the top you are wearing. Today I am wearing our Kimono because my top ends at my high thigh (there's a phrase I need to say more often). Our kimono drops to my ankles creating the optical allusion of continues flow to the outfit. Because each layer is a different texture and wash, if your jacket is not proportioned properly it will leave your outfit looking a bit chopped up. It's officially #spring so happy layering. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #jeans #denim #prettydenim #astateofelevate #designerjeans #vspconsignment #instafashion #ootd #fashionblogger #fashionista #streetstyle #stylish #instastyle #lookbook #denimondenim #blue #whiteshoes #kimono #stripedshirt #doubledenim #C/MEOcollective #zarajeans #zara #converse #denimtuxedo #stylingtips

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PRETTY DENIM is a premium women’s denim brand that believes in the simplicity of fashion. Produced in in-season small batch quantities, PD focusses on creating timeless pieces that work together to create a united wardrobe. Founded by Stylist Tahnee Lloyd-Smith, each piece is designed with an astute awareness of the urban woman.

 

ISRAELLA  KOBLA

Launched in 2019 by British born Ghanaian designer Emefa Kuadey, the luxury made-to-order clothing and accessories brand redefines minimalism through structure and bold femininity.

Inspiration for the Toronto based brand comes from a juxtaposition of the designer’s interests; fashion and a past life as a civil engineer.

 

KAELA KAY 

Working primarily with Ankara fabrics, a West African method of creating African patterns on 100 percent cotton fabric, Catherine Addai, founder and CEO of Toronto fashion boutique Kaela Kay,  sought to modernize prints in today’s fashion, which are part of her history.

I love this quote from the website: “Life’s too short to wear boring clothes; so add some colour and vibrancy to your wardrobe”.

 

SELFISH SWIMWEAR 

 

SELFISH swimwear is an ethical and responsible swimwear brand that advocates body positivity. Handmade in Montreal, each piece is made with care and love. From the design to the sewing, they use mostly recycled fibres fabric to create sustainable and quality swimsuits that are comfortable and timeless.

 

OMI WOODS 

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A constellation of cultural objects. ✨

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Omi Woods jewelry are contemporary heirlooms that celebrate our connections to Africa and her diaspora. The jewelry is individually and ethically handmade with fair-trade African gold and globally sourced conflict-free fine metals. The solid gold jewelry is made with fair-trade African gold. The gold is sourced from small-scale artisanal mines that support the well-being of miners and their communities by paying miners a fair wage and contributing to improved health care, education, safety and living conditions on the continent.

 

MSICHANA

 

Msichana’s clothing is a conscious reflection of beliefs, solidarity, and individuality enabling women to build successful businesses and better lives. The clothing is designed to complement different body types, moods and personalities. Edmonton is such an amazing city, and Msichana wants its diversity to be reflected through fashion by fusing modern aesthetics with ethnic fabrics and prints from across Africa, creating clothing that represents the women of Canada and of the world.

BROTHERS VELLIES 

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Brother Vellies was founded in 2013 with the goal of keeping traditional African design practices, and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs. Now handmade artisanally across the globe, Brother Vellies creates luxury accessories that celebrate cultural histories and timeless design.

Toronto-native and New York City-transplant, Creative Director and Founder Aurora James amassed an impressive resume of fashion industry experience prior to starting Brother Vellies. Her background in fashion, journalism, art, music, photography, and horticulture joins a forever-passion for artisanship, design, and humanitarianism to create truly one-of-a-kind pieces that will remain in your wardrobe forever

If you have any black-owned brands you want to share with us, please tell us in the comments below.

10 Black-Owned Canadian Sustainable Businesses To Support

 

 

 

Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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