National Black History Month 2023

Celebrating Black Owners!

In honor of Black History Month, we're spotlighting the Black owners of our favorite beauty brands. We believe that they bring unique perspectives to our industry, and we’re so happy to be able to feature them and their fabulous products!

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Ron Robinson of Beautystat

BeautyStat

Ron Robinson

A longtime cosmetic chemist for big-time beauty brands, Ron Robinson launched BeautyStat after he devised a new way to stabilize vitamin C (a famously efficacious yet wildly unstable skincare ingredient). Today, his cult-favorite Universal C Skin Refiner is the foundation of a growing line of innovative, high-performance skincare.

Dana Jackson of Beneath Your Mask

Beneath Your Mask

Dana Jackson

Dana Jackson started Beneath Your Mask after she battled a severe form of lupus. Her goal has been to create safe skincare made with rich, natural ingredients that support the immune system and overall health.

Breighl Robbins of Ebi

Ebi

Breighl Robbins

Breighl Robbins previously worked in public health and integrative medicine, but she founded Ebi when she realized, after the birth of her own child, that there wasn’t a single company dedicated solely to the needs of the postpartum period. Ebi’s plant-based products aim to assist new mothers in finding the right balance between baby-care and self-care.

Teri Johnson Harlem Candle Co.

Harlem Candle Co.

Teri Johnson

Native Texan Teri Johnson traveled to more than 70 countries before making New York City’s Harlem neighborhood her home. Inspired by her love of fragrance, jazz, and her new surroundings, Johnson began crafting candles in her kitchen that evoked the richness and magic of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and ’30s in a way that felt modern for global citizens a century later.

Keenan Beasley of Sunday II Sunday

Sunday II Sunday

Keenan Beasley

Entrepreneur Keenan Beasley cut his teeth leading marketing and brand management at a number of high-profile beauty companies before deciding to fill a void in the marketplace by creating a hair-care line specifically designed for active lifestyles.

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Saluting More Black Owners!

While we’re super in love with the Black owners of the beauty brands we carry (see above), we also wanted to shine a light on four fantastic Black female owners of lines we don't sell.

Wilglory Tanjong of Anima Iris

Anima Iris

Wilglory Tanjong

In the midst of getting her MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Wilglory Tanjong found time to launch her luxury handbag line, Anima Iris, in February 2020. In the three years since, the purses, crafted by artisans in Dakar, Senegal, have been worn by Beyoncé and spotted on Issa Rae’s Insecure, as well as the pages of Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue, among others.

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Anima Iris
Ashley Newman of Ben Oni

Ben Oni

Ashley Newman

Founded on the premise that well priced and amazing looking aren’t mutually exclusive ideas, Ben Oni jewelry, the brainchild of Ashley Newman, produces sleek, timeless earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and rings using materials such as sterling silver, gold vermeil, and crystal.

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Ben Oni
Ashleigh Evans of InBooze

InBooze

Ashleigh Evans

Looking for an easier way to craft creative cocktails at home, Ashleigh Evans came up with the idea for InBooze alcohol infusion kits in 2018. Handmade in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from herbs, spices, fruits, and vegetables (locally sourced, when possible), each infusion makes 8 to 10 cocktails and are available in flavors like Spiced White Sangria, Winter Berry Cosmo, and Spiced Maple Smash.

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InBooze
K’era Morgan of K-Apostrophe

K-Apostrophe

K’era Morgan

LA-based mixed-media artist K’era Morgan is known for everything from her collage paintings to her textile goods. Those items (think pillows, throws, napkins, and placemats) are manufactured by one of the few remaining mills in America and woven from natural and ethically sourced materials.

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K-Apostrophe