This year marks only the second that Juneteenth is, officially, a federal holiday, though it’s been celebrated long, long before that. How to recognize the day? Support Black- and BIPOC-owned brands and creators—today and beyond.
Here are just a few of our favorite makers of color throughout the US (and internationally), with standout wares to give—and get—for any occasion.
Lolly Lolly Ceramics Above: The New Generation, the much-anticipated new collection from Lalese Stamps of Lolly Lolly Ceramics, just launched this afternoon—and as testament to its popularity, it’s already sold out. Keep an eye on Stamps’ Instagram ( @lollylollyceramics) for info on upcoming drops of her sculptural forms, like this black stoneware 53/100 Mug. Bolé Road Textiles Above: For a dose of color all over the house (tea towels to bathmats), we’re admirers of New York-based Bolé Road Textiles, founded by designer Hana Getachew and inspired by Ethiopian hues and patterns. Her Turmi Pillow in Cerise is made using traditional Ethiopian weaving techniques; $235.
(We also like the bold
Bana Rug in Cerise, as seen in this post’s featured image; it’s currently available for preorder.)
Tracie Hervy Above: We’re longtime followers of ceramicist Tracie Hervy; her bright Turquoise Cylinder Vase is a lovely vessel for summer arrangements; $140 from March. Madame de la Maison Above: A perennial Remodelista favorite: Madame de la Maison. Paris-based, Nigeria-born, Texas-raised designer Ajiri Aki offers table linens in all hues; her Orage Linen Table Runner is €225.00. Aesthete Tea Above: Aesthete Tea is a QBIPOC-, woman-owned brand, started by Briana Thornton and her mother and herbalist, Maggie Cassidy, in a small kitchen in Oregon; today, they’re based in Portland, where they run a tea house as well. We like the sounds of Moonlight, a blend of chamomile, lemon balm, and coconut; $12 for a (well-designed) bag. Hummingbird + Hawk Above: Woodworker Bryan Edwards studied biological anthropology at Duke, became a professional dancer in New York City, and then worked as a graphic designer before founding Hummingbird + Hawk, his company of wooden furniture and objects. We particularly like his sleek Incense Holder, made from bamboo and brass scraps; $65. (For more, see “Clean, Subtle, Sustainable” Bamboo Furniture Inspired by Japanese Joinery.) Johanna Howard Home Above: A bold black and white cotton Deco Throw by Johanna Howard is reversible and, like all of her offerings, emblematic of her background in fashion design. It’s $199 from Johanna Howard Home. House Dogge Above: Through House Dogge, her stylish dog toys company, Angela Medlin offers bright and well-made wares for pups, like the Cee-Cee Comfort Collar, made from naturally antimicrobial, nontoxic, biodegradable, and super-comfy materials. Each collar starts at $40. (And for a look inside Angela’s own place, see Urban Cottage: Designer and “Creativepreneur” Angela Medlin’s Chic Victorian in Portland, OR.) E&Ko. Above: Designer Emmanuel Olunkwa’s whimsical Mini Table “sits one person or a few things.” It’s $650 from his own line, E&Ko. Linoto Above: Founded by Jason Evege, linens company Linoto makes all of its offerings in Westchester County, New York. Each is “marked on the cloth with chalk, cut with tailor shears, expertly measured, expertly sewn to the same standards as a designer dress, then washed with natural laundry soap and shipped in plastic free recycled packaging,” the brand says. These French Blue and Oatmeal Linen Tea Towels can be used as kitchen towels or as placemats; $79 for a set of four.
Prairie Breeze Folk Arts Studio Above: And Canadian broomsquire Amina Haswell of Prairie Breeze Folk Arts Studio hand-makes utilitarian brooms of all sorts, like these Hawks Tail Whisk Brooms; each is $30 CAD.