21 of the best Black-owned home design brands and boutiques


Aphrochic started as a blog, founded by the husband and wife design team of Byran Mason and Jeanine Hayes. Now they produce a magazine, a podcast, and a slew of home design products, like this excellently graphic pouf.

Linoto was founded by Jason Evege, and the brand produces linen bedding, like this gorgeous duvet cover, in a multitude of glorious colors. You can also look to them for cool linen towels, curtains, and even boxer shorts.

I am so in love with the goods from Estelle Colored Glass, which was founded by former attorney Stephanie Summerson Hall— these hand-blown wine glasses are just divine.

XN Studio was founded in Brooklyn by Nasozi Kakembo, and I really dig their ecelectic collection of goods, like this brilliant Obama pillow.

Goodee supports sustainable black-owned brands. They carry stylish goods for every room in the house and beyond—like this spiff bicycle basket.

Some of the best prints I’ve seen lately are on the Eva Sonaike site—everything from pillows to poufs to cosmetic bags to this gorgeous lampshade are emblazoned with colorful, happy patterns designed by Sonaike, who is a graduate of  the London College of Fashion.

Global Attic, founded by Kabria Cummings, stocks masks, paintings, sculpture furniture and home goods—like this beautiful bowl—from Africa and points beryond.

K-Apostrophe was founded by L.A.-based mixed media artist K’era, you can find pillows, throws, notebooks, tapestries, and prints like this one, all based on K’era’s designs here.

Johanna Howard Home was founded by a Swedish native of the same name, and I really dig their selection of  throws, candles, scarves, and really attractive pillows, like this one.

Dressing Rooms Interior Studios is a design boutique in Charlotte, North Carolina founded by Ariene Bethea. Their vintage finds, like this waterfall coffee table, are truly inspired.

I could decorate my home with only items from Jungalow, by Justina Blakeney, and be perfectly happy. The designs are stylish and well-priced, and there is much to want on their site, starting with this cool quilt set.

Livvy & Neva traffic in bright, color-saturated pillows, like this excellent specimen.

Marie Burgos is an ultra-stylish interior design company and commerce site that offers chic lighting, wall decor, textiles and more, like this nifty bowl.

Bolé Road textiles was founded by Brooklyn-based designer Hana Getachew, who works with mainly Ethiopian fabrics to create stunning items like this bath mat.

Malene Barnett is founder of the Black Artists + Designer’s Guild and a talented artist in her own right. I think this portrait is just stunning.

Harlem Candle Co was founded in 2014 by  Teri Johnson, a travel and lifestyle expert who was inspired by jazz, Harlem, and fragrance. I think this citrus candle would be a perfect summer scent.

Peace & Riot is a boutique in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn owned by Achuziam Maha-Sanchez and her husband Lionel Sanchez. The selection is the best kind of eclectic, with everything on offer from $1000 leather chairs to $50 salt and pepper mills. I’m particularly partial to this spiff laundry bag.

Sheila Bridges Design is run by, surprise, Sheila Bridges, who was named America’s best interior designer by CNN and Time magazine. Bridges has designed homes and workspaces for many prominent names, including Bill Clinton, whose Harlem offices she oversaw. I’m a huge fan of her Harlem Toile wallpaper.

Tackussanu Senegal specializes in Senegalese baskets, like this gorgeous one.

Eclectic Home is a New Orleans boutique where you can find elegant furniture, lighting, accessories, textiles, and artwork, like this black and red print.

Rochelle Porter is an Atlanta-based brand specializing in some seriously funky activewear, and bold, statement-y pillows like  this one.


Top 5 of the week: journals


Do many of you journal? I’m very curious about this, as it seems like a number of people I know are doing it in earnest now for the first time since adolescence. I’m very intrigued by the notion—I think it’s a good creative practice—and and like the idea of writing freehand, in a pretty notebook, like this one from Christian Lacroix. I also just like notebooks like this for jotting down anything I run the risk of forgetting, like phone numbers, names of TV shows I mean to watch, dreams, songs that randomly came on my Spotify, and so much more. I know that’s what the Notes function on your phone is for too, but it’s not the same.

This one from Need Supply comes in a few colorways, but I’m partial to this red and orange.

Such a pretty floral, from Rifle Paper Co.

Of course I’m feeling highly partial to this leopard print.

If this were a silkscreen, I would 100% hang it on my wall: so punchy and graphic.

Things I bought, things I want, kitchen edition


I’ve been employing a rotation of canvas bags as my recycling bin, which is not exactly convenient and takes up precious kitchen counter space. So I went on a protracted search for something that could perform that function and wasn’t too ugly, and came up with the Re: Bin, which is made of recycled plastic and comes in a few good colors (though I went for white).

I have been obsessed with spatchcocking (more on that later), which allows you to roast a chicken in a fraction of the time it would typically take, ever since my brother Todd spatchcocked a turkey last Thanksgiving and it turned out perfect. But I’d lost my roasting rack somewhere along the line, so I went for these nifty silicone racks, which work great and are a dream to clean.

I’ve getting weekly CSA deliveries, which are composed of meat, eggs, and various unidentifiable root vegetables, the latter of which I will be pureeing now that I have this nifty new hand blender.

I refrigerate my garlic, but apparently it lasts longer in a cellar like this one, so I’m thinking of giving one a shot.

I always need new dishcloths, and this set is just so bright and happy.

Am I the last person in Manhattan who does not own an Instant Pot, and is it as necessary as just about everyone swears they are? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

I broke my pepper mill—I didn’t know this was something that could happen, but it did. So I’m thinking of replacing it with this nifty one from Le Creuset.

Also from Le Creuset: this spiff enamelware serving bowl set that would come in so damn handy.

OK, so back to spatchcocking, which I made the mistake of describing to a vegetarian the other day: you basically cut the spine out of the chicken so it will lay flat, and this requires far sharper kitchen scissors than I own—which I learned the hard way. So I might go for these shears for next time.



Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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