June is a month that is full of meaning, celebrations and different occasions. One of the more widely acknowledged things that the month is known for is for being Pride Month for the LGBTQIA community. Many people don’t realize the connections between the LGBT movement and the Black community. In fact, some of the leaders of the Stonewall Riots (although many of the recent ‘riots’ have been reconsidered as uprisings, I haven’t seen anyone change this designation yet for Stonewall) were minorities. Black members of the community face discrimination on multiple fronts because of this and have had to band together for progress on both fronts. This month, you can show your support and respect by checking out these Black Owned Businesses that are owned and founded by members of the LGBTQIA community for Pride Month. We also suggest that you search our directory for more great Black Owned Businesses.
Haute Butch is the fashion brand who find difficulty in the standard ideas of fashion. This brand offers a more comfortable brand of androgynous casual and dress clothing with its target audience at the front of mind.
High fashion is an area where there are a lot of names of designers that aren’t yet in the public, but that you can get in on early. James Flemuns’ fashion label Plemuns is one of the brands making a mark on the fashion industry. Visit him now for statement pieces that are good anywhere from dinner to the red carpet.
Speaking of fashion, you cannot talk about black fashion right now without mentioning Telfar Global. This line of purses has become the hottest thing in fashion in years. Every one of their releases gets a flurry of customers attempting to be lucky enough to score one of these simple signature designs.
Finish off your fashion and be ready for fun in the sun with a pair of shades from Coco and Breezy. This company offers stylish, modern, luxury eyeglass frames.
Coffee lovers, lovers of brunch, lunch and lite fare can support the cause and the culture at Bloom and Plume. Get a nice tea, cold brew or latte and fall so much in love with this shop that you cop some merch to go with it.
When you talk about coffee, Amalgam Comics in Philly needs to be mentioned. This Black Woman owned shop is well-known for its role for Blerds and comic book lovers. But they also are a community hub for advocacy and education.
For a more casual look including denim and leather bags, Nicole Zizi Studio is prepared for those occasions. You can also get high quality hoodies and fleece sweat shirts for your weekend lounging.
I want to shout out this business because it is unique and was severely affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Nap Bar is a health and wellness concept to help keep workers productive and refreshed. They have pivoted to offering virtual experiences and pop ups in the meantime. Keep your eyes on entrepreneur Khaliah Guillory for her next moves and the development of the Nap Bar.