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Tis the season to shop Black!


According to the World Wide Web, Americans spend about $1,000 each on gifts and presents during the holidays. That makes me wonder how much of that is being poured into Black businesses which are often expected to work twice as hard to get at least half the recognition major corporations typically receive. Let’s spread some holiday cheer with a few of my favorite Black owned shops that have your back for any holiday occasion!




Hanifa

https://hanifa.co/


Hanifa has created the perfect brand representing luxe, innovation, and women empowerment. Fueled by the brilliant mind of Anifa Mvuemba, Hanifa embodies the magic of femininity through fashion in a world where masculinity tends to take the driver seat. Hanifa's global takeover has now expanded to a collection of showstopping apparel and footwear. Her sizes range from XS to 3XL in clothing and sizes 6 - 11 in footwear (converted from European sizes marked on the website). There is no need to second guess if you should size up or down because the fit is definitely true!

Price range: $$$
Pros: Tall girl friendly and high quality material!
Watch for: Most material is dry clean only




B. Marie Accessories

https://bmarieaccessories.com/


B. Marie Accessories understands the assignment when it comes to statement pieces! Curated by Baltimore’s very own Shannon Johnson, B. Marie is a breath of fresh air. If you are one who loves a good boutique find, you may notice that some of the trends have become repetitive and lack authenticity; not B. Marie Accessories! Not only will you find yourself saying thank you a million times for every compliment your new pair of earrings will bring, but your pockets will thank you too! Both affordable and fashionable, becoming a B. Marie Belle this holiday season will be the perfect cap to your 2022! Whether you’re bougie, bossy, bold, or a mix of them all, B. Marie has something for you and your crew!

Price Range: $ - $$
Pros: Highly affordable and the packaging is superb!
Watch for: Some of the bolder statement earrings can be on the heavy side



Pink Plastic Babez

https://shoppinkplastic.com/


Pink Plastic Babez (PPB) continues to set the bar high when it comes to online boutique fashion and trends! Prepare to stop traffic heading to the beach or a night on the town because founder and curator Aurum Amare has a gifted eye for all things “It Girl”. Over the years, PPB has expanded their selection to both apparel and accessories with assorted handbags and jewelry to compliment the fit. They cover sizes from XS - to 2XL for selected styles. The cut is true to size as well. However, it is not recommended to order from this shop if you’re looking for a last minute gift idea. Shipping can range anywhere from 3 - 7 business days on occasion.

Price: $$
Pros: Tall girl friendly and affordable!
Watch for: Shipping times may be delayed on occasion


Nineth Closet

https://ninethcloset.com/


This one is for my 5’9 and up Benita Babes! CEO Latoya Janae saw a need in the fashion industry and hopped on it! Known for their denim and cargo pants, this minimalista brand is providing hope for the girls searching high and low for a pair of bottoms that will meet at the feet. The reviews on the material's quality are raving. Be sure to know your exact measurements, especially your inseam, prior to ordering to ensure the correct sizing.

Price: $$ - $$$
Pros: Tall girl friendly!
Watch for: Ensure proper sizing before ordering. Items tend to sell out QUICK.


Actively Black

https://activelyblack.com/


Once you’re able to peel yourself up from the coach after eating a few high vibrational plates, let’s head to the gym in some new Actively Black work out gear! This athleisure brand has top notch designs for men and women. Founder Lanny Smith also centralizes the importance of physical and mental well-being in the Black community. Actively Black makes it a priority to give back by donating and investing in programs advocating for food sovereignty, mental health in Black communities, HBCU athletics, and more! Not to mention, they recently collaborated with the critically acclaimed Wakanda Forever film to create a one of a kind collection. It’s giving culture meets community with class! Their size chart ranges from XS to 3XL.

Prices: $$
Pros: Sleek designs and community oriented!
Watch for: N/A

Of course there are a ton of other shops to check out this holiday season. These happen to be on the top of my Christmas list (hint hint) (cough cough)! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @benitabeautybyautumn to tag in me any new goodies you may pick up for yourself or loved ones from these spots. I’m so pressed to see them!

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