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Amplifying Black Manufacturers and Makers

Amplifying Black Manufacturers and Makers

Monday, June 15 2020 9:00 am

The racial wealth gap in the United States is a product of generations of systemic inequality, lack of funding and resources in our public education systems, barriers to employment opportunities, and access to capital. These challenges, compounded with the devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, have created substantial systemic barriers for Black and African American entrepreneurs to develop, expand, and grow their own business. Simply put, Black-Owned businesses have to fight harder and longer to sustain.

Using your purchasing power, you can help better distribute wealth in New York City, by supporting the fantastic local Black-owned brands. The following is a list of Black-owned Made in NYC members for you to support now, and always. The list is a work in progress, but as more information is provided, this list will grow and become more expansive.

If your business was included on this list incorrectly or you have information you would like to appear differently, please email us at MadeinNYC@prattcenter.net

 

Fashion

A New Day, A New Dawn NYC

A New Day, A New Dawn NYC (And And NYC), is a Bronx-based hand-crafted jewelry company owned and operated by Andrea. All of the pieces are made with love and joy. We create wearable art that make women and men look and feel fly. At And And NYC, we are obsessed with textures and patterns. We utilize responsibly sourced fair-trade African beads and fabrics, natural materials such as cruelty-free beetle wings or snake vertebrae, gemstones and various metals to create unique pieces.
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BERIQISU

BERIQISU was created by Belkis Whyte, who was inspired by her upbringing in Boston, her heritage in Ghana and her experiences as a designer in New York City. Drawing from these facets, Belkis chose to name her line BERIQISU, after her given birth name, and developed a brand aligned with the global lifestyle. BERIQISU was built on the foundation of inclusion, transparency, and education. As BERIQISU grows, Belkis and her team continues to provide quality products and outstanding customer service, while paying it forward to Ghana and the new generation of women and girls, through educational and vocational support.
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Bodacious Bijous

My business consists of handmade jewelry with pieces created by me. I also take and create custom requests. I want people to see my jewelry as a way to express and show their personality.
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Custom Collaborative

Custom Collaborative is a New York City-based entrepreneurship and workforce development program that trains and supports women from low-income and immigrant communities to launch fashion careers and businesses. By learning the standard techniques and ethical business practices of the fashion industry, our participants can achieve secure livelihoods in the fashion industry as designers, entrepreneurs, pattern makers, and seamstresses who create and sell high-quality clothing and accessories.
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Diaspora

The Diaspora Brand focuses on the expression of cultural identities. Reimagining textiles, silhouettes and attitude of African heritage to create a fresh new story. The brand has an emphasis on African identity, craftsmanship and sustainability. These vibrant, clean and contemporary styles are perfect for those who lead busy lives providing comfort without compromising style.
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Funlayo Grace

Funlayo Grace designs and manufacture soft furnishings, automotive, aviation, clothing and books to clients and companies with quality, style, innovation and exceptional service.
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Gwen Beloti

A Brooklyn native and creative, Gwen has always loved fashion and all things stylish – clothes, jewels, shiny pens, cool notebooks, you name it. For the girl who loved fashion, shopping – for apparel in particular – wasn’t always easy, as she had dealt with body image insecurities for much of her life.
Gwen’s foundation in apparel design forged her relationship with the non-profit organization Little Dresses for Africa in 2010. After working with the organization for a few years, Gwen later formed her own initiative in support of the organization, 100 Dresses for Little Dresses for Africa. Gwen organizes a group of volunteers every year to assist with making and designing 100 dresses for little girls across the globe who need them. The project is currently funded primarily by Gwen Beloti Collection. A portion of every sale helps to fund the initiative. In theory and in practice Gwen Beloti customers are key contributors in serving the community.
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Hip Hop Closet

We specialize in uniquely designed outerwear with the bold Hip Hop customer in mind. Old School meets New School leather jackets, shearling coats and denim.
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JUNNY

I create fluid, vibrant, custom, limited edition & one of a kind pieces. I think in color, fabric and texture. Each piece is a tribute to the sight, sounds, style and vibrancy of my hood, Harlem, NYC. My mother was a seamstress. I have five siblings, she was a single mother and she created all of our clothing. She made her patterns from the newspaper. From an early age, I created my own pieces. People always stopped me to ask who made my clothing. I now design my own unique pieces created with love in NYC just for you. Come walk these stylish streets with me. Uptown Style + Haute Couture.
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LITTLEJOHN NEW YORK

Littlejohn New York designs, produces and sells premium leather accessories which are the perfect solution for home storage or bringing carrying products and gear with you. They’re ideal for flower, vape items and even edibles. Each piece is handcrafted using rich top-grain or full-grain leather. They are constructed with my unique five-layer smell-proof technology which uses mesh, activated carbon, non-woven filters , air-tight seam construction and sealed rubber zippers to conceal the scent of any-thing placed inside. What’s more, they features durable protective padding to preserve anything placed inside.
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Natalie Hicks Co

Natalie Hicks Co is a small company specializing in sustainably designed robes and loungewear created in Brooklyn, New York.
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Preppy Trendy

Every year, tons of clothing items end up in landfills. Some of them are perfectly fine but because of a stain, a hole, or a broken zipper, a burnt sleeve they wind up in the bin and get on the way to polluting our environment. We actually remake fashionable clothing out of these discarded items. Everyone can embellish or sew patches on a jacket, we don’t revamp clothing by adding cool things on perfectly good item of clothing, we go beyond, we rework them and make them new again. Certain types of fabric don’t disintegrate in the landfills and most likely finish in the ocean.
To show our care and respect for the environment and the planet, we make it our mission to up cycle these clothes. We salvage vintage clothing, mostly designer pieces that are damaged or partly destroyed, and bring them back to life with a fresh, fun, and young twist. By doing this, we allow them to be appreciated as contemporary fashion. Our skirts and t-shirts are made out of leftover fabric from the fashion industry and we use pre-existing prints or print our gorgeous signature motifs onto them. What we’re doing might sound like just a grain of sand, but we believe that it’s a grain of hope toward eradicating pollution.
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Rebel Designs

Handmade women’s and men’s jewelry, handbags and leather accessories
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Royal Jelly Harlem

Royal Jelly Harlem, is a Mother/Daughter company established since 2011. We sell: Women, Men, Accessories, Home & Jewelry items made exclusively here in NYC, from 100% Cotton, African Ankara Wax textiles. Additionally, we ethically source our silk and linens. We pride ourselves in the careful selection of beautiful prints and curate them into One-of-a-Kind pieces of ‘Wearable Art’.
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SoHarlem

SoHarlem supports racial equity and the economic development of the Harlem community by incubating creative entrepreneurs from the fashion industry who share expertise, cost, and working towards establishing sustainable creative enterprises in the Manhattanville Factory District.
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Sue Rock Originals

Sue Rock Originals – Creating classic styles with sustainable fabrics
Giving back with every sale! – Healing lives one stitch at a time
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Yaf Sparkle

Yaf Sparkle Boutique was created out of the desire to provide an environment where fun, fashion and pleasure are combined as one. During the summer of 2012, after succesively making a name in New York’s close-knit Jewelry scene for over a decade, Yaf Boye-Flaegel realized that the next logical step in her career was to fulfill her dream and cut the leash of employment. ‘Yaf Sparkle’ was initially created in the early 2000’s as a mere side project out of the desire to raise funds for good causes. Witnessing her father in his efforts to support the ones in need throughout her whole life, Yaf felt it was time to step up and chip in. Trunk shows in her friends apartments became her weekend pastime and the amount of donations collected grew slowly but steadily. To this day, ten percent of Yaf Sparkle Jewelry’s net proceeds go to supporting non-profits, most notably the ASB Foundation which Yaf founded in 2007. The ASB Foundation is an international humanitarian organization which supports the growth and development of the children in Koutal, Senegal, a small village created in 1968 to house people with leprosy and their families. Their ultimate goal is to enrich the lives of these children who have been affected by their parents’ disease.
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Food & Beverages

5 Island Blend

           

Sapps family insist on creating a healthy product not only for our family but everyone who enjoy our sauce. A hint of Italy and the exotic flavors of the Caribbean merge into a glass bottle, the wine vinegar and very little kosher salt will surprise you with a flavorful yet spicy taste on your food.
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718 Heat Factory

718 Heat Factory specializes in nutrient-based, antioxidant-rich, robust hot sauces handcrafted in New York City by two proud New Yorkers representing Brooklyn and the Bronx.
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Annie Mae’s Bakery

We pride ourselves on family tradition, family legacy and old fashion goodness. I took a family recipe that was passed down from generation to generation and created the most mouth watering, succulent cheesecakes known to man.
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Brooklyn Braised

Brooklyn Braised is a custom catering concept that is 100% women-owned and operated; we also provide employment through hiring within the local community.
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Cantave de Saint Marc

We are a small family business based in Brooklyn, NY. Our connection to coffee comes from our family history of coffee & sugar cane farming in Saint Marc, Haiti. With its uniquely mountainous terrain and heirloom coffee trees, Haiti produces some of the finest coffee in the world. We are proud to bring this organic, single-origin, specialty Haitian coffee to you. We source organic coffee beans from small farmers in Haiti and we roast the coffee fresh in Brooklyn each week. Our coffee is sweet with chocolate & fruity notes, low acidity and medium body. Cantave de Saint Marc is delicious as a hot cup and also enjoyed cold-brewed with traditional Haitian spices in our new cold brew bags!
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Creme & Cocoa Creamery

Located in Brooklyn, New York, Creme and Cocoa is the place where people come to relax while savoring delicious ice cream, sorbets, smoothies and desserts. Growing up in the Caribbean, Creme and Cocoa founders, enjoyed tasting the sweet treats and refreshing flavors from the wooden merchant carts around the city. Fast-forward to today, they created Creme and Cocoa, on a mission to capture those flavors and aromas and share them with everyone. This family-owned business is taking Brooklyn by storm with an eruption of flavor and deliciousness that will delight all your senses and brighten up your day.
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Fil a belly Bella

Fil a Belly Bella serves sugar free, high fat, and gluten free comfort foods! Our main keto/low carb specialty are the pound cakes! We deliver or ship!
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Golden Krust

Golden Krust® is a premier producer and the largest franchisor of Caribbean food sold in over 25,000 retail locations and over 120 franchise restaurants throughout North America. We exist to provide the taste of the Caribbean to the world. The company was founded in 1989 by Lowell F. Hawthorne and his siblings in the Bronx, New York. The original bakery exists today, producing nearly 40 million Jamaican patties per year and employing over 300 teammates.
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Grace Kelli Cupcakes

Grace Kelli Cupcakes is a New York City M/WBE Certified mother-daughter business that specializes in an array of baked goods. We bring a classic southern charm with an “Old fashioned taste.” Each item is baked to perfection with God’s wonderful grace.It all started in a small town in Waycross, North Carolina where Sandra grew up with her grandmother, a talented pastry chef. Sandra remembers shadowing her grandmother in the kitchen until one day she realized that she loved baking enough to start her own business. Sandra launched the business in 2011 and has been joyfully baking for customers since then.
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Gwell

Gwell bites are loaded with nutrients that help with immune strength, provide jitter-free energy, supports blood-sugar management, and promotes a natural glow from within and more. They are also equally as satisfying as your favorite treat.
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Ladys Love Desserts

We take pride in our handcrafted, baked from scratch, all-natural and organic, chocolate chip cookies and desserts.
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Quiaufa’s Kitchen

Quiaufa’s Kitchen provides health conscience Soul Food for events and parties. Our menu is full of flavor and made with your health in mind. We are eco friendly and that is reflected in our packaging. We also have a growing number of vegan and vegetarian options on our menu.
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Sugar Hill Creamery

Sugar Hill Creamery is Harlem’s only family-owned ice cream shop. Dedicated to local collaborations and the best ingredients, we offer homemade dairy and nondairy ice creams and host classes and events focused on ice cream production among other topics.
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Taylor Made Creations for All Occasions

Taylor Made Creations For All Occasions Inc. is a bakery located in Bronx, but is operating out of Hot Bread Kitchen in Harlem at this present moment. We are a bakery that prides itself on our motto Baking A Difference In The Bronx! The goal is to get the Bronx to eat a healthier lifestyle. We use local ingredients to make a tasty product. Our baked goods have to different options, you can get all of comfort of all the fat or you can go with a healthier option and have the same exact product in either gluten free, fat-free or sugar-free. We also have an vegan option as well. Surprisingly enough, with these all these options on hand our prices will be on a budget as well. As you know the Bronx has the highest rate of diabetes, high blood pressure and many other health issues. Taylor Made Creations is here to save the day and extend the lives of many people. By using our motto and looking and tasting just as good, it will be a win win for everyone. We have a loyalty program and will be giving back to the community as well. We thank you for this wonderful opportunity and look forward to meeting all of you soon.
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Yulonda’s Edible Sensations

Yulonda’s Edible Sensations is a Southern-Latin Artisan dessert catering company which creates traditional, handcrafted desserts with a twist. Y.E.S. is committed to using fresh, local ingredients. We bake from scratch for every order using only the highest quality, freshest ingredients available, nothing is ever frozen. We bake small batches in order to provide top quality desserts. Ingredients are organic, GMO free and FDA approved. Y.E.S. prepares specialty and other creative confections such as cakes, cookies, seasonal bars, brownies, hand rustic pies, candies, chocolates, and homemade marshmallows (including some gluten free options!) as well as libation infused desserts for you to enjoy. Our menu features a variety of desserts that are traditional yet introduced with Southern-Latin Hybrid flavors. So whether you are having a small event, celebrating a special day or just because you desired something different yet sweet. Let us help cater to your dessert needs.
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Other Cool Stuff

Babe of Brooklyn

B.A.B.E of Brooklyn is a grooming and personal care line committed to enhancing the lives of men and women with organic/premium handcrafted goods. Our products range from beard-care, skin, hair, body, and shave. From the 1960’s on Franklin Street Brooklyn with our mother who worked as a licensed Cosmetologist to our family’s barbershop in Boston, we were driven to create a product line that would benefit the user. We are a family company; committed to equality, diversity, and sustainability based out of Brooklyn USA.
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Bädé Collection

Bädé Collection is a topical skincare brand that blends sustainability, women-led farming and handcrafted freshness to deliver the best in plant-based pain relief. All items are crafted in our Harlem-based studio using raw materials that are ethically sourced and tested. We aim to continually elevate the pain management industry through wellness education, responsible packaging and naturally effective formulations. The company is led by a self-funded black woman with a background in corporate wellness.
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Body Vanity

Body Vanity is where self care & wellness meet. Consider us your herbalist experts for better living. At Body Vanity we formulate & create plant based products using the purest ingredients. We strive to make plant based products easier to incorporate in your daily life.
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Brown Sparrow

Brown Sparrow is a creative & marketing studio based in Brooklyn, New York. We are a small group of dedicated and passionate individuals fueled with creativity. We thrive to create memorable, authentic, and flawless designs for each and every client. We aim to transform your vision for your brand into a reality.
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FLO + THEO

FLO+THEO founded in Queens, NY formulates 100% vegan skin care products, utilizing only the freshest ingredients suitable even for the most delicate skin. The conception of FLO+THEO grew out a real need, that of the founders to find suitable products for their sensitive skin. Through years of research, learning and experimentation, they were able to create nutritious and beneficial formulations. The creation of FLO+THEO brings together the founders love for creativity, innovation and healthy skin care. The brand is a collaboration between two sisters, Mayowa and Ebony. Born in Nigeria and raised in England and Ireland, the two sisters now call Queens, NYC, home. FLO+THEO is named after two great heroes in their lives, the FLO stands for Florence, their mother’s name whist the THEO is in honor and memory of their Uncle.
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Harlem Heirloom

After a long love affair with fragrance and design, Tyler Trinh and Jammie Waldron created their candle collection with both in mind. Simple, honest ingredients, hand-poured into a minimalist-designed black glass vessel. Soy wax and a cotton wick allows for a clean, even burn that, paired with pure plant-based oils, creates a throw that delightfully fills a room.
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Kadidja Handmade Collection

I started Kadidja Handmade Collection in 2015 after friends told me that the all-natural shea products I had given them as gifts were great. I have made the products for years for my family and I grew up with shea in my home in Togo, West Africa. I launched my business by making products and selling them at the local farmer’s market, where people also were very happy with the products. I started supplying two local boutiques, too, where the products are regularly sold and also popular. I launched my website in 2018 and, all together, I sell about $50 worth of products weekly.
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Little L’s

Little L’s specializes in all natural homemade/artisan treats, clothes, and supplies for dogs.
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My Works of Art

My Works of Art, LLC is a solely-owned, M/WBE oil-painting company offering an array of products from it’s home-based art studio. Clients are able to select from an eclectic-online gallery or commission artwork if they choose. Professional art services are offered through this service-oriented company. Original oil and acrylic paintings and graphite works are available created in amazingly colorful, one-of-a kind pieces. Fine artist oils, acrylics, and quality canvas and papers are used. Commission artwork is in the style of realism including: portraiture, still life, landscapes, and pets! A unique brand of art-inspired products are also available that are colorful, fun and fashionable. Holidays are no exception and a line of hand-painted cards are available from October through December.
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Printutopia

Brooklyn based commercial printing company providing offset printing, large format printing, document printing, letterpress printing and Pantone color match printing. We provide a wide array of products to fit the needs of companies big and small, small businesses and individuals. Our products can easily be ordered via telephone, email, online or by setting up an appointment with our office. We offer free UPS Ground shipping nationwide for online orders.
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Sandrine Beauty

Sandrine Beauty makes natural bath and body products using aromatherapy.
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The Ronnie Shop

The Ronnie Shop is a haircare company founded by chemical engineer. After dealing with her own hair loss and recovering, she decided to share her gift with the world. Her brand specializes in hair regrowth products, which she has designed and developed with all-natural and essential oils with moisturizing, sealing and restorative properties to soothe and stimulate the scalp. The line has now expanded to include a shampoo, a conditioner, an herbal tea that nourishes the hair and skin from the inside, and an eyebrow serum for beautiful brows. Her products are sold at hair salons, dermatologists, and boutiques. Her clientele ranges from those dealing with hair loss to those who simply want effective clean products that nourishes the hair and suitable for the whole family.
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