The S List: Black-owned Seattle Restaurants, Fashion & Beauty Brands to Support Now and Always

Hi loves, it’s true when they say “when you love the designer behind the line, you can’t help but love that piece even more.” That is why I have a Brand Focus series here on my blog where I dive deeper into a brand’s story, the founders/the designers, and review their products that I have. Following up on my previous Anti-racism resources post, this part 2 will cover some Black-owned fashion and beauty brands that I will be supporting along with a list of restaurants in Seattle.

FASHION

  1. MARTINE ROSE: The Jamaican British designer established her eponymous label in London in 2007. Martine Rose‘s urban-inspired unisex collection of clothes and accessories is sold in Matches Fashion, Mr. Porter, SSENSE, and many prestigious global stockists.
  2. BROTHERVELLIES: an accessories brand designed in Brooklyn, handcrafted sustainably by artisans worldwide, founded by Aurora James in 2013. She started the 15% pledge which urges major retailers to buy at least 15% of their goods from black-owned businesses.
  3. TOVE: TOVE is borne from the girl’s name originating from Denmark, and it stands for strength and beauty. Co-founded by Camille Perry and Holly Wright, based in London, and the collection is sold exclusively on Netaporter.
  4. CBAAF: Come Back as a Flower is an LA-based brand selling vintage Tshirts and clothing made from 100% recycled cotton, hand-dyed, and ethically produced in LA.
  5. ELIA VINTAGE: beautifully curated and styled vintage shop that I came across last year. I love her IG.
  6. TELFAR: a unisex accessories and clothing line of Liberian-American designer Telfar Clemens. Founded in NYC in 2005. *I own a Telfar medium shopping bag. Read my Brand Focus and review HERE.
  7. FE NOEL: a Brooklyn-based womenswear brand founded by the Grenadian designer Felisha “Fe” Noel. She also helps young women who are passionate about entrepreneurship through Fe Noel Foundation.
  8. OFF-WHITE: I’m sure Virgil Abloh‘s iconic Off-White brand needs no introduction. It’s ranked #1 in The Lyst Index Q1 2020 as fashion’s hottest brands and products. Manufacturing is based in Milan with a core value regarding fabric, fit, and fabrication.
  9. MATEO NEW YORK: Matthew Harris was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the son of a seamstress. After honing his craft in jewelry making, Mateo New York was launched in March of 2009.
  10. HERON PRESTON: Born and raised in San Francisco, Heron Preston received a B.B.A. in design and management from Parsons School of Design in New York City in 2008. From that point, Preston would work for both Nike and Kanye West. Founded in 2006, his eponymous label features workwear-redefined separates and accessories for both women and men. 
  11. LAQUAN SMITH: LaQuan Smith, born in Queens, New York, started his brand at the age of 21 in 2013. His glam aesthetic has earned him a list of private celebrities and renowned brands. The brand is headquartered and manufactured in Long Island City, NYC, and delivers globally.
  12. PYER MOSS: The brand was founded in 2013 by Kerby Jean-Raymond with collections produced in New York City, Italy, and Portugal. In 2018, Pyer Moss launched its highly anticipated collection with Reebok named “Reebok by Pyer Moss.” Kerby Jean-Raymond is a Haitian-American fashion designer. His 2026 Spring Menswear collection during NYFF highlighted police brutality, referencing the Black Lives Matter movement through the use of video, street art, and fashion.
  13. VICTOR GLEMAUD: Haitian-born designer Victor Glemaud launched his eponymous leisurewear collection in 2006. Raised in Queens, New York, Victor studied at the FIT in NY and worked with many celebrities and renowned brands.
  14. CUSHNIE: CUSHNIE is a luxury women’s ready-to-wear and bridal brand designed by Carly Cushnie, established in 2008.
  15. MAKI OH: A womenswear brand founded by Maki Osakwe in 2010 that fuses traditional African techniques with detailed contemporary construction. Maki Oh was one of two Africans to become a finalist in the first LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers and was the first and only Africa-based Nigerian designer to be invited to the White House. 
Telfar bag styled casually with jeans and sneakers
Telfar bag styled ‘dressy’ with heels and blazer

BEAUTY & WELLNESS

  1. SHEAMOISTURE: Founded almost 30 years ago, Richelieu Dennis, Sundial Brands and SheaMoisture brand with natural hair and skin care recipes passed down by his grandmother, Sofi Tucker. New CEO Cara Sabin has announced Social Justice Coalition and $100,000 investment toward social change, supporting activists, HERE.
  2. FEИTY BEAUTY: Rihanna‘s cosmetics brand was named one of the best inventions of 2017 by Time Magazine. I’m sure you all are familiar with their broad inclusivity across skin tones and gender. She developed the line with the French luxury conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey (LVMH).
  3. GOLDE: Brooklyn-born brand centered in making superfood-boosted essentials for health and beauty, founded by Trinity Mouzon Wofford and Issey Kobori in 2017. Sold on Sephora, UO, Goop + some local shops.
  4. PATH MCGRATH LABS: Pat McGrath MBE is a British make-up artist. Path founded her eponymous cosmetics line in 2015 and is considered one of the most influential experts in the beauty industry.
  5. BRIOGEO: Founded by Nancy Twine. “Brio” means vibrant and full of life in Italian, and “geo” means of earth and nature in Latin. All Briogeo products are clean, and ingredients are naturally derived and ethically sourced.
  6. LIHA BEAUTY: Liha Okunniwa and Abi Oyepitan founded Liha Beauty to create natural beauty products inspired by their African roots.
  7. KLUR: Lesley Thornton is an esthetician, formulation, and founder of Klur, a clean, ethical, and inclusive beauty brand.
  8. REDOUX: Redoux, a line of sophisticated scents and vegan skincare, is the brainchild of Asia and Alejandro.
  9. MOVITA: Tonya Lewis Lee created Movita to help women gain a baseline of good nutrition and practice of positive choices that support a lifestyle of well-being.
  10. EPARA: Epara is a UK-based luxury skincare line, made for women of color, by women of color. Founder Ozohu Adoh created the line in 2017 to treat a skincare concern for herself after not being able to find any top-tier products that would work.

For any Seattleites or anyone who plans a trip to visit Seattle, check out my Seattle Travel Guide. Below is a list of Black-owned restaurants in Seattle. I will be doing a list of other POC or minority-owned businesses in the near future. Let me know if you know of any businesses as I’d love to add them to my list.

BLACK-OWNED RESTAURANTS IN SEATTLE

“The term soul food originated during American slavery to not only describe a type of cuisine but also a period of time of oppression and overcoming hardships. It is traditionally cooked and eaten by African Americans of the Southern United States and merges influences from West Africa, Western Europe, and North America. As a result, America’s culinary history was built on corn, rice, peas, and the hog; many of the ingredients associated with Southern food.” — from Food with Roots, Junebaby.
  1. JUNEBABY: Junebaby is a southern restaurant in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood. It is the childhood name given to Chef Edouardo Jordan’s father. Jordan is a two time James Beard Award-winning Chef of Junebaby, Salare, and Lucinda Grain Bar and is one of Seattle’s most celebrated chefs. It used to be a walk-in restaurant and would take my 4th time to get a table for two. Food was delicious with thoughtful ingredient choice and presentation. It’s pricy but quite worth the try. Due to COVID-19, they only offer takeout. Takeout menu HERE. Call 206.257.4470. Thursday – Saturday: 4pm – 7pm and Sunday: 3pm – 7pm. Closed Monday through Wednesday.
  2. UMAMI KUSHI: Owner and chef, Harold Fields is best known for bringing pans (pronounced like pons) to the Seattle area. Located 9099 Seward Park Ave, Seattle, WA 98118. Order Online at least 24 hours for Pickup Only. Umami Kushi offers Okazu Pans, Beignets, Yuzu Kosho, and Yakitori (authentic Japanese Street Food). Call (206) 265-1923.
  3. MARJORIE: Originally opened in Belltown in 2003 and relocated to Capitol Hill home (1412 E Union, Seattle, WA 98122) in 2010, Marjorie pays homage to owner Donna Moodie’s mom. Menu is eclectic and globally inspired. Call 206-441-9842.
  4. OSTERIA LA SPIGA: La Spiga was co-founded in 1998 by Chef Sabrina Tinsley and her husband, Pietro Borghesi with a menu that pays homage to Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. La Spiga is offering food & wine for takeout! Order online & pick up curbside, Tuesday – Saturday, 3-7:30 pm. Call (206) 323-8881.
  5. PAM’S KITCHEN: one of my favorite Trinidadian/Caribbean restaurant in Seattle hands down. Chef Pam Jacob opened Pam’s Kitchen in 2006 and was famous for her roti. Located in the newer Wallingford iteration of the cheerful U District (1715 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103). Must order items are chicken sandwich, fried coconut bread, roti, and curry, of course! Call (206) 696-7010.
  6. JERK SHACK: Trey Lamont is the owner and head chef at Jerk Shack, a Caribbean restaurant with menu inspired by his Jamaican heritage and his grandmother. Located on 1st Ave. in Belltown. Open for pick up 4-9 pm Monday – Friday. Call 206-441-7817.
  7. PLUM BISTRO: Capitol Hill’s most loved vegan restaurant. Curbside Pick Up 11-7pm Daily. To-go menu HERE. Call (206) 612-8259.
  8. CAFE CAMPAGNE: Seattle’s foremost classic French restaurant with patio seats on Post Alley in Pike Place Market. Now offering takeout/pick up 5 days a week, Wednesday – Sunday, 12-4pm. Preoder or email: [email protected] Call 206.728.2233 for the day-of order on Wednesday – Sunday.
  9. CENTRAL CAFE AND JUICE BAR: An eco-conscious cafe in Central District (2509 East Cherry St. Seattle, WA) offering espresso coffees, fresh-pressed juice lattes, smoothies, and teas alongside pastries and deli items. Call 206-538-0380 to-go for pick-up, delivery options, and catering. Closed on Wednesday.
  10. THE COMFORT ZONE: Soul food and catering service located in the Columbia area of Seattle (5016 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118). Call (206) 246-2800
  11. FAT’S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES: American, Southern/Creole/Cajun – southern style, New Orleans-influenced located in Central District (2726 E Cherry St. Seattle, Washington). Call (206) 602-6863. Closed Monday.

Check out The Infatuation’s SPREADSHEET VERSION to support Seattle’s Black-Owned Restaurants.

You can support small businesses and diverse local communities by searching for all types of business that are owned by Black, Asian, family, or even disability by zip code or the city that you are at on Intentionalist.

Check the EatOkra app and your guide to finding local black-owned restaurants.

I hope this list inspires you to make your own list and start buying more from Black-owned businesses. I will come back from time to time to add more and update this list once the quarantine is lifted. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones, and thank you so much for being here.

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