From February 1st to March 1st, Black History Month is observed in Canada and the United States, as well as some European countries. Black History Month in Canada is about honouring the achievements and contributions of Black people. Though our city can’t attend festivities or events in-person this year, there are many online Black History Month events taking place all the way through the end of the month. You can also shop locally from Black-owned businesses in Toronto. Below we highlight some incredible black-owned Toronto shops on Shopify stores. Whether you’re looking for clothing, art, beauty supplies, jewelry, or home decor Black-owned local shops in Toronto can provide you with everything you need.
Find custom and beautiful art at Nadia Lloyd Art
Nadia Lloyd is an artist and entrepreneur in Toronto. Nadia’s goal is to make art accessible by allowing her custom work to be printed on products, like clothing and home decor. She creates everything from abstract art to painting Toronto’s city skyline and if you can’t afford the stunning wall art, you can own her creations on a myriad of items.
Nadia's work has been featured in the CN Tower gift shop, the employee uniforms for Tourism Toronto, and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Everyone from mayor John Tory to the Toronto Raptors have sported Nadia Lloyd’s creations and masks.
Whether you’re looking for abstract wall art, custom Toronto-inspired items, or home decor that represents Pride and Black Lives Matter, Nadia Lloyd has a huge collection and wide price range to choose art from. You can also commission custom work from this talented artist. If you're looking for a new piece for your home or a way to include more creative pieces in your closet, Nadia Lloyd is a great art shop to buy from.
Wear designer streetwear from Get Fresh Company
Get Fresh Company is a streetwear brand in Toronto. Get Fresh Company believes that wearing the right clothing pieces inspires confidence. They put care into their fit, quality, and designs. Inspiration is in the soul of everything Get Fresh Company makes and sells.
You can explore Get Fresh Company’s lookbook for major style inspiration, shop their extensive and season-friendly clothing lines, and check out their partnerships. They have had a pop-up in Square One, Remy Martin, and at Queen Street West’s Business Improvement Area's (BIA) block party. Recently, Get Fresh Company did a partnership with Puma for their first ever sneaker launch plus has done a partnership with the Toronto Raptors.
If you’ve been on the hunt for casual wear or outerwear to handle this especially snowy winter, Get Fresh Company has the ideal streetwear and beautiful collections for your fashion needs. Find stylish and trendy pieces at their Queen West shop and online.
Take care of your beauty needs with Propr Life + Style
Propr Life + Style is a beauty brand focused on Korean beauty products. The company was founded by Althea Johnson, a fashion, travel and skincare blogger who was inspired by a trip to Seoul, Korea. In Korea, she found products and a beauty industry that supported her skincare needs. Althea’s e-commerce and brick-and-mortar shop sells award-winning Korean beauty products to the Toronto market and the products are all free of parabens, sulphates, and synthetics.
Propr Life + Style provides products for all skin types. You’ll also find blog posts about skincare routines and handling skin issues on their website. You can search for products by skin concern, such as dryness or acne-prone, making it easy to find the right skincare brand for your needs. This blogger and entrepreneur also offers additional content on travel and style.
You can find Althea’s shop with curb-side pickup in the trendy Ossington area and also order online.
Get custom and collection jewelry from KRWND
Originally Krown Jewels, the recently rebranded KRWND is a jewelry brand and virtual design studio. KRWND believes jewelry should be a reflection of the individual that adorns the pieces and that jewels are your crown. There is no nickel or lead in any of their products and they offer detailed descriptions of the ingredients and care of their jewelry on their website.
KRWND (pronounced "crowned") specializes in custom jewelry to reflect your style but also offers in-house collections in gold, silver, stainless steel, gold vermeil, sterling silver, and 10 karat to 24 karat gold. If you’re looking to handcraft a custom piece of jewelry, their virtual studio is very informative with regards to what you need to provide and the process of jewelry creation. Their Signature Collection offers trendy yet timeless pieces that will certainly bring style from your Zoom office meetings to virtual date nights.
Their gold hoops were worn by a featured individual in Fashion Magazine. This woman- and Black-owned business provides you high quality jewelry and stunning, fresh looks. Create your own or find a piece that works for you.
Breathe new life into your home with Black Rooster Decor
Black Rooster Decor provides nearly everything you would need for your house and home decorating needs. Their catalogue and brick-and-mortar offers pieces for every type of home from mid-century modern, to Scandinavian design elements, to vintage-inspired pieces.
Owners Nina Ber-Donkor and Prince Brefo-Donkor scour the world for high quality and stylish furniture and home decor pieces to fill their Toronto storefront with. They specifically work with North American businesses, as well as small shops and designers and only sell merchandise they can personally vouch for.
If you’re looking to completely redo your condo in a pandemic-fueled renovation or add a couple new pieces like a fresh rug or quaint table lamp then you’ll be satisfied with the options Black Rooster Decor has to offer. Find their Leslieville storefront for post-pandemic shopping or order online and get inspiration from their Instagram, in the meantime.
Buy from Black-owned businesses in Toronto
While this list is not nearly exhaustive, these are some Black-owned businesses on Shopify stores in Toronto where you can find clothing, art, beauty supplies, and home decor. If you’re a local shop owner, please fill out the shop owner form on our website to submit your local business to the Metaranx platform (it’s free!).