celebrating Black Owned Businesses

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Elana & Paige
October 14, 2022

celebrating Black-Owned Businesses

As much as we hate to admit it, summer is over!

As the days get steadily shorter and the clouds roll in, we're starting to pack up our picnic blankets, summer fits, and Aperol spritz in favour of cosy nights in and hot cups of tea.

To get you ready for winter, we've put together a list of 6 businesses that we believe will help you make the most of this autumn season!

Artcha Series

With this new season comes an excuse to refresh your wardrobe. We recommend you look no further than Artcha Series. Established in 2020, Art Cha Series was created by London resident Marlon James-Edwards; a teacher, producer, writer, artist, designer - and halley member! 

Marlon has combined his love for art and fashion into bespoke designs, catering for the quirky, original, and statement-driven members of society. His pieces capture his vision for raising awareness of Neurodiversity through fashion. 

Artcha Series promises to employ Neurodiverse people, as well as reinvest 20% of future profits into education support for students with Neurodiverse needs. With an amazing message and a fashionable collection of warm jumpers and jackets, Artcha Series is the perfect choice for your autumn/winter bits! 


We don’t know about you, but this weather hasn’t done our skin any favours. Okiki Skincare is a handmade, natural, organic skincare and homecare brand. Okiki means ‘prestigious’ in Yoruba and the brand harnesses the benefits and prestige of shea butter, cocoa butter, and olive oil in many of their products. The brand also experiments with mixing new ingredients, creating unique formulations that pamper the skin. Many of the products in the range are a nod to traditional recipes that have been used by their ancestors for generations. The entire range, from the soaps to handcreams, has been made to nourish your body and enchant your home.

Okiki Skincare is run by a mother-daughter team who are committed to blending natural ingredients while paying homage to their rich Nigerian heritage.

Black Sunrise

If jumper and jackets aren't quite enough to shield you from that harsh British wind, why not layer up with a hat by Black Sunrise?

With a tagline 'the healthy hat alternative' Black Sunrise is a community-focused brand. All of their products are lined with satin to help maintain moisture and reduce shedding and breakages, as well as protect from the external elements. Catering to everyone from the bald with sensitive skin to the largest volumes struggling to find headwear that embraces them. Hair health and celebrating individuality are at the core of this brand.

Cherrelle & Cheryl Candles

Created by sisters, Cherrelle and Cheryl Oteng in May, the concept of this brand was born out of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a time where people were feeling anxious and overwhelmed, the duo decided to start a business that spreads positivity. They created beautifully scented, vegan, soy candles with funny and uplifting words to bring a little joy to every room.

There are 14 different jars to choose from as well as seven scents, this allows you to choose a candle that suits your style. 


The name Tea & Me originated from needing to embody the synergy between tea and the individual who consumes it. Each of their teas are curated around a central focus of bettering your life in some form, with ingredients specifically chosen for their qualities and known benefits. 2020 was a year of many changes, but most importantly it was the start of our journey. Founded by Rianna who lives in London, she has a passion for ethically sourced, high quality products that are beautiful in their design and ethos.

Telle Moi


This classy brand was created by Natel Allen. The name means ‘like me’. She wanted to create an inclusive brand, so everyone can feel catered to. Telle Moi is vegan, hand made, cruelty free and not tested on animals! Natel initially created the brand because she struggled to find a nail polish colour that she liked, a shade that complemented her skin tone. Thus, the colours at Telle Moi consist of a range of nude shimmers, pastels and glitters that cater to ALL skin tones and hues.

Want more?

The UK Black Business Week is running all next week from October 17th – 22nd.

Taking place in west London, the events are delivered by industry leaders. The UK Black Business Week aims to equip and connect Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs with business insights, new skills and knowledge to navigate the world of work.

The week will round off at the Business Design Centre in Islington with the Black Business show, through exhibits, deep-dive workshops, interactive panels, and seminars, delivered by industry pioneers, this event will enable personal, professional, and corporate development.

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