10 Latinx-Owned Businesses To Support
National Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual thirty days out of the year, from September 15th to October 15th, in which Latinx-American history and achievements are recognized and celebrated in the United States. While this month is dedicated to Latinx-Americans and Latinx immigrants for their significant influence in the United States. It is also a month to give back to a culture that has provided this nation with so much that goes unnoticed. Instead of making this month a moment, let’s make it a start by supporting Latinx-Americans and championing important businesses owned by community members and the community as a whole. Here are 10 Latinx-owned companies that you should check out and support!
1. Ankhari Crochet | @ankhari_crochet
Ankhari Crochet is an all crochet clothing brand owned and created by Selina Williams. This Afro-Latinx-owned artist has been crocheting since she was in middle school!. The name of the brand is a combination of the Egyptian symbol of life, Ankh, and Jabari’s name, meaning “brave one” in Swahili. Ankhari Crochet sells an assortment of uniquely crocheted bikinis, tops, beanies, etc. made for all body types and are modeled by a diverse group of people to represent the brand. If you’re looking for distinct and beautiful crochet clothes, Ankhari Crochet is the label you’ve been looking for.
2. Luz Ortiz | @luzortiznewyork
Designer and brand Luz Oritz evokes balance and pleasantry with her bold gold and soft geometric jewelry. The Latinx-owned business is based in New York City. It is heavily influenced by Ortiz’s experiences in her homeland of the Dominican Republic. The fashionable pieces of Luz Ortiz are simultaneously modern and classic, as it experiments with form and can master function. Ortiz’s jewelry also draws inspiration from architecture for its pieces. The special collections produced by the brand are breathtaking and truly phenomenal.
3. Beauty Blender | @beautyblender
Almost everyone and their mother owns a beauty blender to seamlessly blend makeup for a foolproof look. The invention changed the application of makeup forever. We have Rea Ann Silva, the creator behind the beauty blender, to thank for that. The Latina business owner and celebrity makeup artist were able to devise the first beauty blender (with a bunch of triangular sponges) on the set of the television show Girlfriends. She did this when HD took over 2000s television shows, in which actors and actresses alike needed airbrushed makeup that could last all day. This is where the beauty blender was born. A state of the art and revolutionary tool, continuing to support this business, is an absolute must!
4. Casa Chiqui | @casachiqui
Casa Chiqui is a Latinx-owned business based in Cartegna, Colombia that sells a collection of colorful and beautiful home furniture, decorations, jewelry, and accessories that allows you to travel the world through exotic decor and gems without ever leaving your home. The store’s founder is Colombian socialite Chiqui de Echavarria, whose global experience has shaped and brought life into Casa Chiqui. The items you’ll find in this store are beautiful and absolutely timeless.
5. Tata Harper Skincare | @tataharperskincare
Skincare has recently taken over the beauty industry, with the market growing faster than other business sectors. Tata Harper Skincare is a skincare line that is entirely natural, non-toxic, and cruelty-free. The green brand–literally and figuratively–is based in Vermont and was founded and is owned by Colombian-Americans Henry and Tata Harper. Motivated by Tata’s stepfather and his cancer diagnosis, the Harpers desperately wanted to formulate skincare products that didn’t include harmful ingredients to the body. They believe that health is the ultimate luxury. This Latinx-owned business has revitalizing masks, body oils, anti-aging serums, and so much more that will only help and change your skin for the better.
6. Naja | @naja
Naja is a proudly vegan company that caters to women from all walks of life whilst being eco-friendly. The brand has an amazing nude collection for all skin tones and shades, as well as a correlating blog titled Wonder Woman that shares several stories of women from all over the world. Naja is an empowering Latinx-owned brand founded by Catalina Girald, who is the CEO and Creative Director of the business. In addition to underwear, Naja sells lingerie, swimsuits, and bras. From the messaging to its craftmanship, Naja is fantastic!
7. Lil Libros | @lil_libros
Lil’ Libros is a wonderful slew of bilingual children’s books founded by two Latina mothers, Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein. The picture board books were created to encourage Latinx-American children to speak Spanish and English through important Latinx history, culture, and representational imagery. The books’ focus is on important Latinx figures, such as Frida Kahlo and Celia Cruz, and cultural recountings and historical stories. These books are aimed to be more inclusive and teach young children Spanish, Latinx identities, and empower Latinx children to know themselves through text.
8. Selva Negra | @selvanegra_
Selva Negra is a Latina-owned clothing apparel store based in Los Angeles, California. Meaning “Black Forest,” Selva Negra identifies as an ethical fashion brand–from their compostable packaging to sustainable practices used to make their stylish pieces. Selva Negra sells chic, modern, and everyday tops, bottoms, jumpsuits, dresses, and even home-goods that are incredibly refreshing to the eye. Many of their collections include bright red items that represent strength and fuego, or fire. The brand was founded by Kristen Gonzalez and Sam Romero, two Latinas who want to bring womanism and Latinx history to their beautiful designs.
9. Oh Comadre Candles | @ohcomadrecandles
Known as the candle that celebrates life through a Latina’s eye, Oh Comadre Candles has a mission to bring a smile to one’s face with candles that celebrate Latinx culture. The founder of this business is Marcella Gomez, a self-identified “Latina mother, wife, nurse, and candle lover.” Her candles are individually made by her in her Downey, California, home with love. Some candle scents include “Concha,” “Dulce de Leche,” “Hot Chocolate,” “Flan,” “Horchata,” and “Pumpkin Pie.” In addition to the wax melts the business sells, every product from Oh Comadre Candles’ goal is to recall nostalgia feelings through familiar aromas and the pleasantries of everyday life.
10. Lilasuds Soaps | @lilasudssoaps
Lilasuds Soaps is a Latinx-owned business that sells homemade soaps to enjoy baths and luxurious self-care moments through nourishing ingredients. The founder and owner of Lilasuds Soaps are Desiree Velazquez. She wanted to make soaps that cater to sensitive skin and products that were less harsh than bar soaps. Lilasuds Soaps are not only a sensitive option for the skin, but they’re also aesthetically pleasing and quirky soap products you need to check out. Buying and using these soaps is a magical experience and is beneficial to the mind, body, and soul.