Known as one of the fashion capitals in the world, NYC is filled with some of the dopest boutiques. The city is home to quite a few Black-owned boutiques as well, which is always a win.
According to NYC.gov, only 2% of NYC businesses are owned by Black people even though more than 20% of New Yorkers are Black.
If you’re in NYC or visiting soon, be sure to check out these fire Black-owned boutiques:
Located in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, Sincerely Tommy is a retail concept store “focusing on emerging womenswear, lifestyle brands & community.” The boutique also has an in-house coffee bar.
Founder Kai Avent-deLeon is Brooklyn-born and bred. She started the boutique in 2014 at the age of 26.
A Crown Heights staple, Marche Rue Dix is a cultural concept store and nail salon. Cafe Marche Rue Dix, located next door, is a French-Senegalese restaurant.
You can find vintage clothing, home goods, jewelry and imported coffees, teas, spices as well as skin and hair products at Marche Rue Dix.
Founded by Telsha Anderson-Boone, T.a. is a concept boutique located in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. The boutique features pieces from established and emerging designers. Telsha sources luxury pieces from London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, South Korea, and more.
Nigerian designer Busayo founded the brand to communicate the power of color through clothing. The fabrics and styles are representative of Busayo’s Nigerian upbringing and heritage.
Busayo has boutique locations in Brooklyn and Lagos.
This Brooklyn-based boutique is filled with antiques and vintage pieces. Blk Mkt Vintage is founded and curated by Jannah Handy and Kiyanna Steward. Here you can find collections of art, furniture, clothing, literature, vinyl records, and more. Every piece is a love letter to Black history and Black people.
With a focus on ethical and sustainable apparel, Byas & Leon features pieces from Fair Trade and Zero Waste Brands. The Brooklyn-based boutique also houses work from independent creators and has curated vintage finds.
Founded by Aurora James in 2013, Brother Vellies’ intention is to keep traditional African design practices and techniques alive. These luxury accessories are handmade across the globe and celebrate the cultural history of Africa.
The store is located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.