It's that time of year. Our little ones—and teenagers—are heading back into the classroom for another year of learning. Of course, nothing marks the beginning of a new school year like loading up on new school supplies. Beyond equipping our children with the tools they need to be successful, having options from Black-owned school supply brands with characters and messaging that look like them and reflect their culture can be an added piece to the puzzle.
As you prepare to shop around for school supplies for the 2023-2024 year, EBONY has rounded-up a couple of our favorite Black-owned school supply brands. From Be Rooted which is sold nationwide in Target stores to smaller businesses creating custom options on sites like Etsy. Here are the brands we suggest putting on your radar. Oh, and even if you don't have children to shop for this year, you can consider gifting a child in need, too.
Now sold in Target stores across the country, this Black woman-owned brand creates a range of products from journals and pens to home decor and even travel items.
Just Be Hue
Not only will your school-aged child have culturally appropriate supplies, but they will also be inspired by the Black and brown faces in esteemed career settings. From ballerinas and doctors to businesspeople and barbers, this Black-owned school supply brand encourages everyone to truly chase their dreams.
This Atlanta-based stationery, apparel and gifts company that values, promotes and celebrates the culture. When they couldn't find the items they needed for their personal use, well, they set out to create it. A great thing about the brand, too, is that they offer notebooks based on your dominate writing hand. So, lefties, you're in luck.
Pretty Dope Society
While the brand sells more than just school items, why not send your kids to school with a fly backpack this year? With a range of characters and messaging for all genders, copping a bag will certainly put a smile on your child's face.
Brown Girl Bag Company
You can customize many of the bags offered by this Etsy-based Black-owned brand. And, they even offer several backpack and lunchbox sets, which will certainly ensure that your child's items don't get lost or accidentally taken.