I SLEIGH: 10 Brands That Lit My Christmas Tree This Year

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“If you love it so much, why don’t you marry it?!”

That was one of the most irritating questions to hear as a child. It was also one of my
favorite questions to ask as a child…go figure.
Decades later while writing my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Official Black Wall
, I could hear my 6-year-old self asking grown-up me that same question. I
discovered so many incredible Black-owned brands to add to my list that I had to do
more than just talk about them. I wanted to get closer. So I went to my Official Black
Wall Street app and got my Black Santa on. Read on to learn about some of the
brands in my sleigh.


Made by Malyia

What I gave: Perpetual necklace for my mom, Permanence necklace for me (hush, I’ll let her borrow it!)

What I loved: Malyia is About. Her. Customers. I’m talking #BestFriend status. She was my shopping buddy when I needed advice about my purchase. She answered all my texts right away (fine, they were emails, but I felt so close to her…). When my (mail)man went missing, she even helped me track him down.  Her excellent customer service paired with her beautiful pieces made her my very favorite business to work with this Christmas season.

What I want next: The Eternal Belly Chain is the perfect piece to take your swimsuit game to the next level. I’ll be back for it in Spring 2018.



G C Kollection

What I gave: Jefferson & Kennedy Socks for my brother

What I loved: GC Kollection’s handmade bowties and socks cater to an array of tastes, from bold to conservative. Get in where you fit in.

How they can help you: Does your new bae need a complete overhaul on his accessory game? Are you tired of looking at your younger brother’s raggedy old socks? GC Kollection has a subscription box to address these issues. Check them out now to be thanked later.




Navabella makes all-natural, eco-friendly candles. And they’re run by 3 generations of #BlackGirlMagic

What I gave: Assorted mini candles for my Secret Santa event at work.

What I loved: On top of the incredible thought it took to bring candles to their wanderlust customers, Navabella offers several gift-worthy sets & products. They even offer customizable candles for wedding save-the-dates, party favors, and the like!

Why you should watch them: If you’re a #naturallife fanatic, Navabella has more fire coming your way (no pun intended). They have a luxurious line of bath, body & skincare products dropping in January 2018.



Ivy’s Tea Co.

Founder & herbalist Shanae Jones creates handcrafted teas to encourage self-care on your adulting journey.

What I Gave: C.R.E.A.M., OG Chai,  and Rise  Grind (0.85 oz. tins each) to my health-conscious girlfriend.

What I loved: Ivy’s creative names and size options add a fun twist to an old tradition. They offer teas for every taste and occasion, and they even make sweeteners to take your tea-sipping experience to the next level.

Catch Them If You Can: Take a look at the events calendar to meet up with Ivy’s Tea Co. at pop-ups and events all over the east coast. They can help you choose the best blend for you and educate you on the benefits of the herbs they use.


Khristian A. Howell

Color & Pattern expert Khristian Howell gave my gifts life this year; literally.

What I bought: Wrapping sheets in Mosaic, Buffalo Plaid, & Rosy Twinkle. I grabbed some gorgeous holiday cards too, but they’re sold out now.

What I loved: Khristiana’s bold approach to pattern play will grab the attention of most, and her designs are versatile enough to be used for anything from holiday to housewarming gifts.

What I want next: Khristian’s home décor is just as poppin’ as her wrapping papers. Her designs translate perfectly for her pillows, prints and electronic accessories. I can see that Mosaic print sitting on my couch as we speak…




What I bought: Akitunde Headwrap….full disclosure: this one was for ME.

What I loved: Asodara features tons of videos of other customers rocking their AsoDara gear for style inspo, as well as tutorials to ensure you get the absolute most out of your wraps.

What I want next: Their headbands and chokers offer a new approach to rocking their vibrant patterns. I’m up for the challenge, are you?

That’s just the tip of the ice berg! Keep an eye out for reviews on my other Christmas elves (Izzy & Liv, The Wrap Life, Bettye O Day Spa, and Cycle Therapy, to name a few), and share some of your favorite Black-owned brands in the comments below.