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NaturalAnnie Essentials is your island-inspired, one-stop-shop for uniquely scented, handmade soy candles and bath & body products. Woman-owned and based in

Bridgeport, Connecticut, we aim to make you look, smell, and feel good!

Owner, Annya White-Brown was born and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica. After Annie’s first daughter Tiffany was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, she turned to natural remedies to help Tiffany’s skin. After trying a variety of natural butters, essential oils, and other natural oils, they finally found the remedy. In 2014, she decided to channel her growing passion for developing her unique brand. NaturalAnnie Essentials burst into life and she’s added candles to the list of products available.

Art Matenwa

A longstanding grassroots Haitian women’s arts collective. Art Matènwa evolved from a small experiment 20+ years ago when Christine Low, co-director of the Learning Center, and Ellen LeBow, a visiting artist, attempted to address a growing local problem. Art Matènwa evolved from a small experiment 20+ years ago when Christine Low, co-director of the Learning Center, and Ellen LeBow, a visiting artist, attempted to address a growing local problem. From the original group of seven women painters, the Sant Atizana Matènwa (“Matènwa’s Art Center” in Krèyol) has grown to include forty-five artisans – four different groups honing their skills in a variety of techniques.


Brooklyn based company designed to bring together 100% all natural ingredients, essential oils and luxurious scents. Uniquely classic scents that are unisex. From candles to CBD infused oils, body washes, beard balms and hair oils, Avalah gives you the spa feeling at home, with distinct scents that are subtle yet effective. The skincare products use a combination of shea butter, coconut oil and Himalayan sea salt to eliminate dullness, add moisture and improve vibrancy to the skin. The hair products use the finest oils such as Argan, Jojoba, Jamaican Black Castor and Almond.

The black soap in their wash is said to soothe rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis-prone skin, and the palm oil prevents dry skin. Owner Alexzandra Denis is Barbadian.


Hailing from the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Afrocessories was birthed from our founder’s need to make her favorite protective style easier to wear. Convinced that her creation would work for EVERY naturalista, Marcia and her husband designed the first AfroBonnet in July 2017 and began selling it at local pop-ups in September 2017. When they first began, the first designs were sewn by a girlfriend of the couple and featured Afrocentric fabric. Since then Marcia has taught herself to sew and the AfroBonnets have developed into FOUR collections, not including new products like the AfroBand and the AfroBandeau.

Moody Ceramics

Moody is all about exploring and celebrating emotions through clay. Each piece is different and is made with love, passion, anger, sadness or pain. All moody pieces are handmade in Montreal by Caribbean artist, Gabriela Garcia. They are colorful, unique & functional. The pieces represent a variety of emotions.

Moody started as a medium to release stress and breathe through pottery in June 2019 by Gabriela García, born in the Dominican Republic, yet living in Montreal since 2017. She is all about design and colors. I remember falling in love with pottery before even starting. I read articles and visited studios to watch people create and found it very relaxing. As a graphic designer, I started developing my own brand and now have an online store.

Fe Noel

Fe Noel is a conceptual lifestyle brand created for the multifaceted woman that embodies a love for travel and style.

Creator Felisha Noel is a womenswear designer from Brooklyn. She entered the industry at 19, owning her first brick and mortar boutique for vintage lovers and trendsetters in Brooklyn. It served as the inspiration for ‘Fe Noel’.

Noel is heavily inspired by her Caribbean heritage and close knit family. Her family hails from Grenada. The philosophy behind the brand is “Eat well, travel often, and dress to inspire.”

Yaël & Valérie

Kelly Finley created Yaël & Valérie, a design company named for herself and her teenage daughter, and inspired and run by women in Haiti. The designs are based on Haiti’s culture. The company makes wallpapers and fabrics, which it sells by the yard, as well as home accessories and furniture it manufactures in small factories in Haiti owned by female designers. Every item begins with a hand-drawn sketch by Louis, which she may marry with colors or patterns seen around her home country. The resulting decor is both personal and universal. The line features notable women throughout history—from African queens to Haitian resistance fighters and American protesters.

Art You Hungry

Contemporary Artist Nneka Jones is the founder of Art You Hungry, a visual journey that will satisfy your cravings and feed your soul. A recent University of Tampa graduate, activist artist Nneka Jones masterfully blends embroidery thread to stitch stunning portraits of young girls, women, and the occasional celebrity. Sometimes donning a fringed shirt that cascades from the canvas, the subjects wear somber faces and stare forward through the gaps of a bullseye or scope, symbols that serve a larger purpose.

By obscuring and literally marking the faces with targets, the Trinidadian artist focuses on “the social and political issues affecting Caribbean society.”

Jamaican born and bred designer, creative director and founder of BYCHARI is more than a jewelry line –– it’s a way for women to share and create their stories. An extension and expression of their style and personality, and a way of celebrating both defining moments and the simple beauty of every day.

Established in 2012, BYCHARI is a reflection of designer Chari Cuthbert’s approach to life and style. Effortless, unique and modern, each handmade piece is designed for women who appreciate simplicity but demand luxury–– just as she does.

Chari took this concept and began creating her own pieces. The unique designs she couldn’t find anywhere else. Now ranging from essential, everyday jewelry to her more luxury fine and signature custom pieces, BYCHARI is worn by household names that define what style is today–– including Kate Hudson, Rose Huntington-Whiteley, Aimee Song, Chiara Ferragni, Rocky Barnes, and most recently, Michelle Obama – vote necklace.

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