The Ultimate Mother's Day Gift Guide: 25 Canadian Black Women-Owned Businesses to Shop

This Mother’s Day, My Filibo is highlighting 25 Black Women Business Owners in Canada, to offer you out-of-the-ordinary presents Mom has no idea she wanted. No matter her quarantine craving, in our guide you will find glamorous gifts for that special mother on your list.

Do you want to keep her isolating in high style? Excite her with some Handcrafted Jewelry; upgrade her stacked closet with an original Purse, or simply give her a reason to feel like a Queen, by adorning her with some Accessories. Is Mom in need of some rest? Opt for some Luxurious Pillows, or elegant Crystal Candle Holders to set the mood. Mom needs a beauty day. Easy. Indulge her with a Chakra Oil set, a pop of Lip Color, or some frivolously Luscious Lashes. Put a twist on the typical flower arrangement by having a special, personalized Mother’s Day Bouquet. Finally, help her embrace her cultural roots by adorning her with a Head Wrap.

This guide is a shoppers dream! Show Mom how much you love her, and help us celebrate and support our Black Women Business Owners in Canada.

FASHION DESIGNERS 

KEJEO DESIGN - Leonia Dress

Kejeo is an online African inspired fashion brand that celebrates modernity and tradition through their designs. Their aim is to blend African textiles and coloration with western styles and create pieces “Kejeo”, meaning pieces that look beautiful on you in the “mina” language from Benin and Togo in West Africa. 

kejeo dress

 

KWESIYA Hazel Layered Dress

Kwesiya is a sustainable clothing and accessory brand based in Toronto. Kwesiya [kwé-si-ya], which means "mix it" defines the brand. Founded in 2013, they aspire to empower their customers to evolve from settling for conventional clothing to embracing colors and prints on their everyday looks.

kwesiya dress

 

SELFISH SWIMWEAR - Florence, Bikini High Waist Bottom With Belt in Orange & Analie, Bikini Bottom in Orange

Handmade in Montreal, Canada, Selfish Swimwear is a swimsuit and bikini designer brand that advocates sustainability and quality. Offering recycled fibers fabric swimsuits both comfortable and timeless that flatters the feminine curves.

selfish swimwear

  

MY FILIBO - Essential Woman T-Shirt  

My Filibo is a fashion store that produces wearable lapel pins, apparel, and other accessories designed with deep-rooted meaning. Launched in 2017 by a creative fashion enthusiast who was looking for a way to encourage people to celebrate their African and Caribbean heritage. My Filibo encourages everyone to proudly show off their beliefs and ancestry in a fanciful manner.

  

SIRANI'S FASHIONReversible Jacket

Based in Toronto, Sirani's Fashion developed its brand in 2017. This modern and eclectic fashion clothing and accessory line for men and women are spreading their wings to implant their edgy footprint into the European and US market.

picture of Sirani's fashion reversible jacket

 

LOVE & NUDES  - Amanda Ultimate Wire-Free Bra & Janati Panty

Motivated by the glaring absence and misrepresentation of everyday products for women of color, Chantal developed the brand Love & Nudes with love for her melanin sisters. Her team and her have developed a collection of modern intimates to compliment every woman's uniqueness - her skin tone! She wants women of color to explore and wear fashion anyway they choose to. Whether we want our undergarments to be discreet under sheer, lace, and white clothing, or if we want to rock it out as an accessory to an outfit, the choice should be ours!

 

ESTERI COLLECTIONSMommy & Me dress (pre-order)

Esteri Collections, is the number one source for elegant, fashionable, and affordable African clothing. They are dedicated to providing you the very best outfits, giving you the confidence to put your best foot forward everywhere you go! Founded in 2018 by Ruth Eleyinmi, Esteri Collections has come a long way from its humble beginnings in a home office… Ruth started pro bono fashion consultation as a hobby and the positive impact she made in her community led her to further explore her interest in fabrics and style.

 esteri collection mother and daughter dress 

HANDBAGS, JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES

TIGNONNessa Headwrap

Tignon means head wrap in French creole. In the mid-1700s women used cloths of varying colors, textures, and patterns to cover their hair in the most intricate ways. With that bold step, the initial intent of the law had backfired because it only made the women appear even more beautiful and alluring. My Tignon wanted to bring this part of history to light and celebrate the resilience and creativity of the Creole women in this time while recognizing our ability to come together in strength and present our beauty un-apologetically. 

nessa headwrap from my tignon 

 JV ACCESSORIES -  Royalty Halo Crowns: Demi (left)  &  Glam Crown (right)

Inspired by Sierra Leonean and Nigerian fashion trends and designs, JV Accessories offers unique, creative, and beautifully handcrafted accessories.

jv accessories crown 

CEE WEE DESIGNS Butterfly Resort Bag  (left)Crosswalk Triangle Bag (right)

Cee Wee Designs creates wearable art for the professional woman who is not afraid to stand out. This designer brand prides itself in producing hand-crafted, modern accessories which exude luxury and confidence.  A distinct architectural silhouette along with bold, dynamic prints define the Cee Wee Designs aesthetic. Cee Wee Designs has grown into a one-stop-shop for ladies' bags and accessories worldwide.

Cee Wee Designs

 

ENARMOURED - Goddess Shield Earring and Protector Necklace (left)Tulip Shield Earrings (right)

Enarmoured is handcrafted fine art jewelry created by artist Jordan Clarke in Toronto, Ontario. Working with brass and silver, Jordan creates bold, elegant, and timeless pieces of small-batch jewelry. Inspired by ancient armour, this collection explores the idea of protective adornment as both feminine and elegant. Each piece of jewelry, from the initial sketch to completion, is formed lovingly by hand. Using both traditional and innovative jewelry-making techniques, Jordan creates unique pieces of ‘wearable art’.

enarmoured earrings

 

MY FILIBO Phenomenal Woman tote bag (left) & Mini Africa earrings (middle) & Black is Beautiful pin (right)

My Filibo is a fashion store that produces wearable lapel pins, apparel, and other accessories designed with deep-rooted meaning. Launched in 2017 by a creative fashion enthusiast who was looking for a way to encourage people to celebrate their African and Caribbean heritage. My Filibo encourages everyone to proudly show off their beliefs and ancestry in a fanciful manner.

link to my filibo website

 

MONOXIDE STYLE -  Zephyr Chain Earrings (left), Aurora Earring (right)

Designer and founder of MONOXIDE, Tyler Ferguson, aims to tell tales of authenticity, translating genuine stories through the creation of visual pieces. Inspired by writing and literature growing up, Tyler has always found storytelling captivating, and through her love of jewelry making, she is able to tell visual stories with her designs. A creative from an early age her passion was originally writing, and it was initially the career path she intended to pursue. However, being involved in the wholesale jewelry business throughout her teens and later as part of the family retail business; she found she could not deny her love for fashion and especially her passion for jewelry.

monoxide style earrings

 

THE WHOLE BAG Mama tote bag (left) & Tough as A Mother tote bag (right)

The Whole Bag a brand from Azetta Design Studio. The Whole Bag is a graphic print and design boutique providing you with quality prints that can take your event and brand to new levels.

the whole bag tote bags

 

ART & HOME 

MELISSA FALCONER Brown Skin Girl PRINT (left) & Michelle Obama PRINT (right) 

Melissa Falconer (M.Falconer) is a self-taught visual artist from Toronto. As a Black artist, she has identified with the underrepresentation of People of Color in the art industry. By creating what she calls “Black Pop Art”, she hopes to fill this void by creating a new source of art from which people like her can use to express themselves.

 

LOVE LIGHT JEWELS Amethyst Lotus Candle Holder 

Love & Light Jewels™ introduces the beauty and power of gemstones and crystals to the sophistication of fashion and style. Exemplary of "Boho-Chic", Love & Light Jewels™ is a sparkly, soul-filled collection of both handcrafted and carefully curated jewelry, accessories and lifestyle products, designed to help elevate your soul.

 

THE CARIBBEAN HUT -  Blue Under Sea candle (left) & Natural Coconut Wax Melts (right)

Having a beach themed wedding or event? The Caribbean Hut beautiful beach decor candles make exquisite decor to any coastal event. All of their candles are handmade in small batches to ensure the quality of each and every candle.

 

APANAKI TEMITAYO - Oshun Blooming (left) & Without Question - Danai Gurira I (right)

Born in Toronto and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Apanaki Temitayo is an author, spoken word poet, actor, multimedia artist, and teacher. She is currently the Artist-In- Wellness for CAMH. Workman Arts Artist-In-Residence for 2017-2018. As part of the Workman Arts Art-Cart Program at CAMH, she teaches art to participants with mental health and drug addiction.

 

KWESIYA Onni Cushion (left)Salun Brown Mudcloth Pillow (right)

Kwesiya is a sustainable clothing and accessory brand based in Toronto. Kwesiya [kwé-si-ya], which means "mix it" defines the brand. Founded in 2013, they aspire to empower their customers to evolve from settling for conventional clothing to embracing colors and prints on their everyday looks.

Salun Brown Mudcloth Pillow ONNI CUSHION kwesiya

 

HAIR, BEAUTY & BODY

LONDON IVY PRODUCTS - Clear Skin Beauty Essentials (left)  Mask Love, Trio of skin-clearing masks (right)

London Ivy Products believe in simple beauty rituals. They are dedicated to helping you feel confident and less self-conscious about your hair & skin. Their mission is to help you achieve clearer skin & healthy, hydrated curls. By using only the highest quality natural and organic ingredients, they deliver high-performance results.

london ivy's products

BOTXN BEAUTY - Lip Lacquer, She Devil (left) & Lipstain, Bridezilla (right)

Daughters Fadumo Botan, Nasra Botan, and Amal Botan built the Botxn Beauty brand in order to leave a legacy to keep the Botan family name alive. Seeing as these women always had a passion for cosmetics, they decided to start a beauty line. With hard work and dedication, top-quality formulas and specific pigments were used to create colors suiting every unique shade of women worldwide. Giving women a new experience on the true definition of beauty, practices of standard beauty were tossed out to empower differences. Standing for uniqueness, empowerment, and creativity, Botxn Beauty gives women back their control and allows them to express their true selves. 

botxn beauty lip products

 

LOVE LIGHT JEWELS - Crystal Infused 7 Chakra Oil Set

Love & Light Jewels™ introduces the beauty and power of gemstones and crystals to the sophistication of fashion and style. Exemplary of "Boho-Chic", Love & Light Jewels™ is a sparkly, soul-filled collection of both handcrafted and carefully curated jewelry, accessories and lifestyle products, designed to help elevate your soul.

Crystal Infused 7 Chakra Oil Set love and light jewels

 

MAKEUP FOR MELANIN GIRLS COSMETICS - Keke Cruelty-Free Silk Lashes (left) & Naked Liquid Lipstick (right)

Makeup for Melanin Girls is a beauty brand that celebrates diverse beauty and under-represented skin tones in the beauty industry and it all started with an Instagram Page. Today, MFMG is a community of thousands of women that are tired of being the last two shades in a collection and hearing "we're working on it" when yet another brand ignores the beauty needs of deeper skin tones. 

Keke Cruelty-Free Silk Lashes Naked Liquid Lipstick Makeup for melanin Girls

 

UPNORTH NATURALS Wash Day Trio (left) & Butter Me Up (right)

Upnorth Naturals LOVES naturally curly hair. They BELIEVE all-natural hair textures are beautiful. They ENCOURAGE the use of all-natural products to maintain healthy hair. Their products are free from harmful chemicals, made from natural ingredients, and not tested on animals.

upnorth naturals products butter me up and trio

 

PAPER GOODS, STATIONERY & OTHERS

MY FILIBO - Mother's Day Hug folded card (English or French) (left) & Thinking of You flat card (right)

My Filibo is a fashion store that produces wearable lapel pins, apparel, and other accessories designed with deep-rooted meaning. Launched in 2017 by a creative fashion enthusiast who was looking for a way to encourage people to celebrate their African and Caribbean heritage. My Filibo encourages everyone to proudly show off their beliefs and ancestry in a fanciful manner.

mother's day greeting card

LEXY BOUQUETS - Alani Pink Rose Bouquet

Lexy Bouquets are a Unique and Different type of Bouquet. PRETTY because they are gorgeously arranged with handmade paper flowers and PRACTICAL because you can indulge in the deliciousness of Ferrero Rocher Chocolates. Featured collection.

Alani Pink Rose Bouquet chocolate 

PLEASE NOTES - Guided Gratitude Journal

PleaseNotes is a line of affirmation-filled goods created to help you become your favorite version of you.  The idea for PleaseNotes came when Founder Cheryl was in a weird period of transition. She just quit her corporate job and knew she wanted to start something that fulfilled her, however, she also knew that her self-confidence wasn’t in the place to support any new ideas that she had.  She decided to work on herself through using affirmations, journaling, and delving back into her personal growth practice. By reinforcing who she really was and getting clear on who she wanted to be, she realized that it was Personal Development that she had always been in love with.  

 

 

TRUCREATESPhotography services (Photo-Shoot )

Tru is a visual content creator that offers photography and videography services to brands, businesses, and entrepreneurs. Highlight your brand story with some visual pizzazz so you can generate more connections and build a community around your brand.

trucreates photography services

 

AZETTA DESIGNS STUDIO - Custom Greeting Cards 

Azetta Design Studio is a boutique stationery design studio specializing in custom designs to support your wedding planning experience and enhance your wedding day. Azetta Design Studio is always finding new, innovative ways to mix stellar graphic design with impeccable paper crafting skills to help you as a blushing bride-to-be create your custom wedding stationery that matches your unique style and vision.

azetta designs studio custom greeting cards

 


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