The Safire Homme
7 Black Owned Businesses You Can Buy Jewelry from Right Now
Article by Dillon Firestein
Union is a well known staple in the fashion community, especially for West Coasters. Many don’t know that the shop originally opened in downtown New York, in the late 80’s. The shop is owned by Chris Gibbs, who started by working at the original NYC location. Union’s focus might not be jewelry, but they’ve got a great selection of vintage sterling silver pieces, as well as designer jewelry from brands like Kapital and Enfants Riches Deprimes that changes season to season.
Cowboy Studios is a line of clothing and jewelry started by artist Calvyn James. His designs are simple and versatile, and all have a flare of modernity. As the name might suggest, James is a Texas native and shows influence of his cultural background in his jewelry and clothing. His jewelry line is offered right here at Safire Homme, and he additionally has his own website. The Angels Eye Necklace is a staff favorite.
Nandi Naya is a delicate line of handcrafted jewelry created by designer Hleziphansi Zita. Her work reflects strong ties to her heritage, and features sterling silver and gold plating. Even though her line is designed for women, the line’s versatility allows it to be worn by all. Most pieces are made to order, so your purchase directly supports the artist, as well as ensuring you of the work and care that has gone into the piece that you get.
Edas is an elegant line of jewelry deisnged by Sade Mims, hence the brand’s name. The NYC based line speaks volume for the wearer. Most of her jewelry is made of brass, giving the wearer some flash at an entry level price point. Wires bent into different shape are a common theme across her pieces.
Marche Rue Dix
Marche Rue Dix is a boutique in Brooklyn, New York. While their products cover everyday essentials from skincare to incense, they also have a gorgeous line of jewelry. Their finely detailed pieces are all handmade in Senegal, and are made of sterling silver. Their line also embraces the beauty and uniqueness that comes from a handmade line, emphasizing that no pieces are exactly alike. Some of the pieces are plated in white gold, and the plating process for these takes place in New York.
Yam is a handmade jewelry line based in Queens, New York. The brand is a tribute to the designer’s mother, who introduced her to jewelry making when she was young. The jewelry utilizes upcycled materials to lessen the environmental impact of jewelry making. This understated line has a piece for every jewelry collector.
If you don’t already know Telfar, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past two years. Founded by Telfar Clemens, a New York Native, the unisex brand is unquestionably designer “for everyone”. The brand is widely known for its shopping bags, but they also have a simple line of branded jewelry. The branding as minimal and tasteful as it is on their shoppers, and the jewelry’s thin and delicate nature makes It wearable with numerous different looks.