As the end of summer approaches, you may be in the market for notebooks, backpacks, and other supplies for the start of the school year. As such there are culturally representative options from black owned brands. See the following companies and product links for more details.
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Updated August 5, 2022
- Shop With Leslie on Redbubble has a selection of culturally representative and affirming school supplies. These include spiral notebooks, mouse pads, laptop skins, laptop sleeves, and zippered pouches. Stickers and magnets to promote learning engagement are also available.
- Blk-ed (advertisement) offers lunch bags, back packs and sets, lunch bags and pencil cases. See their “children’s” section.
- Brown Kid Swagcom (advertisement) offers a selection of thematic backpacks (e.g., black girl astronaut, black boy pilot). Custom lunch bags are also available.
- Boutique Mix (advertisement) offers a selection of engraved pencil sets that incorporate the African continent in the lettering. Pouches are also available.
- Flawless and Beautiful (advertisement) has an extensive selection of spiral notebooks with representative cultural themes.
- Not Afraid Novelties (advertisement) offers a diverse selection of thematic backpacks and lunch bags for boys and girls. Products are available in several sizes, and children with physical disabilities are included in their representation.
- Sibahle Collection (advertisement) offers a selection of trolley sets and backpack sets. Lunch bags are also available.
- Zazzy Kreations (advertisement) has a large selection of culturally affirming lunch bags made from premium neoprene to help keep food warmer or colder for a longer period.
- April Olivia offers a variety of personalized two pocket folders, and spiral notebooks. Folders and notebooks can also be personalized.
- Blended Designs offers backpacks, and accessories such as lunch boxes, face masks, and cases (for pencils, earbuds, and other items).
- Black Girl Powerhouse offers a selection of thematic backpacks for boys and girls (e.g., school girls). A natural girls lunch bag is also available.
- Brown Girls Stationery has a selection of spiral notebooks, folders, and back packs.
- Entrepreneurs Color Too has a package of colored pencils in various shades of brown to reflect diverse skin tones. Pencils are also available on Amazon (advertisement).
- G & G Paper Co. has a selection of culturally representative spiral notebooks and back packs.
- Innovative Supplies offers several themed spiral notebooks. Different styles of paper can be selected (i.e., college and wide ruled). Notebooks are handmade in the USA.
- Makeba Design and Prints offers a variety of supplies under their “products” category. These include different themed pencil pouches, lunch bags, face masks, and backpacks.
- Modern Figures Podcast offers a selection of backpacks celebrating women and girls in computing. Laptop sleeves are also available.
I hope in reviewing these companies and products, you find school supplies that work for you.
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