There are many ways to support the black community and other minorities. One way to make an impact in this capitalistic world is by voting with your wallet. Here, we list five black-owned companies that sell eyewear that’s fashionable prescription eyeglasses.
Founded in 2009 by twin designers Corianna and Brianna Dotson, Coco and Breezy sells sunglasses and optical eyeglasses that have been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and other major fashion publications. The eyewear is available in round, square, cat-eye, and aviator frames.
LEX:MARQ OPTIQUE is a network of opticians, frame stylists, and fashion enthusiast that offer affordable eyewear through mobile sales teams and custom repair services. Operating in numerous cities, LEX:MARQ OPTIQUE sells men’s and women’s eyeglasses, unisex eyeglasses, vintage frames, and more.
NRODA, pronounced “en-row-duh,” is ADORN spelled backwards. Samantha Smikle, the brand’s founder and designer, features a bee symbol in her frame designs to represent spirituality and nature. NRODA eyewear also features 24-karat gold plating and rhodium plating. The brand fuses various cultures, including Smikle’s Jamaican heritage, Egyptian art, and Indian adornment.
4. Ember Niche
Art, music, and history inspired childhood friends Tim and Jarrett to start Ember Niche, an eyewear company based on the idea that your face is your brand. The company offers a collection of optical eyeglasses and sunglasses. Besides eyewear, Ember Niche offers the "Coral" V-ZIP D-Ring Derby Creeper Boot in collaboration with Coral Studios.
Bohten is an eyewear company founded by Nana Boateng Osei. His love for beautiful landscapes in Africa and interest in fashion inspired him to start the company. Bohten sells stylish and sustainable prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, and blue-light filter lenses with crafted, functional, and lightweight frames made from reclaimed materials.