7 queer-led brands you should be shopping

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Happy Pride! Annually during the month of June, people around the world celebrate and uplift the LGBTQIA+ community, while honoring the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York.

While many Pride marches, parties and large gatherings were canceled this year due to the global pandemic, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still show your love and support for the queer community. Donating what you can to charities and organizations that help uplift LGBTQIA+ people is a great place to start, and this charity navigator is a fantastic resource if you’re in need of a few suggestions. You can also show your pride by waving or

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Busy Shopping Scenes Only Part of the Picture

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Monday saw throngs of shoppers in England’s high streets, but it’s a stark reality from the distant supply chain workers and factory owners — many still holding out for payment from those same retailers, perhaps on declining hopes.

With stores permitted to reopen on Monday, lines gathered in locations like Oxford Circus outside Apple, Nike, Cos, Kiko and Zara. In another part of town, Westfield London in Hammersmith, teenagers sipped iced drinks and Primark bags, lounging in the sun.

Eager for sales and anything that didn’t resemble the confines of their living rooms, H&M, Zara, Apple and the clearance stalls at Foot Locker also drew pools of shoppers.

Despite Western retailers sliding up their gates and opening doors to shoppers, things are far from “normal” for apparel manufacturers in Bangladesh, which attributes 80 percent of its exports to the sector.

Even if a

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3 Black-Owned Beauty Retailers We’re Shopping as Alternatives to Amazon

In honor of Juneteenth, we’re taking cues from the #NewBlackFriday initiative, which encourages shopping Black-owned businesses for your product and service needs to tactically address systemic economic inequality. 

We’re dedicated to this cause across both our fashion and beauty verticals, and while we encourage you to buy Black now and forever, we’re prompting you to take a pause from shopping other huge retailers today, in particular. Instead, we invite you to explore, discover, and support the amazing shops and stores founded by some of the coolest Black innovators in the industry. Here, you can check out eight Black-owned boutiques and vintage shops for all of your fashion needs, and below, we’re highlighting three of our favorite Black-owned beauty retailers offering everything from makeup to haircare to wellness necessities. 

Oh, and if you’re curious for even more retail opportunities to support, we suggest perusing our features on Black-owned 

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