Those who know know me, know that I love accessories. Earrings, bags, shoes, bracelets, head bands. I love them all. And now, I love pins.
I first noticed the pin trend several months ago on Instagram (where I discover most of my favorite black businesses). With pins featuring a variety of afrocentric messages (e.g., "black girl magic" and "black & proud") and images (e.g., Michelle Obama and afro-haired women), I had to get some.
The first pin I bought was a "She's Gotta Have It" brooch (priced at $25) by Rachel Stewart Jewelry. This solid wood brooch is inspired by the Spike Lee movie of the same name and is F-L-Y. Every time I wear it, I receive tons of compliments about its beauty and questions about where I bought it.
The past two months I have gone pin crazy. First, I bought a "Still I Rise" lapel pin (priced at $10) by Radical Dreams to represent my love for the famous Maya Angelou poem, and then two weeks later, I bought their kneeling "Colin Kaepernick" lapel pin (priced at $8) to show my support for the former NFL player and his fight against racial injustice and police brutality against black people in America. I have worn these pins several times this past month to keep me motivated on the days that I feel weary and frustrated with the things happening in this post-Obama world. Most recently, I purchased an "I'm Judging You" pin (priced at $14) by Pin Vibes LA. This metal pin is part of a special collection celebrating the release of I'm Judging You: A Do Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi aka Awesomely Luvvie. I love to wear this pin to work (use your imagination on why 😬).
I like to make statements with my clothes and accessories. And, anything that allows me to show my love for black culture and black people and be fashionable is a must-have for me. I absolutely LOVE the fact that "black"pins allow me to express my pride, my beliefs, and my mood without having to say a word.
They are great for work and play. You can wear one pin, or a bunch of them, anywhere. Pin them to your jackets, shirts, bags, or hats.
Make a statement with your accessories and check out these black pin makers today.