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Yerrabingin House
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​BOCK:ARIE
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Rumbie & Co
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Shekudo
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Jarin Street
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Sauti Systems
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Richmond Kobla
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Lakkari Pitt
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Groove Therapy
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The Tin Humpy
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Saint Curl
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The Folk Magazine
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Aunty’s Ginger Tonic
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A Little Lagos
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Djed Press
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Seed
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Gursha Ethiopian
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Bangarra Dance Theatre
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Edenstylz
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Maara Collective
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Ngumpie Weaving
Sydney

Black-Owned Businesses in Sydney


This list of black-owned businesses in Sydney is a result of collaboration across our global community and is by no means exhaustive. There are so many more incredible businesses out there and we welcome all suggestions. We’ll be updating this guide regularly, so if you feel like sharing, please email here. We'd like to thank Sydney locals, Kaylie and Rashna Farrukh, for helping us put this together.

Yerrabingin House

An Indigenous rooftop farm featuring over 2,000 edible, medicinal and cultural plants. The farm encourages local cafes, caterers and bars to forage fresh native ingredients locally, from them. They also host guided walking tours and workshops on sustainability and wellbeing. Currently Yerrabingin House is conducting guided virtual tours.

https://www.yerrabingin.com.au/

https://www.instagram.com/yerrabingin/

​BOCK:ARIE

BOCK:ARIE, is a unisex accessories and clothing brand founded in 2019 by designer Naomi Bockarie. Derived from the notion of bringing art into everyday life, the brands first collection features unique non-animal leather bags, that can be worn in numerous ways in the one design. The design philosophy is to allow the wearer to reinterpret the design into their own and to create their own personal look that is not entirely dictated by the designer and as a result BOCKARIE designs are intended to be ever evolving. Their next collection will feature clothing.

www.bockarie.com

@bock_arie

Rumbie & Co

"Being Mad About Curls, we specialize in all types of curls – Wavy, Curly and Afro. Based in Sydney Australia. With celebrity clients like Zadie Smith, FKA Twigs, Amanda’s Stenberg and Yemi Alade, we provide our curly haired beauties numerous and well-educated options for styling and wearing your unique look confidently.

Whether your curls are in their natural form, chemically treated or manipulated, we offer a judgement free zone so you can enjoy your hair’s versatility the way you like.

Our role as a team is to simplify your curl journey, complimented by our Rumbie & Co curly hair products, our curly hair services and education. We also are creating a curl community that will empower and support you, leaving you time to embrace and love your curls"

@rumbieandco

Shekudo

Shekudo, founded in Sydney Australia, began as a womens clothing brand -drawing on heritage, life experiences and a wearable art aesthetic.

Now under the sole creative direction of Akudo Iheakanwa, the brand relaunched into footwear and accessories moving its base across the Indian Ocean to commence production in Lagos, Nigeria. With this move, the brand hoped to shed more light on the local artisan and craftsmanship scene whilst integrating some of the age old techniques and overlooked local resources into its own contemporary aesthetic. Shekudo has gone from a team of 4 to 14 artisans and master craftsmen in just over a year.

www.shekudo.com

@shekudo

Jarin Street

Jarin Street began by recognising the misuse of Aboriginal art and the industry's failure to protect the artists and Aboriginal designs, as well as a failure to highlight the artists themselves.

We support up and coming Indigenous artists to get their designs out there and seen in day to day life.

We aim to provide ongoing ethical and sustainable support to the artists who contribute their work on our yoga mats and soon to come - active wear and fashion garments.

https://www.jarinstreet.com.au

@jarin_street_

Sauti Systems

"Sauti Systems is a multifaceted brand, focused on providing an atmospheric event of diverse and enjoyable musical content. We aim to bring positivity through all creative avenues, producing an all round inclusive experience."

www.sautisystems.com

@sautisystems

Richmond Kobla

Ghanian-born Sydney-based photographer Richmond Kobla creates powerful stories from behind the lens. He works collaboratively to empower his subjects and provide a platform to tell their stories.

https://www.koblaphotography.net/

https://www.instagram.com/kobla_photography/

Lakkari Pitt

Lakkari Pitt is a proud Gamilaroi Yuwaalaraay woman from Walgett, New South Wales Australia.

Her art is a contemporary take on the knowledge that her Elders and significant people in her life have passed down throughout generations. Lakkari's art explores the movement, essence and stories of Country.

www.lakkaripitt.com

@lakkaripitt

Groove Therapy

A hip-hop dance experience designed to make you feel good about yourself. Usually held in a no mirrors, dim lights, judgement free space. Currently running livestream classes with dance courses also available so you can pause, rewind, and groove in your own time.

https://groovetherapy101.com/

https://www.instagram.com/groovetherapy_101/

https://www.facebook.com/groovetherapy101/

The Tin Humpy

This homey Redfern cafe offers classic brunch food alongside pastries injected with Indigenous ingredients (lemon-myrtle cheesecake, hello!). Community groups can use the back room to hold meetings, and run pottery, poetry, and painting nights.

Saint Curl

Best friends Toks and Ramza founded Saint Curl, as a response to a gap in the market for Aussies with curly and natural hair. They bring a range of carefully curated products right to your door (without the ridiculous international shipping fees), creating an inclusive market and better access to hair care.

https://saintcurl.com.au/

https://www.instagram.com/saintcurl/

The Folk Magazine

The Folk Magazine is unapologetically dedicated to showcasing Australian artists of colour and their work.

https://folkmagazine.com.au/

https://www.instagram.com/thefolkmag/

Aunty’s Ginger Tonic

Yarrie Bangura arrived in Australia as a refugee, and wanted to give back to her new home by introducing Australia to the special ginger brew she drank in her youth. In Sierra Leone, the tonic is well-loved and always used in celebrations. It is immune boosting, cleansing and full of good, whole ingredients.

https://auntysgingertonic.com.au/

https://www.instagram.com/auntysgingertonic/

A Little Lagos

After spending its infancy as a pop-up, the popular Nigerian joint has recently found a permanent home in Newtown. It is the currently the only restaurant solely dedicated to Nigerian cuisine. All the usual suspects feature on the menu – jollof rice, puff puffs, fried plantains – with the most recent addition to the menu being suya (grilled spiced beef served with onions, tomatoes and capsicum).

https://www.alittlelagos.com/

https://www.instagram.com/alittlelagos/?hl=en

Djed Press

An online publication that exclusively works to publish (and pay!) people of colour. Djed Press is committed to increasing the visibility of ethnic minorities at a time where racial tensions are high in Australia.

https://djedpress.com/

https://www.instagram.com/djedpress/

Seed

In Australia, climate change is affecting Indigenous communities disproportionately. Seed is a climate network entirely run by youth from these communities to fight against this and protect country and culture. Seed is currently running a campaign to ban fracking ban in the Northern Territory, and another urging the government to protect Indigenous land rights over mining rights in Queensland.

https://www.seedmob.org.au/

Gursha Ethiopian

Located in the heart of Sydney’s western suburbs, Gursha Ethiopian is a no-fuss, affordable and authentic Ethiopian food experience. There’s a large variety of vegan options alongside the more well-known Ethiopian dishes – doro wat and kitfo.

http://www.gurshaethio.com.au/

Bangarra Dance Theatre

Bangarra is a critically acclaimed Indigenous performing arts company. Their dance technique incorporates 40,000 years of culture with contemporary movement, creating vibrant performances. While their scheduled tour is on hold due to current circumstances, they have made a number of performances available to stream for free online.

https://www.bangarra.com.au/

https://www.instagram.com/bangarradancetheatre/

Edenstylz

Eden Dessalegn provides traditional hair braiding with a modern twist. Self-taught, she started off charging $5 dollar a head in high school, graduated to market stalls, and now has her own studio based in south-west Sydney.

https://www.edenstylz.com.au/

https://www.instagram.com/edenstylz/

Maara Collective

A luxury resortwear line created by Julie Shaw, a Yuwaalaraay woman. Maara collaborates with Indigenous artists and artisans to create contemporary pieces with a luxe aesthetic.

https://maaracollective.com/

https://www.instagram.com/maara.collective/

Ngumpie Weaving

Tegan Murdock creates bespoke jewellery and keepsakes using a weaving technique taught to her by her mother. Customers can also learn to weave with her starter kits (which comes with videos and written instructions) or by attending one of her workshops. She is currently running these workshops online.