5 of the Best Planners from Black-Owned Brands For Starting Out The New Year RightJan 11, 2022 10:00AM ● By Boitumelo Masihleho
It’s the time of the year where we’re all planning and setting goals for the year ahead – like getting your travel bucket list back on track. Writing things down is a great way to ensure your goals come into fruition and having a planner that suits your needs is a must. These 5 Black-owned planner companies have amazing planners, tabs, stationery, and covers, for you to support while getting your 2022 journey organized.
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Ivory Paper Co is a Black-owned stationery and planner company based in Gahanna, Ohio. It was founded by Alitzah Stinson in late 2018. Alitzah has always had a love for stationery and planners but never could find a planner that fit her busy life as a CEO and iInfluencer. After years of jumping from planner to planner and never being satisfied, Alitzah launched Ivory Paper Co. The company is named after Alitzah's daughter, Eleanor Ivory. Her goal is to inspire Eleanor to take charge of her life and follow her passions. Along with their popular All-in-One planner, they also offer monthly, weekly, and daily spreads that are easily customizable.
HerSpace Co. is a lifestyle brand for the modern woman who desires to live and evolve intentionally founded by Tanisha Carothers and Brittani Hunt. The brand craft content through digital and non-digital speaks to the modern woman and her many layers. Her Space Co’s The Layered Living Planner is an amazing planner to get your whole life together. The planner focuses on 12 areas of your life, known as layers. These areas include your dreams and desires, relationships, home and living space, personal development, beauty, travel, wellness, creativity, career, finances, giving, and soul.
Ashely Reynolds founded Cloth & Paper after leaving her corporate job. While devising her plan for her next career move, she noticed there weren’t any planners on the market that fit her minimal aesthetic. Cloth & Paper, an elevated line of organizational products based in Richmond, Virginia. They offer a variety of products from planners, planner inserts, accessories, and stationery items. Additionally, they offers a monthly subscription where subscribers can receive fancy lifestyle items and exclusives. Their minimalistic style is perfect for those who seek a sleek, business-type look.
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When Founder and Creative Director SaVonne Anderson began conceptualizing plans for Aya Paper Co., the well-being of the earth was at the front of her mind. As an advocate for environmental justice, she wanted to ensure that Aya Paper Co. didn’t perpetuate issues like climate change and pollution, which disproportionately impacting communities of color. Aya Paper Co’s collection is defined by neutral earth tones, minimalist illustrations, and modern typography. The collection emphasizes cards but in addition to cards, Aya has produced notecard sets, journals, tote bags, and candles. All paper products are made with 100% recycled material, and sourcing information can be found on each product page.
Notiq is is a luxury Black-owned planner brand crated by artist and designer, Vivian Jokotade Adeniyi. Notiq celebrates and empowers the world's most ambitious women with its exclusive, fashion-forward line of personal planners, organizers, and animal-free leather goods designed to help women stand out, overcome overwhelm and succeed in a busy world. From relevant, sustainable materials to minimal clean lines, each Notiq product is a work of art, thoughtfully designed to inspire you to live an elegant, organized, and productive life A portion of Notiq’s revenue supports our global mission which is to advance the creative enterprise of women and empower the livelihood of overlooked individuals in developing countries.
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Boitumelo Masihleho is a South African digital content creator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes University in Journalism and Media Studies and Politics and International Studies. She's an experienced multimedia journalist who is committed to writing balanced, informative and interesting stories on a number of topics. Boitumelo has her own YouTube channel where she shares her love for affordable beauty and lifestyle content.
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