THE FIVE provides a weekly spotlight on black businesses around the world (Week of 1/4):

Natty Garden is a Brooklyn-based plant store, selling a small selection of plants, shrubs, soil and pots. Natty Garden incorporates the culture and style of the borough into our selection of plants and into our laid-back, yet cheerful attitude.


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Casauri organizes your travel essentials to maximize your travel joy. Simplifying and facilitating your travels – from the office, to the airport, or to the beach – at work, at play, or both – #CarryJoy. Casauri believes everything we carry should be a lot of fun, a little funky, and 100% functional.


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Petit Kouraj makes fun, stand alone pieces of wearable art that celebrates a love of knitwear, sculpture and identity, based in Brooklyn but all handmade in Haiti.

Aminah Abdul Jillil is a Luxury Shoe Brand launched in August 2012. Aminah’s shoes are known for a bold yet feminine design aesthetic that has led to Global Distribution in over 50 countries including brand partnerships with premier luxury fashion retailers Harvey Nichols and Level Shoes.

African American Expressions is the world’s largest black-owned gift and greeting-card company. They carry all sorts of everyday items that you can enjoy and share. Things like handbags, mugs and canvas wall art with inspirational sayings, figurines that display beautiful black designs, and more than 1000 different products for all occasions.