Friday 27 November, 2020

Celebrate Jamaica's Independence with local-made products

File photo of Jamaicans shopping downtown, Kingston.

File photo of Jamaicans shopping downtown, Kingston.

You’re probably feeling patriotic; chances are, you haven’t yet been inspired by the Independence Day festivities and are in need of a reminder.

Well, if you’re truly Jamaican, you know we are born hoarders (read: love to shop). Many Jamaicans even take pride in buying local, supporting Brand Jamaica.

So, in celebration of Independence, Loop Lifestyle curated a list of Instagram-friendly small businesses that provide Jamaican-branded items – some made right here on The Rock.

The best part, all our international friends can rediscover Jamaica and shop Jamaican 'tings' right at home as these items are all available online.

Kataleya Creations hopes to ‘adorn your feet’ with a range of stylish sandals for men and women. See more here: 


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If you’re looking for a literal representation of Jamaica, check out Leanora Sandals & Accessories Jamaican-coloured strappy sandals.


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Meluxe Natural Skin and Hair offers a range of home-made skin and hair products from a Clarendon-based retailer. Charcoal masks, castor shea hair butter, hair growth serums, and body scrubs are some of their popular buys. Check them out here:


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The concept of plant-based meals is lost to some, but what better way to celebrate Rock Independence than with home-grown farm to table fare? Check out Shibumi Jamaica


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Handmade locally and inspired by Africa are the vibrant bags and accessories from Quaint by GSC. The eye-catching satchels, backpacks, and duffle bags are designed with brightly coloured Ankara print fabric and leather that are hard to overlook. See for yourself here:


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Waistbeads, anklets, chokers, earrings, and semi-precious stone bracelets are available from Let’s Brace It – a Canada-based trinket trove of beaded jewellery. See below:


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Star.Fyr Designs is a clothing business created by young fashion designer SuriStar. Her tie-dye designs are impressive and a perfect representation of Rock colours.


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One’s sure to find something Jamaican and inspiring when they check out Jamaica Merch on Instagram, the ‘Kool Nuh Man’ face mask and Jamaican slang art are simply irresistible.


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Shantae Powell creates handmade clutches for ‘every lovely lady’ from her @shansweetstiches line. The prints are exotic and likely to be a showstopper. Check out this hot number here:


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Time for a bathroom break? Shower with Stunning Impression’s cruelty-free shampoos and shower gels, available here:


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If hand-crafted thread art interests you, then these works created by Shantoy Brown are sure to make you stop and check your debit card balance.


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Step into summer with locally made minimalist artisanal sandals from Jamaica Sandal Company. The classic designs will get you hooked, and customer reviews have it that the slides are just as comfy.


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If you’ve ever though that Jamaica’s nice and wanted to share it with the world, now’s your chance. These Jamaican-made T-shirts, hoodies, and other wares from Jamaica Nice make quite the statement.


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Anncrafted Ja are creators of some special soaps. How? You ask? With natural all-organic facial cleansing bars – no muss, no fuss, simplicity. After all, skincare should be clean and low maintenance, and with a certified aesthetician at the helm, there's no denying Anncrafted Ja knows beauty.


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'The likkle sum’n you need’ whenever you start cooking, often comes in the form of seasoning or condiments to add a little zhoosh to your meal. Find your zhoosh in FenMade hot sauce or pepper jelly products made with Jamaican Scotch Bonnet peppers from Miss Jamaica Universe 2014 Kaci Fennell.


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Jamaican handbag designers GGoC aka God’s Gift of Creativity, has, for years, provided several Jamaican women with one-of-a-kind handbags that are crisp and elegant.


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Clear skin is possible if you are consistent and apply Serenely Skincare’ handmade organic beauty products. They create soaps and body butters that many recommend to whip skin into gorgeous, glowing results.


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Care for some dainty Jamaican made Jewellery and watches? Then check out Susancia, where the pieces are designed by Ruth Browne for the minimalist. Even the maximalist can look at Susancia jewellery, the designs are so simple and delicate they can be stacked to make an exaggerated statement.


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