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HALF UNITED is a social good lifestyle brand dedicated to fighting hunger and empowering lives of those in need. Your purchases provide school lunch meals for children in Haiti, feed families via community gardens in the USA, and gainfully employ artisans living in some of the world’s most vulnerable nations.

All of the items we sell have been designed in-house by our Co-Founder and design team: handcrafted jewelry, artisan-made leather goods and stunning handmade home goods.

Over the course of 12 years, HALF UNITED has been able to give over 1,000,000 meals to people in need, be involved in countless hunger-fighting initiatives, and support the gainful employment of artisans in vulnerable communities around the world.

We consider it an honor that we get to combine our lifestyle brand with philanthropy as our means of giving-back and create positive change in the lives of children and families in need.

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Carmin Black


An internship with TOMS Shoes. A bag of discarded bullet casings. A $200 startup investment. A vision for helping children in need. The HALF UNITED story could begin at any number of starting points. But ask brother-sister founders, Christian and Carmin Black , where it really starts, and it always goes back to their parents and an upbringing that nurtured a passion for people, design, charity, and entrepreneurship.

With a mother who owned restaurants and designed merchandising concepts for major fashion brands and a father who ministered in churches around the globe, the seemingly opposite worlds of fashion and philanthropy converged in their home, serving as a constant inspiration to the siblings. So in Wilmington, NC, in 2009, when Carmin left a promising job in journalism and Christian wrapped up high school, they began working together to create a brand that combined these two loves. Fashion and Giving – two halves when united can make a difference. The vision of HALF UNITED was born.