07 Jun Brilliant Black-Owned Fashion Brands to Support Now and Forever
While supporting the Black community and Black-owned businesses feels especially important right now, there is a need and an opportunity for support, love and commitment every single day. Black culture has informed and inspired for decades – a fact that we need to celebrate and sustain.
There is a lot of work to be done. Alongside educating ourselves, attending protests, signing petitions, making donations and calling our government officials to demand justice, buying fashion from Black-owned brands is extremely helpful.
Here, a curated list of the chicest pieces from brilliant black-owned brands to wear now and forever, keeping in mind that solidarity is not a one-time thing.
Cushnie, a New York-based label run by Carly Cushnie, is a luxury women’s ready-to-wear and accessories brand that empowers women and celebrates diversity. Known for its sleek, sculptural evening wear and separates, it is also one to bookmark for elegant day-to-day pieces including silky bodies, midi dresses and chic jumpsuits.
Handcrafted, sustainable shoes with personality, designed in Brooklyn and made by artisans from Ethiopia to New York, Brother Vellies is a luxury footwear brand. Founded by Aurora James, the beloved brand aims to keep traditional African design practices and techniques alive.
Mateo New York, founded by Jamaican jewelry designer Mattew Harris, is a fine jewelry collection with a modern aesthetic. Made with 14KT gold and precious gemstones, some minimal and others more about making a statement, there is something for every modern jewelry lover in this collection.
Haitian-born designer Victor Glemaud launched his eponymous leisurewear collection in 2006 and is known for his brilliant use of knitwear and color for all people genders, races and sizes.
Based in California, Island Tribe, is a womenswear lifestyle brand founded by Angeline Hayling and OD Odero. With a strong commitment to sustainability, fair-trade practices, and working with artisans around the globe, the brand embraces femininity, environmental consciousness and holistic living.
Andrea Iyamah owned by Nigerian fashion designer Dumebi Iyamah, is a clothing line strongly inspired by color and ethnic cultures. In every piece created, the brand aims to persistently build and embrace cultural stories through style.
Supermodel Liya Kebede founded the artisan-drive collection, which includes women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, and home goods all made in Africa. The clothing line beloved for vacation-ready pieces has a philanthropic arm to help women artisans thrive in Africa by connecting them to healthcare and education.
Jade Swim, a swimwear brand by fashion editor and stylist Brittany Kozerski combines minimalist aesthetic with innovative silhouettes and unique design details. The Los Angeles–made brand, designed with an eco-conscious approach and multifunctional versatility in mind, includes styles that can be worn from day to night, from beach to city, as swim or ready-to-wear.
A London-based womenswear brand of attainable clothing with luxury aesthetics, KAI seeks to create designs for multi-dimensional women who embrace their femininity in all its various forms. Seeking design inspiration, founder Fisayo Longe now travels the world meeting ethical manufacturers to collaborate with.
Míe is a nature-friendly fashion and lifestyle brand that provides elegant fashion and homeware that make you feel good and breathe easy. Founded by Damilola ‘Damie’ Idowu and based in Lagos, Nigeria, all designs are locally made with natural and biodegradable fabrics.
We will continue to grow and evolve this list.
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