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22 Black-Owned Fashion Brands

Opening opportunities for investments, access to resources, and sustainable growth, black history month calls to support black fashion brands.  

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Opening opportunities for investments, access to resources, and sustainable growth, black history month calls to support black fashion brands.  

Aurora James founder of accessories brand Vellies took an initiative, honoring the protests of George Floyd and Black lives matter. She called out major retailers and startups to give 15% of their shelf space virtual and in-shop to black-owned businesses, brands like Sephora, Macy’s, and Madewell come forward. However, this initiative will help to flourish the investments in black communities; moreover, Beyoncé launched “Black Parade” on her website to support the black owned business. 

Black designers are contributing to the most exciting trends ongoing in the market. Buying from them is the favor one will return to them. However, new emerging brands are bringing in their fresh perspectives on uniform dressing, occasion-wear, jewelry, leather goods and so much more. 

Following are 22 black-owned fashion brands to shop ranging in aesthetic, vision, price point,  

Edas 

Founded by artist and designer Sade Mims, the brand’s structural handbags and intricately beaded bucket hats are loved by celebrities and fashion insiders. New York City-based Edas is behind some of today’s most intriguing and unique accessories. Rooted in femininity, personal style, and quality craftsmanship it has ignited creativity that many brands lack. 

Brother Vellies 

Brother Vellies honor traditional African designer’s practices and techniques along with creating sustainable jobs for artisans across South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, and Ethiopic. It is an accessories brand founded by Aurora, its handcrafted shoes, bags make a statement. It launches home products in 2020, including comfy cloud socks and mugs made of local Oaxacan clay, all made in collaboration with various creators and artisans.

Christopher John Rogers

With its striking colors, voluminous silhouettes, and whimsies it has intrigued the industry. It is located in New York City and its recent achievement was to dress Kamala Harris for presidential inauguration 2021.

Ashya

Founded in New York City by Ashley Cimone and Moya Annecy in 2017, the brand is a self-declared “ode to exploration,” looking to travel, cultural diversity, and quality artisan work to inspire and inform its providing of functional, multi-purpose accessories. It is best for people looking for minimal takes on leather pieces. 

Jade Swim

Founded by former fashion editor and stylist Brittany Kozerski, each collection explores both her minimalist taste and innovative silhouettes and color stories. It is best for people looking for unique, luxe swimwear styles that were thoughtfully designed and cut to hug and sculpt the body. 

Telfar

Founded in 2005, Telfar is the eponymous clothing and accessories line of Liberian-American designer and NYC fashion essential Telfar Clemens. Getting success in the runway with it always sold out logo shopping bags, the brand is rooted in a democratic, accessible, and unisex approach to clothing, complementing its motto, “not for you, for everyone.” 

Victor Glemaud

Founded in 2006, Haitian-born designer Victor Glemaud’s eponymous label has become a celebrity favorite over the years. Its innovative, colorful, and size-inclusive knitwear have captivated celebs like Dakota Johnson and Mindy Kaling. 

Fe Noel

Brooklyn-based designer Fe Noel created the brand to celebrate the working of women who see no luxury, too generous from food travel to dressing up for the fun. It is influenced by her heritage of the Caribbean, Fe Noel’s collection are full of vibrant colors, inviting illustrations, and whimsical fabrics that’ll have you dreaming of your next beach vacation. 

Brandon Blackwood

The Brooklyn-raised Jamaican and Chinese designer founded and continue to growing his accessories label with a focus on timeless silhouettes, quality detailing, and accessibility, with many of his most popular contributions available under $100. Honoring the protests of George Floyd and Black lives matter the designer released mini totes that read, “End Systemic Racism,” in silver hardware, boosting the brand even further into fashion awareness. 

 Khiry

Featuring designs inspired by the African diaspora and elevating the conversation of Black life and culture in 2016, Jameel Mohammed launched modern luxury jewelry brand Khiry.

Martine Rose

Launched by London-based menswear designer Martine Rose, her namesake label has become an offbeat favorite since its launch in 2007 for its modern exploration of amount, silhouettes, textures, cultural references, and gender flexibility. 

Pyer Moss

Pyer Moss was founded by Kerby Jean-Raymond in 2013; it is a men’s and women’s fashion label. By its appealing and wearable designs, the brand goals to use its platform and resources to arouse thoughtful dialogue and challenge social narratives, in and out of fashion.

Phlemuns

Phlemuns, founded by Los Angeles-based designer James Flemons in 2013, the goal is to bridge the gap between high fashion and everyday life by following a wide-ranging, unisex, and slow approach to production and design. Ignoring seasonal fashion calendars, Phlemuns launches collections on its own time, with a focus on reimagined and reconstructed knit and denim basics. 

Hanifa

Founded by Anifa Mvuemba in 2013, Hanifa continues to raise the bar through its charismatic, curve-emphasizing designs, available in sizes 0 through 20. Its creative use of technology most recently hosting an imaginative 3D digital fashion show for its Pink Label Congo collection. 

Nandi Naya

Named after her eldest daughter, designer and maker Hleziphansi Zita created jewelry brand Nandi Naya, provides pieces stirred by architecture, modern women, and Zita’s cultural stories and experiences as a product of the South African diaspora. Nandi Naya’s collections are full of special, heirloom-worthy necklaces, earrings, and more, and all are handcrafted creative pieces. 

Coco and Breezy 

Coco and Breezy Eyewear were founded in 2009 by twin designers, DJs, and visual artists Corianna and Brianna Dotson., the jazzy frames both optical and sun were on the top in the fashion and entertainment worlds, and continue to shine. 

LaQuan Smith

LaQuan Smith, eponymous brand is beloved by celebrities like Beyonce, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, and many others. He learned sewing making patterns from his grandmother and ended up creating fashion’s most exciting and youthful occasion labels in 2013. 

Ciriaco

Launched by Ashley Ciriaco, the New York City-built accessories brand combines classic silhouettes beautifully, it is clear with its debut style, the Ashley Minimalist Baguette. Made of vegan leather, Ciriaco takes playfulness and functionality to the next level. 

Re Ona

Women’s ready-to-wear label RE ONA was born out of the belief that clothing should be transitional, comfortable, and functional; season-less pieces that can be worn from morning to night. They are known to be called all minimal, uniform dressers, produced in small batches to eliminate waste, the brand designs in Toronto, Canada, while honorably manufacturing in Bangladesh. 

Chelsea Paris 

Chelsea Paris was founded in 2012 as a way for its founder, designer Theresa Ebagua, to create a luxury tribute to her African heritage. Named after Ebagua’s daughters, the brand flawlessly caters to iconic European craftsmanship with African-inspired designs, prints, and colors resulting in a collection of both staples and statement styles. 

Daily Paper

This brand is founded by three childhood friends who started it off as a lifestyle blog, with their passion for art, music, culture, and fashion. Now the brand is providing functional wearable and modern clothing for men, women, and children inspired by African culture. It is Amsterdam based brand. 

Vavvoune

Vavvoune is a luxury leather accessories brand inspired by functionality and nostalgia, launched by self-taught artisan and designer Valerie Blaise, Vavvoune. Its structural totes to multi-functional belt bags, all of Vavvoune’s pieces are designed and manufactured in New York City. 

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