38 Black-Owned And Designed Fashion Brands To Support Forever, From Fenty To Cushnie – elle.com

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As George Floyd’s death continues to spark international protests and civil unrest, many have been pointing to the multifarious ways people (particularly those who are white) can be allies to black people and be actively anti-racist. Namely, speaking out against injustices, donating to anti-racist charities, and educating oneself. Most importantly, far from being one-off performative actions, allyship should be woven into daily life and involve where you decide to shop.

Black business owners face disproportionate financial hurdles which are predicted to worsen as a result Covid-19, so now is the time to step up and support them.

In response to the demonstrations currently place, Instagram accounts – such as those run by Julee Wilson, Emily Ames, Jamii, Black Women’s Directory, I Am Kristabel, and Alyssa Coscarelli – have been sharing their favourite black-owned brands.

We have rounded them up and several of the ELLE UK team’s best-loved businesses to create a list of 38 black-owned fashion companies to support now and forever

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1 Hanifa

Who: Anifa Mvuemba

What: A ‘contemporary ready-to-wear apparel line for women without limits’.

SHOP HANIFA NOW

2 WALES BONNER

Who: Grace Wales Bonner

What: ‘Informed by broad research encompassing critical theory, musical composition, literature and history, WALES BONNER embraces a multiplicity of perspectives, proposing a distinct notion of luxury, via a hybrid of European and Afro-Atlantic approaches.’

SHOP WALES BONNER NOW

3 Martine Rose

Who: Martine Rose

What: ‘Martine Rose is inspired by her Jamaican-British heritage and her deep interest and personal involvement in the music and high/low melting-pot cultures of London.’

SHOP MARTINE ROSE NOW

4 A A A K S

Who: Akosua Afriyie-Kumi

What: ‘Handcrafted in Ghana, A A K S creates bags in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts characterised by bright exuberant colours. ‘

SHOP AAAKS NOW

5 Nubian Skin

Who: Ade Hassan

What: ‘A nude bra and skin tone hosiery are the basics of every woman’s wardrobe, at least in theory. For many women of colour, finding suitable skin-tone hosiery and lingerie has not been an option. Frustrated by the lack of skin-tone choices to go with her ever-expanding wardrobe, Nubian Skin founder, Ade Hassan, decided it was time for “a different kind of nude”.’

SHOP NUBIAN SKIN NOW

6 Kai Collective

Who: Fisayo Longe

What: A ‘London-based womenswear brand of attainable clothing with luxury aesthetics’.

SHOP KAI COLLECTIVE NOW

7 atijọ store

Who: Anu Odugbesan, Londiwe Ncube, Safiya Yekwai, and Caitlin Moriarty.

What: ‘We want Atijo to inspire conscious consumption and celebrate style, culture and diversity.’

SHOP ATIJO STORE NOW

8 Sindiso Khumalo

Who: Sindiso Khumalo

What: An ‘eponymous label with a focus on creating modern sustainable textiles with a strong emphasis on African story telling.’

READ MORE ABOUT SINDISO KHUMALO HERE

9 Sincerely Nude

Who: Michelle Asare

What: ‘Sincerely Nude wants to empower women to feel beautiful and sexy in their skin tone no matter what shade or size.’

SHOP SINCERELY NUDE NOW

10 The K Label

Who: Karice Leila

What: ‘The K Label is an exclusive, premium womenswear brand, that breaks boundaries whilst maintaining a great sense of style, sophistication.’

SHOP THE K LABEL NOW

11 Fe Noel

Who: Felisha ‘Fe’ Noel

What: ‘Noel is deeply influenced by her Grenadian heritage and has mastered the ability to bottle up culture and glamour infused with sensibility and sensuality.’

SHOP FE NOEL NOW

12 Slashed By Tia

Who: Teni ‘Tia’ Adeola

What: ‘Tia created the brand from her dorm room during the summer of 2017, using her art history background and passion for the Renaissance period as inspiration. ‘

SHOP SLASHED BY TIA

13 Keeyahri

Who: Keya Martin

What: ‘Keeyahri shoes honour the community that wears them: dynamic women with an eclectic sensibility and a point of view for the world.’

SHOP KEEYAHRI NOW

14 Thebe Magugu

Who: Thebe Magugu

What: ‘Sleek, forward-looking design intersects with motifs from our continent’s storied past, providing smart, multifaceted clothes as valuable as their woman.’

SHOP THEBE MAGUGU NOW

15 Christopher John Rogers

Who: Christopher John Rogers

What: CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award-winner Rogers has been worn by Rihanna, Ashley Graham and Michelle Obama.

SHOP CHRISTOPHER JOHN ROGERS NOW

16 Cushnie

Who: Carly Cushnie

What: A ‘luxury women’s ready-to-wear and bridal brand designed by Carly Cushnie’.

SHOP CUSHNIE NOW

17 Fenty

Who: Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty

What: Rihanna became the first black woman to head a luxury brand for LVMH in 2019.

SHOP FENTY NOW

18 Mateo New York

Who: Matthew Harris

What: ‘The fine jewellery collections bare our true aesthetic of simplicity and minimalism, drawing inspiration from modern art for the modern woman. Each piece is made from 14 karat gold with a consistent use of diamonds and precious gemstones.’

SHOP MATEO NEW YORK NOW

19 Aliétte

Who: Jason Rembert

What: Celebrity stylist turned designer Jason Rembert looked to female musicians for this latest collection.

SHOP ALIÉTTE NOW

20 Pyer Moss

21 Telfar

Who: Telfar Clemens

What: ‘The black, queer, self-taught designer has been creating radically democratic clothing since 2005 and it remains central to Telfar’s vision today.’

SHOP TELFAR NOW

22 Glemaud

Who: Victor Glemaud

What: ‘Haitian-born designer Victor Glemaud launched his eponymous leisurewear collection of statement knitwear, designed for all people, genders, races, sizes and personalities, marrying comfort and style, in 2006.’

SHOP GLEMAUD NOW

23 The Míe

Who: Damilola ‘Damie’ Idowu

What: ‘Míe is a nature-friendly fashion and lifestyle brand that provides elegant clothes and homeware that make you feel good and breathe easy.’

SHOP THE MIE NOW

24 Tongoro Studio

Who: Sarah Diouf

What: ‘Tongoro is a 100 per cent made in Africa label providing clothing that offers style conscious consumers quality, variety, and convenience at affordable prices.’

SHOP TONGORO STUDIO NOW

25 ASHYA

Who: Ashley Cimone and Moya Annece

What: ‘ASHYA exists as a vehicle to diversify cultural perspectives through broadly researched narratives and design. By documenting and sharing cultural stories, and designing multifunctional accessories, we hope to help the modern day explorer move more thoughtfully and fluidly throughout the world.’

SHOP ASHYA NOW

26 Vavvoune

Who: Valerie Blaise

What: A ‘a leather accessories brand recognised by way of cultured design’.

SHOP VAVVOUNE NOW

27 Oma The Label

Who: Neumi Anekhe

What: ‘Oma the label is a brand focused on challenging humongous industry standards, while creating quality and affordable pieces for the every day woman.’

SHOP OMA THE LABEL NOW

28 Aliya Wanek

Who: Aliya Wanek

What: An, ‘eponymous womenswear label that focuses on exploring the connection between one’s identity and style. Our mission is to create comfortable, stylish clothing ethically and sustainably as an extension of the wearer’s individuality’.

SHOP ALIYA WANEK NOW

29 Mowalola

Who: Mowalola Ogunlesi

What: Mowalola is a Nigerian designer who often works with leather and was formerly part of Fashion East.

SHOP MOWALOLA NOW

30 Zou Xous Shoes

Who: Katherine Theobalds

What: ‘Zou Xou aims to create a shoe wardrobe of modern essentials that are well-made, unfussy, and minimal.The collection is a narrative of elegant and simple designs made visible through refined contours, subtle detailing, and exceptional quality. The shoes are handcrafted by Argentinian shoemakers using age old techniques and premium leathers.’

SHOP ZOUXOUS SHOES NOW

31 EDAS

Who: Sade Mims

What: ‘EDAS was created from an innovative standpoint, initially focusing on sustainability while using unusual home-goods and refurbished elements. Through the maturity of the brand, EDAS now delivers feminine and staple accessories, accommodating the everyday, eclectic woman.’

SHOP EDAS NOW

32 Brother Vellies

Who: Aurora James

What: ‘Brother Vellies was founded in 2013 with the goal of keeping traditional African design practices, and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs. Now handmade artisanally across the globe, Brother Vellies creates luxury accessories that celebrate cultural histories and timeless design.’

SHOP BROTHER VELLIES NOW

33 Beads By Aree

Who: Areeayl Goodwin

What: An ‘innovative hand crafted jewellery line. All Beads Byaree pieces a created out of the whimsy of designer Areeayl Goodwin’s imagination’.

SHOP BEADS BY AREE NOW

34 Yam

Who: Morgan Thomas

What: ‘Yam is a handmade jewellery company dedicated to upcycled materials and new nostalgia.’

SHOP YAM NYC NOW

35 JADE Swim

Who: Brittany Kozerski

What: ‘Designed with multifunctional versatility in mind, these styles can be worn from day to night, from beach to city, as swim or ready-to-wear.’

SHOP JADE SWIM NOW

36 LaQuan Smith

Who: LaQuan Smith

What: Smith’s ‘distinctive work sparked interest among fashion icons and risk takers including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Kim Kardashian, all of whom were early supporters of the gifted designer’.

SHOP LAQUAN SMITH NOW

37 House Of Aama

Who: Akua Shabaka and Rebecca Henry

What: ‘House of Aama explores the folkways of the Black experience by designing timeless garments with nostalgic references informed by historical research, archival analysis, and storytelling. We aim to evoke dialogue, social commentary and conversations around heritage, remembrance and shed light on nuanced histories.’

SHOP HOUSE OF AAMA NOW

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