Fashion can often seem tone deaf in moments like these. When the country is focusing its resources on fighting against opponents like systemic racism and police brutality, what to wear tends to rank very low on most people’s list of priorities. However, when it comes to long-term shifts in the industry, it is important to take note of the amazing creatives among the black community and to vote with your wallet where it matters. This is just a small way to shift the skewed breakdown of the fashion industry, a place where systemic racism flourishes. And when the talent is of such a high caliber, it is a privilege to do so.
A RTW line by celebrity-stylist-turned-designer Jason Rembert.
A womenswear label that focuses on exploring the connection between one’s identity and style.
A New York–based label focused on designing unisex travel accessories.
Wearable art in the form of accessories for the whimsical at heart.
Aurora James’s sustainable accessories label is the ultimate brand for fashion savants.
Christopher John Rogers
Fashion’s darling, Christopher John Rogers never ceases to amaze with his bright colors and imaginative silhouettes.
Conversations Over Chai
Handmade and vintage jewelry for those with an eclectic taste.
Carly Cushnie’s luxury RTW and accessories are a lesson in sleek sophistication.
The vibrant prints in these collections will instantly bring a smile to your face.
Innovative, sustainable accessories for women with a focus on superior craftsmanship.
Silhouettes that will catch your attention, and colors that will brighten your mood.
Golden Girly Shop
Loungewear perfect for the current WFH environment.
Clothing for strong women with a love of fashion.
A size-inclusive RTW line in a bold array of colors and textures.
House of Aama
Clothing that explores folkways of the black experience.
Luxe minimal swimwear with an emphasis on sustainability.
Karidja and Khadija
This was inspired by respect for forgotten legends of the designers’ Western African heritage.
Always a hit at NYFW, LaQuan Smith is a favorite among fashion girls with an edge.
Unique jewelry in interesting finishes for the modern collector.
Lemlem employs artisans across Africa to create each of these pieces.
Designer Amaka Osakwe focuses on reworking traditional Nigerian fabrics.
This innovative label is doing very unique things with neoprene.
Oma The Label
Dainty gold jewelry to wear every single day.
Clothes that will make you want to give up minimalism for good.
Kerby Jean-Raymond uses his clothing line as a platform to spark a conversation.
The coolest vintage selection based in San Francisco.
New York–based label Romeo Hunte proves that sophistication can have an edge.
Finally, a label that produces nude heels for all skin colors.
This Parisian label makes the coolest t-shirts you’ve ever seen.
Selly Raby Kanel
For those who are unafraid to make a statement with their clothing.
A sustainable jewelry line that celebrates the past in its modern designs.
This creative design studio makes all the essentials—from towels to bags—you’ll want to carry everywhere.
Dubbed a lifestyle concept store, Sincerely Tommy has curated a very interesting collection of brands.
Ethical fashion inspired by the designer’s multicultural background.
Separates you’ll want to mix and match and never take off.
The designer of the iconic Bushwick Burkin, Telfar Clemens pushes boundaries with his unisex collections.
Based in Johannesburg, Magugu is giving women a new way to dress through his innovative designs.
Handmade leather goods that will last a lifetime.
Victor Glemaud’s RTW line is proof that knitwear does NOT have to be boring.
Grace Wales Bonner won the LVMH Young Designer prize in 2016 and has been a fashion favorite ever since.
Handmade in Queens, these eye-catching pieces are inspired by vintage designs.
Zou Xou Shoes
Unique shoes for women that are both practical and alluring.