For countless decades, Black culture has heavily influenced and shaped every industry across the globe despite being overlooked and undervalued.
Over the last decade or so, countless fashion brands, retailers and communities have shifted the focus away from the ordinary and onto diversity and inclusion by celebrating the unique creations Black designers are bringing to the industry.
From trendsetting designs to unique pieces that scream self-expression, these Black-owned brands aren’t just about fashion; they’re a movement. Support the incredible diversity and creativity that fuels these fabulous fashion finds. While this list is far from complete, these are some of the best ones to get to know right now:
Brother Vellies is a luxury accessories brand that creates poised and elegant one-of-a-kind footwear, bags and other small leather goods.
It was founded in 2013 and led creatively by 15 Percent Pledge founder Aurora James.
The brand highlights and celebrates African design practices and artisanally made products.
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Daily Paper Clothing
Daily Paper is a blog-turned-fashion brand founded by three friends from Amsterdam in 2012.
The brand designs men’s and women’s collections inspired by African heritage and contemporary designs rooted in tribal culture. Daily Paper releases two collections a year ranging from accessories to ready-to-wear styles and capsule pieces.
Farai London has only been around for a few years, but it’s making a lasting impact on the fashion industry thanks to its viral Gaia minidress.
London-based designer Mary-Ann Msengi started the brand in the middle of the pandemic and gained buzz from celebs like Kylie Jenner, Lori Harvey and Jordyn Woods, who’ve worn dresses from the brand.
Launched in 2013, Fanm Mon, which means mountain woman, is an ode to founder Sophia Demirtas’ Haitian heritage.
Each piece is consciously crafted and incorporates bold embroidery and vibrant colors into its collections. The female-founded brand is based in the U.S. and Turkey.
Fear of God
Fear of God is an American luxe fashion label led by founder and designer Jerry Lorenzo.
A brand built in the emerging days of streetwear is now in its seventh collection, taking influences from streetwear and modern workwear. Lorenzo’s collections offer tailored clothing with a contemporary twist that can be worn on the streets of LA or in the office.
Founded by Anifa Mvuemba in 2011, Hanifa’s luxe women’s fashion celebrates beautiful, stylish and inclusive clothing for women of all sizes.
Whether you’re looking for pieces to flaunt on vacation or out to dinner, Hanifa has you covered with its bright, captivating designs. The female-owned brand has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Bazaar, Essence, InStyle and other prominent fashion publications.
House of Aama
A brand started by mother-daughter duo Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka in 2015 to highlight black experiences into well-crafted garments that will forever remain in style for both women and men.
House of Aama fashion pieces are manufactured solely in Los Angeles.
This sustainable swimwear brand was started by former fashion editor and stylist Brittany Kozerski.
Jade Swim combines a minimalist aesthetic with innovative silhouettes. Known for its clean lines and luxe fabrics, this brand redefines beachwear with a fresh and elevated approach.
British Jamaican designer Martine Rose started her eponymous menswear label in 2007.
What once began as an edited shirt collection is now an internationally renowned fashion brand. Since becoming a household name, we’ve seen re-imagined menswear clothing with funky silhouettes and odd textures to bring a new age of masculinity to fashion.
Savage X Fenty
Savage X Fenty is the fabulous Rihanna’s sexy and affordable lingerie line, featuring inclusive sizes for women and men.
SavageX offers subscription-based options for customers to receive select boxes every month and exclusive member discounts on merch that’s “made for everyBODY.”
Brooklyn-based clothing brand Theophilio was founded by designer Edvin Thompson in 2016 “to speak to and celebrate people who look like himself.”
The brand celebrates and showcases Thompson’s Jamaican roots through its designs, vibrant colors and signature palettes of reds, yellows, greens and blacks, not to mention Theophilio apparel is sustainably made using upcycled fabrics.
NYC-based brand Tier was founded in 2014 by co-founders Nigeria Ealey, Esaïe Jean Simon and Victor James to shift their ever-changing creativity through the lens of fashion.
The brand offers stylish men’s and women’s designs, including loungewear, sweatsuits, dresses, outerwear and accessories.
Yitty is a revolutionary size-inclusive shapewear brand created by four-time Grammy Award-winning artist Lizzo.
Designed for all body types from size 6X to XS, Yitty’s innovative fabrics, bold colors and stylish silhouettes have made it a game changer.
Handmade in Buenos Aires, Zou Xou makes shoes for “women who dress for themselves.” Started by Katherine Theobalds, this small-batch footwear brand is a true testament to sustainable craftsmanship.
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