Continuing to check off my style resolutions for 2021; shopping more black owned brands is another on the list. As a frequent shopper, my hubby would say shopaholic, I have a vast list of designers and brands that I own. However, recently I realized I couldn’t really name many black designers that I owned and definitely wanted to be more cognizant of it this year. It’s not that they weren’t out there, it’s just I had to be more intentional about finding them. For that reason I’m sharing this list of great black brands for you to check out.
With the pandemic taking its toll it’s imperative that we do what we can to help alleviate that stress and support when you can. Many large fashion retailers are buckling, so imagine the toll it’s taking on small businesses. This includes many black designers and boutiques. Just to make one thing clear, this is by no means encouraging a pity buy. These designers have indeed earned their flowers with exquisite luxury designs with attention to detail and fabric and impeccable tailoring. At a time it was hard to find luxury black designers as their work was not showcased as often. You couldn’t go into your favorite department store and find them. Now there’s is still a long way to go with this, but I am excited to see these deserving designers being more recognized in the past years and expanding to notable retail stores and online. Check out some below.
I think we all know this brands by now. Ever popularized by the first; yes she was they were the first; digital fashion show. You can’t scroll your Instagram feed without seeing someone draped in one of Anifa Mvuemba’s creations. I’ve got her Miya long cardigan dress on my list, if I can ever catch it not sold out.
If you’re a print girl like me, then definitely check out this brand. Love the easy breezy yet dramatic chic aesthetic. A great place to look for stunning vacation wear.
Christoper John Rogers
Dressing the likes of Michelle Obama and Cardi B, and most recently Madam Vice President Kamala Harris for her inauguration look; I mean he doesn’t get more versatile than that. His designs are as much fashion as they are works of art and I’m here for it. His praise is well deserved as he won the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.
Luxury fashion designer and founder of his namesake brand Laquan Smith, LLC. He can give as much edge just as he gives glamour. He has dressed the likes of Rihanna, Lady Gaga and the Kardashians.
I’ve long been a fan of Reese’s with her fun retro designs. I’m a lover of floral and can’t get enough of her vibrant aesthetic. Check her out for fun yet sophisticated vibes that will surely get you noticed.
Most famed for his recent Michele Obama inauguration monochromatic look, check out his designs for sleek and sophisticated pieces.
Created by Aurora James, this accessories brand is one to keep on your radar. With swoon worthy shoes, handbags and much more you’re definitely getting a showstopper with attention to detailing each piece. Definitely on my wishlist.
Love the sleek silhouettes and bold color choices with this brand. Her recent collab with target allowed many people to get their hands on one of her gorgeous pieces. If your a lover of impeccable tailoring and sculptural designs, then this is where you want to be.
Launched in 2012 by sisters Kimberly Goldson and Shelly Powell. Their designs include the flavor of their hometown Brooklyn mixed with Inso from their international travels. If you love luxury with a lot of bold and flair then definitely give them a look.
I love his approach to knitwear with bold colors and patterns. Think of adding few of his pieces to add some pop to your basics wardrobe.
There are plenty other black designers out there that deserve their flowers, these are just a few to get started. I plan to keep expanding my knowledge to support and wear more black owned designers and brands. Please feel free to share your favorites that I may have missed below in the comments so I can check them out.
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