Diversity and Inclusion Diversity and inclusion are becoming more prominent within the fashion industry; however, it’s been a challenging hill to climb.
To honour the designers and brands owned by Black people that produce the best creative designs on the market, We’re bringing praise to some of our top picks. From the NYC-based brands to those in London and Africa, the following black-owned online stores continue to push the envelope and advance the fashion industry by blending fashion and activism and altruism. So if you’re looking for ways to demonstrate your continued support to your Black group, shopping at these fashion labels allows you to show support for them through your choices in style and more.
Some popular black-owned brands
“It’s not for you–it’s for everyone” is the Telfar slogan, which is why Telfar’s designs are famous for their luxury quality and reasonable prices. The designer behind the iconic “Brooklyn Birkin” made quite the impact in 2020, and it was a slow process to achieve success. Telfar Clemens launched the unisex brand in 2005. If you’re unable to purchase the brand’s famous Shopping Bag purse–which is constantly out of stock, you can still pick up on hoodies, t-shirts, jewellery, shoes, and T-shirts.
If there’s one fashion shop that you’d like to take one or two hours browsing the Internet, this is it. The Folklore is a New York-based online store that offers a variety of high-end, emerging fashions from Africa and diaspora communities. You might not immediately recognize the names, but the styles you’ll find are pretty unforgettable-including butterfly wing leotards, slime-green leather handbags, and trippy wide-leg pants.
British style icon Grace Wales Bonner has dressed Meghan Markle worked with Solange and won the LVMH Young Designer Award. Her popularity only grows. Grace Wales Bonner, a relative newcomer to the world of fashion, started with menswear but began launching women’s wear in 2018, designing clothes that speak to her roots as a half-Jamaican and English woman and cleverly draw inspiration from the art and culture of her time. Her latest? A collection influenced by the 1970s was in the style of jazz trumpeter Don Cherry.
If the dresses you see here look familiar, this is because Kylie Jenner was close to breaking the Internet (again) in Farai London’s Gaia mini dress. Designer MaryAnn Msengi introduced the brand in the summer of 2020, making it even more impressive than it’s available now at stores like Revolve and Selfridges. The brand offers pieces that are perfect for vacation, including abstract swimsuits, mesh covers, bodysuits, and a variety of fashionable clothes that look like paintings.