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The year 2020 has been harrowing for everyone, but especially the Black community, from the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor to the fact that COVID-19 disproportionately affects Black and brown people. There are different ways for people of other races to help our Black friends and neighbors, like engaging in anti-racism work that involves self-education and allyship. But one concrete way of supporting the Black community is with our business.
In Malcolm X’s 1964 speech, “The Ballot or the Bullet,” the activist proposed that one way Black people can transcend racism is by controlling the economy of their community. He encouraged Black people to own, operate, and patronize Black-owned businesses as a way of finding political freedom. For those of us who are not Black, shopping clothing brands by Black designers and Black-owned fashion boutiques is a real and lasting way of giving support. Putting money into the hands of Black business owners keeps funds within Black communities and helps reinvest in its members. If you’re looking for ways to support Black businesses now and always, we’ve curated a list of over 30 Black-owned fashion labels, including clothing, loungewear, shoes, bags, and accessory labels that you can shop online.
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Every piece of this brand is sourced and made in Nigeria. Their dramatic dresses have volume and draping in all the right places.
Hope for Flowers by Tracey Reese
Black and Parchment Dot Tiered Skirt
Iconic designer Tracey Reese’s latest venture will put a smile on your face. Flattering silhouettes, cheerful patterns, and sustainable fabric? Yes, please.
Pano 2 Leggings
If you want to expand your athleisure game, check out Impano Sports, which calls itself Africa’s activewear brand. Their leggings and printed bras are on point.
Two Days Off
Climate change scientist Gina Stovall created this brand because she wanted to make a line of sustainable clothing. You’ll find simple and effortless pieces that are healthy for you and the planet.
Founded by celebrity stylist Dechel McKillian — who has worked with the Black Eyed Peas, Nicki Minaj, and Lionel Richie — Galerie LA is a boutique that curates one-of-a-kind pieces from sustainable fashion brands.
If you love matching as much as we do, check out F&W Style, a handbag company started by Alexandria Alli in Atlanta. They have a matching set of small leather goods, including a leather face mask, Airpods case, purse, and wristlet.
Button Up Wrap Top
Based in Brooklyn and founded by Felicia “Fe” Noel, this brand is all about chic simplicity, bold colors, and statement pieces.
We are in love with the jewel tones and sex appeal of this London-based label. They carry everything from ready-to-wear to evening gowns and bridal.
Come Back As a Flower
We are in love with this brand’s adorable name and super cute tie-dye sets. This brand is definitely made for the coolest kid on the block.
The Minka Collection
Sherpa Denim Jacket
An online boutique based in Houston, Texas, the Minka Collection curates everyday wear for the girl on the go. This denim and sherpa coat is everything.
Three-Piece Pant Set
The level of detail in this New Jersey brand’s pieces are so impressive. Check out the cross-strap detail in their long sleeve sets.
We Dream in Colour
Rey Chunky Chain Bracelet
These pieces are so extra and we are here for it. Founder Jade Gedeon was raised in Trinidad and runs a studio in Boston with a team of women.
Studio One Eighty Nine
Cotton Hand-Batik S189 T-Shirt
This sustainable fashion lifestyle brand is the brainchild of Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah. All items are made in Africa with traditional craftsmanship techniques like hand-batik, kente-weaving, and plant-based dye.
Phoenix Printed Scarf
Famous for their home decor, Jungalow also has an apparel collection in line with their cozy vibe. Their latest shoe collaboration with Keds should be on everyone’s wish list.
Tru Face By Grace
Ankara Balls Necklace
You can never have enough accessories. Check out this proudly Black-owned brand that curates jewelry inspired by traditional cultures and made with artisanal skills and craftsmanship. Everything is so beautiful.
Pharaoh Calf Sandals
This gorgeous footwear brand was created by Chicago-born entrepreneur Kendall Reynolds, who taught herself how to design shoes while in college. Her footwear is designed in the U.S. and sourced and manufactured in Florence, Italy.
A Tribe Called Queer
Black Is Beautiful T-Shirt
Sabine Maxine’s activist brand sells tees with statements like, “Black Femme Power,” “Women of Color are the Backbone of America,” and “Black is Beautiful.” A portion of the proceeds go to charities like Black Lives Matter and ProjectQ.
Lem Lem by Liya Kebede
Zala Pouf Top
Made in Africa, this brand founded by supermodel Liya Kebede has everything you need for a trip to the beach and beyond. I’m eyeing their swimsuits for my next trek to the sea.
Rihanna is just amazing. You might be familiar with her color-inclusive makeup line Fenty Beauty, but her high-end fashion label carries everything from shoes to sunglasses to street wear.
This Black-Latina-owned fine jewelry studio has everything from sparkling engagement rings to gold studs for everyday wear.
Audre Handkerchief Robe
This lingerie brand that celebrates Black women and Black entrepreneurship has something cute for everyone with their color and size-inclusive lines.
Sustainable Pino Jumpsuit
Most of this brand’s dynamic and bold pieces are created in Dakar, Senegal. Their design process includes using algorithms, algebraic graphs, and geometric transformations to create unique prints.
Bianca Puffer Tote
If you’re obsessed with teeny tiny bags in a series of fabrics and patterns, check out Brandon Blackwood’s cult favorite label.
Lovers Track Pants
Founded by Grace Wales Bonner, this London-based brand is the epitome of cool. Their collaboration with Adidas is so classic.
LaQuan Smith x Jordache Bustier Dress
Laquan Smith is the king of edgy haute couture. He’s dressed celebrities like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian. Swoon.
Sister Long-Sleeve Tee
Kerby Jean-Raymond is the designer behind this brand that produces wearable art for every body type. Their Sculpt shoe is a treasure.
Christopher John Rogers
Metallic Taffeta Wide-Leg Silk Pants
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Christopher John Rogers. This model looks like she’s a luxurious fairy goddess in this set.
Ombre-Tan Mini Fringe Bag
Petit Kouraj means “little courage” in Haitian Creole. Creator Nasrin Jean-Baptiste designs these pieces of handheld art in Brooklyn and produces them in Haiti, her native country.
Collarbone Knitted Dress
Thebe Magugu, a South African label, is for the adventurous and fierce woman. No wonder Issa Rae wore one of their jackets in an episode of Insecure.
Special Edition Giselle Sweatshirt
This Brooklyn-based label run by sisters Kimberly Goldson and Shelly Powell is all about the statement piece. Check out their special edition holiday sweat sets, a collaboration with Taylor Ramsie.
Mbazi House of Style
All of Mbazi House of Style’s garments are made in Uganda with high quality wax cotton. They also have an amazing accessories collection including masks, jewelry, bags, and headpieces.
Rhodesian Straw Black Hat
Who doesn’t adore a good hat? Created by model-turned-milliner Dani Evans, Monrowe is a line of ready-to-wear hats inspired by jazz. Everyone could use a little feather in their cap these days.
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