Black-Owned Fashion Brands You Will Love

Black-Owned Fashion Brands You Will Love

You’ve pledged your support to the Black Lives Matter movement, you’ve shared resources, you’ve listened, engaged, and furthered your own education, now is your time to put some money into the pockets of Black businesses by shopping at these fabulous fashion brands.

There are so many incredible Black-owned fashion brands but these are a few of my favourites – so scroll down, check out their stories, and basically snap up all the gorgeous dresses, swimsuits, handbags and shoes you will need for the summer ahead.

Sika

For beautiful colour and fabulous silhouettes, I just adore Sika, a womenswear brand founded in 2005 by creative director Phyllis Taylor with the vision that fashion has the power and potential to make a positive contribution to society.

Not only are the designs incredible, hello the Luna dress, but all the garments are designed in London and handmade in Ghana in West Africa, which means it is a brand that is focused on social and environmental responsibilities by providing jobs within the Ghanaian community.

This is also a brand offering luxury handmade designs at very affordable price-points with most retailing under 200 pounds.

Three things to buy now:

SikaLuna Dress // Blue Beeko Dress // Alisa Skirt

We Are Kin

I love championing emerging label, even better if they are by one of my friends, and I love how Ngoni Chikwenengere has crafted a beautiful and well thought out womenswear brand with We Are Kin that offers timeless designs using end of line and sustainable fabrics all produced in East London.

This is a slow fashion brand offering what I like to call elevated classics, with her pieces focusing on creating elegant and refined tailoring, supported by strong silhouettes, clean lines and statement staples. Basically, Ngoni knows what you want to add to your wardrobe.

Three things to buy now:

We Are KinFor Juliet // The Asymmetric Swmsuit // The Strappy Maxi

AAKS

For handcrafted summer raffia bags, you have to check out the amazing AAKS founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, who wanted to share with the world her favourite weaving techniques done by the women of Ghana while also creating and igniting sustainable jobs within Africa. 

Made in Ghana, AAKS produces unique and colourful bags that will instantly make you smile with its aesthetic combining contrasting patterns and fusion of contemporary colour. I also truly adore the fact that each collection tells a different story through detail, colour and shape, like the spring/summer 2019 inspired by the spirit of Africa and its tribal communities.

For its latest collection, the basket bags have been given a romantic and feminine update with soft linen lining and leather trims, with the star of the show being the new bowl-like-bag the Nowa Bowl with pompoms detailing – so adorable. Also, did I mention all bags are under £250.

Three things to buy now:

AAKSNowa Bowl // Delma Tote // Hawa Rainbow tote

Brother Vellies

Footwear and accessories brand Brother Vellies was founded in 2013 by Toronto-native and New York City-transplant Aurora James with the goal of keeping traditional African design practices, and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs.

The handmade brand creates stunning vintage-inspired and one-of-a-kind luxury accessories that celebrate cultural histories and timeless design. It also has sustainability at its core with vegetable-tanned leathers, soling from recycled tires, hand-carved wood, and floral dyed feathers used throughout its pieces.

I love how the brand describes themselves as “a collection of items that reinforce the best parts of who we all are and hope to be. Sometimes just existing as you are is a revolutionary act”.

Three things to buy now:

Brother VelliesMermaid Doodle Boots // Picnic Shoe in Basket // Whiskey Florence Boot

Vavvouune

My latest bag crush is Vavvouune (pronounced vav•une), a recently discovered gorgeous accessories brand by self-taught designer/artisan Valerie Blaise from Brooklyn, New York, who makes all the designs in-house.

What I love about this brand, other than the fact that all their bags are under $500, has to be the sculpted and functional designs and the simple details like the round ring logo-engraved hardware on the Mishe or the pull tab closure on the Riya.

Three things to buy now:

VavvouuneMishe // Dais Belt Bag // Riya Shoulder Bag

Cushnie

For minimalism and femininity, there is the beautiful Cushnie, a luxury women’s ready-to-wear and bridal brand designed by Carly Cushnie that has been worn by Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, J-Lo and Lupita Nyong’o.

Established in 2008, the label was founded on the desire to serve the modern woman, with its pieces focusing on clean, sculptural lines that are precisely tailored to achieve the perfect fit for the female form. This is going to be your new workwear brand crush, and if you only buy one thing make it a pair of their high waisted wide-leg trousers.

Getting married soon and love minimal bridal gowns then Cushnie Bridal will blow your mind with its assortment of gowns, suiting, jumpsuits and separates.

Three things to buy now:

CushnieWhite Silk Charmeuse High Waisted Wide Leg Pant // Camel Stretch Ultrasuede Deep V Long Sleeved Dress // Sea Green Silk Charmeuse Off the Shoulder Slip Dress

Fe Noel

“Eat well, travel often, and dress to inspire” is the philosophy behind Brooklyn-based womenswear brand Fe Noel by Felisha Noel, which wows with its use of bold colours and prints, influenced by her Grenadian hertitage.

This is a brand that loves summer, with effortless and easy to wear pieces, from stunning cocktail gowns to flowy trousers, cute swimsuits and separates – basically everything you need to make your next holiday ultra chic.

Three things to buy now:

Fe Noel Yardman Jumpsuit // Nutmeg Swimsuit // Champagne Half Sleeve Tie Dress
Lem Lem // Hanifa

Other incredible Black-owned fashion brands to check out:

  • Undra Celeste – a stunning New York-based label for elevated basics and workwear at an affordable pricepoint
  • Wales Bonner – a London-based label by Grace Wales Bonner that started off as a menswear label and has expanded into womenswear – her tailoring is exquisite
  • Christopher John Rogers – the future of red carpets belongs to this amazing New York-based fashion designer with his voluminous silhouettes and bright colour palette
  • Lem Lem – is an ethical brand known for its relaxed aesthetic by supermodel Liya Kebede. All the artisan-driven collections for women, men, children and home are made entirely in Africa
  • Pyer Moss – Haitian-American fashion designer Kerby Jean-Raymond keeps moving fashion along with his contemporary womenswear and menswear label – I love the 90s nostalgia and streetwear and his unfiltered honesty and passion for the industry
  • Tolu Coker – with a focus on sustainability, diversity and social responsibility British-Nigerian Tolu Coker really brought LFW alive when she made her debut – I loved how she reworked denim and recycled leathers with bold illustrative prints and embroideries
  • Lisou London – is founded by Tanzania-born Rene MacDonald is a fashion brand specialising in beautiful silk pieces with a twist
  • Hanifa – from Anifa Mvuemba is a contemporary ready-to-wear brand for “women without limits” with most of its fashion available in sizes 0 to 20 – the maxi dresses are just beautiful
  • Alosh London – is a glamorous and beautifully tailored colourful brand from Shola Ajayi, a British-born designer with Nigerian descent
  • Kemi Telford – offers bold and colourful prints and flattering silhouettes
  • Míe – is a lifestyle brand that launched in 2018 with a focus on resort wear made with natural and biodegradable fabrics, that are breathable, elegant and functional. All clothes are locally made by seamstresses and artisans in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Earth Toned Collective – is a sustainable and ethical women’s apparel brand
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