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10 Black-Owned Fashion Brands to Support Now & Always

Jun 12 Written By Julie Mai at morecolourmedia.com As Black Lives Matter protests flood cities across the world after the unjust death of 46-year-old African-American George Floyd, the fashion industry must commit to playing its part in combating systemic racism. It is good to invest yourself in the creativity of Black creators with a selection of fashion brands to support below. Cee Cee’s Closet NYC Created by Chioma and Uchenna Ngwudo, Cee Cee’s Closet NYC celebrates the beauty of West African Prints through unique accessories. Their products are designed by them and handmade by artisans in Nigeria. This allows Cee Cee’s Closet NYC to have a transformative impact on the lives of their artisan partners. Jinaki Jinaki was created in 2012 by Sharufa Rashied-Walker. The brand focuses on global prints and using culturally rich traditional fabrics. Her collections are inspired by indigenous African textiles, travel, and her upbringing. The brand states that it represents women who are daring, feminine, conscious, bold, fearless, and a muse to all. Pyer Moss Founded in 2013 by Kerby Jean-Raymond. The clothing brand aims to use its voice and platform to challenge social narratives and evoke dialogue. Pyer Moss refines itself every season with new collections and runways that combine storytelling, activism, debate, theatre, and social commentary. Love, Vera Love, Vera is a brand that celebrates Black women, Black entrepreneurship, and Black culture influence. The brand sells a variety of lingerie and robes to fit any body shape! They are affordable and of great quality. They are an inclusive brand that works with people from many different backgrounds. Lola Ade Lola Ade is a handcrafted jewelry brand founded by Lola Ade herself. As a child living in Lagos, Nigeria she was always surrounded by an abundance of colour, textures, and local artisans who could create anything by hand. She is now inspired by places she’s been and things she’s seen. Nubian Skin For many Women of colour, finding suitable skin-tone hosiery and lingerie has not been an option. Frustrated by the lack of skin-tone choices, founder, Ade Hassan, decided it was time for ‘a different kind of nude’. Nubian Skin launched with a collection of lingerie and hosiery to provide essential underwear needs of women of colour. Riot Swim Founded by Monti Landers, Riot Swim is a sexy, luxe, and minimalistic online swimwear brand. They offer a variety of swimsuits and bikinis for all shapes and sizes! The minimalist swimwear comes in fun colours and stunning neutrals so it’s perfect for everyone. House of Aama House of Aama poised to become the next “great expression” in fashion and design. The brand explores the folkways of Black experience by designing timeless garments with nostalgic references informed by historical research and storytelling. House of Aama aims to shed light on nuanced histories, evoke conversations, and social commentary. Roop Roop is a British handbag brand inspired by furoshiki, the traditional Japanese cloth folding technique. Founder Natasha Fernandes Anjo, makes all her bags at home by hand, using left-over/vintage fabrics. Daughter of a Bohemian Founded in 2010 by Nuala Ferrington, Daughter of a Bohemian upcycles existing garments to create beautiful one-offs. It supports and celebrates those who are involved in the process of creating pieces that customers will treasure forever. Julie MaiFashion Columnist




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