Black Lives Matter
From beauty and accessories to jewellery and interiors, Black-owned brands have received exactly the attention they deserve in 2020. So how could we forget Black-owned fashion brands? From those linked to LVMH to entirely independent operations, the list is delightfully – and rightfully – big.
Support them if you can.
Founded by Nia Brown in North Carolina, House of Bloom offers clothes that are unapologetically feminine.
1964 is our go-to for breezy minimalism.
Jedidiah Duyile wanted to create pieces "that reminded women of just how sexy they are" – and so she founded Loudbrandstudios.
All fabrics used by SIKA are carefully selected from markets in Ghana.
Farai London has been worn by the likes of Megan Thee Stallion, Jourdan Dunn and Kylie Jenner.
Abiola Olusola – born and raised in Nigeria – founded her eponymous brand in 2017.
Tyrell will take you from sunset to sunrise, and was recently worn by none other than Kim Kardashian.
We recommend Seta The Label for the cutest matching sets imaginable.
Founded by three sisters – Aba, Teni and Tiwa Sagoe – CLAN focuses on the flattering and the empowering.
Curated vintage pieces you may not be able to live without.
Founded by Karice Leila in 2015, The K Label combines individuality with wearability to create wardrobe staples that make a statement.
Small Needs – or Retro Rhapsody on Etsy – sells a vast range of vintage pieces.
Glazed NYC "utilizes design as a vehicle for storytelling and community building."
The Moore Vintage Archive is a design library and shop featuring pieces from the late 19th century to the early 21st century.
The best thing about having a fuller bust? Getting to wear Taideux corsets.
Chelsea Bravo founder her eponymous label after a spell of interning at Christopher Shannon and Martine Rose.
Yvonne Telford was a Credit Risk Analyst for a large pharmaceutical company before establishing her brand Kemi Telford.
Earth Toned Collective specialise in a form of luxury that liberates and celebrates you – all while connecting you to nature.
Worn by heaps of celebrities, Sami Miro Vintage is an it-brand with sustainability at its centre.
SIKA'A was founded with a desire to change the way the world views African fashion.
Chaos and Colour is an ethical brand designed in Bristol by Parris Cozier and handcrafted in India.
Founded by Natasha Zoë Garrett, Roam Vintage is entirely handpicked.
Sold exclusively on their own site and at Net-a-Porter, TOVE – to put it in the simplest of terms – create clothes that women want to wear.
Samuel Ross announced grants to independent Black businesses in response to this year's Black Lives Matter protests.
Priya Ahluwalia's eponymous brand is partly inspired by her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage.
A familiar fixture at the New York shows, Aliétte has been worn by the likes of Joan Smalls and Dominique Jackson.
Aliya Wanek do American classics with a Japanese aesthetic.
Allëdjo – a unisex brand made in Africa – is our go-to for beautiful shirts.
Ama Nwoke does tailoring especially for women.
A summer wardrobe would probably feel incomplete without something from Andrea Iyamah in it.
There has never been a better collection name than Armande Alexandra's 'The Art of Lazy'.
Asata Maise is an Instagram it-brand that does patchwork to perfection.
Buying vintage doesn't have to be overwhelming with this concept store in existence.
Contemporary womenswear crafted in the Ghanian capital of Accra.
Since the launch of her label in 2017, Bianca Saunders has enjoyed a wealth of – incredibly well-deserved – success.
Climate-conscious Caribbean couture designed in Paris.
Fur fannypacks seem hilarious until you realise the Brandon Blackwood ones are actually quite desirable.
A family business founded by the late Joe Casely-Hayford, Casely-Hayford has developed an international following under the leadership of his son, Charlie.
Chris Port's Instagram bio boasts that "STREETWEAR WILL NEVER DIE" and, with pieces this good, they might be right.
Christopher John Rodgers creates clothes that are deeply desirable. So desirable, in fact, that Kamala Harris wore a purple Christopher John Rodgers coat to her inauguration.
Not many brands can get us as excited about plain-coloured clothes as Cold Laundry.
Cushnie (formerly Cushnie et Ochs) aimed to empower women and celebrate diversity. While it closed its doors as a result of the pandemic, we live in hope that it shall resurface.
Daughter of a Bohemian upcycles existing garments to create pieces that are unique.
Duro Olowu has been worn by none other than Michelle Obama.
Eastwood Danso founded his label when he was studying for his A-levels.
Elexiay is the crochet brand we suggest wearing for compliments.
Fe Noel is deeply influenced by the designer's Grenadian heritage.
Fenty made Rihanna the first woman – and woman of colour – to launch a brand with the luxury conglomerate LVMH. Now, a decision has been made to 'pause the fashion activity' – let's hope this isn't permanent.
The pieces in the latest Galilee collection are named after Black historical figures.
Victor Glemaud worked in Fashion PR before returning to design and launching his own label.
Anyone who spent lockdown in Golden Girly loungewear probably had quite a nice time.
Gueras Fatim succeeds in bringing sophistication to casual clothes.
Hanifa's Pink Label Congo collection sold out a lot quicker than we would have liked.
Heron Preston creates workwear-inspired separates for men and women.
Hope for Flowers is designed by Tracy Reese for women who want to use their consumer power for good.
Mother-daughter design duo House of Aama explore the Black experience through timeless garments laced with historical references.
Wearable art? Handmade in Africa? That would be IAMISIGO.
A gradute of Central Saint Martins, Jawara Alleyne tells stories through draping.
Kai offers luxury aesthetics at accessible prices.
Kenneth Ize reinterprets traditional Nigerian craft with a luxurious outcome.
LaQuan Smith's earliest fans included Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian.
Supermodel Liya Kebede's brand is a summer wardrobe essential.
Crochet doesn't get much cuter than this.
When it comes to African talent taking the global stage, Lisa Folawiyo is to fashion what artists like Davido are to music.
Lisou specialise in silk pieces injected with joy.
The ethos of Maki Oh challenges cultural norms with stunning results.
Matte's latest collection is based on its founder's obsession with the 90s.
A powerful player in the world of contemporary menswear, Martine Rose's commitment to modernity ensures collections that are continually exciting.
Mille Collines is a Rwandan brand with worldwide appeal.
Mowalola Ogunlesi's work is the antithesis of boring.
Nia Thomas preaches sustainability in simplistic terms: reduce, reuse, recycle.
The V&A Dundee has acquired two Nicholas Daley pieces for their permanent collection.
Virgil Abloh – Off-White's founder – has since become Louis Vuitton's Artistic Director for menswear.
The work of Olubiyi Thomas can be understood as a reflection on both his Nigerian origins and Scottish upbringing.
Orange Culture aims to be not just a brand but a movement.
Founded in 2004, Patta is perhaps the stalwart of the Dutch streetwear scene.
Phlemuns went from being a denim brand to a luxury label and ultimately helped to reinvigorate the LA fashion scene.
Places+Faces began as a blog.
A product of the pre-Instagram age, Public School continues to be relevant to this day.
To its founder, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Pyer Moss is both an "art project" and a "timely social experiment".
Rich Mnisi is a South African brand founded by none other than Rich Mnisi himself, the 2014 Africa Fashion International Young Designer of the Year.
S.A.M The Label seeks to prove that comfort and style can in fact play on the same team.
Saul Nash is a dancer as well as a designer.
Sincerely Nude offers nude clothing as it should be: for everyone.
Sindiso Khumalo was one of the finalists for this year's LVMH prize.
If Tia Adeola makes it, we want it.
Spencer Badu is leading the post-gender clothing revolution.
Stella Jean strive to be multicultural and ethical.
Studio 189 won the CFDA Lexus Sustainable Fashion Award.
Surprisingly for a brand that feels so part of the current zeitgeist, Telfar was launched in 2005.
Thebe Magugu is a contemporary womenswear brand based in Johannesburg.
To wear Theophilio is to wear Edvin Thompson's biography.
Tongoro's long-term goal is to create a new dynamic for Africa-based manufacturing.
Grace Wales Bonner's work is informed by a broad selection of cultural perspectives.
Ricky Harriott – the London-born designer behind Wesley Harriott – takes inspiration from the women who've had an impact on him - both in fiction and reality.
We're sure you've got enough clothes, but dresses by Jordon Willis are somewhat irresistible. Enjoy them while they're still available.