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BLACK-OWNED FASHION BRANDS TO SUPPORT FOREVER

Black Lives Matter

26.06.2020 | Heather Gwyther
 

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From beauty to interiors, Black-owned brands have been getting exactly the attention they deserve recently. So how could we forget fashion? From those linked to LVMH to entirely independent operations, the list is delightfully - and rightfully - big.

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A-COLD-WALL*

Samuel Ross announced grants to independent Black businesses in response to this year's Black Lives Matter protests.

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AHLUWALIA

Priya Ahluwalia's eponymous brand is partly inspired by her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage.

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ALIÉTTE

A familiar fixture at the New York shows, Aliétte has been worn by the likes of Joan Smalls and Dominique Jackson.

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ALIYA WANEK

Aliya Wanek do American classics with a Japanese aesthetic.

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ALLEDJO

Allëdjo - a unisex brand made in Africa - is our go-to for beautiful shirts.

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AMA NWOKE

Ama Nwoke does tailoring especially for women.

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ANDREA IYAMAH

A summer wardrobe would probably feel incomplete without something from Andrea Iyamah in it.

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ARMANDE

There has never been a better collection name than Armande Alexandra's 'The Art of Lazy'.

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ASATA MAISe

Asata Maise is an Instagram it-brand that does patchwork to perfection.

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ATIJO

Buying vintage doesn't have to be overwhelming with this concept store in existence. 

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BELLO | EDU

Contemporary womenswear crafted in the Ghanian capital of Accra.

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BIANCA SAUNDERS

Since the launch of her label in 2017, Bianca Saunders has enjoyed a wealth of - incredibly well-deserved - success. 

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BOTTER

Climate-conscious Caribbean couture designed in Paris.

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BRANDON BLACKWOOd

Fur fannypacks seem hilarious until you realise the Brandon Blackwood ones are actually quite desirable.

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CASELY-HAYFORD

A family business founded by the late Joe Casely-Hayford, Casely-Hayford has developed an international following under the leadership of his son, Charlie.

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CHRIS PORT 

Chris Port's Instagram bio boasts that "STREETWEAR WILL NEVER DIE" and, with pieces this good, they might be right.

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CHRISTOPHER JOHN ROGERS

Christopher John Rodgers is available to buy online exclusively at Net-a-Porter. 

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COLD LAUNDRY

Not many brands can get us as excited about plain-coloured clothes as Cold Laundry.

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CUSHNIE

Cushnie (formerly Cushnie et Ochs) aims to empower women and celebrate diversity.

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DAUGHTER OF A BOHEMIAN

Daughter of a Bohemian upcycles existing garments to create pieces that are unique.

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DURO OLOWU

Duro Olowu has been worn by none other than Michelle Obama.

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EASTWOOD DANSO

Eastwood Danso founded his label when he was studying for his A Levels.

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ELEXIAY

Elexiay is the crochet brand we suggest wearing for compliments.

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FE NOEL

Fe Noel is deeply influenced by the designer's Grenadian heritage.

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FENTY

Fenty made Rihanna the first woman - and woman of colour - to launch a brand with the luxury conglomerate LVMH.

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GALILEE

The pieces in the latest Galilee collection are named after Black historical figures.

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GLEMAUD

Victor Glemaud worked in Fashion PR before returning to design and launching is own label.

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GOLDEN GIRLY

Anyone who spent lockdown in Golden Girly loungewear probably had quite a nice time. 

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GUERAS FATIM

Gueras Fatim succeeds in bringing sophistication to casual clothes.

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HANIFA

Hanifa's Pink Label Congo collection sold out a lot quicker than we would have liked.

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HERON PRESTON

Heron Preston creates workwear-inspired separates for men and women.

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HOPE FOR FLOWERS

Hope for Flowers is designed by Tracy Reese for women who want to use their consumer power for good.

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HOUSE OF AAMA

Mother-daughter design duo House of Aama explore the Black experience through timeless garments laced with historical references.

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IAMISIGO

Wearable art? Handmade in Africa? That would be IAMISIGO.

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JAWARA ALLEYNE

Graduating from Central Saint Martins this year with an MA, Jawara Alleyne tells stories through draping.

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KAI

Kai offers luxury aesthetics at accessible prices.

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KENNETH IZE

Kenneth Ize reinterprets traditional Nigerian craft with a luxurious outcome.

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LAQUAN SMITH

LaQuan Smith's earliest fans included Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian.

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LEMLEM

Supermodel Liya Kebede's brand is a summer wardrobe essential.

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LILLI3Z

Crochet doesn't get much cuter than this.

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LISA FOLAWIYO

When it comes to African talent taking the global stage, Lisa Folawiyo is to fashion what artists like Davido are to music.

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LISOU

Lisou specialise in silk pieces injected with joy.

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MAKI OH

The ethos of Maki Oh challenges cultural norms with stunning results.

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MATTE

Matte's latest collection is based on its founder's obsession with the 90s.

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MARTINE ROSE

A powerful player in the world of contemporary menswear, Martine Rose's  commitment to modernity ensures collections that are continually exciting.

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MILLE COLLINES

Mille Collines is a Rwandan brand with worldwide appeal.

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MOWALOLA

Mowalola Ogunlesi's work is the antithesis of boring.

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NIA THOMAS

Nia Thomas preaches sustainability in simplistic terms: reduce, reuse, recycle.

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NICHOLAS DALEY

The V&A Dundee has acquired two Nicholas Daley pieces for their permanent collection.

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OFF-WHITE

Virgil Abloh - Off-White's founder - has since become Louis Vuitton's artistic director for menswear.

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OLUBIYI THOMAS

The work of Olubiyi Thomas can be understood as a reflection on both his Nigerian origins and Scottish upbringing.

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ORANGE CULTURE

Orange Culture aims to be not just a brand but a movement.

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PATTA

Founded in 2004, Patta is perhaps the stalwart of the Dutch streetwear scene.

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PHLEMUNS

Phlemuns went from being a denim brand to a luxury label and ultimately helped to reinvigorate the LA fashion scene.

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PLACES+FACES

Places+Faces began as a blog.

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PUBLIC SCHOOL

A product of the pre-Instagram age, Public School continues to be relevant to this day.

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PYER MOSS

To its founder, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Pyer Moss is both an "art project" and a "timely social experiment".

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RICH MNISI

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.

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S.A.M THE LABEL

S.A.M The Label seeks to prove that comfort and style can in fact play on the same team.

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SAUL NASH

Saul Nash is a dancer as well as a designer.

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SINCERELY NUDE

Sincerely Nude offers nude clothing as it should be: for everyone.

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SINDISO KHUMALO

Sindiso Khumalo was one of the finalists for this year's LVMH prize.

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SLASHED BY TIA

If Tia Adeola makes it, we want it.

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SPENCER BADU

Spencer Badu is leading the post-gender clothing revolution.

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STELLA JEAN

Stella Jean strive to be multicultural and ethical.

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STUDIO 189

Studio 189 won the CFDA Lexus Sustainable Fashion Award.

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TELFAR

Surprisingly for a brand that feels so part of the current zeitgeist, Telfar was launched in 2005.

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THEBE MAGUGU

Thebe Magugu is a contemporary womenswear brand based in Johannesburg.

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THEOPHILIO

To wear Theophilio is to wear Edvin Thompson's biography.

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TONGORO

Tongoro's long-term goal is to create a new dynamic for Africa-based manufacturing.

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WALES BONNER

Grace Wales Bonner's work is informed by a broad selection of cultural perspectives.

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WESLEY HARRIOTT

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.

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