Buying from Black-owned fashion brands is one of the many ways to support the Black community – and not just during the month of February for Black History month, but all year long.
The pandemic has disproportionately affected Black-owned businesses, with the number of active Black-owned businesses falling by 41% between February and April 2020. For those who have been able to keep their doors open, a survey found that less than 10% would describe their business as “profitable and growing” (Forbes).
Below, I wanted to highlight some amazing fashion from Black-owned businesses. I even dropped by Inside South Florida to share some of my favorites. Each of the brands listed have incredible stories and their own unique styles, so we highly encourage you to click through each brand and learn about them and add their pieces to elevate your style!
I discovered Pantora from watching “Making the Cut” on Amazon. The founder Andrea has created breathtaking wedding gowns and unique ready-to-wear. I event styled this brand on Hoda & Jenna and Kym Johnson from DWTS.
Check out my new favorite denim from Pantora.
One of my favorite brands known for bold colors and silhouettes. They have nailed statement style for the red carpet and ready to wear. I can’t get enough. One of my dream gown is shown below.
I came across this brand recently as I was FLOORED. The silhouettes, the structuring, the color palette. It’s been a long while since a collection has taken my breath away the way this one did. Ndigo studio’s most recent collection is composed of the most gorgeous statement pieces as well as separates that you can mix and match. Created by Waïna Chancy of Mexico city, there’s definitely a piece for everyone here.
Minimalism in its most luxurious form. Brooklyn based Aisling Camps is most known for her technical approach to knitwear and her pieces are a huge favourite in my book. There are so many cool looks in their roster that are worth investing in.
Fenoel is the best at creating sultry resort wear that is both timeless and trendy. They’ll have you wanting to book a holiday to the tropics just to wear some of their pieces.
South African based Rich Mnisi has taken a modern contemporary approach with his designs. His pieces are much like wearable pieces of art and will definitely be a conversation starter for sure. The collection is comprised of a mixture of bold statements as well as some pieces that are more monochromatic but still have that South African based Rich Mnisi has taken a modern contemporary approach with his designs. His pieces are much like wearable pieces of art and will definitely be a conversation starter for sure. The collection is comprised of a mixture of bold statements as well as some pieces that are more monochromatic but still have that whimsical flair.
Banke Kuku based in Nigeria, designs the most decadent pyjamas that you won’t want to wear to sleep. Adorned with colourful motifs paired with the fanciest feathers, these pieces are perfect to wear to a bougie dinner or just to lounge in (with a glass of champagne in tow, obviously).
Now of course there was going to be an honorary Sai Sankoh shout out! Sai makes the most gorgeous resort wear with both prints. The brand has so much more to offer with their matching sets and addition of hats and bags. Great designs at great price points means that there’s no excuse for you not to have a piece in your wardrobe!