While the fashion world has come a long way, there is still work to be done when it comes to increasing the exposure of Black fashion designers in the industry. In an effort to spotlight some of the Black creatives bringing their visions to life with their pieces, we’ve rounded up 27 Black-owned fashion brands you should know. See more of our favorite Black-owned brands for everyday essentials and Black-owned beauty brands here.
Aliya Wanek launched her own slow fashion, eponymous womenswear brand in 2016. The label aims to create pieces of clothing ethically and sustainably, with pieces like its Sanaa Dress ($235 at Aliya Wanek) being locally dyed and produced in the Bay Area. We happen to love the look of the high-waisted Yenay Sweatpants ($145 at Aliya Wanek) that are made from organic cotton and hemp and come in colors like fuchsia and olive green.
Andrea Iyamah Fresh is one word that comes to mind when thinking about Andrea Iyamah’s brand. Launched in 2011 by the Nigerian fashion designer, the brand does it all, from swimwear to accessories to homeware. Pulling its inspiration from nature and ethnic cultures, Andrea Iyamah aims to create high-quality pieces you’ll continue reaching for. Celeb wearers of the brand include Australian model Duckie Thot and actress Gabrielle Union, who has been spotted in the brand more than once. For your upcoming spring getaway, dress to impress with the abstract-printed Akacia Tiered Pleated Shorts ($180 at Saks Fifth Avenue).
Autumn Adeigbo is the founder of the eponymous fashion and homeware brand that has been featured in numerous women’s magazines and picked up by retailers like Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Nordstrom. This brand is not one to shy away from color and embraces the use of vibrant prints in its work, which can be seen on everything from the brand’s hair scrunchies ($32 at Nordstrom) and dresses to its journals and coaster sets. If you’re looking for a dress that will help you slay your next wedding-guest look, you’ll want to snag this floral Jovie Cutout Dress ($595 at Nordstrom) which features two eye-catching cut-outs.
Brandon Blackwood The eponymous handbag and accessories brand behind the iconic “End Systemic Racism” tote, has had everyone from celebrities to Instagram influencers wearing one of its bags. If a fun statement piece is what you’re after, this green Mini Kuei Shearling Crossbody Bag ($275 at Saks Fifth Avenue) is a clear winner, while the Mini Kendrick Trunk Crossbody Bag ($265 at Nordstrom) is the perfect bright bag to sport come spring.
Aurora James is the creative director and founder behind the luxury shoe and accessory brand Brother Vellies. Founded by the Canadian fashion designer and activist in 2013, the New York based brand places an emphasis on sustainability with their products being handmade by artisans. For that next special occasion on your calendar, we think this gorgeous Feather Ankle Tie Sandal ($685 at Nordstrom) will be a head-turner.
The pieces from Chinero Nnamani’s fashion brand are influenced by the African continent and make use of vintage-inspired cuts. The brand’s reversible midi skirt ($82 at Chinero Nnamani) features a colorful print on both sides and is designed to maintain its brightness even after washing. If you’re looking for a more subtle statement piece, Chinero Nnamani also makes headwraps like its Reversible Geryia Head Wrap ($50 at Chinero Nnamani) that’s made in Nigeria.
With the aim of creating quality, timeless pieces, Christopher John Rogers’ New York-based brand can be found at high-end retailers like Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue, but the designer also recently collaborated on a now-fully-sold-out collection at Target. Given that Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and lots of other celebrities are fans, we can’t say we’re surprised. If you’re on the hunt for a dress that is equal parts bold and stylish, this satin, multicolored striped shirt dress ($1,195 at Saks Fifth Avenue) may be your next buy. With an oversized collar and curve-hugging silhouette, this maxi will look just as good on its own as it would layered with a pair of pants.
For the soon-to-be brides out there, Esé Azénabor is one business to have on your radar. Founded by Nigerian-born fashion designer Esé Azénabor-Grembowski in 2012, her business’ designs have been featured in a number of popular women’s fashion magazines. The brand, which incorporates hand beading and embroidery in its designs, is responsible for producing beauties like this Heavily Beaded Long Sleeve Dress ($1,150 at Esé Azénabor).
If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably seen pieces from this British fashion brand on your screen. Founded by Mary-Ann Msengi, Farai London is known for its colorful, party-ready looks and has been picked up by retailers like Selfridges and Revolve. The label, which has had celebs like Lori Harvey and Megan thee Stallion wear its dresses, aims to create show-stopping pieces that empower the wearer. And with a dress like the Gaia Mini ($122 at Revolve), you’re almost sure to have all eyes on you.
Debbie Lorenzo, who founded the millinery brand whose hats can be found at Nordstrom, named her company after her great-grandmother, a Jamaican seamstress. Handcrafted by local artisans in New York, Lorenzo’s line has a hat to carry you through every season. We love the look of this summer appropriate raffia hat ($495 at Frances Grey) and think the Wide Brim Fedora ($355 at Nordstrom) in gray would be perfect for the fall.
Fumi Egbon is the woman behind this contemporary womenswear fashion brand, described on its website as being “for the woman looking for effortless and fresh new ways to stand out.” With pieces that are modern and effortlessly cool, versatility is the name of the game when it comes to its apparel. For example, the brand’s Lauren Vegan Leather Skirt ($195 at Fumi), can be dressed up with heels for a date night or worn with boots for a brunch with friends. How’s that for a win-win?
Anifa Mvuemba is the woman behind the size-inclusive womenswear label Hanifa. With Beyoncé and Kylie Jenner being some of the brand’s celebrity wearers, Hanifa pieces stun both on stage and off. Designed “for women without limits,” the label isn’t shy when it comes to playing with color and prints, as seen with this captivating knit gown ($459 at Hanifa). If you’re looking for a dress with a jaw-dropping silhouette, take in the beauty of this sexy, mustard-colored Roxi Knit Tube Maxi ($379 at Hanifa) which features button detailing on the back.
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