In order for the fashion industry to effect lasting change, it must not only employ more people from diverse backgrounds, it must also amplify the voices and profiles of those who have been here doing the work and continuously put forth fresh, innovative ideas. Below, we’re highlighting 87+ Black-owned companies that fit that bill. They cover everything from affordable jewelry to high-end luxury, and they should definitely be on your radar. (We’ve also made a list of Black-owned beauty brands that deserve your dollars.)
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Shop here: https://www.aaushop.com/
A.Au is a lifestyle brand that works with artisans in Nigeria to make everything from hand-woven market baskets to vibrantly patterned puff-sleeved blouses.
Shop here: https://www.modaoperandi.com/aliette-ss20
Founded by celebrity stylist Jason Rembert in 2019, Aliétte excels in bringing a red-carpet feel to cocktail attire and everyday separates.
Shop here: https://carltonyaito.com
New York City-based designer Carlton Yaito creates made-to-order pieces, like jackets, vests, bags and, most recently, pillows and bedding.
Christopher John Rogers
Shop here: https://www.christopherjohnrogers.com/
Christopher John Rogers is a rising star in American luxury, having won the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and dressed celebs like Lizzo, Ashley Graham and Tracee Ellis Ross.
Come Back as a Flower
Shop here: https://comebackasaflower.com/#
Los Angeles-based Come Back as a Flower makes hand-dyed and ethically produced garments from 100% recycled materials.
Shop here: https://www.dailypaperclothing.com/
Based in Amsterdam, Daily Paper draws on the African heritage of its three founders to create distinctive, easy-to-wear clothing.
Shop here: https://weardiop.com
Diop reflects designer Mapate Diop’s experience growing up as a first-generation American with a strong West African heritage as seen through its use of Ankara fabric.
Shop here: https://www.duroolowu.com/
A lawyer-turned-fashion-designer, Nigerian-born Duro Olowu launched his eponymous label in 2004 and has since created coveted patterned dresses that are artful representations of his international background.
Shop here: https://www.eastwooddanso.com/
German-born designer Eastwood Danso is known for combining color palettes that reference his father’s Ghanian heritage with monochrome streetwear cues for his eponymous menswear brand, which he launched in 2016.
Shop here: https://www.geowebstore.com
Geo Owens interned for Virgil Abloh and worked at Kanye West’s design studio before launching his namesake ready-to-wear label in 2016, which uses graphic garments to understand Earth and its natural complexities.
Shop here: https://www.heronpreston.com/en/US
A favorite among the Instagram kids, Heron Preston continually redefines workwear and uses sustainability and technology to stay ahead of the sartorial curve.
Hope for Flowers
Shop here: https://hopeforflowers.com/
Hope for Flowers, a new ethically- and sustainably-produced line by industry veteran designer Tracy Reese, features a range of cheery womenswear.
Shop here: https://kaicollective.com
Launched in 2016, Kai Collective is a London-based womenswear brand of rich-looking, brightly colored clothing at affordable price points.
Shop here: https://www.kennethize.net/
LVMH Prize finalist Kenneth Ize works with artisans across Nigeria to preserve centuries-old textile-making techniques that he then transforms into elegantly-tailored, colorfully-patterned suiting.
Label By Three
Shop here: https://www.labelbythree.com
Label By Three garments are designed and handmade in Phoenix, Arizona with a focus on minimalism, sustainability and versatility.
Shop here: https://laquansmith.com/
LaQuan Smith made his New York Fashion Week debut at 21 and has since grown a steady clientele of high-profile celebrities, including Rihanna, Lady Gaga and the Kardashian-Jenner crew, thanks to his feel-good party wares.
Shop here: https://www.lemlem.com/
Lemlem, founded by spermodel Liya Kebede, is a line of handwoven apparel and accessories, to elevate artisanship and expand production (and jobs) across Africa.
Shop here: https://localeuropean.com
Founded by Alexandra Bunch and made in Los Angeles, Local European is brand of elevated streetwear-inspired basics made from deadstock fabrics.
Shop here: https://www.michelmen.com
Michel Men is a New York City-based menswear label founded by Whitney Michel, a first generation Haitian American born in Brooklyn.
Muxe New York
Shop here: https://muxenewyork.com
Kadeem Alphanso Fyffe founded Muxe New York, a statement T-shirt label, with the intent of creating unisex garments that comment on gender, politics and culture.
Shop here: https://www.depop.com/nosesso/
Italian for “no sex/no gender,” No Sesso is a Los Angeles-based brand that champions inclusivity with its fun, whimsical pieces.
Shop here: http://www.phlemuns.com/
James Flemons established Phlemuns in 2013 as a denim brand. It has since expanded into a luxe, gender-inclusive ready-to-wear label founded on fair labor practices.
Shop here: https://www.romeohunte.com/
New York City-based contemporary label Romeo Hunte focuses on powerful outerwear and boasts a strong celebrity fan base, including Zendaya and Gabrielle Union.
Shop here: https://www.spencerbadu.com
Toronto-based designer Spencer Badu’s eponymous label draws influence from the Bauhaus art movement, architecture and conceptual fashion designers like Rick Owens to create gender-neutral uniforms.
Shop here: https://studiooneeightynine.com/
Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah co-founded Studio 189 with the aim to make great clothes, all while empowering women, preserving traditional African crafts and championing sustainability.
Shop here: https://www.stuzoclothing.com/
Designed for the bold at heart, Stuzo Clothing makes gender- and judgement-free garments that have been worn by Ruby Rose, Tiffany Haddish and Lena Waithe.
Shop here: http://www.telfar.net/
Winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2017, Liberian-American designer Telfar Clemens makes everyday sportswear and often does so by exploring and reinventing the idea of Americana.
Shop here: https://www.thebemagugu.com/
Distinguished by its sharply tailored and powerfully politicized collections, Thebe Magugu’s namesake label has risen in the fashion ranks rather quickly after he became the first African designer to win the LVMH Prize for Young Designers in 2019.
Shop here: http://www.theophilionyc.com/
Edvin Thomspon’s Brooklyn-based clothing brand Theophilio combines nostalgia from his childhood spent in Jamaica with New York City culture, resulting in a bevy of joyful ruffled and tie-dyed pieces.
Shop here: https://www.slashedbytia.net/
Founder Teni “Tia” Adeola created Slashed By Tia from her dorm room while studying art history at The New School in 2017, which is reflected in her Renaissance-inspired designs.
Undra Celeste New York
Shop here: https://www.undracelesteny.com/
Undra Duncan’s line, Undra Celeste New York, is filled with bold office-appropriate separates for women who want to stand out in the boardroom.
Shop here: https://www.glemaud.com/pages/home
Haitian-born, New York-raised designer Victor Glemaud is known for his vibrant knitwear designs, which he proudly makes for people of all sizes.
Shop here: https://walesbonner.net/
Central Saint Martins graduate Grace Wales Bonner won the British Fashion Award for emerging menswear in 2019. Her fans include the Duchess of Sussex, who wore a custom white sleeveless coat-dress by the designer to present her baby, Archie, to the world.
Zelie for She
Shop here: https://www.zelieforshe.com/
With a selection of breezy caftans and billowy maxi dresses, Elann Zelie’s Los Angeles-based plus-size label Zelie for She is meant for long weekends at the beach.
Shop here: https://www.andreaiyamah.com/
Founded by Nigerian fashion designer Dumebi Iyamah, Andrea Iyamah is recognized for its unique take on swimwear, which uses vibrant colors and cuts inspired by an array of African cultures.
Shop here: https://www.castamira.com/collections/collection-1
Castamira is a luxury swim label founded by former Wilhelmina model Chantel Davis.
Shop here: https://jadeswim.com/
Fashion editor-turned-designer Brittany Kozerski started Jade Swim with a desire to bring her minimalist aesthetic to the pool, resulting in a range of classic styles made from luxe fabrics that can be worn from a beach day to a city night.
Shop here: https://www.mint-swim.com/
Actress and model Draya Howard’s line, Mint Swim, targets those who want to enhance their curves with high-cut styles in blinding neons.
Shop here: https://www.riotswim.com
Riot Swim’s body-sculpting one-pieces are made from butter soft nylon and have a seamless finish, easily making them the most comfortable and wearable on the market.
Accessories (shoes, bags, eyewear)
A A K S
Shop here: https://www.aaksonline.com/
Akosua Afriyie-Kumi founded A A K S, a line of brightly-colored raffia bags, with the goal of sharing her favorite weaving techniques from Ghana with the world while also creating jobs within Africa.
Shop here: https://www.asatamaise.com
Best known for mini baguette bags emblazoned with smiley faces, each Asata Maisé piece is handmade from sustainably-sourced reclaimed materials.
Shop here: http://www.ashya.co/
A recent award recipient for the 2018/2019 CFDA and Accessories Council Elaine Gold Launch Pad Fellowship, Ashya is a New York-based label of luxe leather travel accessories.
Coco and Breezy Eyewear
Shop here: https://cocoandbreezy.com/
Designers (and twins) Corianna and Brianna Dotson founded Coco and Breezy Eyewear in 2009 and have since created sunglasses loved by Demi Lovato, Chanel Iman, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj.
Shop here: https://www.glazednyc.com/shop
Founded by friends Shelby Macklin and Banna Nega in 2015, Glazed NYC has grown into a line of functional accessories that are rooted in glamour and inspired by trailblazers like Josephine Baker.
Kendall Miles Designs
Shop here: https://www.kendallmilesdesigns.com
Kendall Reynolds founded Kendall Miles Designs, a luxury footwear label manufactured in Florence, in 2015 after studying accessories design in Milan.
Shop here: https://lozamaleombho.com/en/shop/
Loza Maléombho’s footwear celebrates the similarities between Ivorian tribal aesthetics and New York fashion — think chunky PVC sandals decorated with gold plated bronze details handmade by West African artisans.
Shop here: https://www.petitkouraj.com/
Launched in 2019 by Alicia Keys’s former stylist, Petit Kouraj is a line of macramé-fringed carryalls made by artisans in Haiti.
Shop here: https://treefairfax.com/
Virginia-based Tree Fairfax is a minimal handbag line that hand-cuts and -stitches each bag using locally-sourced, high-quality leather.
Shop here: https://www.vavvoune.com/
Founded by self-taught designer Valerie Blaise, Vavvoune is a leather accessories brand created with a mindful team of craftspeople in New York City’s Garment District.
Shop here: https://www.yvonnekone.com
A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Yvonne Koné established her namesake label in 2011, and has since become one of Denmark’s preeminent designers of fine leather goods and accessories.
Shop here: https://www.zouxou.com/
New York-based footwear line Zou Xou works with master shoemakers in Buenos Aires and uses premium Argentinean leathers to make sophisticated styles that can be worn from morning to night.
Conversations Over Chai
Shop on Instagram: @conversationsoverchai
Conversations Over Chai sells one-of-a-kind dangle earrings that are made with letter beads and vintage porcelain baubles.
Shop here: https://daemwatches.com
Daem is New York City-based watch brand that finds inspiration on the streets of Brooklyn and from artists pushing boundaries all over the world.
Shop here: https://www.dixiegraze.uk/
The affordable jewelry line Dixie Graze offers a range of textured gold chains and architectural charms that are perfect for layering.
Shop here: https://edas.store/collections/all
The handmade jewelry and accessories label Edas plays with brass wire and wooden beads to create conversation-starting sculptural pieces.
Shop here: https://www.epifene.com/
Retro textured chains and crystal drop earrings are a just a few of the evening-ready jewels you can get from two-year-old label Épifene.
Shop here: https://www.khiry.com/
Khiry is a line of high-end fashion jewelry founded by Jameel Mohammed, a University of Pennsylvania graduate who began designing jewelry in 2014 while interning at Barneys New York.
Mateo New York
Shop here: https://mateonewyork.com/
Self-taught designer and 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Matthew Harris looks to modern art when creating Mateo’s ornate pearl and diamond punctuated pieces.
Shop here: https://serendipitous-project.com/
Founded in 2019 with the mission to provide a sustainable alternative for trendy jewelry, Serendipitous Project sells handmade-to-order pieces that draw inspiration from classic art and nature.
Shop here: https://www.thirdcrown.com/
Husband-and-wife team Kristin and Kofi Essel fuse their love of geometric shapes with the details found in their architectural surroundings to create Third Crown, a gender neutral brand of jewelry.
Shop here: https://www.whitespacejewelry.com
White Space, a jewelry line founded by Parsons School of Design graduate Khadijah Fulton, specializes in delicate necklaces and earrings that often feature baroque pearls.
Loungewear and lingerie
Shop here: https://dayowomen.com/
Dayo’s line of loungewear consists of comfy pants made from soft, natural fibers and tops made with built-in breast support and adjustable straps.
Shop here: https://us.nubianskin.com
Frustrated by the lack of skin-tone choices to go with her ever-expanding wardrobe, Ade Hassan created Nubian Skin to provide the essential underwear needs for people of color.
Shop here: https://www.rubylove.com
Founded by Black female business leader Crystal Etienne, Ruby Love seeks to revolutionize the Femtech industry and destigmatize menstruation with product collections that include leak-proof period underwear and monthly period kits.
Shop here: http://www.underthingshop.com/
Described as “lingerie for all your self-care moments,” Underthing’s lace bodysuits are a sexier alternative to your old T-shirts.
Multi-brand stores and services
Shop here: https://shopaugustraye.com
August Raye is an online boutique founded by Kelly Augustine that carries independent designers making clothing in sizes 10 and up.
In the Black
Shop here: https://www.shopintheblack.com/
Launched in 2019, In the Black is Harlem’s Fashion Row‘s retail platform, which takes the organization’s mission of amplifying Black creatives in the fashion industry to new heights.
Shop here: https://www.thenarativ.com/shop
Founded by Farai Simoyi of Netflix’s “Next In Fashion,” The Narativ curates ethically-sourced artisan brands from around the world with the goal of sharing their narratives and promoting traditional craftsmanship.
HBCU Pride & Joy Children’s Boutique
Shop here: https://hbcupridejoy.com
Founded by Dr. T. Nichole Phillips and her sister LaShanta, HBCU Pride & Joy Children’s Boutique offers future HBCU graduates with tot-size collegiate apparel.
Shop here: https://www.kidochicago.com
Two Chicago creatives launched Kido Chicago to celebrate their blended family and share the affirmations they give to their children with others.