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Wednesday 30th of November 2022

Nairobi, Kenya

Ten Fashion Brands Owned by Black People That Will Take Over Your Closet

Every day, there are more and more gifted Black designers making their mark on the fashion business.
Even so, fewer than 1% of online fashion items come from Black-owned firms, despite efforts to encourage diversity and inclusion in fashion arenas globally (via Edited).
Nevertheless, despite efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in fashion arenas around the world, less than 1% of online fashion products come from Black-owned firms (via Edited). In spite of the fact that more needs to be done to promote Black-owned enterprises, experienced Black creators aren’t waiting around for change to happen; instead, they are bringing about change for both themselves and upcoming generations of artists.
Yousouf Cissè, creative director of New York-based streetwear brand Cissè, told OtherSuns that he believes that boundaries are being torn down and that we now have a chance to ensure that we open the doors for young people behind us.

A new viewpoint is developing as more and more Black designers stake out territory in the fashion industry. Messages of social justice are being highlighted, unique designs and fabrics are being given new life, and streetwear and high fashion are coexisting harmoniously. Leroy Lomotey, the creator of the streetwear company Krafted, said, “I feel like we’re starting to witness a movement in the business” (via OtherSuns). “Everyone in elite fashion who is now setting trends is Black.”

Here are 10 Black-owned fashion companies to pay close attention to, since their lines will saturate your closet in the next seasons.

1. Theophilio
Theophilio is a modern clothing line that frequently uses a color scheme that reflects the colors of Thompson’s native Jamaica: green, black, and yellow, Theophilio is a modern clothing line that frequently uses a color scheme that reflects the colors of Thompson’s native Jamaica: green, black, and yellow.
The CFDA emerging designer prize winner for 2021 told Hypebeast that it felt “really fantastic to tell stories of Jamaica.” I really haven’t seen the Caribbean culture on a highly conceptual platform in terms of fashion, so I’m celebrating Jamaica’s past, present, and future and what it looks like.

Since his debut line in 2016, Thompson has created six more collections, each of which includes mesh bodysuits, daring skirts in vivid hues, and multicolored leather bucket hats.

Thompson recently worked with Adidas to produce a 10-piece line of patchwork hoodies, jeans, and t-shirts made completely of repurposed materials, demonstrating his dedication to sustainable fashion. In an interview with The Knockturnal, he stated that “sustainability is crucial in how we generate our pieces.”

A clothing line designed in the likeness of two sisters has been produced. Based on the minimalist craze, Christina and Philiscia Abayomi created collections with basic, neutral, straightforward, sustainable, high-quality, and reasonably priced items. They have the ideal comfy white tee if you’re seeking one.
In order to create ensembles that span from casual and relaxed to posh and polished, basic pieces are a necessity in any wardrobe. According to Stralande, Re Ona adds a touch of modernism to the ’90s aesthetic that the two designers are drawn to with its color palette that ranges from pure white to coffee.

2. Farai London
Since Mary-Ann Msengi, a Zimbabwean, founded the Farai London brand in East London amid the global pandemic in 2020, several it-girls have embraced it, including Kylie Jenner and singer Meghan Thee Stallion.
The designer’s family served as the inspiration for Farai London’s exotic hues and distinctive designs, which are making a statement in the fashion industry. She told Refinery29, “I trace a lot of the passion and inspiration for Farai to my grandma, who used to sell clothes that she had hand-sewn in South Africa.

What makes Farai London so unique is Msengi’s connection to and respect of her everyday followers in addition to the things that fashion-forward celebrities are adoring.
The designer’s brand has amassed more than 100K likes on TikTok, a remarkable number that keeps rising.
The designer told Mycomeup, “I feel like it’s a mission fulfilled because all my customers look so amazing… and hearing how confident the women feel.”

3. Re Ona
A clothing line designed in the likeness of two sisters has been produced. Based on the minimalist craze, Christina and Philiscia Abayomi created collections with basic, neutral, straightforward, sustainable, high-quality, and reasonably priced items. They have the ideal comfy white tee if you’re seeking one.
In order to create ensembles that span from casual and relaxed to posh and polished, basic pieces are a necessity in any wardrobe. According to Stralande, Re Ona adds a touch of modernism to the ’90s aesthetic that the two designers are drawn to with its color palette that ranges from pure white to coffee.

On their Instagram feed, the sisters define the look of their company as “elevated minimalism in your everyday essentials.” The designers told Stralande, “We personally have always been drawn to clean and basic aesthetics…
It is the actual core of how Philiscia and I like to dress, the designers told Stralande.
“We personally have always been attracted to clean and simple aesthetics, To ensure you never lose track of your favorites, some of their renowned pieces are offered in a permanent collection.

4. House of Aama
Magic can occur when a mother and daughter combine their creative energies, Victorian gowns, jacquard pants, crochet tops, brilliant hues, and fabrics inspired by folklore are all featured in the House of Aama collection.
They are classic pieces that have been updated to give conventional clothing a little twist.
Akua Shabaka and Rebecca Henry were responsible for launching the brand, which stands for gracious and charitable, in Los Angeles in 2017.

They started this mother-daughter company out of a love for one another and a desire to spread awareness of the Black experience in the United States.
According to the duo’s statement to The Daily Front Row, “We hope to stimulate dialogue, social commentary, and conversations about heritage, remembering, and to shine a light on varied histories.”

The two designers explained to Apparel News that for their most recent collection, “Bloodroot: Into the Archives,” they “explore the folkways of the Black experience” by creating timeless clothing with nostalgic allusions driven by historical study, archive analysis, and narrative.”

5. Thebe Magugu
In his native South Africa, where he was born, fashion phenom Thebe Magugu uses his style to highlight the problems that women face. The brand was established in 2016 in Johannesburg and incorporates African spirituality into each of its collections. Since the brand’s inception, Magugu has prioritized the representation of women of color in his designs, and the logo of the company features two intertwined African women as a representation of all the women who have influenced him throughout his life, according to Commission Studio.

The author spoke with South African women who served as spies during Apartheid for his book, “Counterintelligence.” In order to dispel stereotypes about African or South African fashion, he told The Met, “I wish to demystify, or rather disabuse people’s thinking.”

Each collection requires much study, and Magugu’s work is being recognized for it; in 2019, he became the first Black designer to win the coveted LVMH Prize (per AnOther).

6. Nubian Skin
While we frequently see nude underwear on sale, it is uncommon for them to complement darker skin tones. To remedy this, Nubian Skin was established in 2014 by British businessman Ade Hassan.
Caramel, café au lait, berry, and cinnamon are the four colors that are offered.
Women of color can feel more represented in society and the fashion industry because of Nubian Skin undergarments.
Hassan told HuffPost that although there may not be enough models of color on the catwalk, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
A UK honorary Member of the Most Excellence Order of the British Empire (MBE) award for services to the fashion industry was given to the company in recognition of her efforts to redefine the term “nude.”

Nubian Skin will become your second skin with its durable bras, panties, bodysuits, and tights. You can quickly determine your underwear skin tone based on the foundation shade you typically use thanks to a helpful guide on the company’s website (via Nubian Skin).
Nubian Skin pieces are timeless wardrobe essentials that won’t go out of style anytime soon.

7. Hanifa
Looking for a splash of color, some creativity, and life to highlight your wacky personality? Your solution is Hanifa. Hanifa, a line by Congolese designer Anifa Mvuemba, debuted in 2012.
Anifa Mvuemba, a designer from the Congo, introduced her line Hanifa in 2012.
It consists of items with contemporary designs, interesting constructions, and entertaining textures, In her selection of apparel, Mvuemba demonstrates that she has never lost sight of her roots. She told Business Insider Africa that it was crucial to honor her background and the African seamstresses who had inspired her inventiveness.

Mvuemba makes clothes that empower women and give them a sense of individuality and strength because she thinks that Africa will be the future of fashion. According to an interview with InStyle magazine, “I design to make women feel like they don’t have to say a word when they walk into the room since everyone is looking anyway.”

Hanifa’s collection of clothing will highlight your individuality and desire to distinguish out, with items like fluffy faux fur heels, hand-painted faux leather coats, and liquid silk organza.

8. Brandon Blackwood
The ultra-chic handbags of designer Brandon Blackwood are proof that accessories have unquestionably evolved into a means of personal expression. The Jamaican and Chinese creator, who calls Brooklyn home, has been involved in the fashion industry since 2015 (according to Complex).
But his work didn’t really take off until quite recently. In order to support the Black Lives Matter movement, Blackwood made a bag called the “End Systemic Racism” canvas tote, which soon gained popularity. Many famous people, including Kim Kardashian, Olivia Rodrigo, and Winnie Harlow, have been spotted carrying the $55 purse. He spoke to L’officiel USA about how his advocacy influences his collections.

A person of color cannot avoid social involvement because our daily lives are characterized by ongoing struggles for equality and oppression.

Blackwood’s other designs have captivating cubic shapes, rhinestones, and fur that are nominated for the 2022 CFDA award for American Accessory Designer of the Year, according to Fashionista. All of his bags, in fact, have a distinctive quality that may add style to any simple ensemble you might be wearing. And prepare yourselves for a shoe line, which is coming soon.

9. Par Bronté Laurent
Through her collections made of satin, mesh, and transparency, Par Bronté Laurent encourages women to feel powerful, independent, and sensual at the same time.
The Brooklyn-based designer, who gave her brand her name, set out to design clothing that women wouldn’t want to take off.

Her beautiful pieces that emphasize women’s bodies are made from repurposed and sustainable materials.
Her apparel line’s comfort will allow you the opportunity to move about freely throughout your hectic day.

That’s not all, though, since the company also boasts a unique line that celebrates women of color. In a statement to Women’s Wear Daily, American model Kimora Lee Simmons, a fervent supporter of the company, said, “We need to be talking about Black pioneers who paved the way, and those who are fighting for representation now.”
Unisex t-shirts with printed designs are part of Laurent’s “Honor Black Women” line, which conveys a clear and concise message: celebrate and value Black women.

10. Wales Bonner
Thanks to the unconventional nature of the designs of London-based designer Grace Wales Bonner, Wales Bonner’s fashion presentations are rarely ignored.
The collection, which includes androgynous pieces like crochet skirts and track tops with actual mirror embellishments and Caribbean symbols incorporated, will rule your closet as you adopt the streetwear fashion that is frequently popular on social media.
Grace Wales Bonner, who is an expert on Black history and an advocate for racial equality, makes an effort to portray Black communities in her works.
She told Town & Country, “I’m absolutely interested in history and honoring the kinds of lineage and tradition that has allowed me to create.

After Meghan, Duchess of Sussex made headlines by famously donning the brand’s white trench coat in 2019, when she and Prince Harry made their public debut with their son Archie, searches for the up-and-coming designer jumped by 1,633% (according to Stylight).

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