Black-Owned Brands to Support

Black-Owned Brands to Support

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As the world continues to protest the George Floyd injustice and address the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, many crucial sub-topics have finally risen to the forefront of our news channels, including our social media feeds.

One of these sub-topics looks at the disproportionate representation of black-owned businesses, which has been playing on my mind heavily. I decided to look into ways that I can personally support and invest in some of these brands, to try and help them get the recognition they deserve. I’ve compiled this list of some incredible black-owned fashion, lifestyle and beauty companies, big and small, that I hope you’ll love and support too.

Fashion & Lifestyle

Andrea Iyamah

Owned by Nigerian fashion designer Dumebi Iyamah, Andrea Iyamah is ‘a clothing line strongly inspired by colour, ethnic cultures, nature and design elements that stay true to creating authentic clothing and resort wear with hints of a retro yet contemporary edge in design.’

Aman Woke

‘Challenging the placement of fabrics, AMAN WOKE takes brilliant concepts of femininity and molds them into clothing that boldly represents the fearlessness in today’s modern woman.’

Brother Vellies

‘Founded in 2013 with the goal of keeping traditional African design practices and techniques alive, while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs. Now handmade artisanally across the globe, Brother Vellies creates luxury accessories that celebrate cultural histories and timeless design. ‘

Christopher John Rogers

The winner of last year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and celebrity favourite, Christopher John Rogers’ vibrant Ready-to-Wear styles are exclusively available online at Net-a-Porter.

Cushnie

‘Luxury women’s ready-to-wear and bridal brand designed by Carly Cushnie. Established in 2008, the label was founded on the desire to serve the modern woman. Artfully crafted with clean, sculptural lines, the CUSHNIE collection is precisely tailored to achieve the perfect fit for the female form.’

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Fe Noel

Brooklyn based, womenswear brand Fe Noel is inspired by a ‘passion for travel, a love of vibrant colors, and a penchant for bold prints’. ‘The labels founder, Felisha ”Fe” Noel, is deeply inspired by her Grenadian heritage and has mastered the ability to bottle up culture and glamour infused with sensibility and sensuality.’

Lait de Coco

Delivering sophisticated and timeless vintage womenswear styles which aim to empower women and raise environmental awareness at the same time.

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Blue feathers fall from heights 💙 #mariboubreeze

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LaQuan Smith

‘LaQuan Smith, born in Queens, New York, started his brand at the age of 21. Since its formal debut in 2013, the brand has gained acclaim for its endless archive of distinctive garments and details.’ 

Lurelly

Launched in 2012 by Jamaican born and raised fashion lover, Lurell M, whose ‘passion for design and luxury drove her to create a brand that is luxurious yet affordable for women all over the world.’

Oma The Label

New York-based brand creating quality, affordable styles such as chunky gold jewellery and essential bodysuits for the modern woman.

Pyer Moss

Founded in 2013 by Kerby Jean-Raymond, who ‘describes the brand as an “art project” or “a timely social experiment” at times. Pyer Moss aims to use its voice and platform to challenge social narratives and evoke dialogue.’ 

Small Needs

A collection of beautiful, curated vintage treasures sold through Instagram and Etsy.

T.a. New York

‘Telsha Anderson has designed a concept store that caters to the women-identifying community in New York City. Her focus for T.A. is to provide product that presents a renewed outlook towards luxury living.’ 

Tove

Chic Ready-to-Wear brand Tove launched in 2019, specialising in dreamy silk and cotton dresses.

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Neutral Tones TOVE Summer 2020 #TOVE

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Vavvoune

‘Founded by self taught designer/artisan Valerie Blaise, in Brooklyn New York. VAVVOUNE (pronounced vav•une) is a leather accessories brand recognized by way of cultured design.’

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Better days ahead/ let’s hold on tight.

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Yam

Stunning jewellery that is handmade in Queens using upcycled materials and ‘new nostalgia’.

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Zazaii

A curated marketplace for shopping modern African style, Zazaii’s founder and editor Isoken Ogiemwonyi has successfully grown her business into one of the continent’s leading fashion authorities.

Beauty

Beneath Your Mask

‘A skin, body, and hair rejuvenation line designed to restore, repair, and reverse the toxic effects of environmental hazards, health challenges, stress, and the damage done from countless other unforgiving aspects of our lifestyles.’ 

Fenty Beauty

‘Rihanna was inspired to create Fenty Beauty after years of experimenting with the best-of-the-best in beauty—and still seeing a void in the industry for products that performed across all skin types and tones. She launched a makeup line “so that people everywhere would be included,” focusing on a wide range of traditionally hard-to-match skin tones, creating formulas that work for all skin types, and pinpointing universal shades.’

GILDED

Founded by a Dermatology Physician Assistant, luxury body skincare company Gilded ‘serves as a reminder that good skincare doesn’t stop with beautiful face washes, luxurious serums and face masks. Our bodies desire and thirst for the same nourishment’. Gilded invites us all to balance both body and mind with their stunning skincare products and luxurious scented candles.

Kaike

‘Founded in 2015 by Keli Smith, KAIKE (pronounced ‘cake’), is a fun, plant-based skincare brand with a belief in celebrating our skin. ‘

Klur

Created by esthetician and formulator, Lesley Thornton, Klur aims to cultivate the ‘values of clean, ethical and inclusive beauty.’

KNC Beauty

The ‘first all-natural, collagen-infused lip mask ‘ created by Kristen Noel Crawley and inspired by a trip to Tokyo.

Liha

Beauty products which encompass the qualities of its co-founders with a ‘mixture of natural African roots and a quintessentially British attitude’.

Pat Mcgrath

An assortment of luxury beauty products created by Pat McGrath, who was named by Anna Wintour as ”the most influential makeup artist in the world”.

I know that this is just the start and that there are so many more amazing brands I haven’t discovered yet, so please do share your suggestions in the comments. <3

Below you can find some of my favorite inspirations of the above brands on a Pinterest board ‘Brands Of Colour” I created. And I promise: This is an ongoing board, I’ll keep posting more inspiration.

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