Black-Owned Clothing Brands that Should Be on Your Radar

The gruesome death of George Floyd has sparked global outrage and protests. It has also brought to light the long going history of mistreatment of black people in America. While donations and petitions are one way to show solidarity with your fellow brothers and sisters, another way is buying from black-owned businesses.

There have been many occurrences where the high fashion world has taken the ideas of small business owners, specifically black. The high fashion world remains lucrative and their clothes fly off the racks, while small black-owned fashion lines suffer. This is why it is crucial for us to start supporting fashion lines made by black people.

I have comprised a list of black-owned clothing brands that we can all support. I have listed a $ under each instagram picture to indicate how pricey the clothing lines are. The more dollar signs, the more expensive.

($$$) Rihanna has taken the world by storm with her makeup, fashion, and lingerie line that are for every kind of woman.

($-$$) Retro clothing that reminds you of the 90s and early 2,000s.

($$$) A Brooklyn designer that creates unique shoes and handbags for the luxurious woman while practicing sustainability. Majority of her products being made in Africa.

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Crazy story. ⠀ ⠀ So almost 2 years ago, I went to see Marc Lamont Hill speak in Harlem at Mosque Number 7 where he was also doing a meet and greet and book signing for "Nobody". He gave an amazing speech and afterwards, he fielded questions then took pics and signed books. I brought along with me one of my favorite tees that I've made as a gift to him because I respect his work and the positions he takes on Palestine, prison abolition and race relations. Moving on…I give him the shirt, told him what it said, took a pic, got my book signed and moved on. ⠀ ⠀ Fast forward to this past Monday. I tend to walk home from my office in Midtown East to home in Bed Stuy when the weather permits but I didn't really feel like it this day. It's a 7 mile walk over the Williamsburg bridge! After speaking with a young lady, she told me to walk because it was nice out. I caved in. ⠀ ⠀ So I make my way down 2nd avenue which takes me through the East Village to the LES to the bridge. During the walk, I'm on my weekly conference call with my Justice League fam strategizing as we do. As I'm walking through the village, I see Marc but then noticed he's wearing the same tee I gifted him at the mosque! ⠀ He was on a call and I was on a call but I had to interrupt and let him know that was my brand he was wearing while not trying to be completely rude, I asked him to take a pic for me which he agreed to. It was dope seeing a person who I feel represent the ideals and inspiration behind the design actually wearing it. I have been in a bit of a rut lately but seeing that really energized me to keep going and create things that best encapsulates me, my principles and others like myself.

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($) While we can all use uplifting words, this clothing company has opted to add them on shirts to uplift and inspire the black community.

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Pyer Moss Collection 2 in Essence Magazine.

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($$) Kerby Jean-Raymond uses his unique and colorful clothing to speak about activism and to tell stories of blackness.

($) Wrldinvsn (World-in-vision) is a company started by Nicholas Clark and Marlon Watts to encourage people to believe in their vision and to go for what they want in life.

($) Black excellence is defined as a black person who, despite having struggles because of the color of their skin, strives for excellence and continuously achieves things that not only benefits his or her life, but the lives of others.

($$$$) Christopher John Rogers features beautiful and colorful clothing for that inner fashionista in all of us. You can find these amazing designs on Net-A-Porter.

($$) Telfar is a unisex clothing line where you can find amazing handbags, jewelry, and a few clothing pieces that are unique and edgy.

($$$) Carly Cushnie’s elegant and classy clothing line that even features bridal wear for you brides-to-be out there.

($$) This minimal and eco-friendly swimsuit line features unique styles with bold colors.

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Sunday in orange 🧡 Check our Amira swim 👙

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($$) Supermodel Liya Kebede created a clothing line of beautiful clothing with unique designs made in Africa.

($) Bradley Evette created Imanevette, a trendy clothing line for women of all shapes and sizes.

($$) An NYC clothing brand that expresses art and culture through their clothing. You can find a mix of edgy and laidback clothing that is of great quality.

($) A sexy lingerie line for women of all shapes and sizes that is affordable and makes us feel like the baddies we are.

($$) Elegant veils, accessories, and face masks to add an extra oomph to your outfit.

($) West African print clothing designed by Nigerian sisters Chioma and Uchenna Ngwudo, where you can get a variety of clothing including their beautiful head wraps.

($$) An edgy clothing brand that takes fashion to the next level with pieces that will sure to get you a few head turns.

($) Fashion that represents culture. It’s so good that they are mostly sold out, so keep an eye for when they restock.

($) Amazingly beautiful African jewelry that is one of a kind at a great price.

($$$) Dani Evans is a supermodel who created a line of high-quality hats that will add a sexy edge to any outfit.

($$) This is a uniquely styled and constructed swimsuit line with some African inspiration.

($-$$) A line of gorgeous, high quality face masks, bow ties, and other accessories for both men and women.

($) This clothing brand wants to uplift and inspire black culture through their clothing.

($) Clothing inspired by the richness of Africa with a modern touch.

($$) Clothing with cool and retro patterns that will add a pop to any look.

($-$$) Melanie Marie is a fashion, lifestyle, and beauty blogger that has an amazing collection of jewelry and clothing she designed that will add so much color and glam to your wardrobe.

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Desiree

I am the founder of Glocoa.

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