13 black-owned fashion brands you need to know about

Blackout Tuesday took place yesterday, but it’s important to keep the momentum of support going for the anti-racism movement. Posting your support and solidarity to social media is one way, but for a more impactful, long-lasting action consider also buying from black-owned businesses.

There are so many brilliant black-owned fashion brands of all price points and styles, from clothing to jewellery, bags, shoes and more. Here are just a few of our favourites that we can’t get enough of and we think you should know about – keep them (along with these black-owned beauty brands) on your radar for the next time you fancy a little online retail therapy.

13 black-owned fashion brands to shop from now

ROOP

Any fashion influencer worth their salt has a ROOP bag – the fun slouchy bags are fast earning a name for themselves in fashion circles, which may go some way to explaining why new styles instantly sell out the moment they launch on the website (seriously, the only thing that’s not currently sold out on the ROOP website is a few scrunchies). Only using remnant or vintage fabric, Natasha lovingly designs and makes her limited edition bags and scrunchies herself in the UK – follow @itsrooper on Instagram to be informed of the latest drops and then move fast!

What to buy:

ROOP scrunchie
ROOP

Mellisa scrunchie in Yellow, £12, ROOP

Not Just Another Store

A conceptual and experiential retailer, Not Just Another Store forms a community retail space that detaches from all the restrictions, rules and norms placed upon existing retail spaces. Collaborations with creatives and designers are at the brand’s core, and women’s fashion isn’t where it stops – Not Just Another Store also curates edits of menswear, homeware, literature, art and interiors as well as holding events, installations and exhibitions in their physical Shoreditch store.

What to buy:

Style Mafia Zoya Top Black
Not Just Another Store

Style Mafia Zoya Top Black, £170, Not Just Another Store

A A K S

Founded and designed by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, A A K S is a line of stunning handcrafted summer raffia bags. Bold, bright and beautiful, A A K S was founded with the goal of introducing the world to Akosua’s ‘favourite weaving techniques done by the women of Ghana while also creating and igniting sustainable jobs within Africa. Handcrafted in Ghana, A A K S creates bags in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts characterised by bright exuberant colours.’

What to buy:

A A K S bag

Hana Mini Stripe, £120, A A K S

TTYA

‘London-based fashion stylist Irene Agbontaen has created TTYA London: an apparel brand offering accessible, modern, functional pieces that are specifically cut for women who are 5’9” or taller, as well-fitting staple pieces are the foundation to effortless style, whatever your height or size.

‘Not based on trend or seasonal collections, TTYA offers tall women a range of staple timeless pieces with key wardrobe essentials, designed to last beyond the season and fit in with any woman’s existing wardrobe and style.’

What to buy:

TTYA jumpsuit

TTYA plunge front playsuit with fluted sleeve detail in rich yellow, £17.50 (was £70), ASOS

Chalk

Chalk is a London based design studio run by architect Malaika who creates unusual, geometric, wearable forms. Her passion for beautifully crafted design in all its forms, from the structure of large cityscapes to the intricacies of fine jewellery pieces, results in a beautiful collection of handmade architectural pieces.

What to buy:

Chalk earrings

Eshe Earrings Black Marble, £40, Chalk

Daily Paper

Daily Paper is an Amsterdam-based fashion and lifestyle brand established by three childhood friends, Hussein, Jefferson and Abderrahmane, who bonded over their shared a love for music, art, fashion and culture.

‘Fuelled by the rich heritage of African culture wrapped in contemporary designs, Daily Paper has truly become one of the fastest growing fashion brands out of Europe. With two collections a year focusing on both men and womenswear, Daily Paper offers timeless designs across accessories, ready to wear and a range of capsules across the season.’

What to buy:

Daily Paper skirt
Daily Paper

Blue Denim Rehowi Skirt, £100, Daily Paper

Nubian Skin

Nubian Skin designs lingerie and hosiery in black and brown skin tones, after founder Ade Hassan was fed up of the industry not catering for women of colour. ‘My nude isn’t the nude I see in shops. Despite the reality that women of colour have the same needs as all women when it comes to lingerie and hosiery, the industry simply doesn’t cater to us. So, I thought, it’s time to rethink the definition of nude,’ says Ade.

What to buy:

Nubian Skin underwear
Nubian Skin

COCOA by NS Brief, £19, Nubian Skin

Wales Bonner

Grace Wales Bonner is ‘informed by broad research encompassing critical theory, musical composition, literature and history,’ for her designs, embracing ‘a multiplicity of perspectives, proposing a distinct notion of luxury, via a hybrid of European and Afro-Atlantic approaches.’ Since graduating from esteemed fashion college Central Saint Martins and launching her eponymous label in 2014, she has been the recipient of multiple awards, including Emerging Menswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards and the LVMH Young Designer Prize.

What to buy:

Wales Bonner shirt
Wales Bonner

Hibiscus-Print Cuban-Collar Cotton-Poplin Shirt, £340, Matches Fashion

Savage X Fenty

Savage X Fenty is the lingerie brand from mega star Rihanna, who became the first black woman to head a luxury brand for LVMH in 2019 with her origin brand, Fenty. ‘Savage X Fenty celebrates fearlessness, confidence and inclusivity. In partnership with a team assembled from the industry’s elite, the label has disrupted and redefined the marketplace with its accessible price point and extensive assortment of lingerie.’

What to buy:

Savage X Fenty bralette
Savage X Fenty

Savage X Bralette, £11, Savage X Fenty

Kemi Telford

Designer Yvonne Telford describes her label the best: ‘The clothes we sell are more than just stylish clothes; they are loud, bold and tell the whole world, “Look at me, I am fabulous.” Some of the clothes sold here have a Nigerian influence, but with a western twist. What is important is that our clothes speak for the women who wear them. Our clothes encourage women to take up their rightful place. They encourage them to stop shrinking themselves… something I have had to work on, and I am still working on.’

What to buy:

Kemi Telford skirt
Kemi Telford

Ezichi Two panel Drawstring Skirt, £89.99, Kemi Telford

Kai Collective

With a deep passion for women and equality, fashion and travel blogger Fisayo Longe founded Kai Collective, a London-based womenswear brand of attainable clothing with luxury aesthetics. ‘Through clothing, we communicate with women and inspire that extra dose of confidence.’

What to buy:

Kai Collective shirt
Kai Collective

Claudie Shirt Chartreuse, £55, Kai Collective

atijọ

atijọ is a collection of exclusively curated vintage, secondhand, and artisan products that you must DM the brand vis Instagram to purchase, curated by Anu Odugbesan, Londiwe Ncube, Safiya Yekwai and Caitlin Moriarty.

What to buy:

atijo bag
atijọ

Vintage brown suede and croc leather handbag, £45, atijọ

RetroRhapsody

RetroRhapsody, known as Small Needs on Instagram, is an Etsy shop full of beautiful found vintage items, styled superbly and in excellent condition.

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