I haven’t posted in quite some time because like many people, I too have been reeling from the recent senseless murders of Black people at the hands of police. Pair that with a global pandemic and economic uncertainties, it is hard to find the motivation to write about fashion, let alone try to find a way to do it in a way that doesn’t seem frivolous and insensitive. I have seen many bloggers and Youtubers use their platform to bring light to the racial injustices in America while still delivering content in a way that seems tasteful. In following their blueprint this post will highlight some Black designers and Black-owned businesses. I also implore you to take the time to research a charity that resonates with you that is doing work to help Black Americans. As a Black Woman living in America I am often filled with a mixture of anger, sadness, and hopelessness when I see my brothers and sisters murdered by the police. I cannot help but think what makes my daughter different from Breonna Taylor? or how is my husband any different from Ahmaud Arbery? And the knot forms in my stomach when I realize the answer has nothing to do with what makes us different but what makes us the same; being Black in America should not feel this way. To be clear, the only people at fault here are the men and women who have committed these murders, and until change happens within these larger institutions, these killings will continue. However, I know many people feel like me and are looking for everyday ways they can help. This being a space dedicated to fashion and beauty, I thought it would be a great start to continue highlighting some Black-Owned brands I’ve recently discovered. The burden of ending racism should not fall on the shoulders of Black people, but by supporting Black businesses and Black led charities we are supporting economic change in our communities and that is something we should all get behind.
Brother Vellies: Handcrafted shoes, bags & accessories in limited quantities made by artisans across the globe Brother Vellies has a mix of both classic and daring pieces like these I am personally waiting for the Burkina slide to come back in stock so I can live in them next Spring/Summer.
Telfar: Not for you; for everyone. Telfar makes bags, belts, hats, and accessories. With limited releases and their famous gorgeous tote bags selling out almost the second they go in stock, I recommend signing up for their email list so you don’t miss out.
Pyer Moss: You will find classic athletic wear like logo-emblazoned hoodies and pants (a personal fave). You will also find stunning evening wear. Equal parts chic and cool, Pyer Moss maintains an aesthetic that is both timeless and trendy, definitely worth checking out.
Aminah Abdul Jalil: This luxury shoe brand has shoes that are both feminine and edgy. Her signature bow is hard to miss and makes this a stand out brand. And not to be left out, she also makes shoes for the little fashionistas in our lives.