Black-Owned Brands to Check Out Now

June 6, 2020

As‌ ‌a‌ ‌born‌ ‌and‌ ‌bred‌ ‌Canadian‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌city‌ ‌of‌ ‌Toronto‌ ‌(listed‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌most‌ ‌multicultural‌ ‌city‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌world),‌ ‌I‌ ‌grew‌ ‌up‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌minority‌ ‌surrounded‌ ‌by‌ ‌many‌ ‌other‌ ‌minorities.‌ ‌For‌ ‌those‌ ‌of‌ ‌you‌ ‌who‌ ‌might‌ ‌not‌ ‌have‌ ‌the‌ ‌means‌ ‌to‌ ‌donate‌ ‌much‌ ‌at‌ ‌this‌ ‌time,‌ ‌or‌ ‌are‌ ‌looking‌ ‌at‌ ‌ways‌ ‌to‌ ‌support‌ ‌the‌ ‌Black‌ ‌community,‌ ‌purchasing‌ ‌apparel,‌ ‌home‌ ‌decor‌ ‌or‌ ‌beauty‌ ‌items‌ ‌from‌ ‌a‌ ‌variety‌ ‌of‌ ‌quality,‌ ‌Black-owned‌ ‌businesses‌ ‌that‌ ‌suit‌ ‌your‌ ‌aesthetics‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌great‌ ‌way‌ ‌to‌ ‌go.‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Below,‌ ‌I’m‌ ‌sharing‌ ‌a‌ ‌list‌ ‌of‌ ‌Black-owned‌ ‌businesses‌ ‌and‌ ‌brands‌ ‌that‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌check‌ ‌out‌ ‌now.‌ ‌ ‌ 

‌‌CUSHNIE

CUSHNIE‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌luxury‌ ‌women’s‌ ‌ready-to-wear‌ ‌and‌ ‌bridal‌ ‌brand‌ ‌designed‌ ‌by‌ ‌Carly‌ ‌Cushnie.‌ ‌ ‌

THEBE MAGUGU

‌LVMH‌ ‌Winner‌ ‌for‌ ‌2020‌ ‌went‌ ‌to‌ ‌Thebe‌ ‌Magugu.‌ ‌I‌ ‌had‌ ‌the‌ ‌great‌ ‌pleasure‌ ‌of‌ ‌meeting‌ ‌the‌ ‌designer‌ ‌who‌ ‌is‌ ‌from‌ ‌Africa,‌ ‌and‌ ‌let‌ ‌me‌ ‌assure‌ ‌you‌ ‌-‌ ‌he‌ ‌is‌ ‌fiercely‌ ‌talented,‌ ‌his‌ ‌designs‌ ‌are‌ ‌influenced‌ ‌by‌ ‌his‌ ‌experiences‌ ‌and‌ ‌cultural‌ ‌upbringing,‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌up-close‌ ‌detail‌ ‌in‌ ‌his‌ ‌work‌ ‌is‌ ‌superb.‌ ‌ ‌

GLEMAUD‌

Haitian-born‌ ‌designer‌ ‌Victor‌ ‌Glemaud‌ ‌designs‌ ‌statement‌ ‌knitwear,‌ ‌marrying‌ ‌comfort‌ ‌and‌ ‌style.‌ ‌ 

OFF WHITE BY VIRGIL ABLOH

 ‌The‌ ‌Chicago-Born‌ ‌Ghanaian‌ ‌has‌ ‌an‌ ‌architectural‌ ‌and‌ ‌design‌ ‌background‌ ‌and‌ ‌has‌ ‌gone‌ ‌from‌ ‌Fendi‌ ‌to‌ ‌Artistic‌ ‌Director‌ ‌at‌ ‌Louis‌ ‌Vuitton‌ ‌to‌ ‌Founder‌ ‌and‌ ‌Designer‌ ‌of‌ ‌Off‌ ‌White.‌ ‌

PYER MOSS

Founded‌ ‌by‌ ‌Kerby‌ ‌Jean-Raymond‌, Pyer Moss combines‌ ‌storytelling,‌ ‌activism,‌ ‌debate,‌ ‌theatre‌ ‌and‌ ‌social‌ ‌commentary.‌ ‌Pyer‌ ‌Moss‌ ‌launched‌ ‌a‌ ‌collaboration‌ ‌with‌ ‌Reebok‌ ‌called‌ ‌“Reebok‌ ‌by‌ ‌Pyer‌ ‌Moss”‌ ‌ 

FE NOEL

A‌ ‌designer‌ ‌label‌ ‌from‌ ‌Brooklyln,‌ ‌for‌ ‌those‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌passion‌ ‌for‌ ‌travel‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌love‌ ‌for‌ ‌bright‌ ‌and‌ ‌bold‌ ‌prints‌ .

 NUBIAN SKIN‌ ‌ ‌

A‌ ‌beautiful‌ ‌line‌ ‌full‌ ‌of‌ ‌lingerie‌ ‌and‌ ‌hosiery‌ ‌to‌ ‌provide‌ ‌the‌ ‌essential‌ ‌underwear‌ ‌needs‌ ‌of‌ ‌women‌ ‌of‌ ‌colour.‌ ‌

ANDREA IYAMAH

A luxury swimwear brand that uses vibrant colours and cuts inspired by an array of African cultures that is based in Ontario, Canada and Nigeria.

54 KIBO

Interior design and home decor business committed to sharing contemporary pieces by African talent.

KHIRY

Offering sculptural and luxurious jewelry pieces.

JLANI JEWELS

Jewelry that blends the rough medium of stainless steel to celebrate the environment through each piece 

BROTHER VEILLES

Using traditional African design practices, and techniques they create luxury artisanal accessories celebrating their cultural history.

SINCERELY TOMMY

Sincerely Tommy is a Brooklyn based concept store focusing on emerging women’s wear and lifestyle brands from the newest talents in fashion and art.

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