In honor of Black History Month, the Vanity Fair fashion team has curated a list of our favorite Black-owned Fashion brands. From streetwear to eveningwear, investing in Black business means building a continued legacy for Black creators. Ahead, 15 Black-owned fashion brands that are making an impact.
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Aliétte Les Salines Blouse
Well-known celebrity stylist Jason Rembert knows a thing or two about what looks good. Hence the creation of his womenswear line, Aliétte, which was named after his daughter and late mother. The brand celebrates feminine silhouettes with vibrant colors, beautiful designs, and luxurious materials—including those seen on Zendaya in the new Netflix film Malcolm and Marie.
Amōure Varsity Jacket
Amōure, the Atlanta based menswear label, brings a unique perspective to the world of contemporary design, with a focus on fit and cut.
Brooklyn Circus 20/20 “Classic B Hoody” Natural
The Brooklyn Circus/BKc, founded by Ouigi Theodore in 2006, brings history and flair to the world of elevated casual menswear, with their collection of collegiate-inspired clothing. Winner of the Shorty Award for Small Business in 2014. Theodore’s vision for menswear has garnered a large following.
Daily Paper Yellow Check Keany Blazer
Founded in 2012 by childhood friends Hussein Suleiman, Jefferson Osei, and Abderrahmane Trabsini, the Amsterdam-based Daily Paper brings rich African culture to the world of contemporary streetwear. With their first flagship store in Manhattan’s Lower East Side opening its doors last fall, they are now taking the other side of the Atlantic by storm.
Fe Noel Nutmeg One Shoulder Dress
Influenced by her Grenadian heritage, Felisha Noel’s brand ethos is “Eat well, travel often, and dress to inspire.” The Brooklyn-based brand wants you to make life beautiful with her gorgeous and feminine pieces that are full of vibrant colors and bold prints. Whether you’re jetting off for a much-needed vacation or strutting around inside, Fe Noel’s pieces are forever additions to your closet.
Savant Studios Miles Patchwork Quilted Jacket
This Brooklyn-based brand, Savant Studios, was founded in 2007. Savant Studios celebrates black culture at its finest, with a range of clothing and accessories, including pieces that remind you that “Black Is Beautiful.” Each piece offers smart details, with a touch of soul, and nods to sustainability. Savant Studios is the sweet spot between street and high end and affectionately referred to as everyday luxury. Recently it can be seen on Director, Shaka King.
Hanifa Olivia Maxi Dress
Anifa Mvuemba launched her line Hanifa in 2012, inspired by women who live their lives without limitations. She has continued to push boundaries, becoming the first designer to do a 3-D digitally animated show as the pandemic raged last summer. Through her bold designs, colors, and use of various textures, Mvuemba’s collections celebrate and highlight women in all of their natural splendor.
Tier Pledge of Allegiance Tee
Founded in 2014 by college friends Nigeria Ealey, Esaie Jean-Simon, and Victor James, this New York-based brand celebrates art, culture, and community like no other. Tier’s collections tell the stories of their past through pieces that are meant for everyday wear and comfort.
Vintage Honoring Black Colleges Crewneck
Torch Sportswear honors Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and all of their prestige with a curated selection of vintage paraphernalia from various schools. As a graduate of Southern University and A&M College, founder Amechi Ugwu started his brand in the 2015 out of his love for preserving the legacy that HBCUs hold. Thus affirming that what’s old is new again, this is sustainability at its best.
Victor Glemaud Maxi Dress
Haitian-American designer Victor Glemaud makes joyful knitwear for everyone to love, with classic silhouettes and unexpected details that celebrate and champion diversity. His knits have been seen on Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and Selena Gomez, just to name a few.
Honor the Gift Mechanic Uniform Pant – Pinstripe
Russell Westbrook’s clothing line, Honor the Gift, is inspired and built out of respect for where the NBA player came from. From menswear, accessories and womens and childrenswear launching later this year—Honor the Gift is sure to make waves in the world of streetwear.
Sergio Hudson Gold Silk Trimmed Pajama Set (Limited Edition Color)
After dressing Vice President Kamala Harris and Michelle Obama for a history-making inauguration early this year, Sergio Hudson has fully emerged as a fashion force. Defined by his immaculate tailoring and sensual silhouettes, Hudson is ensuring women continue to feel empowered and beautiful one collection at a time.
Cise Harlem Yacht Club Hooded Sweatshirt (Ash)
Cise established in 2010 with a simple idea: Stronger Threads For A Stronger Community. Their goal from the beginning has been to highlight and elevate Brown voices, with garments that showcase small messages that make a big difference.
Christopher John Rogers Crystal-Embellished Crepe Wide-Leg Pants
Establishing his namesake brand in 2016, Christopher John Rogers has brought a new perspective to the world of evening wear. Dressing some of the worlds most influential women—including Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—the fashion trailblazer has taken the global stage by storm.
Post-Imperial Ijebu Shirt
Founded by Nigerian designer Niyi Okuboyejo in 2012, Post-Imperial brings color, pattern, and texture to the world of menswear. All of the textiles are made in Nigeria using a rare craft called Adire, a wax-resist technique by the Yoruba people in Southwestern Africa.