If there’s one thing we’ve learned from 2020, it’s that black owned clothing brands deserve our support. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next shopping spree, look no further than these 26 black owned clothing brands.
Located in New York’s fashionable neighborhood of Bedstuy, Sincerely, Tommy is a lifestyle concept store with endless potential. This boutique is carefully curated with womenswear and unique uni-sex fits for the most fashion forward New Yorker. Their in house fashion line isn’t the only great thing about the store — they also host fun theme nights to draw community awareness.
Started in 2014 by Grace Wales Bonner, a Central Saint Martins student, Wales Bonner combines texture and classic feminine fits to create this eponymous menswear line. Their contrasting lines of velvet and knits strike the perfect mix between preppy and posh, making it a stunning look that remains completely versatile. Wales Bonner is known for its expert tailoring and can be found in stock at Net-A-Porter and Barneys.
Created by Philly native Saeed Ferguson, this black owned brand specializes in classic custom prints and graphic designs. These gorgeous and unique designs can be purchased on tote bags and custom streetwear shirts. The brand has also collabed with major streetwear names like Hypebeast and more.
New Yorker turned London transplant Chelsea Bravo founded her menswear line in 2014, using her Trinidadian and Grenadian heritage as inspiration. The designer is obsessed with silhouettes that recreate the experience of viewing art, making garments that are both personal and tell a story. These contemporary fits are more than just self expression– each piece is made to order in-house in Brooklyn, NY.
Born first on Soho’s Spring Street in 1989, this black owned store was moved to L.A with the purpose of curating fresh new looks from the best designers around. Union Los Angeles focuses on cultivating fashion forward designers, and creating ultramodern designs that showcase the creativity of the city’s best and brightest. The store also works on collaborations with high end brands worldwide, making it the perfect mix of high end and trendy.
This black owned collection combines the aesthetic of the working class uniform and twists it into the cutting edge fashion of today. With sloping silhouettes and sharp, eye-catching colors, London creator Samuel Ross has built true art out of his clothing line.
Founded in 2012, this Amsterdam collection is streetwear that draws its inspiration from the African legacy of its three co-creators. The stunning clothes of Daily Paper also include accessories, like profile matching berets.
Besides being handpicked by Beyonce for her fashion page, Bricks & Wood is a fashion line for the stars. This Los Angeles brand is an institution in the city, and has been worn by celebs like Tyler the Creator, Anderson Paak, and more. Their clothes are purposefully organic, and the store is constantly partnered with organizations to improve and impact the community.
Fear of God is a black-owned fashion brand that specializes in everyone’s favorite minimalist looks with a twist. This monochromatic line was launched in 2013 by designer Jerry Lorenzo, and combines style innovations with classic outlines that the designer calls “solution based.” This line is absolutely gorgeous and would round out any classic closet.
A London based brand, Albert Clothing takes tailored menswear to the next level, going back to the timeless styles of luxury suiting. Using a variety of patterns and designs, Albert creates handmade masterpieces for the everyday man. The custom shirts and pants thrive on a monochromatic pattern, using patterns like linen and suede to create wearable classics for the office.
With New York designed graphic t-shirts, sweats, and more, BedStuyFly is dressing the best of the best in NYC. This black owned brand has stores in BedStuy and Williamsburg, specializing in streetwear with an urban feel.
Started by Liberian designer Telfar Clemens, Telfar is a uni-sex clothing line designed with a combination of sportswear and high fashion the designer calls “simplexicity.” Spotted on and off the runway, the brand is known for its innovative use of color and cut, making fashion that is both wearable and highly avant garde. While the line was primarily created for clothes ,it also has matching logo accessories. Perhaps most famous is Telfar’s embossed shopping bag, which grew into a hypebeast mainstay; especially in New York’s queer fashion community. New York Mag’s The Cut even nicknamed it the “Bushwick Birkin,” due to it’s high sell out rate.
What started as a small shirting line has evolved into a gorgeous fully fleshed menswear line. Using her Jamaican British heritage to inspire her eponymous line, Martine Rose is known for her line’s unique aesthetic and groundbreaking textures.
If you’re looking to take your Canadian Tuxedo to the next level, Denim Tears is exactly what you’ve been missing. Started by founder Tremaine Emory, this line is as gorgeous as it is political. The recent collaboration with Levi’s featured denim embossed with cotton wreaths, used by Tremaine to create “a logo” of slavery’s legacy. The line also includes homegoods, like woven blankets and enameled rings, rounding at the line as perfect for all occasions.
This black owned clothing line specializes in gender neutral clothing for all bodies, making it the perfect buy for all your apparel needs. Started in New York, this current Los Angeles brand was co-founded by two black creators, Stoney Michelli and Uzo Ejikeme. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the line also pivoted to creating face masks in their signature looks, proving the brand’s continual versatility.
If you haven’t heard of Pyer Moss, you might want to check your hearing. This dual men and womenswear line was created by designer Kerby Jean-Raymond in 2013, and thrives on its innovative use of color and layering. Jean-Raymond’s designs are constantly seen both on and off the runway—decorating the pages of Vogue on the regular. The designer also uses his huge platform to “challenge social narratives and evoke dialogue.” In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the line created a $50,000 fund for black and women owned small businesses in distress.
While fashion might not be on the forefront of people’s minds during quarantine, comfortable work from home clothes have been. Started by Joseph Cambell, this lifestyle brand is lauded for its eco-friendly focus and quality materials. The low carbon footprint of merino makes the clothes not only sustainable, but comfortable and beautiful.They even have a line of workwear fits that are both soft and durable for the day ahead. Pashko has also used quarantine to amplify black voices on its instagram account and focus on social justice issues.
This british line takes tailoring to the next level, combining classic fits with incredibly whimsical patterns. Created by designer Adrien Sauvage, this modern men’s line combines the styles of London and Los Angeles to create an entirely unique vibe. And as an International Fashion House, its fame only makes more and more sense.
If you’re looking for a line between streetwear and tailored bespoke suits, look no further than Heron Preston. This fashion line is named for its Parsons grad designer and features garments that fit into the “workwear” space, but extend into whatever genre you need. Fed up with the perils of fast fashion, Preston has focused his time and brand on creating sustainable products that deviate from the destructive practices of the industry. He’s created more than a fashion line, continuing to develop experimental fashion products that change production techniques around the world. These clothes aren’t just incredible— they come with a conscience as well.
This menswear brand draws its inspiration from fashion icons of the past. Featured in the New York Times, The Brooklyn Circus is known for its curation of black fashion that is elevated from the popular streetwear we know and love today. Ouigi Theodore, the brand’s founder and owner, has found his niche in restorative fashion, and leads the pack at his boutique. The store specializes in black street fashion, and the recurring trends that continue to come back time and time again.
This bespoke suit line was created by Brooklyn native Davidson Petit-Frère, and is worn by celebs and fashion fanatics alike. You might recognize some of their pieces from well known photos of stars like Jay-Z. The brand is known for its exquisite tailoring and unique lines. Even better, its pinstripe ensembles thrive on their quirky coloring and distinctive profile. If you’ve ever wanted to dress for the job you want, this is the clothing line for you.
Founded in 2011, this Los Angeles based streetwear brand is constantly creating fashion for the next generation. Its’ founder, John Dean, personally took part in the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020. Even further, the t-shirt brand has created classic prints that celebrate the movement and the black experience. It’s been featured in over 40 publications and is continuing to push black streetwear forward.
This black owned high fashion brand is your next must-stop in London. In addition to the brand’s bespoke personal tailoring outfit, it has been established as one of the UK’s most premiere creators of menswear. Founded by late renowned designer Joe Casely-Hayford in 1984, this brand is attributed with truly revolutionary creations, curating ready-to-wear runway “slow fashion” that emphasize distinctive layering over trendy fits. It is considered one of the fundamental British menswear brands of the 21st century.
Inspired by the Yoruba name for traveler, this unisex line is a clash of groundbreaking prints and gender neutral silhouettes. Started in 2017, ALLEDJO is made in Africa, and thrives on the mission of supporting black creators and craftsmanship. It combines the traveling aesthetic with the desire for support, using its platform to elevate the textile industry to the next level. While its founder, Kassim Lassissi, is a French National, his travels around the globe have influenced his culture and fashion brand. Their latest venture was even featured on Vogue Business, which means outfits are selling fast.
HSTRY is a fashion brand inspired by the hip hop legends of the past, present, and future. Started by rapper NAS, the brand takes pride in its historical accuracy, creating pieces that celebrate black culture in their fashion line. Their instagram intertwines their fashion pieces with tiny bits of history, both creating and educating their followers on black knowledge and culture.
No, you aren’t seeing double. Brownstone was founded by twin designers Waverly and Warner Watkins and they thrive on their brotherly collaboration. Brownstone is a fashion line inspired by their punk years, and thriving on the politically forward beat of today. Their collections of readymade are personalized to their life and easily fit into yours, making them the perfect purchase to round out your look.