60 Black-Owned Fashion Brands and Clothing Stores You Can Buy Right Now
There is a lot of work to be done in addressing systemic racism and police brutality against black Americans. You can protest, vote, fight for policies aimed at end discrimination in law enforcement, call local government officials and donate – if you can, whatever you can – to bail out funds and other vital organizations. (We’ve got a few suggestions, if you need them.) And while you’re thinking about where you can put your money at work, it makes sense to apply the same consideration to your wardrobe. To that end, we’ve put together a (by no means complete) list of black-owned fashion brands and clothing stores. Whether you’re looking for a tailored fit tracksuit or a masterfully crafted business suit, start here the next time you stock up.
In just seven years, designer Kerby Jean-Raymond made Pyer Moss one of America’s biggest and most important fashion brands.
Johnny Nelson’s iconic rings feature prominent black icons like Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X and Harriet Tubman.
Adrien Sauvage’s dandy tailor draws inspiration from both his native London and his adopted hometown of Los Angeles.
The driving force behind the 15 Percent Pledge, designer Aurora James’s label makes stylish and distinctive shoes and leather goods.
The designer behind the “Bushwick Birkin” has become a worldwide sensation for its ambitious and artful collections.
A rising streetwear brand co-founded by designer John Dean, a transplant from LA via Akron, Ohio.
For nearly 30 years, XULY.Bët has remained one of the most original and vibrant forces in Parisian fashion.
Saeed Ferguson of Philadelphia prints his simple and substantial graphics on coveted t-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags.
The eponymous line of the remarkable men’s clothing model produces classic Italian-made laces, moccasins and boots.
Designer Jerry Lorenzo’s fluid and texturally rich take on luxury has had a disproportionate influence on the entire menswear landscape.
London designer duo and former Ozwald Boateng proteges, Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh, infuse elements of subcultures from across Britain and the world into their neat and precise tailored clothing.
Founded in Amsterdam by a trio of friends, this streetwear clothing brand-turned-blog is revisiting basics like camping shirts, trucker jackets and cargo pants in bold hues and bold prints.
Designed by husband and wife duo Kristin and Kofi Essel, the stunning jewelry from this New York line is loved by Beyonce and Issa Rae.
Identical twins Dynasty and Soull Ogun specialize in a striking range of fine clothing, jewelry and eyewear.
Ashya focuses on exquisite leather belt bags and shoulder bags.
Even after the rise of founder Virgil Abloh as artistic director of Louis Vuitton, Off-White continues to offer collections that are as dynamic, meta and avant-garde as ever.
Brooklyn Davidson Little-Brother’s tailor-made suits graced the backs of Chris Paul, Jay-Z, Diddy, Michael B. Jordan and dozens of other luminaries.
Twin brothers Warner and Waverly Watkins weave cutting-edge, narrative collections influenced by the current political climate, their Virginian roots, and the hardcore punk scene they grew up in.
The lifestyle brand founded by the late great musician and activist Nipsey Hussle.
Cleverly updated versions of college classics like college jackets and chenille patch sweatshirts.
Tremaine Emory, one of the cool professional guys behind the No Vacancy Inn branded clothing design outpost, explores the “stories of the underdog” under his nickname Denim Tears.
At just 26 years old, British prodigy Bianca Saunders has already established herself as one of the most inventive new voices in men’s fashion, reinventing suits and workwear with a playful and incisive eye.
After working with Nigel Cabourn and Beams, Central St Martins graduate Nicholas Daley has gone on his own with a line of trippy, draped and utterly desirable clothing that seems to get stronger with each season.
No Sesso – in Italian for “no sex / no gender” – makes unconventional clothes that push the boundaries, worthy of its name.
Former Virgil Abloh protege Samuel Ross is a master of technical outerwear, loose fit and raised sweatshirts.
Martine Rose was one of the secret weapons behind Balenciaga during the early seasons of Demna Gvasalia’s reign. His eponymous brand mixes workwear codes with wacky shapes (plus some of the nastiest square-toed shoes in history).
Designer Niyi Okuboyejo applies the Nigerian adire dyeing technique to everything from camp-collar shirts to extremely wavy ties.
Grace Wales Bonner’s clothing is meticulous and elegant, with each new collection the result of deep creative collaboration with artists, musicians and writers.
Tyler, the designer’s line features soft pastels, psychedelic prints and extremely easy-to-wear flip flops over prep school silhouettes.
Among the many fans of Waraire Boswell are Jay Z, Chris Paul and Kevin Durant. Colin Kaepernick also wore the mark in this magazine. Boswell makes ready-to-wear, but is perhaps best known for their bespoke suits.
Kenneth Nicholson is a retired member of the Navy who uses his experience and childhood on Army bases to reinvent uniforms in a fashionable way.
Marcel Ames gives new meaning to the “dandy of the south” from his Neapolitan tailoring outpost in Richmond, Virginia.
One of the best men’s clothing stores happens to be run by one of the most caring men in the business.
Kanye West’s groundbreaking Adidas kicks get the most attention, but his earthy and vibrant fashion collections continue to improve with each season.
This Bed-Stuy gem focuses on vintage clothing, literature, collectibles, and quirks, all tied to vibrant moments in black history.
After rising to fame as a member of Been Trill (alongside Virgil Abloh and Matthew Williams of Alyx) and design consultant on Yeezy, Heron Preston launched his own brand of workwear and graphics.
Some of the best prints in the game, on hand-dyed fabrics in Nigeria.
You will NOT understand the plaid until you enter the world of Kenneth Ize.
Originally from Brooklyn, Romeo Hunte makes outerwear, like patchwork sheepskin coats and intricate paneled trench coats.
A Russell Westbrook favorite, Resurrect by Night adorns its jackets and basics in bold, brash and social graffiti.
The sumptuous Victor Gleamed knits, born in Haiti and raised in New York, are loved by Iman, Dominique Jackson and Selena Gomez.
Phlemuns is so cool, an extravagant and sexy yet subtle mix of knits and denim that has helped turn LA into a new anti-establishment fashion hub.
Co-founded by Rosario Dawson — yes, this Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, Studio 189 ethically craft their spectacularly hand-dyed gear using traditional techniques in Accra, Ghana.
Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow’s brand was born at the start of the #menswear revolution, and their ultra-New York gear still packs a punch.
In addition to her high-end ties, designer Whitney Michel recently unveiled a collection of printed masks. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit The Dream Defenders, an organization committed to serving Miami’s homeless community during the pandemic.
London designer Mowalola Ogunlesi loves skimpy silhouettes, whimsical color palettes and Nine Inch Nails. What more could you ask for?
Founded by Amira Rasool, The Folklore is a New York-based online store and showroom dedicated to showcasing high-end and emerging brands from Africa and the Diaspora.
South African designer Laduma Ngxokolo’s epic knits are inspired by traditional Xhosa beadwork designs.
Charlie Casely-Hayford launched his namesake brand with his late father Joe ten years ago, bringing a new sensibility to traditional Savile Row tailoring.
Darryl Brown’s sturdy American-made work clothes reflect his unusual journey to fashion: he worked in a steel mill, as a railroad engineer, and at General Motors before launching his line.
Brett Johnson combines American styles with Italian materials to create refined pieces all his own.
This Senegalese brand is dedicated to offering sophisticated African-made fashion at extremely affordable prices.
Pharrell Williams launched this colorful streetwear line in the mid-1950s, and it continues to age as well as its founder.
A vintage store with a much more eccentric and conservative eye than leagues from its competition.
Former Kanye manager Don C’s raised flips over retrograde basketball shorts have become a tunnel-style staple throughout the NBA.
Spencer Badu offers clean, minimal versions of sportswear silhouettes like quarter-zip sweaters and cargo jogging pants.
For over a decade, Anwar Carrot has been a central figure in LA streetwear, and his bright, poppy imprint has partnered with brands as disparate as K-Swiss and Brisk.
Nigerian designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal creates breathtaking pieces in metallic fabrics and unusual hues.
LA artist Theo Martins turned his love of late-night cereal into a well-designed clothing line, melamine bowls and, yes, cereal boxes.
Toronto’s 4YE is best known for its iconic durags, but has recently expanded into reworked vintage sweatshirts and retro airbrush hoodies.