35 Black-Owned Fashion Brands You Should Be Following on Instagram
This month, we're rounding up a list of Black designers who have been inspiring us with their dreamy designs on social media. With the demonstrations protesting the unjust death of George Floyd, there are many things we can all do to step up to the plate and show our support. Besides being actionable by calling your local government officials, donating money to charities, and signing petitions, you can also show your solidarity to Black-owned fashion labels by following these brands on social media and, more importantly, purchasing pieces from them. A lot of these brands are also helping the planet by using sustainably sourced materials and employing artisans all over the world to keep traditions alive.
There's something so wonderful about Christopher John Rogers's creations. His designs, like the red-feathered top in this list, sparks joy with its bright color and feminine silhouette. Aurora James is also constantly dreaming up designs for her brand Brother Vellies that are not only sustainable but absolutely gorgeous, too. If you're more into streetwear pieces, check out Heron Preston's sculptural black and orange heels ahead. Keep reading to see the rest of our list of Black designers you can follow on Instagram.
What can I say about this gorgeous swimsuit from Andrea Iyamah? Just looking at this stunning image made me wish I was on an island wearing this exact outfit.
Looking for a dose of nostalgia? Asata Maisé's handbags and bucket hats are actually inspired by classic movies.
Aurora James's brand Brother Vellies has gorgeous bags and shoes, like the ones pictured here, that are sustainably handcrafted by artisans hailing from Kenya to Ethiopia.
I've always been a fan of Heron Preston's cool streetwear pieces and I can't stop thinking about these sculptural heels. Heron has a way of perfectly blending art and music into his designs.
Indya Moore looks unreal in this yellow knitwear crop top and cardigan set by Haitian designer Victor Glemaud. I love that it's paired with a sleek green pencil skirt.
There's something so dreamy about Nasrin Jean-Baptiste's accessory brand Petit Kouraj. I would honestly carry this bag around my house and pretend like I'm on vacation.
How gorgeous is this sheer orange dress by Fe Noel? You can dress it up with heels or style it with lace-up flats for a more casual look.
There's nothing more classic than pearls. This strand of gorgeous Baroque pearls by Matthew Harris's brand Mateo is simply divine.
Christopher John Rogers
Christopher John Rogers's colorful and theatrical designs always spark joy. Case in point? This feathered top.
If you're looking for a bag that makes a statement, Edas is for you. All of the pieces that designer Sade Mims creates is made-to-order so the company creates less waste.
As you can see, every Phlemuns piece makes a statement. His designs have caught Solange Knowles's eye.
This strapless white dress by Anifa Mvuemba's size-inclusive label, Hanifa, is simply gorgeous.
Fun fact: Diarrablu's latest collection was inspired by math.
In the market for lingerie and hosiery? London-based designer Ade Hassan started Nubian Skin for women of color.
Thebe Magugu's womenswear pieces are both sleek and refined.
Telfar's iconic bag, pictured, has been dubbed "Buschwick's Birkin."
Cushnie's flirty designs have been worn by many including Selena Gomez who wore this exact dress in her Boyfriend music video.
AAKS's whimsical woven bags are all handcrafted in Ghana.
House of Aama
House of Aama is actually created by the mother-daughter designing duo Akua Shabaka and Rebecca Henry.
Savage x Fenty
Rihanna's Savage x Fenty is not only affordable, but sexy as heck.
Lemlem's stunning resort and swimwear pieces are handmade in Africa from natural cotton sourced in Ethiopia.
Elisa Johnson is rocking the heck out of this LaQuan Smith two-piece set.
How chic are these Pyer Moss x Rebook sneakers?
If you're looking for colorful tailored pieces, check out Ama Nwoke.
Zelie For She
You can feel great about buying pieces like this pink jumpsuit from Zelie For She because the brand produces pieces in limited quantities to promote sustainability and help minimize waste.
Here, singer Saweetie show's off one of Mint Swim's animal-print bikinis.
If you're searching for a puff-sleeved dress, this one is pretty darn perfect.
Kahmune is a footwear label that caters to all skin tones and comes in a total of 10 different shades.
If you're into architectural jewelry, Third Crown will be right up your alley.
Looking for an '80s-inspired gown? Sergio Hudson has dressed a number of red carpet gowns including the one pictured here that Ryan Michelle Bathe is wearing.
Riot Swim creates cheeky one-pieces and bikinis that come in neutral colorways.
We're obsessing over these gold jewelry pieces by Khiry.
We can picture ourselves rocking this silky jumpsuit all summer long.
How fun are these custom crochet pieces by Mochips?
Xhale's colorful swimsuits are designed to "complement, flatter and support a woman's body" and are handmade in Miami.