Not only to promote, but also to practice true equality, the fashion industry must hold itself accountable for its lack of diversity over the years and acknowledge the countless allegations of cultural abuse and racism. There is no other option. When the nation protested in response to the assassination of George Floyd in the summer of 2020, the long-neglected issues affecting black communities came to the fore, forcing the world to consider the historical abuse that has befallen them. While many companies have expressed their commitment to racism and outlined steps to increase black representation in their teams and to invest in black talent, Aurora James of Brother Valis is one of the first to do something about it. The fashion designer demanded a promise from the big company to buy 15 percent of the products from the black business. A long list of corporations has since responded to Black’s call for investment.
If you’re wondering what it means to be a friend, shopping for these brands is just the beginning.
This is just a step in the right direction. When we say that you should know about these fashion designers, it does not mean that you will remember their names. Follow the path of them and their careers – most of the clothes, accessories and jewelry they design are incredibly unique, and many of them are ethically crafted – CFDA spread their names for many of them, leaving their talents behind, and remember that this is just a small Question. “You want to be friends? That’s what I want,” James wrote in his Instagram post. If you’re wondering what it means to be a friend, shopping for these brands is just the beginning.
You may already have these black-owned fashion brands on your radar, or you may have purchased from them before. Consider doing this on an ongoing basis as a personal commitment to make the fashion world a more equitable place. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it does feature some incredibly cool and highly tempting products from various founders. Get ready to bookmark this.
– Additional reporting by Shelcy Joseph