Dressing dapper means many things to many people. Depending on who you ask, it could mean wearing a three piece suit or your favorite fedora with the outfit of you choice. Thankfully, there are several Black owned businesses that offer options for perfecting your personal style. Photo Credit: Kia Chenelle.
Black Owned Dapper Brands
Maurice Sedwell offers style, elegance and comfort that comes from experienced cutting, perfect fitting and Ultra Bespoke tailoring skills. Founder: Andrew Ramroop
My Suited Life aims to offer an extraordinary collection of fashion-forward accessories for the dapper crowd. Founders: Lonzell Fogle and Breyon Williams
Musika Frére brings a dynamic approach in men’s suiting by pairing classic Italian and English tailoring techniques with modern silhouettes. Co-founder: Davidson Petit-Frére
Connaisseur Paris designs and sells high-end Italian and French fashion products Founders: Alain Chaps and Julius Ade
William+James is a luxury bow tie line that offers bespoke handcrafted bow ties inspires by the philosophies of WEB Dubois and James Baldwin. Recent collections are a nod to Black fraternities, the Harlem renaissance and leaders of the African independence movement. Owner: Shantrelle P. Lewis
The Dapper Black Box is a subscription box providing dapper accessories and personal care products for today’s gentlemen.
Lavati is a brand of luxury footwear made in Italy. Co–Founder: Davidson Petit-Frere
Haute Butch is a design driven style destination for butch women, studs, bois & transmen that prefer menswear inspired details and finishes….without compromising form, fit and style. Owner:Karen Roberts
FlameKeepers Hat Club offers upscale, locally owned store offering an array of sophisticated hats for men, in many styles. Founder: Marc Williamson
Armando Cabral shoes are Inspired by timeless design, easy elegance and luxurious comfort. The brand merges minimalism with intricate details and innovative technical construction. Founder: Armando Cabral
OSK Styles aims to deliver quality custom clothing for those who seek a higher level of aesthetic prominence. Founder: Omar S. Kinnebrew
Sonson is a fashion-forward destination providing memories that can be passed from “one son to another”. Founder: Rashima Sonson
LOLU takes inspiration from African and British fashion. Their focus is on handmaking all products within the UK and sourcing materials from the best suppliers all over the world. Founder: Lolu EsQ
44th Legacy was formed to create premium accessories in honor of the 1st African American US President. Their current offerings are cufflinks, medallions and pendants available in sterling silver, ancient bronze, 18K gold and platinum. Founders: Imhotep A. Pease & Kenly G. Warren
WANT Les Essentiels creates beautiful and beautifully made clothing, shoes and accessories crafted of supple leather and organic cotton. Founders: Byron and Dexter Peart
The Brooklyn Circus is well established and renowned menswear and womenswear boutique and lifestyle brand. Owner: Ouigi Theodore
Blue Sole Shoes is a shoe store specializing in fashion-forward footwear for men in styles from dress to casual. Owner: Steve Jamison.
Onehunted closes the gap between smart consumers and products that align with their values. Co-Founder and CEO: Isaac Ewell
William Malcolm Luxe Collection brings an unparalleled approach to men’s suiting by paring classic English tailoring with modern silhouettes. Owner: William Malcom
Leisure Life NYC is a menswear shop specializing in leather goods, bags and accessories. Co-Owner: Charnier Corey
Harrison Blake Apparel is a monthly subscription box that delivers high quality men’s accessories at a great price. Owner: RL Johnson