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22 Black Owned Luxury Brands To Support Instead of GUCCI and Prada

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Gucci issued an apology for the offense caused by their “blackface sweater”. I don’t accept. In fact, at this point, I’m convinced that these “mistakes” are part of these folks’ marketing strategy. They can’t be that clueless. That being said, here is a list of Black owned luxury brands that you can use to replace…

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Foot Locker Invests $2 Million in Black Owned Footwear Design Academy

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Foot Locker Inc. has made a $2 million investment in Pensole Inc., which operates the Pensole Footwear Design Academy, founded by former Jordan design director D’Wayne Edwards. In short time, Pensole has become a signifiant part of the sportswear industry’s talent pipeline. Pensole features the most sought after faculty in footwear, comprised of both young professional designers…

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Couples Inc. : Toya and Reuben created southern lifestyle brand, Grits Co.

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Grits Co. is a southern lifestyle brand created to graphically represent the southern experience in an unapologetic way.  We spoke to founders, Toya and Reuben Levi to find out how they balance business and family. What inspired the creation of Wear Grits? Wear Grits was inspired by the narratives of our southern lifestyle. We wanted…

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The World Is Witnessing Nigeria’s Creative Golden Age

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Nigerians, of course, saw it all along. The infiltration of world culture by the sounds, images, and styles of their country has been building for some time. The author and photographer Teju Cole notices Nigerian pop music when he travels—recently, in a taxi in Peru. The journalist Bim Adewunmi remembers finding a group of white…

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Fashion Spotlight: Designer Whitney Mero

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The subject of our Fashion Spotlight is Harlem, NY based, Whitney Mero. Whitney is the owner of fashion label, Onion Cut & Sewn. Let’s find out what she has to say about her personal style and her creations. SB: When and why did you start Onion Cut & Sewn? WM: There’s a respectable and a messy…

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Why Aren’t There More Black Fashion Designers?

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Within a fashion industry that touts itself as celebratory of difference, diversity, and inclusion, Black design talent consistently remains, at best, marginalised and all too often plagued by systemic employment discrimination. Let me be clear: the established, mainstream fashion design community does not have a diversity problem, it has a “Black people problem.” Within the majority of…

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23 Black Owned Alternatives to H&M

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Another day, another episode of corporate disrespect. This time from H&M who thought it would ok to use an ad showing a young Black boy wearing a sweatshirt saying “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle”. It shouldn’t take something like this to remind us that there are MANY other Black owned fashion brands that make casual…

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10 Lagos Fashion & Design Week Designers To Watch Out For

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Lagos Fashion and Design Week (October 25th- 28th) is a leading fashion event on the African fashion calendar. The multi-day fashion event aims to bring together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of African designers in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. We’ve listed a few of the designers you should get…

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Deaf Fashion Blogger Sisters Use Style to Inspire The Disabled

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Fashion bloggers Hermon and Heroda Berhane were seven years old when they both mysteriously went deaf at the same time. Now, at 34, twin sisters have blossoming careers in modeling and acting as well as a fashion blog. Their mission is simple. “We want to tell people around the world that you should embrace disability,…

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I Moved From the U.S. to Nigeria and Launched a Fashion Brand

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Leilani Lawani was born in New York, lived in Cameroon for several years before returning to the U.S. for college.  She eventually moved to Lagos, Nigeria and founded her fashion brand, Koélé. What inspired you to start your business? I have a multicultural background in that I have lived in different countries throughout my childhood and adult life.…

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