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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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Kahmune Offers Luxury Footwear For All Skin Tones

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Kahmune is the brainchild of Jamela Acheampong. The London based entrepreneur has launched a brand that aims to address the lack of diversity in the luxury footwear industry. We wanted to find out more about more about her and her business. This is what she had to say: SB: What inspired the creation of Kahmune?…

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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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This Plus Size Fashion Brand is Catering to the Stylish, yet Underrepresented Woman

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Well known fashion brands and designers are slowly including plus size fashion options. It seems the fashion industry has finally realized that there are full figured women that want stylish clothing. One plus size fashion brand that already understands the importance of representation and is reppin’ for these women is Maria Paulina. We chatted with founder, Ana Lombo to learn…

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21 Black Owned Dapper Brands

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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…

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