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Black Owned Dapper Brands You Should Know

Dressing dapper means many things to many people. Depending on who you ask, it could mean anything from wearing a freshly starched button-down to a three piece suit with a top hat.

Thankfully, there are several Black owned dapper brands that offer options for perfecting your personal style.

 

Black Owned Dapper Brands

WELTHĒ Clothing

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Ruth Nathan’s

Sharp Crisp Clean

Maurice Sedwelldapper

Connaisseur Paris

The Kente Gentleman

Haute Butch

FlameKeepers Hat Club

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William Malcolm Luxe Collection

Harrison Blake Apparel

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Eaden Myles

Frère

Don Morphy

 

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A Conversation with Marc Williamson, Owner of FlameKeepers Hat Club

FlameKeepers Hat Club looks like a candy store for hat lovers. This Harlem-based, upscale hat store offers an array of sophisticated hats in many styles. We caught up with the owner, Marx Williams. This is what he had to say:

SB: What inspired you to start FlameKeepers Hat Club?

MW: I was inspired to start FlameKeepers Hat Club simply based on my years in the hat business and wanting to offer MY vision to the world.

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SB: You’ve worked in the hat industry for over 20 years. In that time, what have you learned about how people choose hats?

MW: People often choose hats based on their personalities and tastes. A conservative person tends to pick a conservative piece of headwear. People with “colorful” personalities tend to be a little less reserved in their choices and aren’t afraid to step outside of their comfort zones.

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SB: You’ve been named one of the most stylish New Yorkers. Can you describe your style and what style means to you?

MW: Style to me is a culmination of self expression and taste. I learned a long time ago not to be caught up in judging someone’s style because there are a lot of different styles and thousands of people embrace the ones that appeal to them.

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A “style” that I might not find appealing is embraced by many so who am I to say what’s good or bad? I feel like style choices are organic.

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SB: The road to business ownership is often difficult. What were some of the challenges you faced opening your store?

MW: One of the challenges I faced was procuring a lease. I got turned down a few times because the building owners didn’t see my vision and obviously didn’t believe it could work.

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Another challenge I faced was learning how to deal with contractors. I learned the hard way that they follow directions fairly well but they don’t offer much creatively…..at least that was my experience.

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SB: What advice do you have for the first time hat buyer?

MW: Start with an affordable piece that appeals to you and one you will actually wear not just hang on a rack. Also, I would recommend a hat that can take a beating.

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SB: Currently, you source your hats from all over the world, including the US. Where would you say the best hats are made and do you offer your own line?

MW: We source from all over the world and search for quality and value that can be passed along to the consumer. I couldn’t say where the best hats are made because great hats are made all over the world. Yes, we do offer our own line of hats along with a small selection of other notable brands.

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SB: If you could wake up tomorrow with any business skill you wanted, what would it be?

MW: The magical ability to get more than 24 hours out of a 24 hour day.

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SB: Where do you see your business in the next 5 years?

MW: In 5 years I see FlameKeepers Hat Club as a nationally recognized brand working towards international recognition.

 

Visit their website for more info and stay tuned for their upcoming e-commerce store.

 

-Tony O. Lawson

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Black Owned Ethical Fashion Brands from the Continent

In response to growing demand from socially conscious consumers, ethical fashion brands are popping up around the world, and established brands are developing eco-friendly lines.

The Black owned ethical fashion brands below are just some of several that are empowering economically disadvantaged artisans in communities across several African countries.

Black Owned Ethical Fashion Brands

The Haute Baso vision is to promote Rwanda’s ability to produce high-end and functional products that are able to compete on local and international levels.

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Anita Quansah creates unique and stylish one-off pieces of clothing with matching neckpieces using vintage and recycled materials which beautifully meld into a look of classic sophistication.

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KIKI Clothing is the brainchild of Titi Ademola, a fashion designer who is devoted to creating ready-to-wear collections that are meticulously made in Ghana.

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Sonia Mugabo is a Rwandan fashion brand that was born out of founder, Sonia Mugabo’s strong interest in design; and the desire to tap into the existing local artisan talent to make high-quality men’s and womenswear.

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Studio 189 is a fashion brand based in Ghana created by Abrima Erwiah and Rosario Dawson. It provides a platform to promote African brands through worldwide distribution and manufacturing of their artisan-produced collection.

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U.Mi-1 (pronounced you.me.one) is a contemporary brand that appeals to people who judge luxury from the finishing inside to the detailing on the outside.

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Duaba Serwa is a Ghanaian womenswear brand founded by Nelly Hagan-Aboagye.  Initially starting as a jewelry designer, Duaba Serwa then developed its trademark of applying jewelry to clothes.

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Mimi Plange is a modern women’s wear brand launched in 2010 by American-Ghanaian designer, Mimi Plange. Lost African civilizations inspire the Mimi Plange clothing and give the collection depth of meaning.

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Black Owned Plus Size Brands You Should Know

A study published in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, suggests that “the average woman now wears between a size 16 and 18, which corresponds to a Women’s Plus size 20W.”

Before this study, most believed the average American woman was a size 14. This, however, is outdated information from over a decade ago. According to the study, “In light of this overlap in sizing classification, frequent reports of female customers being frustrated about the general fit and sizing of clothing is understandable.”

This report (and common sense) inspired us to provide you with a list of Black owned plus size brands.

Black Owned Plus Size Brands

JIBRI 

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Feminine Funk

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Chic And Curvy

Bella Rene

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Curvaceous Couture 

Olivias Bridal House

Fenty for Men

 

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Monif C. 

Nakimuli 

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Rebdolls 

My Beautiful Fluff

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Christian Ome’Shun 

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Dear Curves

Kin By Kristine

Shavonne Dorsey 

Ayamani Design Co

Pop Up Plus

Zelie For She

Courtney Noelle

Gwan By Charon

 

Lavenders Jungle

Phat Girl Bouteeque

Diva Kurves

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House of Fashun By Shun Melson

 

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African Fashion Brands to Keep An Eye On

This month, Fashion Week events will be taking place in New York, Paris, London and Milan. Now more than ever, you can expect the presence of dope African Fashion brands or designs influenced by African culture.

Here are just a few established and up and coming fashion brands on the Continent that you should get into:

African Fashion Brands

Galago (South Africa) sources beautiful leathers and vibrant fabrics and allows you to combine them to make your own bespoke sandal.

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ENZI (Ethiopia) is a footwear brand committed to the highest levels of quality in production, design and materials while maintaining a commitment to social and environmental responsibility.

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MaXhosa Knitwear (South Africa) celebrates the rich heritage of the Xhosa culture through providing traditional clothing for Xhosa initiation rituals.

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Lukhanyo Mdingi (South Africa)aims to show a sense of cross cultural influences of traditional designs; reflecting on a contemporary outlook of African aesthetics and heritage.

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Lanre da Silva Ajayi Couture (Nigeria) creates clothing for the woman who is naturally classy but doesn’t shy away from her sensual side.

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Loza Maléombho (Côte d’Ivoire) is a fusion between traditional cultures/ sub-cultures and contemporary fashion.

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Taibo Bacar (Mozambique) is a burst of wholesome energy for all women who identify themselves with eclectic style where the silhouette plays a central role.

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Christie Brown (Ghana) is a women’s apparel and accessories line with pieces ranging from bespoke gowns, and practical yet statement pieces to innovative accessories all inspired by African culture and art.

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Thula Sindi (South Africa) is a clothing brand that cuts across the vast discrepancy that exists between unrealistic high-end designer haute couture, and everyday retail chain/bargain bin clothing.

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Black Owned Businesses in Paris You Should Know

We’re back at it with another guide to shopping Black in the Diaspora. This time, we’re highlighting Black owned businesses in Paris.  Let’s show some love to our brothers and sisters in the “City of Light”.

Black Owned Businesses in Paris

Café Dapper by Chef Loïc Dablé  is located a stone’s throw from Champs Elysées. The restaurant Café Dapper Loïc Dablé is set in Dapper Museum, a place dedicated to Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and its diasporas. black owned businesses in paris

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Natasha Baco

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Sakina M’sa

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Adama Paris

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BaZara’pagne

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Myriam Maxo tells a story through fabrics with abstract patterns and wax that provide a touch of fantasy with contemporary design.

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Visiter L’Afrique or “Visiting Africa” ​​is an interactive digital platform dedicated to tourism and culture on the African continent.

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Présence Africaine is a pan-African quarterly cultural, political, and literary magazine, founded by Seneglese-born Alioune Diop in 1947.

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 ART

Alexis Peskine is a Parisian resident who is renowned for his work on race and identity issues in France.

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20 Black Owned Businesses in the UK

By now you must have seen our first list of Black Owned Businesses in the Diaspora. On that list, we mentioned several Black owned businesses based in the UK. This time, we are showing even MORE love to our brothers and sisters across the pond with a new list of dope businesses you should most definitely check out and support from your country or when you visit the United Kingdom.

20 Black Owned Businesses in the UK

Home Decor

Eva Sonaike is a lifestyle company that produces luxurious home décor, fashion accessories and textiles.

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Uptown Yardie is a British company inspired by Jamaican heritage, selling a lifestyle captured through shoes and clothes.

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Afrination is an urban clothing brand inspired by African culture and tradition.

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Dionne Gooding is a footwear designer that combines the latest London styles and soft leathers and suede with jaw dropping fabrics from West Africa.

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Tsemaye Binite  is an award winning contemporary fashion label characterized by exquisite clothing encapsulating a love of luxury and innovative design.

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Duro Olowu is impressing the right people with his vibrant mix of African prints, seventies tailoring, and unlikely color combos.

 

Hair/Skin Care

Hug My Hair

Curly by Nature

Almocado

Root2Tip

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Jewelry and Accessories

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Afro Deco 

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MaroonDawta

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Sapelle 

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Food

The Black Farmer

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Black Owned Businesses in the Diaspora: Buying Black Across The Globe

For the past few years, there has been a battle cry in our community to spend our dollars with Black owned businesses, as opposed to the usual suspects.

Well this year, we’re inviting you to take Black Friday a step further.  We created a list of Black owned businesses from various parts of the African Diaspora that would welcome your support, no matter where you are on the globe.

Take a look at our selection of some of the best of what the international Black community has to offer.

Black Owned Businesses in the Diaspora

 

1. The Continent

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  • KenyaTheMaasaiShop:  Handcrafted beaded jewelry
  • EthiopiaZAAF: Luxury apparel and leather accessories produced in Ethiopia.
  • South AfricaM’hudi Wines: Family operated a wine farm located in the Cape Winelands.
  • GhanaChristie Brown: Show-stopping fashion and accessories for women.

2. The United Kingdom

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  • Ohema Ohene: African inspired fashion brand for Men and Women
  • Lela Bag: An exciting new character brand offering adorable Backpacks & Tees for girls.
  • Sheabutter Cottage: Award winning, fair trade natural skincare products.

3. Canada

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  • Bohten: An eco-friendly, luxury eyewear line.
  • Style Me Ankara: An online retail store that sells handmade  African inspired clothing for men and women.
  • Earthtones Naturals: Premium natural hair and body products.

4. The Netherlands

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  • Nomi by Naomi: Surinamese owned Dutch-wax fashion line for men and women.
  • Amsterdam Slavery Heritage Guide: Companion guide for the Black Heritage Amsterdam Tour, packed with amazing historical tidbits and research. A perfect book for your next European getaway to Amsterdam.

5.  And last but not least, the good ole U.S. of Black A.

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