Mind your black-owned businesses, today we’re going to look at some of the best black owned clothing brands!
When you ask black people why they don’t support more black brands, they often say it’s because they don’t know of any.
Now, we’re making it easier for you.
We’re bringing you 27 black-owned brands you can shop from.
From casual, everyday fashion to high-end luxury brands, check these brands out.
Black Owned Brands for Luxury Wear
Created by Carly Cushnie, the brand CUSHNIE is a luxury ready-to-wear brand for women.
Think timeless gowns and beautiful silhouettes.
With luxurious and silky fabrics, this is one brand that women can use to splurge on themselves.
The brand was created in 2008 and has been seen on some of your favorite women like Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Lupita Nyong’o, and more.
With a price to match its quality, her pieces range from the high $400s to well over a thousand dollars.
For a black-owned brand who makes their products in Africa, you can check out Lemlem.
Created by model Liya Kebede, the brand is based out of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
With a series of clothes for men, women, and children, this brand is heavily backed by the talents of many artisans.
With an ode to the Ethiopian language of Amharic, “lemlem” means “to bloom and flourish.”
The brand is dedicated to helping woman artisans all over the continent of Africa.
With lightweight kaftans and bathing suits, her prices are ranging from $20 for a scrunchie to over $500 for a tiered dress.
Named after the woman herself, Fe Noel first started off as a small boutique that opened up in Brooklyn, NY.
Made specifically for women, it was designed to allow women to embrace their femininity.
Noel named her mother and grandmother as great inspiration to her and the clothes that are designed for her brand.
She even credits her Caribbean roots to many of her brands pieces.
A glance at her website would show you a range of products that range from affordable and around $50 to joggers and hoodies that cost around $250 each.
Footwear isn’t as easy as many people think, but Armando Cabral has done it with the brand he named after himself.
The founder has a mission for giving his customers the feeling of “being comfortable in your skin and your shoes.”
Armando Cabral was born in Guinea Bissau, raised in Portugal, and educated in England all before landing in New York City.
The former model was exposed to luxury brands during his career before branching into creating his own luxury line.
His list of products includes a selection of men’s shoes from loafers to boots that range from upwards of $100 to $550.
For a luxury brand that makes clothes for the everyday woman, you might check out Hanifa.
Launched in 2011, the brand has already been recognized by Forbes and Essence.
The brand includes a range of “straight” sizes as well as plus sizes up to 20.
Describing themselves as “feminine and chic” with an array of styles, colors, and textures, their site really does include a great variety of pieces.
From gold metallic pullovers to cropped military jackets, this brand will cost you around $80 for its least expensive pieces.
Pyer Moss is a brand that was formed to create apparel for men and women.
Since its expansion, the styles can be found in numerous stores and online shops around the world.
Available online at sites like SSENSE and NET-A-Porter, you can also find them in cities like New York, Paris, Barcelona, Japan, and Seoul.
Pyer Moss includes a wide variety of unisex styles like puffer jackets and vests.
The brand even collaborated with Reebok for a few pieces that included jackets and even dresses.
You’ll find that Pyer Moss apparel ranges from around $80 to upwards of $500.
LaQuan Smith is a talent from Queens, New York who made his brand LaQuan Smith a direct representation about what he loves most in the fashion world.
While he began his brand quite a few years earlier, 2013 marked the brand’s formal debut.
His apparel pieces include a group of distinct and dynamic pieces that have caught the attention of fashion icons like Rihanna and other brands like Verizon, Tidal, and Samsung.
If you want one of his styles, be prepared to pay a pretty penny!
You’re looking at $500+ to well over $1500 for some of his pieces.
One thing’s for sure, the fashion bloggers sure have love for LaQuan.
Tesmaye Binitie began his brand in 2010 with 1980s Versace serving as a major inspiration for him.
A mix of luxury and innovation, it can clearly be seen through his designs.
The brand is geared towards making women feel like an icon, a pillar of “strength, beauty, and glamour.”
The designs feature exquisite and unique pattern dresses that will cost its wearer well over $1000.
Ozwald Boateng is an eponymous brand named after the London-born designer.
Born to Ghanaian parents, the future designer originally started studying computing before dropping out to pursue fashion.
Boateng has been working towards his brand for over 30 years.
He’s even dressed celebrities that include Will Smith, Spike Lee, Mick Jagger, and Jimmy Paige.
Having won the Best Menswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards, no one can deny his talent.
With a series of ties, shirts, scarves and shawls, his site includes a series of products that’ll help a man look sharp!
You’ll be dropping quite a bit of money on his products especially when a tie is well over $100.
With a variety of ready-to-wear fashion and swimwear clothes, Andrea Iyamah has a great range of styles for women.
Bringing to life many African prints, the maxi dresses, pants, and swim cover-ups all include vibrant patterns.
You might’ve seen the brand and their designs in some of your favorite magazines.
They’ve been featured in Essence and Elle, and on websites like Refinery29 and Cosmopolitan.
While you can find their designs online, you can also shop them in a few brick and mortars in both Toronto and Lagos.
If you’re interested in their styles, be prepared to spend around $100-$300 for most of their designs.
Founded by Abai Schulze, ZAAF is putting a new meaning to global luxury.
Similar to other brands on this list, ZAAF has a mission to helped artisans across the continent of Africa.
Abai has an amazing story that brought her from an orphanage in Ethiopia to the United States where she graduated from George Washington University.
As the brands Creative Director, her designs have appeared at New York Fashion Week while also being seen in magazines like ELLE and Vogue.
She makes a series of handbags and accessories for him and her ranging from $0 to $600.
If you need a few fashion pieces to bring into the workplace, Undra Celeste is a fashion brand that makes workwear for the modern woman.
Office clothes should have to be ugly and boring, and they know it.
Their clothes are “polished, timeless, and strong.”
It’s also “fun and bold with a hint of sexy – very much like you.”
From blouses to trousers, they have all your workwear needs covered.
You can look at your work clothes as an investment.
These clothes will definitely be the same.
You’ll be looking at $325 for a blazer and $245 for sweater dresses.
ASHYA is one of the more recent brands on this list.
Founded in 2017, the brand is a combination of its founder’s names, Ashley and Moya.
Based out of New York, the brand has a desire to unify luxury and utilitarian principles.
Focused on bags and accessories, their styles have been featured in The New York Times style magazine.
You’ll be paying quite a bit for these wallets and bags.
Their products range from $225 to $595.
As black women, we always have trouble trying to find nudes.
They always seem to be catered to women with lighter complexions than us.
While this often applies to lingerie and shapewear, this also applies to shoes.
Rebecca Allen is one brand that is created nudes for women of all skin tones.
Eponymously named after its founder, the brand has pumps, flats, and two-strapped heels in five different nude shades.
Next, let’s look at black owned brands for everyday fashion.
Black Owned Brands for Everyday Fashion
Created by the Kanu Sisters, Amyang Fashun fuses West African culture and brings it to the mainstream.
Similar to many of the brands on this list, they are supporting local African artisans.
With numerous collections, they always bring their work to their continent.
Featured on sights like BuzzFeed and Refinery29, they’ve also been featured on Good Morning America.
If you want to shop their site, you better get a membership.
It’s actually required.
If you’re looking for a mix of high quality clothes that are on trend, check out Shop Oasis.
Founded by Clara Williams in 2015, the boutique is bringing authentic African fashion to the world.
They have a host of apparel products from dresses to great robes.
Ranging from $69 to $250, their clothes cost anywhere from affordable to a splurge purchase.
Are you trying to get your fitness on?
Lukafit is an activewear brand specifically made for plus size women.
Founded by Mbali, she created this brand so women could feel more confident on their health journey.
The brand has a series of tops and leggings.
With affirmations like “Queen” on the tops and depictions of black women on the leggings, these leggings are especially made to lift up black women.
Founded by Stoney Michelli and Uzo Ejikeme, STUZO CLOTHING is an LA-based brand.
A combination of the founders names, this brand brings together unisex clothing as a gender free clothing company.
You might’ve seen quite a few celebrities wearing their styles.
Just a few to name are Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee, Tiffany Haddish, Lena Waithe, and more.
With a collection of tops, bottoms, and hats, you won’t have to break the black owned bank to shop at this store with tees ranging from -.
Shirts Be Like
If you want your shirts to have some personality, you need to check out Shirts Be Like!
They have a collection of great tees made for black men and women.
We’re feeling their tee for makeup-free women who want to call attention to the fact that there skin has “no makeup, just melanin.”
They also pay odes to some of our favorite songs like “No New Friends.”
With tees that only cost $25, you can pick a bunch of favorites without feeling the pain in your wallet.
Are you looking to make some waves with street-style fashion?
HSTRY is one brand that is perfect for creating that urban look.
Their brand includes well-designed bomber jackets as well as field coats and tees.
While you can find tees for under $50, the prices for this brand can range up to $300 depending on the outerwear style that catches your eye.
Dope On Arrival NYC
If you want apparel that makes a statement, Dope On Arrival is the one.
Made with black men and women in mind, their collection of tees and sweaters are made to say everything that’s on the mind.
If you’re feeling “often imitated and never duplicated,” they have a tee for you.
For those who are all black with no sugar or cream, they have styles for you too!
Ranging from $30 to $50, this brand’s price range is A1!
This brand shot to fame in the last few years.
HGC Apparel is well-known for their popular jersey shirts that say “Black by Popular Demand.”
With tons of celebrities backing them and many sponsors, you’ve probably seen them pop up on your Instagram feed.
They also have other great tees that feature statements like “you can’t tell me my black ain’t beautiful.”
With products ranging from as little as $8.99 to $49.99, HGC Apparel has something for everyone.
Are you looking for t-shirts?
Do you want accessories or maybe some custom jewelry?
Shop Chris Chanel.
Meant for those of us who like to embrace our “hood culture,” this is the brand for you.
From cropped sweatshirts that say “hood princess” to fuzzy slippers, Chris Chanel will bring the hood out in you…even if you didn’t know it was there.
Adorned by Chi
Adorned by Chi has a ton of amazingly cute products for all facets of black women.
Were you the preppy cheerleader?
Have you always preferred to dress more goth than anything else?
They have things for you!
From tees and crops to home and paper goods, Adorned by Chi is the brand for any woman who wants to embrace the best parts of her personality.
Their tees and sweatshirts range from $20 to $40 while you can grab some other goodies for well under $20.
Splendid Rain Co.
Founded by Olatiwa Karade at the age of 19, Splendid Rain Co. is based out of New Jersey.
After racial tensions seemed to rise in the early to mid-2010s, she decided to make a brand to speak out for pro-blackness.
Since then, the brand has been featured by Buzzfeed, Blavity, Afropunk, Refinery29 and more.
Olatiwa has a very inclusive message hoping to create apparel and conversations around all women whether they are trans, disabled, plus-sized, dark-skinned, and more.
She has a combination of t-shirts, sweaters, mugs, and other accessories available on her website.
Her shirts will definitely start conversation with designs that feature text like “no human being is illegal on stolen land.”
Her prices range from $30 to $40 for tees and sweatshirts.
Royal Jelly Harlem
Welcome to Royal Jelly Harlem, “an African-inspired clothing and home decorating line” by Maya and Teta.
Created by a mother-daughter duo, Teta and Maya have a few things that they and their brand stand for: diversity of African art, African prosperity, and African-inspired fashion for men and women.
While they focus in apparel and accessories, you could also find furniture pieces from their site.
Their apparel is made from authentic African prints and you can expect the prices to reflect that.
With beautiful styles, their clothes have been featured in The New York Times as well as by Essence, GQ, and People.
Fly by Knight
If you’re familiar with Jamilah Knight’s artwork, this is the inspiration for the brand Fly by Knight.
This brand creates designs to celebrate women of color.
Fly is the brand name is actually meant to be an acronym for “First Love Yourself.”
Featured by Buzzfeed, Essence, Refinery29, and more, Fly by Knight has designs that featured Solange Knowles and positive message on mental health.
You’re looking at $40 for their amazing sweatshirts.
Black Owned Fashion Brands Conclusion
And there you have it!
There are tons of black-owned businesses that you can shop for some great apparel pieces.
Many of these brands have been featured by magazines and websites that you read regularly.
While it’s great to have a variety of brands to shop from, it’s also important to remember to support our black-owned clothing brands.
And anyone of these brands is worth supporting!