Discover and shop women's and men's clothes from top designers including Christopher John Rogers, Pyer Moss, and Wales Bonner at Black Designer Brands.
Photograph: Christopher John Rogers
The floral King, Christoper John Rogers takes bright bold color to the next level in his high-fashion designs. Monochrome suits, voluminous dresses and effortless dressing are the focal points of Christoper John Rogers collections and his clothing has been worn by everyone from Tracee Ellis Ross, Tessa Thompson and Regina King. His eye-popping designs will be carried in an exclusive Target collection in the spring of 2021.
Photograph: Pyer Moss
Unapologetically Black. That's the mantel and social experiment that Pyer Moss and designer Kerby Jean-Raymond took on when he started his hybrid streetwear fashion brand. Founded in 2013, Pyer Moss uses its voice and designs to challenge social narratives and uses its runway productions to redefine what's permissible in fashion. In 2018, they launched a collection with Reebok and Kerby Jean-Raymond was named Global Creative Director of Reebok in 2020.
Supermodel Liya Kebede presents lemlem, an artisan-driven collection of women’s, men’s, children’s and home goods made entirely in Africa. After a trip to her native Ethiopia, Liya Kebede decided to promote the craftsmanship of traditional weavers and develop production in her home country. The core collection features handwoven robes, dresses, jumpsuits, and swimwear.
Edvin Thompson is the Jamaican born, Brooklyn bred designer behind Theophilio. A contemporary fashion label, Theophilio is about providing spaces without conflict over gender norms, cultural values and political engagement. His collections combine nostalgia for his youthful days in Jamaica with NYC's culture to tell a story rich in trials, love, triumph and culture.
Photograph: Romeo Hunte
Romeo Hunte takes an avant garde approach to the everyday. Created by Brooklyn designer and FIT graduate Romeo Hunte, his designs have been worn by Zendaya, Beyonce, Dwayne Wade and Laverne Cox. His mixed media approach to everyday staples has led to a collaboration with classic American designer Tommy HIlfiger. The Tommy Hilfiger x Romeo Hunte Fall 2020 collection features fresh takes on wool coats, denim and bubble jackets, and pinstripe suits.
Photograph: Harbison / Dan Dealy
Harbison is a comprehensive collection with womenswear, menswear, and accessories exploring the central themes of ease, modernity, culture, gender, and sustainability. Founded by Charles Harbison and inspired by his mother's elegant style, Harbison had teamed with such brands as Banana Republic, Harlem Fashion Row, Cult Gaia, and Ungaro. He fuses his fascination with conceptual design with his singular luxury lifestyle aesthetic.
Photograph: LaQuan Smith
Laquan Smith's designs are modern, feminine and unapologetic. Known for his skin-tight silhouettes, metallic fabrics and bold colors and materials. Born in Queens, NY, Laquan Smith struck out with his eye-catching illustrations and has risen to the top of the fashion industry. Praised by Tom Ford for his originality and worn by Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, Laquan Smith is consistently inspired by women and supplying them with well-tailored clothing.
Photograph: Wales Bonner
Started by Grace Wales Bonner in 2014 following her graduation from Central Saint Martins, Wales Bonner was established as a menswear brand but soon expanded to womenswear. Known for her tailoring and knits, Wales Bonner has recently collaborated with Addidas for a line of classic sneakers and tracksuits. The winner of several awards including BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, Wales Bonner is carried on MatchesFashion.com, Dover Street Market, Net-A-Porter and Ssense.
Photograph: Heron Preston
Heron Preston is an artist, DJ, creative director and clothing designer of his eponymous clothing line Heron Preston. Known for his collaborations with Kanye West and Virgil Abloh, he debuted his label in 2017 at Paris Fashion Week. He has collaborated with Nike, The Gap and his designs play on everyday images and logos like his capsule collection with Caterpillar machinery.
Virgil Abloh's signature streetwear brand Off-White has taken the world by storm. Known for its deconstructed style, heavy uses of words and quotes, Off-White has catapulted Virgil to the top of fashion. As the current artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear, Off-White and its collabs with Air Jordan and other brands put him on the map. His highly coveted styles and designs have been seen on every celeb imaginable and knocked off. But trust us, you don’t want to fake Off-White.
Photograph: Martine Rose
Martine Rose is a British-Jamaican menswear designer and founder of the Martine Rose label. Inspired by hip-hop, rave and punk subcultures, her designs fuse the music and high / low melting-pot cultures of London. In 2019, Martine Rose participated in the exhibition Get Up, Stand Up Now, a major celebration of 50 years of Black British creativity at Somerset House in London and her clothes have been featured in VOGUE, Dazed and Confused, T Magazine, POP and Gentle Woman.
Photograph: Stella Jean / Sara Dionisi
Made in Italy, Stella Jean is a womenswear line that merges multiculturalism with ethical fashion. Using embroideries and materials from around the world, Stella Jean works with local artisans and weavers to produce her collections and Fashion Week runway shows. In feminine dresses, shapes and styles, Stella Jean uses fashion as a tool for information, dissemination and participation of every person who will immerse themselves into a piece of history.
Photograph: Thebe Magugu
Thebe Magugu is a South African luxury fashion brand that offers ready-to-wear collections. Thebe Magugu seeks new ways of presenting women and men with clothing that embraces and enhances their everyday experience in sleek, forward-looking designs that draw from our continent’s storied past, complex present and exciting imagined futures.
Modern tailoring and luxurious fabrics come together to form the fashions of TOVE Studio. With an emphasis on minimalist design and a refined wardrobe for the modern woman, TOVE Studio is centered on luxury and sustainability. Founded by Camille Perry and Holly Wright in 2019, TOVE stands for strength and beauty, encompassing everything that TOVE stands for.
Beyonce has rocked Tongoro. That's pretty much all you need to know. The Made in Africa label designed and produced in Dakar, Senegal has been featured in Black is King, VOGUE, British VOGUE, Queen Sugar and Insecure. A Hollywood staple, Tongoro sources materials from the continent and works with local tailors to create an Africa-based manufacturing and economic channel. In 2020, it was named one of Fast Company's 50 Most Innovative Companies.
Photograph: Kenneth Ize / Jamie Stoker
Bright plaids and bold textiles are the anchors for the menswear collections of Kenneth Ize. Born of traditional Nigerian silhouettes, Kenneth Ize designs take mens tailoring and artisanship up a notch. Working with a small community of weavers, the label is devoted to the long established traditions of Nigerian craft, merging a new design aesthetic with a specifically local handcraft practice.
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