Trendy fashion brands are great. Trendy fashion brands owned by women of color?
Now, more than ever, it’s important to stand up and be counted. The clothes we wear reflect who we are, and supporting these fun, trendy fashion brands owned by women of color is just one way to make your voice heard.
Check out my favorite companies run by these incredible women!
Black Beat Co.
Besides being ethical and sustainable, I love the relaxed, “cool girl” vibe. It’s easy to add any of these pieces to your work wardrobe or the pieces you wear around the house, and the bright colors are sure to bring you joy on a cloudy day! This Tomboy Hemp Tee comes in beautiful, bright colors.
I’m obsessed with Frida Kahlo, and Wasi Clothing is a definite enabler! These beautiful matching pant and shirt sets are all inspired by Frida prints. My favorite are the high-waisted pant plants that can be worn with either a solid or a graphic tee.
Kahmune’s founder, Jamela A. Acheampong, became inspired to create bags and shoes for women of EVERY shade. When she saw Kim Kardashian’s “nude” outfit, she took on the challenge to make sure every woman of every shape and color can find matching, flattering accessories true to their own skin tone. These shoes are absolutely beautiful, and with every color available, this brand empowers women of every color everywhere.
Charis Jones has made it her life mission to help women “step out for work and play WEARING your confidence and OWNING it.” (My emphasis added.) Sassy Jones’s stunning, colorful collections are full of go-to statement pieces that take an outfit from basic to unforgettable. Cocktail rings, sassy studs, designer handbags… Whatever you need to spice up your wardrobe, Sassy Jones has it.
With clients like Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez, entrepreneur Carly Cushnie is leading from the front. I love the timeless elegance of her pieces. Everything from her work wear to her bridal collection is chic, feminine, and flattering.
Carly Cushnie is truly a visionary, but what I admire most about her is how she focuses on empowering and inspiring other women.
“As a woman, I understand what my customer wants from her clothes,” she says. “I’ve grown and evolved alongside her over the past 10 years, and I strive to present her with timeless silhouettes that make her feel sexy, sophisticated and powerful — all at once.”
Women of color are raising their voices in all realms, including fashion. You can show your support by buying from these brands and countless others.
Love, creativity, and self-expression are key tenants of showing your true self, and what we wear is an indelible part of that.
What are your favorite brands or stores owned and/or operated by women of color? Share them on Instagram by tagging me @tannyabstyle or @thecloset.edit! You can also check out my new Facebook Group, The Struggle is Real.