Black designers have paved the way in the industry for decades upon decades, coming from such varied cultural experiences— Innovators such as Dapper Dan who’ve cultivated the 80’s Harlem street culture or Jeffery Banks who designed furs for men and young boys, also establishing his own brand in 1978 at the age 25.
Since then today, black designers have remained innovators in the fashion world, and strived in producing creative masterpieces.
Here are 6 black fashion labels to know:
Laquan SmithThe Native New Yorker is known for his signature sexy, show-stopping pieces that have been flaunted by fashion trailblazers such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian West. He also designed the sleek, body-hugging dress that Beyoncé wore at the Sports Illustrated person of the year awards as she presented Colin Kaepernick the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award last December 2017.
Kerby Jean-Raymond is the genius behind the men’s label Pyer Moss who got his break in The New York Week in spring 2016 which has since led him tremendous success in the fashion industry- aiming his creations towards representing police injustice and the black lives matter movement.
Nandi Madida is a multi-talented South African media personality, fashion designer, musician, and actress who has been captivating audiences since age eight. Styling African prints and expressing her perspective on Africa fashion is her passion.
Bobby West founded this clothing line that supports high end clothes and shoes at affordable prices- he designs his clothes in traditional Pan-African flag colors. Bobby West aspires to become a fashion mogul just as Ralph Lauren has become one of the most iconic brands in this country.
Romeo Hunte New York
New York is a lifestyle brand created and geared towards all women who appreciate complex details- The brand emphasizes on pristine outerwear that are practical such as the signature cashmere shearling hood shawl that is one of the core elements of Romeo Hunte the brand.
Travis Hamilton is a Texas based designer who’s designs are based on a 1940s romantic love story between a French creole woman and a handsome black man- also creating pieces designed for the powerful modern woman.