Black-owned fashion brands to add to your wardrobe
Shake up your personal style with these 'noir necessities' from these handpicked Black fashion and jewellery designers
Marilyne Kekeli launched her ethical jewellery brand, Mamater, in 2018 offering an array of accessories from elegant earrings to a 24K gold-plated statement necklace. Available to purchase online, Marilyne is also the brainchild of pop-up event Good Makers Fair, which invites designers from all backgrounds to showcase and sell their products. “Designers in general struggle to find affordable places to sell their products and that difficulty doubles when it comes to designers of colour,” says Marilyne. The new collection, Nouveaux Préludes, features jade stones and opalescent pearls adorned on gold frames.
House of RG
House of RG is a Blackowned fashion brand by British-Nigerian designer Dorothy Ogwuru offering sophisticated styles for both men and women. From embellished dinner blazers to trendy bomber jackets, every item in the collection has been carefully crafted by hand: ‘’The true intricate hand craftsmanship that involves spending up to 560 hours on one piece is totally worth it if it means transforming someone’s look,” says Dorothy. With pieces made using the finest fabrics such as rich velvet and adorned with crystals and gold detailing, House of RG is the epitome of luxury fashion for less.
Founded by Black-British designer Latoya Gabbidon, Candy Palazzo is a unique brand that features two-tone palazzo pants with pops of colour and playful prints. From neon shades to tropical textures, the collection is made up of contrasting hues and signature designs. “I created the brand because of my innate love for bold colours, which is what inspired the half and half design concept,” says Latoya. Made for women of all shapes and sizes, Candy Palazzo pants feature flowy fabrics that fit to flatter and look great all year round. Perfect for holidays or a night out, they look great paired with statement accessories.
Loud Brand Studios
Founded by Black-British designer Jedidiah Duyile, Loud Brand Studios launched earlier this year with a desire to diversify the industry both on a UK and global scale. The fashion studio recently made headlines when an asymmetric-print-dress from the collection was worn by Kylie Jenner, who later tweeted a shout out to the brand for their amazing clothes, resulting in the entire online collection selling out in less than 24 hours. From vintage-inspired dresses to cute co-ord sets, Loud Brand Studios stocks styles that are timeless with a modern twist - making it a definite one to watch for the future.