Here is our list of the top 100 black clothing brands that you should definitely know about. These clothing brands made, owned and catering to African Americans and Blacks worldwide know and understand our bodies, history and influence in fashion, style, music and culture. These black-owned businesses are global brands extending from the U.S., England, the Caribbean and all the way to Africa.
As most know, minorities have historically had a challenging time profiting from the trends we create but now with the growth of the internet and social media many of these companies are better primed to benefit from their designs. These black-owned fashion businesses present unique apparel, jewelry and grooming products covering the full gambit of footwear, tops, bottoms, hoodies, jackets, caps, heels, sneakers, sunglasses, accessories, watches, scarves & more for the complete person.
We all know how important it is to circulate wealth in communities that have been traditionally impoverished and spreading the wealth, supporting these businesses, creating movements and moving these demographics forward help to empower the disenfranchised, increase education and opportunities for better equality worldwide. So without further adieu, here is our list of the top 100 black clothing brands in no particular order. We invite you to support them, follow them on social media and spread their names via word of mouth:
1. Onassis Krown - We are the premier, inspirational lifestyle brand providing custom apparel, urban streetwear, hip-hop fashion, greek gear, jewelry & more helping to build Kings & Queens especially from those who had to overcome adversity! Onassis Krown LLC is owned by a veteran, minority, Divine Nine Greek member and graduate of an HBCU!
2. Tsemaye Binitie - Nigerian designer Tsemaye (pronounced Shey-mah-yeh) specializes in contemporary pieces, like this beautiful jacquard boiler jumpsuit. He worked for Stella McCartney until he launched his eponymous label in 2009.
3. Lisou - You read the caption! This London-based label is a celeb fave for its whimsical aesthetic and sleek clothing. Head designer Rene Macdonald grew up in Tanzania, and the statement prints and color palettes are influenced by her African travels.
4. Martine Rose - The Jamaican-British designer stared her namesake label in 2007, and although she focuses on menswear, the majority of pieces—e.g., denim jackets, T-shirts, hoodies—are unisex.
5. Daily Paper - Three childhood friends, Jefferson Osei, Abderrahmane Trabsini, and Hussein Suleiman, founded this buzzy Amsterdam-based brand. From its tie-dye pieces to its structured, oversize blazers, there’s a definite streetwear vibe, but it also has low-key items like sweats and T-shirts.
6. Diarrablu - Founded by Diarra Bousso, the label uses mathematical equations and algorithms to make its graphic prints. The items—jumpsuits, caftans, tunics, dresses, pants, swimsuits, and more—are made in Senegal with a focus on sustainable practices.
7. Sindiso Khumalo - Sindiso hand-makes her textile patterns with techniques like watercolor and collage, and she focuses on sustainability. The vivid colors and detailed prints come together to make breathtaking designs that also draw from her Zulu and Ndebele heritage.
8. Wales Bonner - Launched in 2014 by Grace Wales Bonner, the label started as a menswear brand and later expanded into womenswear. The clothing is inspired by European and African history, and the tailoring is basically PERFECTION.
9. Coco and Breezy - This eyewear label was started by twins Corianna and Brianna Dotson. They design sunglasses and optical glasses in fun shapes and color combinations, so your eyewear will *really* pop.
10. Harwell Godfrey - These bold, sparkly pieces are from designer Lauren Harwell Godfrey and inspired by ancient textiles and patterns. The jewelry often features stones and gems in bright rainbow colors.
11. Romeo Hunte - Michelle Obama, Zendaya, Beyoncé, and Keke Palmer have all worn Hunte’s designs. Saweetie also wore a full look during Milan Fashion Week, seen here. His outerwear definitely makes a statement, and he’s known for using the buffalo-check pattern in many of his clothes.
12. Nude Barre - Another hosiery company focusing on diverse shades is Nude Barre. The label was created by Erin Carpenter, a professional dancer who struggled to find tights and undergarments that matched her skin tone. So naturally, she launched her own company to fix it!
13. Nubian Skin - Founded by Ade Hassan, the brand offers lingerie, hosiery, and even swimwear in a range of darker skin tones so Black and brown women can wear a look that blends in seamlessly with their unique shade.
14. Stella Jean - Stella Jean is recognized as Italy’s first Black fashion designer (she is both Italian and Haitian), and her creations represent the intersection of those two cultures. She often uses bright colors, mixes patterns, and adds a tropical flair to her pieces. This off-the-shoulder dress, for instance, is definitely made to wear on vacation.
15. Aliétte - Stylist turned designer Jason Rembert’s first runway show for his label was in February 2019, and a little more than a year later, celebrities like Issa Rae, Taraji P. Henson, Tiffany Haddish, and Cardi B have become big fans of his designs. Just look at the cute insect prints here!
16. Petit Kouraj - These summer-approved woven bags are stunning with their fringe, bright colors, and shell details. Nasrin Jean-Baptiste, a fashion stylist, started the Brooklyn-based brand, and the gorgeous styles are handmade in Haiti.
17. Muehleder - Pretty much neoprene everything and super chic, pieces by designer Larissa Muehleder have been worn by Zendaya, Normani, and Issa Rae.
18. Slashed by Tia - Designer Tia Adeola creates awesome womenswear and accessories, including these cool pearl veils and some really one-of-a-kind coronavirus face masks.
19. Andrea Iyamah - There’s quite literally something for everyone (seriously, even brides!) from designer Andrea Iyamah’s stunningly colorful collections. Don’t mind me, just adding this ruffled bikini to cart in 3, 2, 1.
20. Fe Noel - Beautiful robes, swimsuits, and ready-to-wear from designer Fe Noel will literally make your life a happier place. Gabrielle Union’s also a fan, btw.
21. Ashya - Belt bags, crossbody bags, cool passport holders, and prints are what you’ll discover from cofounders Ashley Cimone and Moya Annece.
22. Lola Ade - Currently obsessing over all the gorge chunky acetate, colorful glass, and dainty metal items from jewelry designer Lola Ade. Also, yep, waiting for these $35 monstera leaf earrings to come back in stock.
23. NL the Label - Seek out Nichole Lynel’s NL the Label if you’re looking for rad denim you won’t see anywhere else. One hundred percent here for this denim half-zip, for example.
24. Love, Vera - An inclusive lingerie company—launched in 2018 by Vera Moore and Nate Johnson—with plenty of sexy pieces in a range of sizes? Sign us up.
25. Tier NYC - Do what you want, of course, but also consider copying Winnie Harlow by wearing a trendy eco-conscious sweatsuit by designers Nigeria Ealey, Esaïe Jean-Simon, and Victor James’s surprisingly affordable label Tier NYC.
26. TLZ L’Femme - Find insanely cool monochromatic looks from designer Aazhia Rhy. Also: Don’t mind me while I set up my entire room to look like this photo shoot.
27. Hanifa - Designer Anifa Mvuemba’s sophisticated designs (sold in sizes 0 to 20) are just the beginning of her innovations. She recently debuted her newest collection in a completely digital, 3-D fashion show that will blow your mind.
28. Khiry - The luxury jewelry label started by Jameel Mohammed is known for smooth, asymmetrical earrings, rings, and bracelets made to stand out.
29. Vavvoune - Just some totally original purses (and other leather accessories) that will get you tons of compliments. Designer Valerie Blaise is self-taught, by the way.
30. Victor Glemaud - Two words: Knit. Everything. Pretty much need to update every piece in my closet to sweater material thanks to Victor Glemaud’s chic designs.
31. Lemlem - Founded in 2007 by supermodel, actress, and designer Liya Kebede, Lemlem is a collection of clothing and home goods made exclusively by artisans in Africa.
32. Kenneth Ize - If mixed patterns and prints are your thing, then you absolutely need to know about Kenneth Ize, whose colorful menswear-inspired pieces have some of the prettiest tailoring we’ve ever seen.
33. Pyer Moss - Founded by designer Kerby Jean-Raymond in 2013, Pyer Moss uses its platform for social change, storytelling, and activism as well as art and design. For shopping, come for the bright, matching suits, glam, and pleated gowns and stay for comfy sweats and jeans.
34. Savage X Fenty - Okay, you know we cannot publish this list without Rihanna’s over-the-top lingerie line. Loving these disco sets!
35. Telfar - Looking for something truly magical and out there? Consider designer Telfar Clemens, whose hybrid pieces (hello, “sweatpant jeans” and “scarf-collar shirt”) really stand out.
36. Mateo New York - Matthew Harris of Mateo New York is a self-taught jewelry designer hailing from Montego Bay, Jamaica, and living in NYC. Shop here for beautifully minimal 14k-gold fine jewelry.
37. Christopher John Rogers - The 26-year-old designer from Louisiana was one of the hottest tickets at New York Fashion Week in February 2020, and high-profile ladies like Michelle Obama and Cardi B. have worn his unique, colorful pieces. Find his clothing exclusively at Net-a-Porter online.
38. Jade Swim - Need a swimsuit? You’re going to want one of these pretty, minimal designs by former fashion editor and stylist Brittany Kozerski.
39. Brother Vellies - Founder Aurora James creates truly one-of-a-kind shoes (please look at this pair of mesh boots topped with feathers) and small leather goods that are handmade by artisans around the world.
40. LaQuan Smith - Here’s a real celeb fave (Rihanna, Beyoncé, and sooo many more have worn his pieces). Go to LaQuan Smith for any of your glam/sexy outfit needs, please! This skin-baring crochet halter is just the tip of the iceberg.
41. Humans Before Handles - This jewelry label has some of the cutest accessories for summer (eyeing these seashell ones, wow), and most impressive is the fact that everything is under $50.
42. Come Back as a Flower - Specializing in hand-dyed garments, the pieces are ethically made using 100 percent recycled cotton. The brand also does drops of cool vintage tees, and stars like A$AP Rocky and Big Sean have worn its clothes.
43. Riot Swim - Looking for a truly standout swimwear piece to add to your summer wardrobe? Check out this label designed by Monti Landers featuring minimalistic silhouettes and shades that blend in seamlessly with darker skin tones.
44. Phlemuns - Another celeb fave is this gender-neutral brand designed by James Flemons and based out in Los Angeles. Solange Knowles, Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Clairo, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, and Bella Hadid have all worn its designs.
45. JBD Apparel - Kim Kardashian recently gave this brand a shout-out, and it’s easy to see why she’s a fan of these body-hugging knit sets. All the pieces are handmade to order.
46. Míe - If dreamy, flowy dresses are up your alley, you definitely want to give this brand a follow. All the pretty pieces, including this stunning puff-sleeve red number, are made by local seamstresses and artisans in Lagos, Nigeria, where it’s based.
47. Asata Maisé - This designer transforms vintage fabrics into unique pieces that are made to be photographed. I mean, this whole slideshow of looks is A-R-T. Of course, being a one-person business can be overwhelming, so if you have the means, you can donate to Asata’s GoFundMe, which will provide her with equipment to keep up with demand.
48. Shekudo - This handcrafted shoe and accessories brand is made by artisans in Lagos, Nigeria, and most of the raw materials are locally sourced, like the recycled insoles, cotton, and leather. These patchwork babies are absolutely stunning.
49. Galerie.LA - Celebrity stylist Dechel McKillian created this retail space in Los Angeles that curates a variety of sustainable brands—but obviously, you don’t have to be in Cali to shop from the store thanks to its amazing online selection.
50. House of Aama - Founded by mother-daughter design duo Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka, House of Aama has pieces that look like they come from a different era, like its pretty ’50s-style halter tops or Victorian-esque pussybow dresses.
51. Shades of Shades - Founded by Marsha Douglas-Sydnor, this eyewear company has 14 shades of neutral so that everyone can find a pair of sunnies that matches their skin tone.
52. Thrilling - This site curates pieces from vintage stores all across the U.S., so if you want something truly different that no one else has, you’ll want to check it out. You’ll be supporting a small business while being sustainable at the same time.
54. JeBlanc - Nope, you haven’t seen statement jewels until you’ve checked out JeBlanc’s website. The body chains are unbelievably gorge and the earrings will make a pair of jeans and a white T-shirt look like couture.
55. Salone Monet - Keke’s nude heels are spot-on, thanks to Salone Monet’s inclusive designs. Oh, and Beyoncé’s a fan too.
56. Milano Di Rouge - If matching with bae is more your thing, Milano Di Rouge has a few unisex pieces that are *chef’s kiss* perfection.
57. Sunlight Muse - Upgrade your swimwear situation with a bikini that’s anchored with upcycled jelly straps. If you have a mini me, you two can go all matchy-matchy with a design from the girls line.
58. Sika - You’ll find everything your closet needs in Sika’s store, from puffer jackets to headbands. The best part: The fabrics used to create every single item are sourced in Ghana.
59. A.Au - Do not let the summer go by without getting a dreamy dress from A.Au. You’ll also find a divine range of tops and bottoms that’ll score you major compliments.
60. Lisa Folawiyo - Traditional Ankara gets a modern update with gorgeous silhouettes like slip dresses and unexpected cutouts.
61. Sai Sankoh - Clothes? More like art. That’s how every creation from Sai Sankoh looks, from the over-the-top ruffles to the head-turning prints.
62. Chelsea Paris - Dress up your feet with some of Chelsea Paris' creations, like these oh-so cozy looking shearling heels. Designer Theresa Ebagua makes her Nigerian-inspired luxe designs in Italy.
63. Anima Iris - These geometric bags come in all sorts of shades and textures, each with a circular handle. The brand also has other shapes and sizes including more classic top handles and trendy micro bags.
64. Oma the Label - Bold chains and stunning gold pieces, galore! Its pieces are so pretty you'll really want to pile 'em on.
65. Fanm Mon - Bet you don't have a floral dress like THIS. The embroidered linen styles are so unique and are made for frolicking around in warmer weather.
66. Dana Scott - The Los Angeles-based brand has tons of cozy designs and staples like bike shorts, flannels, and hoodies that you can dress up or down.
67. Sammy B - Samantha Black's eponymous line is one you definitely want on your radar. Beyonce, Gabrielle Union, Megan Thee Stallion, and more have all worn her clothing, FYI.
68. Octave Jewelry - Statement earrings for your Zoom calls? Check. Octave's shimmery mother of pearl and quartz materials definitely pack a punch on your lobes.
69. Yeezy - Yeezy was launched in 2006 as a fashion brand. It is owned by Kanye West and was named after him. The brand is famous for its collaboration and sneakers designs. However, it also has a clothing line for women, men, and children
70. Zashadu - You'll find bags that are the epitome of glamour when shopping at this brand. Oh, and each one is handmade in Lagos so you know the craftsmanship is on point.
71. Adore Adorn - This demi-fine jewelry brand has all the sparkly rings, necklaces, earrings you could need. How cute are these two-tone enamel pieces?!
72. Theophilio - The Brooklyn-based brand launched in 2016 and was created by Jamaican-born designer Edvin Thompson. Some standout pieces include jeans with grommets, fringed headpieces, and ruched mesh mini dresses.
73. Re Ona - Clean lines, muted tones, and classic silhouettes are what you'll find when shopping at Re Ona. All its pieces are staples for your wardrobe, but they have a more updated look.
74. Brandon Blackwood - So. Fluffy. Brandon Blackwood's bags are like works of art with their structured shapes and striking textures, prints, and hues.
75. Farai London - This brand is known for its signature design of a halter dress with side cutouts, but its newest drop also includes one-shoulder designs, matching sets, and velvet fabrics.
76. Ivy Park - Of course you know Bey's athleisure line Ivy Park. It recently relaunched with Adidas and has some of the coolest, sporty designs with bold colors, like this green set here.
77. Pashko - Welcome, minimalists! You'll love to browse all day on Pashko's site and look through comfy tees, sweats, henleys, and more.
78. White/Space - Wow, this necklace! White/Space has some of the prettiest delicate and sculptural jewelry that make great gifts for someone special...or yourself.
79. NaClO Apparel - Named after the chemicals that make up bleach (genius!), this new loungewear company launched during the pandemic and offers sweaters, sweats, tanks and more in unique dyed, colorful patterns.
80. par Bronté Laurent - You'll find lots of silky, shiny pieces from this designer; plus, her voluminous designs are just so gorgeous.
81. Danzy - This sporty apparel company has some of the cutest athleisure and activewear out there. It recently partnered with Revolve on this tennis capsule, which includes a pleated skirt, half-zip sweater, and sports bra, all with the preppy logo embroidery.
82. The Oula Company - Distinctive and bold patterns separate this fashion brand from the rest. Designed by Erika Massaquoi, the textiles are sourced responsibly, and the clothes are handmade in the U.S.
83. LaSette - Need some lingerie? LaSette's got you (literally) covered with its bras, underwear, and slip dresses.
84. Solely Fit - Stefania Okolie created this chic activewear line during COVID—impressive, right?!—and it has some of the softest pieces out there that manage to turn heads. Check out this metallic onesie, here.
85. Bychari - Delicate gold jewelry is this brand's bread and butter. Michelle Obama wore the "VOTE" style last year before the election, but it also has tons of other letter options for a personalized touch.
86. Nicole Shante - If you want to shop for somethin' a lil more fancy and luxe, get yourself over to Nicole Shante. With bold pant suits and prints, you'll have the spotlight in any room you walk into.
87. Peju Obasa - Another bag brand is Peju Obasa, which includes these cute buckled belt bags that you can also wear over your shoulder.
88. Aaks - Look no further for your newest summer bag. The woven designs of Aaks are sure to get so many compliments when you take yours out for a stroll.
89. Rielli - This relatively new swimwear company launched in 2019 and already has a major celeb fan: Kim Kardashian. The bright smocked one-pieces, bikinis, dresses, and skirts are made for both land and sea.
90. Zou Xou - This shoe brand, founded by Katherine Theobalds, specializes in small-batch, ethically made footwear. The Mary Janes are some of the most popular styles, but the newest summer sandals—like these check slides—are quickly catching on.
91. Le Beau Monde - At this store, you'll be able to stay on top of all the trends without dropping a ton of money.
92. Washington Ave - This vintage store has some seriously cute stuff, and the best part? You won't run into anyone else wearing the same thing!
93. Edas - Edas knows how to make a statement bag. The designs usually feature a structured silhouette and large buckle on the strap, like this yellow one here.
94. Liberté - This lingerie company has some of the prettiest lacy designs, and the cup sizes go to size H.
95. Tove Studio - Tove's dreamy dresses often feature ruching and breezy skirts, so you can channel those romantic vibes.
96. Rebdolls - Full of iconic going-out looks, Rebdolls is a one-stop-shop for every occasion. Bonus: They carry sizes small through 5X.
97. Anya Lust - In need of some new (and spicy) lingerie? Peep Anya Lust's site and you'll find corsets, thongs, and bodysuits galore.
98. ÖFUURË - If you're a fan of bold, vibrant, and stunning pieces, you're gonna adore African clothing brand ÖFUURË. Everything from jaw-dropping gowns to adorable pajamas lives on their site.
99. Jolie Noire - Casual luxury abounds on the Jolie Noire website. Whether you're looking for chic tees or comfy loungewear, this brand has it all.
100. Zelie for She - Ethereal pieces you'll drool over the second you see them: That's the beauty of Zelie for She. This plus-size clothing brand is worth a browse for sure.
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