With an issue as large as racial injustice at hand in America, it can be hard to know where to even start when it comes to effecting change. Luckily, there are small adjustments you can make in your everyday life, such as shopping more Black-owned business, that over time can leave their mark.
The Black-owned fashion brands both big and small below offer an excellent chance to make a difference in the lives of their minority designers, as well as bring more representation to the fashion world. We know you'll love the finds ahead as much as we do.
LiLiCreations Johanna Skirt Set
New York-based Malacia Anderson hand makes stunning fashions sold on Etsy, such as this African-cotton skirt set. It cinches you at the waist and makes a colorful statement.
Phenomenal Woman Phenomenally Soft Sweatshirt
Phenomenal Woman is not only a clothing brand, but also an action campaign. Its name is borrowed from the great Maya Angelou's "Phenomenal Woman" poem and the brand supports non-profits benefiting minorities ranging from The Black Futures Lab (helping to build black political power) to the Essie Justice Group (women with incarcerated loved ones against mass incarceration). They have the softest, cutest loungewear also available in plus sizes with inspiring phrases on it.
Cushnie Black Stretch Viscose Mock Neck Top
You'll want every piece from Carly Cushnie's ready-to-wear and bridal brand Cushnie, which stands out thanks to its clean, sculptural lines. We love the subtle sexiness of this mock neck top.
Fe Noel Nutmeg Swimsuit
The founder of this Brooklyn-based women's-wear brand, Fe Noel, is influenced by her Grenadian heritage, full of bold prints and vibrant colors. We find this hand-printed and made-to-order one-piece especially gorgeous. Noel also helps young women found their own businesses through her Fe Noel Foundation.
Lola Ade Luna Star Earring 14 Karat Gold Filled
The jewelry maker behind affordable brand Lola Ade takes inspiration from her childhood in Lagos, Nigeria, for her designs. There's something for everyone here—she makes colorful, bold statement pieces as well as minimalist essentials such as these pretty star earrings.
Lemlem Rekik Long Sleeve Caftan
Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede's core collection of clothing is handwoven from natural cotton in Ethiopia, creating jobs for women. The philanthropic arm of the brand connects women artisans in Africa to healthcare, education and pathways to jobs. Five percent of the brand's direct sales, proceeds from special collaborations and donations go to this foundation. You won't want to pass up pieces like this beautiful cotton caftan with hand-twisted fringe.
Christopher John Rogers Pleated Floral-Print Stretch-Satin Maxi Dress
Rihanna, Ashley Graham and Michelle Obama all count as fans of Vogue Fashion Fund Award-winner Christopher John Rogers. This Brooklyn-based designer's bright designs such as this neon bloom runway maxi dress will be sure to catch your eye.
Plumetis Fuller-Bust Bra
"Nude" undergarments all too often only come in a very limited range of shades. But Nubian Skin founder Ade Hassan is making a change with lingerie, hosiery and swimwear in shades of nude that match women of color's skin to a T.
LaQuan Smith Jackie Velvet Gown
Celebs like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian support the work of New York designer LaQuan Smith. His glamorous aesthetic shines in this crushed velvet backless gown.
Love, Vera Christin Teddy
Lingerie that's affordable yet super sexy? Sign us up. Intimates brand Love, Vera celebrates black women of all shapes and sizes. We're loving this sweet lace teddy with removable garters.
Jade Swim Bond One Piece
Fashion editor and stylist Brittany Kozerski's swim brand if full of must-haves for the summer. Her suits last thanks to their UV protection and resistance to chlorine, suntan lotions and oils. Her Bond one piece is especially sexy, tying across the smallest part of your waist.
Pyer Moss Black Sherpa Cropped Hoodie
Haitian-American Kerby Jean-Raymond makes high-end sportswear for men and women under his label Pyer Moss. You'll never want to take off his cotton hoodies.
The Neumi Ear Cuffs
New York-based personal shopper and fashion stylist Neumi Anekhe owns Oma the Label, a reasonably-priced jewelry and clothing company. Their 18 karat gold-plated ear cuffs are super cute.
Brother Vellies Lijadu Billfold in Stone
Aurora James, the creative director and founder of Brother Vellies wants to keep traditional African design practices and techniques alive while creating artisanal jobs with her brand. Her shoes and handbags feel vintage-inspired, and we're especially fond of this billfold with an on-trend snakeskin pattern.
KingsleyLeather Black Leather Card Holder
UK craftsman Kingsley Thompson sells leather men's accessories on Etsy. You can't go wrong with this minimalist wallet. We love Thompson's attention to detail.
Fenty Scandal Sandals 105
Don't forget about Rihanna! You can steal the style icon's look thanks to her fashion empire, Fenty. These fur heels are an especially chic addition to your wardrobe.
Mateo 14 Karat Yellow Gold Diamond Bezel Huggies
Jamaican women's fine-jewelry designer Matthew Harris' pieces are high quality and reasonably priced. We bet you'll never want to take off these huggies as they work with almost any outfit.
Animal Print Swimsuit in Sea Turtles
UK designer Sandra Pamela Palmer has an eco-friendly swimwear line called More Than Swim that ships to the U.S., too. Each suit is handmade to order and to offset the carbon footprint of each sale, a percentage of each purchase is donated to the charity Plastic Oceans UK, which stops plastic from reaching the ocean. We're loving this sea turtle-inspired one piece.
Jackie Sports Bra Top and Serena High Waist, Full Coverage Swim Bottoms
Entertainment personality Draya Michele's swim line is operated by women of color at every level and has celeb fans ranging from the Kardashian/Jenners to Selena Gomez. We love the bold blue hue of this sporty Mint Swim bikini.
Small Signet Ring
Creative producer and former Ralph Lauren and Maxim executive Blakely Thornton founded this unique jewelry line with unisex designs. The New York-based brand has been endorsed by Rihanna, Janelle Monae and more. We're digging these Civil Jewelry "civil" rings available in polished gold plate, sterling silver and rose gold.
Long Sleeve Giraffe Print Midi Dress by Karstadt
Thrilling is an online vintage store by Shilla Kim-Parker with sustainable finds such as this giraffe print midi dress. Thrilling has even partnered with Banana Republic to sell vintage Banana Republic items as part of the brand's Better Republic sustainability efforts.
Layla Tube Dress
Designer LaToia Fitzgerald's reasonably-priced fashion line Lionne has cool finds like this summer-ready bodycon tube dress.
The Pink Locket Darlene Sterling Silver and Gold Ear Jacket Earrings
Kamilah, the woman behind The Pink Locket is a jewelry maker in Georgia who sells her designs on Amazon Handmade. How special are these gold and silver earrings?
Echo One Piece
Model Monti Landers has a sexy Los Angeles swim brand called Riot Swim you won't want to miss. Her suits like this fiery body-sculpting one-piece are now available for pre-order.
Victor Glemaud Cropped Lettuce Edge Merino Wool Tank Top
Queens, New York native Victor Glemaud's designs have been worn by Ashley Graham, Florence Pugh, Hailey Baldwin, Margot Robbie, Michelle Williams, Selena Gomez and more. We're digging this ruffle crop tank.
Diamond Hug Earrings
Designer Khadijah Fulton's White Space jewelry is made in downtown LA. We have our eyes on these special 14 karat recycled gold, diamond hug earrings.
Pyjama Shirt and Pants
Wales Bonner is a mens- and womenswear designer. Her womenswear pieces are tomboy-inspired, such as this luxe royal blue pajama set made of satin.