After we published our first list of Top 100 Black Designers, we realized that one list was simply not enough!
In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, we decided to create a post, highlighting the breadth and range of talent of Black Creatib. ves and Black Style.
Though we already outlined 100 black designers, there are many who didn’t immediately come to mind! We have also discovered so many more in the past few days. Lastly, while our last list was limited when it came to accessories brands, this list bubbles over.
So, behold even MORE black designers you should know:
B Michael America is an American treasure, and we are seriously face palming that we neglected to mention the designer in our initial list. The couturier creates flawless runway frocks, and frequently dresses ageless beauties like the incomparable Cicely Tyson.
Shop at BMichaelAmerica.com.
Created in 2012 by Senegalese designer Omar Salam, Sukeina focuses on fabulous party dresses with intricate details: think fringe, appliqué’s, and make-a-statement feathers. Salam studied fashion design at Parsons, and worked at Christian Lacroix and Sonia Rykiel before launching his own collection. The brand is beloved by Naomi Campbell, Thandi Newton, and Draya Michele.
See more at Sukeina.co.
3. Tope FNR
Nigerian brand Tope FNR creates bedazzling custom pieces! From wedding gowns to glittering jumpsuits, each piece is made to measure.
Learn more at Matopeda.com.
4. O Ray
Ms. Ray Marshall specializes in one-of-one dresses, made with athletic cuts and drool worthy fabrics. If you spy one of her designs on her page @O_Ray, snap it up quick! Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good.
Purchase at OrayInternational.com.
Contemporary ‘It Girls” like Cardi B and Ari the Don have a new bespoke couturier to call on for singular sexy pieces. Calechie designs are racy and definitely not for the faint of heart.
See more @ Calechie .
Bahamas born, Miami based Valentino Omar specializes in red carpet and performances pieces, beloved by Amara la Negra, Tommie, and Claire Sulmers.
See more @ValentinoOmar.
7. Shop J Bolin
Though many know J. Bolin as a stylist to stars like Michelle Williams, Sarah Jakes Roberts, and Tyra Banks, Bolin has branched off to creating his own line of smart separates, fashioned for women of all shapes, sizes, and style penchants.
Courtney Noelle was created in 2014 to cater to women of all sizes, and stocks glamorous plus size pieces characterized by bold colors, ruffles, and daring prints.
Comfy separates seem to be a specialty of Phlemuns, whose current collection includes sweatshirts, matching sweatpants, face masks, and skirts printed with clouds, lemons, and stars. Their accessories are also worthy of note: Snakeskin pocket bags are perfect to pop in your keys, iPhone, wallet, and go.
10. Ezie NY
Created by a Nigerian American Emergency Room doctor, Esther Ihezie, Ezie NY offers fashion from the soul . On her website, she writes, “Despite her love for helping people through medicine, Ihezie could not ignore her concurrent obsession with fashion. She began designing her own clothing as a preteen, bringing sketches to the local seamstress in Nigeria to produce one of a kind outfit she would wear to church and she continued designing her own wardrobe throughout her study of medicine. Albeit formal fashion training, Ihezie worked to better herself at designing by attending seminars taught by industry professionals and would fit in classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology whenever she could.” Her unabashedly glamorous designs have been worn by Angela Simmons, Vanessa Simmons, Ming Lee Simmons, and Tamron Hall.
Shop select items here.
With the tag line, “Be A Feminist. Be Confident. Expose your Irregular,” Irregular Exposure offers items for the contemporary Bombshell with swag. Created by Jessica Williams and made in LA, their ruched pieces are their signature, and a fan favorite.
12. Shan Latris
Alabama based Shan Latris creates contemporary clothes informed by her Southern Upbringing. Her most recent collection merges houndstooth with classic black and white, producing separates that pack a punch.
Shop her new collection here.
Atlanta based bespoke brand London Couture creates everything from gowns to mini dresses to off the shoulder shirts with signature flair. Per their name, most of their items are custom. Dip in their DMs and get ready to turn heads.
Follow them on Instagram here.
LA based brand Something by Sonjia has a little something for everyone, but their oversized pants are a crowd favorite.
See more and purchase here.
Kylie Jenner recently flexed on Instagram in a skin slinging body dress, equipped with a slash cut out at the bodice: thus introducing us to black owned British brand Loud Brand Studios. The young line has already sold out of the Vashtie dress, they still have select mini dresses, crop tops, and pants available.
Contemporary Miami brand is made for young Bombshell looking for figure flattering ensembles. Their specialty? Jumpsuits and skin clinging separates.
Nigerian based brand Erica Moore creates everything from cocktail dresses to prom gowns to tracksuits for men. Though based abroad, they ship internationally.
Keep up with what’s new on Instagram @EricaMooreBrand.
18. Lyl Official
Lyl describes itself as, “a fashion brand for ambitious and stylish women.” They add, “We are a black owned, female run business providing a modern take of power dressing.“
Their products are limited edition and available in UK sizes 8-16 with prices ranging from £90-£155. They ship worldwide. Shop at www.lylofficial.com.
19. Shop FKSP
The brainchild of Bomb Blogger Folake Kuye of the blog Style Pantry, her line of chic, work ready separates and cocktails are just as chic as her personal style. While Folake’s particular style is hard to capture, her line helps you get close.
Shop at ShopFKSP.com.
Freemen by Mickey Freemen is for men who use their freedom to express themselves sartorially. While Mickey creates a range of separates, his signature pieces include his kilts, made in cotton, wools, and leather.
Get yours here.
Chocolate Clothes is a Ghanaian brand with Universal appeal. Their cool colored sets have been spied on T.I., Jamie Foxx, and Steve Harvey. Sharp!
Follow them on Instagram @ChocolateClothesGlobal.
Charlotte based clothing line Southern Gents produces a vintage aesthetic with a modern twist. Though the line is mainly geared towards men, they also stock outwear and hats for women.
Purchase at S-Gents.com.
23. Rich God XX
Follow at @RichGodXX.
24. Heron Preston
Heron Preston is athletic and athleisurewear personified, uplifted by pops of color and artistic prints. The San Francisco born, New York based Preston was nominated as the CFDA Emerging Designer of the Year in 2019. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, Heron Preston has collaborated with Kanye West, Off White, Nike, NASA, and more.
Shop at HeronPreston.com.
25. Carl Ulysses
Though Carl Ulysses is known industry wide for his costume design for Black Panther, The Bobby Brown story, Shaft, and All Eyez On Me movies, he also creates custom red carpet looks for the greats like Tyler Perry, Chadwick Boseman, and more.
Follow on Instagram @ CarlUlysses.
26. The Blairisms
Blairism’s fun tees are the must have for Summer 2020, witnessed by their crewnecks and tank tops reflecting Megan thee Stallion’s hit song, “Savage.” Shirts rendering TV characters from Living Single, Golden Girls and more with descriptive adjectives, “Savage. Classy. Bougie. Ratchet.” They write, ““…Based between New Orleans and Virginia, #BLAIRISMS is for the melanin loving, pro-BLACK, warriors at the front lines of the resistance, the out and proud LGBTQ community living and loving who they are and everyone who understands that fashion is a form of expression and healing.”
27. Mess in a Bottle
Founded by Kalilah Wright, Mess in a Bottle is a brand with a message, branded on tees, that come in a bottle! Wright was born in Jamaica moved to Brooklyn, New York at the age of 4. Over the years, she has been steadily growing her brand, which comprises t-shirts, mugs, backpacks, and face masks sporting phrases like, “A Black Woman Created This,” “Fearless,” and “100% Black Owned.”
28. Served Fresh
Founded by a wife and husband duo, Served Fresh delivers smart tees with cool designs, reflecting current events and of the moment occurrences. Their most recent tees say, “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks, “ “Don’t Tape Me, Help Me,” and “I am Not a Target.”
Purchase at RefreshedCollection.com.
29. Project 96
Vintage issue tees with positive messages? Sign us up! According to their website, “Born & raised in Lagos, Nigeria – Creator, Petahjay, draws inspiration from his ethnic background. His awareness of culture and authenticity motivated him to create a brand that could provide a platform not only for his unique take on fashion, but for a community of creatives and innovators. Petahjay’s desire to achieve an equilibrium between heritage and personal style resulted in the formation of Project 96.”
30. Tori Soudan
Tori Soudan specializes in make a statement footwear, fashioned in bold color blocked strips for pumps, sandals, and boots. According to her website, “A true artist and visionary, her purpose, which was born out of a love for fashion, began at just 9 years old in her hometown of Stratford, Connecticut where her mother taught her to make fancy Easter dresses. As a teenager, Tori progressed to designing prom gowns for classmates. Her inspiration to design footwear came in 1994 when she studied abroad and saw a demonstration given by a master shoemaker near Venice, Italy. She was struck by the intricacies of old world shoe making and embarked on her vision to design footwear of impeccable quality for women. She went on to graduate Spelman College with honors and after studying design at the famed Parson’s Institute of Design in NYC and interning with American sportswear designer Tommy Hilfiger, Tori was ready to give women what she knew they deserved, the most superlative shoes imaginable and in 2011, she debuted her first collection.” Her designs were most recently seen on Amanda Seales, as she hosted the 2020 BET Awards, and on Fashion Bomb Daily EIC Claire Sulmers.
Purchase at ToriSoudan.com.
Ashley Norment, the owner of TTOS, writes, “TTOS is all about comfort and style. TTOS values exclusivity for its customers by making a select amount per design. I am inspired by my hometown, Detroit,MI, in each design that I create. I hope those close or from afar can feel the love and inspiration behind each shoe design.“
Shop at ShopTTOS.com.
Few fashionistas could step foot outside without donning a pair of perfectly cute clear heels, popularized by Jessica Rich. The sheer versatility of her signature stilettos and sandals made them the go to heel for J. Lo, Cardi B, Kylie Jenner, Saweetie, Normani, Kelly Rowland, and more. Here’s to comfortable, cute footwear, and continued innovation!
Shop at JessicaRich.com.
From Keeyahri.com, “Keya Martin, Artistic Director and Founder, designs first through touch, manipulating fabrics and hand-selecting details that convey a simple sensuality. Released in small-scale seasonal collections, Keeyahri shoes honor the community that wears them: dynamic women with an eclectic sensibility and a point-of- view for the world.
Poised and confident, Keeyahri shoes understand fashion as an investment in self-empowerment and self-expression. Independently made with a flair for the unique, they were made to strut in. “You will never go unnoticed in my shoes,” says Keya. Her story empowers all women to be confident enough to follow their internal voice and instincts while creating a business that makes them feel fulfilled.”
Designed in the United Stated and made in Brazil, LFLS Shoes are a fabulous luxury shoe option for Fashion Bomb Men. They say, “Along with offering great quality, we pride ourselves on offering the most unique and eye catching designer shoes that the industry has to offer. With LFLS, you get the highest quality possible and a shoe that you won’t find at any other shoe retailer in the world. “
35. Salone Monet
Salone Monet’s mission is simple: to create elegant, chic nude heels for brown skinned Bombshells. The glorious range of sandals and pumps have found a fan in Beyonce: They are heels fit for a Queen.
Buy yours at SaloneMonet.com.
36. Titi Adesa
Titi Adesanya launched her eponymous line, inspired by luxury footwear and elegant craftsmanship. According to her website, “After completing a Master’s degree in Pharmacy, Titi, who grew up between Lagos and London, embarked on a journey to express her purest self by way of design. Following meticulous research and courses at London College of Fashion’s Cordwainers, Titi invested two years grafting with the finest artisans in Italy to understand every aspect of shoe manufacturing and learn about the numerous, essential components involved in realising comfortable footwear styles for women.” The simple styles are made in Milan and available for purchase at TitiAdesa.com.
37. By Dose
Modern, minimal, and chic, By Dose Aurum sandals are the perfect shoes to complement any outfit. Though the brand is famous for their barely-there gilded heels, they have a full range, including heels in silver and nude tones. .
Pre-order at By-Dose.com.
38. Voyette Lee
According to Voyette Lee, “Each pair is handcrafted from the best materials by skilled artisans who stress every single detail and aspect.” Lee adds, “An image of self-expression that whether affordable or lavish, allowed my inner soul to manifest an appealing creation to show the world. My deep desire drove me to create something of my very own, a luxury shoe brand laced with my DNA.”
Purchase at Voyette.com.
39. Silver and Riley
Silver & Riley owner Lola Banjo is a woman on the go: a business woman with a robust travel schedule, who yearned to marry fashion with function. Thus, Silver & Riley was born. Each bag is expertly made in Italy with fine quality materials and thoughtful details. With rich hues and gilded straps, each bag uplifts every outfit.
Get yours here.
40. Adoni NYC
Distinguished, sophisticated, and luxurious, Adoni NYC carries buttery soft leather pieces, perfect for travel: wallets, backpacks, duffel bags and more, with an elegant twist.
Shop at AdoniNYC.com.
41. Petit Kouraj
Created by Haitian British Designer and fashion stylist Nasrin Jean-Baptiste, Petit Kouraj, “makes fun, stand alone pieces of wearable art that celebrates a love of knitwear, sculpture and identity.” The brand’s fringe bags are fun, fabulous, and handmade in Haiti.
British/Nigerian brand Zashadu works with locally sustained leather and exotic skins, fashioned into unique bags. They say, “At Zashadu we love to explore the tension between quiet elegance and unabashed glamour.” Founder Zainab Ashadu began her career as an actor in London, but honed her skills as a bag designer at the London College of Fashion.
Purchase at Zashadu.com.
43. Bruce & Glen
Twin brothers Bruce & Glen have electric personalities–and a bag brand to match.
44. Shop Tosha
Created in 2011 by Brooklyn based designer, Towana Phillip, Shop Tosha bags are hand crafted creations, fashioned in bold colors and fabrications. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Phillip worked in visual merchandising for Burberry, Nike and Saks 5th Avenue before launching her own brand. Signature styles include the peony bag, decorated with pom moms, and fringe bags, equipped with fabulous fringe.
Shop now at ShopTosha.com.
45. Beads by Aree
Beads by Aree carries one of a kind pieces, ranging from cowrie shell earrings to wiry chokers to clothes, shoes, and more.
See more at BeadsbyAree.com.
46. Dominique Renee
Born and raised in Connecticut, Dominique grew up in a creative environment that fostered her lover of music, art, and style. On her website, she says “After high school I decided to go to college for Graphic Design, but soon after concluded that my heart wasn’t in it. My dreams of being a designer were stifled only by the feeling that I might not have what it took. When my nails started to turn heads everywhere I went, I realized it was time to go for it. What did I have to lose? I started designing my own nails because I couldn’t find salons that were able to do what I wanted done. It is not exactly how I thought I would get started, I just kind of fell into it, but I am passionate about it. Nails, for me, had become my most important accessory when putting an outfit together. We ALL know how important accessories are. With that in mind I decided to acquire my certification in Nail Technology, and to develop my own line of hand painted nails. After premiering my first couple nail collections, I expanded my line to offer other handmade accessories…Although I have chosen a career in design, music still plays a huge part in my life. I carefully curate a playlist for each collection that helps to set the mood, and to communicate my feelings and the message behind each piece.” Renee offers playful, music inspired pieces, as she says, “produced from a playlist of emotions.“
Shop select Dominique Renee pieces at FashionBombDailyShop.com.
47. EBJ Gallery
EBJ Gallery specializes in adding skins to Bamboo earrings and hoops. Fashionistas like Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, and Tracee Ellis Ross all support!
Purchase at EBJGallery.com.
More into subtle jewelry? Misayo House is the perfect choice. Their simple crystal hoops and bracelets are the creation of wife, mother, and philanthropist Idunnu Tomori.
Haitian American designer Mckenzie Liautaud offers a range of jewelry options, from stone addled pendants and baubles to glitzy earrings, and pearls.
Purchase a few selections here.
Purchase at Axcexx.com.
Vianca “Vee” Delancy of the brand A Little Touch of Vee creates beautiful handmade jewelry for any occasion. Though based out of Miami, the brand ships worldwide.
Follow the brand on Instagram here.
52. Amerie 1936
Amerie 1936 triumphs in the lane of layered gold necklaces and make a statement earrings and rings. Established in 2017, the Charlotte, North Carolina based brand has been worn by Fantasia, Desi Perkins, and Kelly Rowland.
53. Sneely Jewelry
Shauna Neely is the creator of Sneely Jewelry, a brand of diamond and CZ necklaces, tennis bracelets, studs, and anklets, along with sturdy gold cuban links, trendy necklaces, and more. This brand was made for the bold Bombshell who loves to sparkly and shine.
Follow @ SneelyJewelry for new arrivals.
Vuliwear is where “fashion and nature collide,” with insect inspired frames and honeycomb compound lenses. All of their shades are unisex, created with high polarized lenses that reduce glare, and protect your bulbs from the sun. On their site, they say, “Our mission is to build a collection of fashion accessories that are quality, innovative and creative. Vuliwear wants to be a part of your personal style statement.“
55. Coco and Breezy
Twin sisters Corianna and Brianna Dotson launched their sunglasses line, Coco and Breezy, in 2009. Thanks to their unique looks, DJ skills, and undeniable swag, their shades were instant hits with the glitterati, and have collaborated been worn by Prince, Diddy, and many others.
Get yours at CocoandBreezy.com.
Launched by celebrity stylist Raquel Smith, Kidraq stocks sunglasses for kids to adults.
57. Eeny Eyewear
Eeny Eyewear is all about look-at-me eyeglasses and sunglasses with unique shapes.
58. Ashaka Givens
Brooklyn Bombshell Ashaka Givens specializes in fly fedoras with funky details like cuban chainlink or gold leather bands. Since we first covered the brand in 2015, the Givens has expanded her repertoire to include fascinators, berets, and more.
Esenshel is a brand of couture level hats, beloved by fashion trendsetters like Billy Porter and June Ambrose.
60. Byond Measure
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