Over the past few weeks, a nationwide dialogue surrounding racial injustice and systemic racism has erupted, causing an unprecedented number of brands to speak out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to acknowledge the ways in which they can do better.
AMP3 stands in solidarity with the Black community — we are actively listening and learning in this historic moment. Through the nature of our work as communicators, we have a unique opportunity to create positive change by amplifying messages of equality and supporting Black-owned fashion and beauty brands. As such, we’ve compiled a round-up of some of our favorite Black female-owned fashion brands you can support right now:
First up on the list is a luxe minimal swimwear company, Jade Swim. This comes just in time for summer to snag yourself the perfect swimsuit for a beach vacation or pool day. All of the swimwear is made from sustainable fabric with shape retention technology to ensure the most flattering fit. Go ahead and snag yourself the perfect swimsuit.
Struggling to find the perfect carry-all leather tote bag, or a backpack to make your work commute a little lighter? UnoEth has you covered. This father-daughter business got its start after the duo took a trip to Ethiopia and returned with various leather bags as gifts for family and friends. They loved the bags so much, but quickly realized they would need to make another trip back to Ethiopia for more. So, UnoEth was born! The leather bags are handmade by artisans and small businesses in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
For those who love a sharp, clean look, Cold Laundry is the brand for you. Take a glimpse at their beautiful Instagram page and you will instantly admire Cold Laundry’s modern aesthetics and functional clothes. The brand is based in London, so the pieces have that European sophistication we all admire. Everything is unisex, allowing for interchangeable style and fits for all.
Sweats By Sam
Ditch your DIY quarantine tie-dye and leave it to the professional, Sam Harper. She is a fashion design major at Drexel University and started Sweats by Sam last year.
After ruining her favorite white pair of sweatpants, she decided to dye them her favorite color. Turns out Sam loved them so much she made a business out of it! All of the sweatsets are hand-dyed with vibrant colors that will definitely up your sweats game.
Oma The Label
Neumi Anekhe, a NYC based fashion stylist, created Oma The Label in 2018 because she saw a need for more brands representing POC in a rather homogenous fashion industry. A necessary initiative to diversify the markets, imagery and representation in the industry built the foundation of this highly successful brand. You can find a stunning variety of affordable jewelry all plated with 18k gold and brass here. Do yourself a favor and follow Oma The Label’s Instagram as well to fill your timeline with beautiful images.
Shami Oshun, a fashion designer based in California, built her brand in 2015 with the goal to create unique and practical designs for consumers. Most notable is her 3D printed Bev Bag, designed to carry your on-the-go beverages that always seem to be an inconvenience. I mean really, holding a coffee in one hand and the subway pole in the other is not always the most pleasant experience. This Bev Bag landed her recognition at major outlets like Vogue and Huffington Post. Recently, she released a collection of wearable face masks in all nude shades. Since we will be wearing masks in the foreseeable future, grab one for yourself!
This list is nowhere near comprehensive and there are so many more Black-owned businesses worth exploring (feel free to reach out if you have a brand we should consider adding to our list). Below are three posts which will direct you to Instagram accounts that highlight hundreds of Black-owned businesses ranging from fashion, beauty, home decor, health and wellness, skincare and much more. Show these businesses the support they deserve!
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