Brand Spotlight: Six Trailblazing Black Designers to Know

Black culture has always had a big influence on the world of fashion but hasn't received the credit it deserves.


We want to introduce you to six of today’s top trendsetters who are blazing a trail of innovation by leaning on their heritage and personal stories to push fashion forward!


GET TO KNOW: FEAR OF GOD

Los Angeles designer Jerry Lorenzo founded Fear of God in 2013, quickly becoming a streetwear status symbol known for sophisticated yet low-key basics that take inspiration from the divine and everyday. On Friday, June 5, Fear of God launched a "super collab" T-shirt made in partnership with eight independent designers, including Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond in honor of George Floyd with all money going toward the Gianna Floyd Fund. 


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GET TO KNOW: BROTHER VELLIES

Brother Vellies was founded in 2013 with the goal of keeping traditional African design practices, and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs. Now handmade artisanally across the globe, Brother Vellies creates luxury accessories that celebrate cultural histories and timeless design. 


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GET TO KNOW: LEMLEM

lemlem is an artisan-driven collection of fashion and home goods made entirely in Africa and is committed to elevating artisanship and expanding production and jobs across Africa. The core collection is handwoven from natural cotton in Ethiopia and lemlem is steadily expanding partnerships with additional artisan groups across Africa. 


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GET TO KNOW: PYER MOSS

Pyer Moss was founded in 2013 by Kerby Jean-Raymond and describes his brand as an “art project” or “a timely social experiment” and aims to use its voice and platform to challenge social narratives and evoke dialogue. 


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GET TO KNOW: STELLA JEAN

Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean burst onto the scene in 2011 after winning Vogue Italia’s "Who Is On Next" talent contest. The basis of Jean's work is multiculturalism applied to fashion, and her activism goes far beyond slogan tees and hashtags and actually incites economic and social change. 


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GET TO KNOW: FENTY

Inspired by a worldwide community beyond traditional boundaries, FENTY embraces a fundamental freedom: a freedom from convention and rules. Robyn Rihanna Fenty is passionate about creating collections that are versatile enough to embrace and celebrate the complexities of all women. 


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