At Mode Rsvp we will always stand for equality, justice, humility, respect, and progress. Mode Rsvp’s objective is to showcase creative ideas and designs in the fashion industry and beyond. Following the recent deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor highlighting systemic racism and police brutality against the black community in the USA, we decided to dedicate this blog post to suggest ideas to support the black community in America on a sustainable basis. The first part of this post is about our 20 favorite US black-owned fashion businesses, and the second part displays resources to support the black community in America.
US black-owned fashion businesses we are obsessed with
If you are reading ModeRsvp.com, there are many chances that you like to shop and discover irresistible fashion labels. We curated a list of our favorite US fashion black-owned businesses we are obsessed with on Instagram. Check them out, follow them on social media, buy their beautiful designs, repost them. Any action will be helpful.
Sincerely, Tommy is a Brooklyn based lifestyle store with a house coffee bar focusing on emerging womenswear, lifestyle brands, and community. Instagram: @sincerelytommy.
The Folklore is an innovative online retail concept based in New York City. The store stocks high-end and emerging designer brands from Africa and the diaspora, and serves as a cultural hub for contemporary brands, artists, and creatives to showcase their personal stories. Instagram: @thefolklore.
Subrina Heyink is a designer/bridal vintage shop with a state of the art selection (Saint Laurent, Oscar De La Renta, Mugler, etc.). Instagram: @subrinaheyinkvintage.
Slashed by Tia
Tia Adeola created the brand from her dorm room during the summer of 2017, using her art history background and passion for the Renaissance period as inspiration. As per Teen Vogue, she is ready to be one of the greatest female couture designers in the world. Instagram: @tiaadeola.
Lait De Coco Studio
Maki Oh Fashion
Pyer Moss is a luxury menswear and womenswear fashion label concerned with building a narrative that speaks about heritage and activism. The label is sold limitedly and in no particular schedule at exclusive high-end boutiques worldwide. Instagram: @pyermoss.
Chelsea Bravo’s collections feature both womenswear and menswear, creatively infusing an artistic hand combined with simple and free shapes through a contemporary silhouette. Pieces are sampled and made-to-order in-house. Instagram: @chelseabravo.
Made in Los Angeles, Local European produces elegant streetwear essentials made of deadstock fabrics, which reduces textile waste, saves energy, and lowers our carbon footprint. Instagram: @localeuropean.
Sami Miro Vintage
Not a fashion store, but Claude Home vintage furniture store is praised by the Fashion community worldwide. The selection is purely divine. Instagram: @claudehome. Claude Home wants to gather a group of businesses that will pledge to continue to support the black community by donating proceeds from sales from one day a month. If you are interested in joining the effort email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ressources to support the black community in America
Of course, shopping is not the only answer. There are many ways to support the black community in America continuously: educating yourselves, talking about racial injustice, helping victims of police misconduct, joining an organization (campaign zero, black lives matter), signing a petition, vote, etc. You will find some useful resources below.
- Barack Obama Tool Kit for the young activist.
- Organizations: Black Lives Matter, Campaign Zero, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, National Police Accountability Project.
- Anti-racist resources for white people: Google Doc.
- Talking about race by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
- An Anti-racist reading list by NY Times.
- I also personally recommend the following: Movie: The Hate You Give, Netflix: When they see us, Book: How to be anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi, White Fragility by DiAngelo (essay, analysis, book), HBR article: How businesses must take meaningful action against racism.