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 30 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.
Haitian-American designer Victor Glemaud launched his leisurewear collection of statement knitwear, designed for all people, genders, races, sizes, and personalities, marrying comfort and style, in 2006. Victor Glemaud was a finalist in the 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Raised in Queens, New York, Victor used to work as Studio Director at Paco Rabanne, followed by Style Director at Tommy Hilfiger before launching his eponymous brand. Instagram: @glemaud.
Brother Vellies creates luxury accessories, handmade artisanally across the globe, that celebrate cultural histories, and timeless design. Instagram: @brothervellies. Brother Vellies is founded by Aurora James who also created the 15% Pledge organization asking brands to pledge 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned businesses.
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.
Designed in New York City, Romeo Hunte embodies an aesthetic that is edgy yet sophisticated with a balance of feminine and masculine. The brand emphasizes on impeccable outerwear attire that highlights modern apparel with a chic flair, consisting of a curation of luxurious, transitional yet transformable pieces. Instagram: Romeo Hunte.
Telfar is a unisex line established in 2005 in NYC by Telfar Clemens. “It’s not for you — it’s for everyone.” “Telfar” fiercely deconstructs notions of class, aspiration, gender, and identity. Its bags are sold out in a minute. Instagram: @telfarglobal.
Christopher John Rogers
Christopher John Rogers label was established in NYC in 2016. Rogers, who is young, Black, and queer, is a rising star in American fashion and won the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund at 26 years old. Christopher John Rogers creates emotional & sensitive clothing with an emphasis on quality manufacturing and timeless appeal, whilst encouraging its customers to take up space. Vice-president Kamala Harris wore Christopher John Rogers for the inaugural ceremony. Instagram: @christopherjohnrogers.
Autumn Adeigbo is an ethical luxury brand. The label focuses on positively impacting the lives of women across cultures by utilizing female-owned production facilities in the U.S.A. and providing global artisans with meaningful employment and fair wages. Most of the items are made to order: and it definitely worths the wait. As seen in Vogue and on several celebrities (Kerry Washington, Kristen Bell, etc.). Instagram: @autumn_adeigbo.
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.
Come Back As A Flower
Come Back As A Flower is a LA label proudly black-owned, using 100% recycled cotton, hand-dyed and ethically produced in Los Angeles. Highly vibrational & ultra-comfortable. Instagram: @comebackasaflower.
Coco & Breezy
Coco and Breezy Eyewear was founded in 2009 by twin sisters Corianna and Brianna Dotson. Their edgy designs were an instant hit in the entertainment and fashion world and can be found in most major publications, e.g. Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Instagram: @cocoandbreezyeyewear.
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.
Lait De Coco Studio
Maki Oh Fashion
Vavvoune (pronounced vav•une) is a leather accessories brand founded by self-taught designer/artisan Valerie Blaise, in Brooklyn New York. Inspired by moods, moments of nostalgia, all bags are effortless and functional. Instagram: @vavvoune.
Founded by James Flemons in 2013, Phlemuns is a Black-owned fashion label based in Los Angeles. Born out of a desire to bridge the gap between elevated fashion and everyday communities, the unisex brand adopts an inclusive ‘slow-fashion’ approach, meticulously crafting each collection with intentional design and accessibility in mind. Instagram: Phlemuns.
Livstreetwear is not just a clothing line, it represents the unification from the nostalgic periods of fashion from the 90’s to early 2000’s. Celebrating the culture created during this time, from the pioneering music and eccentric hairstyles, to the iconic movies and party scenes. Livstreetwear pays homage to those feelings while bringing new life to the vintage trends of that decade. Instagram: @livstreetwear.
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 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
Bernard James is designed in Brooklyn, and handcrafted in NYC. The label is a globally-minded fine jewelry brand providing a new standard of luxury. The marriage of traditional technique and modern concepts makes each piece a work of art. Bernard aims to create a collection of timeless accents because “classic” never dies. Instagram: @bernardjames.
Kendall Miles Designs
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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the effort.
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, 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.
- Black in fashion council
- 15% Pledge
- I also personally recommend the following: Movie: The Hate You Give, Netflix: When they see us, I am not your negro, 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.