There are some labels that cross the selling counters of our stores and make us extra giddy. Today, in honor of Black History Month, we share 3 trailblazing Black-owned fashion labels that left a big mark on the industry (and our closets).
In 2013, the late Virgil Abloh founded his Milan-based label, Off-White. His innovative approach to merging streetwear with luxury was born from an architectural background, knowledge of Chicago street fashion, and collaborative work with Kanye West. By 2018, sales and popularity proved that Off-White was the hottest label in the world.
Abloh later took his creativity to Louis Vuitton, where he became the first African-American artistic director at the renowned fashion house.
We’re always excited to see Off-White items from sellers, including popular collaboration pieces with brands like Converse.
This Brooklyn-based label was founded by Liberian-American, Telfar Clemens, and is known for its genderless fashion pieces. It’s partnered with a wide range of people and brands, including Solange Knowles, UGG, and White Castle.
The Telfar shopping bag is its star piece. Crafted in vegan leather and embossed with the labels’ signature “T”, it consistently sells out and is often referred to as the “Bushwick Birkin”. We love when they come into our stores!
The Fenty label was produced under LVHM from 2017 to 2021. It was founded by Rhianna, who became the first Black woman to head a fashion label with the French luxury company. The brand debuted with pop-up stores in Paris and New York. It carried a full line of clothing, shoes, and accessories.
The timing of the pandemic ultimately proved too much for the brand, but its sunglasses and jewelry often sold out and remain some of our favorite pieces.
Of course, this is only scratching the surface of trailblazing Black-owned fashion labels. Which ones would you name your top 3?