Looking for new clothing or accessories? Why not consider shopping from sustainable Black-owned fashion brands? Not only will you be reducing your environmental impact, but you’ll also be creating economic opportunities in marginalized communities. Many sustainable fashion brands work with local artisans who have specialized skills and techniques passed down through generations to produce their clothing and accessories. And by incorporating their work into the production process, sustainable fashion brands help to preserve these traditions and provide a source of income for these skilled individuals.
And let’s not forget about the Black-owned sustainable fashion brands out there. Supporting these brands promotes diversity and representation in the fashion industry. So in honor of Earth Month, we’ve rounded up noteworthy sustainable Black-owned fashion brands to shop. From the bold and colorful prints of Brother Vellies to the minimalist and sophisticated designs of Lemlem, by supporting these brands, you’re not only making a statement with your fashion choices, but also making a positive impact on the world around you.
Brother Vellies is committed to sustainable and ethical practices in all aspects of their business, from sourcing materials to crafting their products. They prioritize using natural, renewable and biodegradable materials and working with artisans to create quality, long-lasting items.Available at Nordstrom
Studio 189 uses a variety of sustainable materials in their clothing and accessories, including organic cotton, recycled glass and upcycled fabrics. They work with local artisans to create unique textiles, prioritize transparency in their supply chain and aim to reduce waste and environmental impact throughout their production process.Available at Shopbop
Lemlem is a sustainable fashion brand that is committed to ethical production and reducing its environmental impact. They achieve this by using natural materials, supporting artisanal communities in Africa and minimizing waste and emissions throughout their supply chain.Available at Neiman Marcus
This dress is made by the sustainable fashion brand Hope for Flowers, which is committed to using eco-friendly and socially responsible practices. The dress is made from sustainable materials, including a blend of organic cotton and silk. The asymmetrical design adds a unique touch to a classic slip dress style, making it a versatile and stylish addition to any wardrobe.Available at Anthropologie
Diarrablu is a contemporary lifestyle brand that focuses on sustainability and African cultural heritage. The brand designs practical and versatile pieces using mathematical concepts and algorithms, resulting in iconic prints that merge tradition and technology. Diarrablu produces the majority of its pieces in Dakar, Senegal, with a commitment to creating convertible and wearable pieces that can be enjoyed across various sizes for a prolonged lifecycle.Available at Nordstrom