Sustainable Black-Owned Clothes Brands
Aliya is the owner of this beautiful shop with classy, loose-fitting clothes. You can see from the images that they are quality clothing sewn with the intention of lasting for a long time. The materials are a mixture of sustainable materials in the likes of hemp and organic cotton. A lot of the pieces (if not all) are handmade and locally dyed in the Bay Area, California.
Founded by Kenyan-born designer Ria Ana Sejpal, Lila Bare is a shop full of romantic pieces that are sustainably sourced and made. With a real focus on handcraft products and recycled materials, the brand is a successful marriage of fashion creativity and sustainability.
Studio 189 is an all-round great brand. They use natural dyes and certified organic cotton when they can, and their products are ethically made in Ghana. Studio 189 is not only a social enterprise co-founded by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, it also won the CFDA Lexus Fashion Initiative for Sustainability.
Jasmine Elder is the designer behind plus-size contemporary women’s label, JIBRI. She is dedicated to creating garments for the fashion-conscious curvy woman (size 10-28). Most (if not all) of the clothing pieces are beautifully handcrafted in Atlanta.
Pashko is a black-owned brand that is trying to give back to the planet. They also ensure fair labour by being part of the Fair Labour Association. Their clothing is made from reclaimed fabrics and is a must-have if your wardrobe is lacking in some good basics.
Designed, sourced and manufactured in the UK, Kitty Ferreira is keeping things local and has been featured by Centre for Sustainable Fashion and Royal College of Arts (SustainRCA). While the collection is small, it is certainly not lacking in creativity!
Photo credit: @melodyjacob1