7 Black-Owned Sustainable Fashion Brands | Black History Month
At reFIND we understand that sustainability is one word that embodies several solutions that the fashion industry must continue to improve on. Rooted at the core of sustainability is the socio-economic responsibility to acknowledge, understand, and improve on the matter of the ingrained racial injustice that is prevalent in our world today. Ultimately the solution is systemic change and reparations, but as we continue on the pursuit to create positive change and disassemble the inequality it’s important that we continue to amplify, shop, share, follow and support Black-Owned Businesses.
To begin understanding the injustice and lack of diversity in the Fashion Industry, we must start by looking into the past and begin educating and understanding from the root.
We have to start looking where the solutions aren't being implemented as quickly as technology innovations and start listening to the people and hands that are dealing with the racial inequality and the exploitation.
If we look into how clothing is produced and manufactured it can still be traced to the same trade routes that were established more than 150 years ago during the colonial European exploitation.
“The fashion industry is built on the oppression of black and brown women, an institutionalized form of racism inherited from a colonial past.”
As a whole it is important that we continue to implement change in how we educate ourselves and how we can leave a lasting and positive impact.
At reFIND we understand that sustainability is one word that embodies several solutions that the fashion industry must continue to improve on. Rooted at the core of sustainability is the socio-economic responsibility to acknowledge, understand, and improve on the matter of the ingrained racial injustice that is prevalent in our world today. Ultimately the solution is systemic change but as we continue on the pursuit to create positive change and disassemble the inequality it’s important that we continue to amplify, shop, share, follow and support Black-Owned Businesses.
Here’s a list of just a few Black-Owned Sustainable fashion brands we have been following, just discovered, or people have shared with us!
"In a word, Grant Blvd is a response to slavery, to leased labor, to Jim Crow, to persistent economic injustice and marginalization. We need to completely reimagine our response to poverty and the criminalization of it, and we also have to radically change how we create pathways to self-sufficient living for black & brown people who’ve been incarcerated. Our work to use fashion to create employment opportunities and points of exposure to the skills we all need to find long term peace isn’t about supporting the othered “them” that've been incarcerated (mind you, too often due to poverty and trauma and untreated emotional or mental health struggles). It’s about us, all of us, and it’s about designing radically inclusive pathways that pursue the long term plan of progressing our collective good, and let’s not ever forget, the good of our planet. Grant Blvd is about intersectional design. Grant Blvd is about the only way forward. And forward is the motion, Kimberly McGlonn, CEO & Founder of Grant Blvd"
"BÉYU, pronounced [bay-u] is a handmade clothing brand based out of Houston, Texas. She represents the women who are chic but conscious, maintaining a sexy and sustainable lifestyle. BÉYU is on the journey towards sustainable fashion by creating garments made through ethical production processes, using non toxic, eco-friendly and/or repurposed fabrics.
Founded in 2016, Bobbie started sewing as a hobby, revamping thrifted clothes and hand making personal customs. In 2018 BÉYU began the switch to more sustainable production, supporting the movement in conscious shopping. Fashion is about making it your own, no matter how new or old, its the meaning and person behind it that makes it stylish. BÉYU is designed to emphasis the beauty in all things simple through effortless styles, neutral colors and a hint of sexy. We symbolize beauty as perspective, loving who you are in all forms and most importantly, loving all this planet has to give and giving back to it."
"Vinti is anchored in the belief of resurrection, and we challenge women to believe in the value of their vision. Count nothing as rubbish and use what is present to connect and flourish (spiritually, emotionally, and physically). We just so happen to revitalize and curate apparel and accessories for your journey because “style is a bridge”.
The vinti aesthetic reflects a balance of awareness, resurrection, humility, and confidence; focusing on quality, ease, and style.
"Established in 2019, Local European is a womenswear label based in Los Angeles founded by Alexandra Bunch . Our focus is on timeless silhouettes with modern touches. We like to describe our style as “minimal with a touch of edginess”. We value sustainability, quality, luxury, & exclusivity. The boundless designs of LE give the wearer the art of rising to any occasion. The LE woman loves minimalism but appreciates prints, patterns, and sprinkles of color here and there. She values garments that are able to be worn time and time again to ensure reuse. In an adorned nutshell, LE is building a brand around women who walk in their delight and who are not confined to mediocrity. Our garments are designed around soft minimal monochromatic looks that would make even a distracted eye focus."
"The Stylestream was created out of the endless love of the hunt. We offer a curated collection of vintage classics via a one-of-a-kind '76 Airstream. Whether its women's, mens, home or baby we're addicted to resurfacing timeless vintage finds.
The Stylestream stands behind a sustainable lifestyle by promoting vintage shopping for its uniqueness and environmental benefits."
"When you shop Sami Miro Vintage you are supporting a woman owned, POC owned, small business with a heavy focus on sustainability. We specialize in limited run collections made from only up-cycled and vintage fabrics, minimizing waste. Our supply chain starts and ends in Los Angeles, giving us an extremely low carbon footprint.
Founded in 2016 by influencer and designer, Sami Miró, the brand has been featured in VOGUE, CFDA, Forbes, WWD, L’Officiel, Harpers Bazaar, PAPER, NYLON, ELLE, and more as the “it” sustainable label.
SMV has been donned by the likes of Bella, Gigi & Anwar Hadid, Kylie & Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez, Drake, The Weeknd, Kim & Kourtney Kardashian, Hailey Bieber, Kaia Gerber and many more.
In June 2019, Sami Miro Vintage debuted a 30-piece collaboration with Heron Preston which walked the SS 2020 Paris runway and launched in 117 retailers worldwide.
Most recently, SMV released the first two pieces of our second collection for FW 2020, debuted by Kylie Jenner on August 22, 2020. The full collection will launch in drops over the coming few weeks.
"Protect Mother Earth. Without her we do no exist." - Sami Miró"
We hope you enjoy this read and continue to make a choice and create change with where you spend your dollars, what brands you support and continue to amplify.
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