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10 Black Brands We Love

To celebrate Black History Month, Resolute would like to highlight and uplift 10 notable Black designers that should definitely be on your radar when it comes to all things fashion and beauty. 

  1. Laquan Smith - At the young age of 21, Smith’s brand was born. According to his website, the Queens, New York native spent his early years instructed by his grandmother who sparked his passion and skill for seeing and pattern making. His work has gained interest by fashion icons and celebrities alike, including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian. 

  1. Brother Vellies - Founded in 2013 with an emphasis on traditional African design practices and techniques, Brother Vellies boasts handmade, artisanal and luxury accessories that celebrate cultural histories and timeless design. Creative Director and Founder Aurora James has both an impressive and versatile background in fashion, journalism, art, music, photography, and horticulture which creates room for artisanship, design, and humanitarianism all within one brand. 

  1. BLK MKT Vintage - This Brooklyn, NY-based concept shop represents the intensity of Black lived experience. Founders Jannah Handy and Kiyanna Stewart, share over fifteen years of collecting and picking experience combined. Hardy and Stewart crafted this collection to include items such vintage literature, vinyl records, clothing, art, housewares/decor, furniture and so much more.

  1. UOMA Beauty - UOMA, pronounced OMA (uh-mah) means beautiful, making it the perfect name for a beauty based brand. The brand and its product focus on serving everyone - as shown by its wide variety of shades, formulas and options. Noted as the most inclusive black-owned beauty brand, it is headed by Sharon Chuter, a seasoned beauty industry executive that has worked with major multinational beauty and consumer brands including Revlon, L'Oréal, PepsiCo, GSK and most recently Benefit Cosmetics.

  1. Pyer Moss - Founded in 2013 by Kerby Jean-Raymond, Pyer Moss was often described as an “art project” or “a timely social experiment” by its creator. After gaining major traction and following, fans and consumers begged for Pyer Moss in a more easily accessible way, thus the  launch of  its highly anticipated collection with Reebok named “Reebok by Pyer Moss”  in 2018. 

Produced in New York City, Italy and Portugal, Pyer Moss redefines fashion within itself every season with collections and runways that impress the masses.

  1. Epara Skincare - Epara is a handcrafted luxury skincare brand focused on women of color. Epara means “to cocoon oneself” in the Nigerian dialect of Ebira. When no products or treatments on the market worked for Founder and CEO, Ozohu Adoh, she decided to develop her own. Incorporating organic ingredients from Africa, Adoh worked with a lab in the UK to develop formulas that address all the skincare issues faced by women of color, including dryness and discoloration caused by the sun, free radicals and air pollution.

  1. Ashya - Ashya is a Black women-owned brand that makes gorgeous and multifunctional leather travel accessories for those who like to explore in style. Established in 2017 by Ashley Cimone and Moya Annece, Ashya was crafted to diversify exploration and the manner in which it occurs. The brand features beautiful crafted belt bags, crossbody bags and passports holders in its main collection. 

  1. Edas - Created from an innovative standpoint, Edas focuses on sustainability while delivering feminine and staple accessories, including handcrafted jewelry. Head Designer, Sade Mims, has a heavy hand in the designing, creative directing, production, event planning and writing side of the business which leads to a very well thought out and curated collection. 

  1. Pear Nova - Pear Nova is a luxury nail polish brand, designed in Chicago, made in the USA that is also cruelty free, vegan friendly and 10 free. Crafted by Rachel James, Pear Nova wraps the texture of lux fabrics into subtle hues of lacquer. A year and a half went into perfecting a formula while staying true to custom color choices and that shines through beautifully in the brand's product line up. 

  1. Petit Kouraj - Meaning “Little Courage,” Petit Kouraj is the creation of fashion stylist, Nasrin Jean-Baptiste. In 2018, after a visit to her parents home country of Haiti, Jean-Baptiste was driven to create something meaningful with a nod to her Haitian roots and developed a luxury bag line full of unique personality, movement and craft man ship, something often left out of conventional brand designs. 

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