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Black Womxn-Owned Sustainable Brands

Fashion is more than just the clothes you wear, it’s an expression of your values, a way to create social change. The eco-feminist fashion movement is the fight for an inclusive, sustainable feminist fashion industry. It is vital to not only have inclusive marketing, but to support diverse voices, brands and creatives.

We’ve gathered a few of our favorite Black womxn-owned sustainable brands from our brand index, who we encourage you to support next time you’re looking to purchase a new garment.

Aliya Wanek

Based in the Bay Area, ALIYA WANEK was founded to explore the connection between one’s identity and style. Each piece is carefully considered—from the fabric to the cut—to become an eternal part of your wardrobe. When the clothes aren’t sewn by Aliya herself, she works with local Bay Area contractors to produce her garments.

Full collection here 
photograph by aliya wanek

Brother Vellies

Aurora James founded Brother Vellies in 2013 with the goal of keeping traditional African design practices and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs. They work directly with small artisans around the world to create every pair of their shoes. Brother Vellies uses by-products when possible including vegetable-tanned leathers from local meat plants, repurposed coats and bags, soling from recycled tires and hand carved wood.

Full collection here

photograph by Brother Vellies

Jade Swim

Jade Swim is a minimal swimwear brand designed with fabric meant to last. The designs bring a modern edge to classic silhouettes—designed in NYC by Brittany Kozerski and produced in Los Angeles. The suits are made using deadstock fabric and Econyl.

full collection here

photograph by diego armando for jade swim

Grant Blvd

Grant Blvd is a social impact brand, making sustainable clothing while simultaneously working against the racial injustices in prison systems. Kimberly McGlonn uses the brand to educate people and create green-collar jobs. Read her recent article for about founding a social impact brand here.

full collection here

photograph by grant blvd

House of Aama

Founded by mother-daughter design duo, Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka, House of Aama, explores narratives of the African diaspora through their sustainable designs. Their most recent collection, Collectibles, explores the tradition of silhouettes from antiquity to the Postbellum South. All pieces are made-to-order in Los Angeles.

full collection here 

photograph by quil lemons for house of aama

Studio 189

Studio 189, founded by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, works with artisans throughout Africa. They use local techniques from hand batiking to kente weaving to produce their African-inspired clothing. Many of the dyes they use are made from local plants such as indigo and anatto.

full collection here 

photograph by daniel kons for Studio 189

Subrina Heyink Vintage

Subrina Heyink Vintage is a designer and bridal vintage shop founded by Subrina Heyink. Using her fashion stylist eye, Subrina curates beautiful vintage pieces that feel perfectly timeless. Information on how to buy her pieces can be found on instagram.

full collection here 

photograph by subrina heyink

Taylor Jay

Taylor Jay founded her clothing line, of the same name, to provide basic pieces that seamlessly integrate into every womxn’s lifestyle. In order to live up to the goal of catering to every womxn, they offer a wide range of standard and adaptable sizes. Every piece is made in Oakland with carefully selected fabric that balances durability with low environmental impact.

Full Collection here 

Photograph by Taylor Jay
Supporting black womxn-owned brands is just one step in the fight for racial justice. Find more ways to get involved at Black Lives Matter, The ACLUThe Bail ProjectCampaign Zero.


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