In an effort to demonstrate anti-racism, we at FTA have chosen to take various actions. One of these is to support and promote black-owned sustainable fashion businesses. For too long, the BIPOC community has been barely visible in this space, and now more than ever this. has. to. change. We have spent a great deal of time these past weeks thinking, listening, and learning. How can we do better? How can we encourage our community to do better? As a non-profit organization, there is only so much we can do. But using our blog and social media channels to amplify the voices and the work of black creators and sustainable fashion designers, is the least action we can take right now. We will continue to listen and to learn, and we encourage you to join us on social media because we would love to hear from you! Join the conversation on Instagram @fashiontakesaction and Facebook @FashionTakesAction
Our top 10 picks for black-owned sustainable fashion brands!
Selfish swimwear is a Montreal based brand that advocates for body positivity while being ethical and responsible. Comfort and quality are essential elements to their brand all while using recycled fibers.
SAMI MIRO VINTAGE
Known for pushing eco-conscious boundaries, Sami Miro Vintage specializes in sourcing and reconstructing one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. They create unique pieces in limited quantities from upcycled textiles that you are bound to fall in love with.
Celebrating connections to Africa, Omi Woods creates beautifully handcrafted jewelry with fair trade African gold and globally sourced conflict-free fine metals. This Toronto based brand ethically creates each piece with the promise of longevity in every item.
TWO DAYS OFF
Two Days Off is a brand which encompasses simple, thoughtful and conscious pieces. Made in limited batches or to order, this sustainable line strives for consumers to feel at ease in their clothing.
Gracemade is a lifestyle brand ethically produced in downtown Los Angeles. Their modern fashion-forward apparel is designed for women to show their personal style all while honouring their faith. With every purchase, Gracemade donates a portion of their proceeds to charity.
Well-made minimal modern essentials created by Zou Xou for every shoe wardrobe. These shoes are handcrafted by Argentinian shoemakers, honouring their craft and skill. All shoes are made in small quantities reducing waste and energy and are designed to last.
Brother Vellies keeps traditional African design practices and techniques at the heart of their luxury accessories brand. They create jobs sustaining artisans across the globe all while celebrating culture and history.
COMBINE DE FILLES
Creating timeless, clean, and simple designs, Combine De Filles is a French suit brand based in Brooklyn. Pieces are produced in small batches with the intention of creating garments that will last overtime.
Bôhten is an eyewear brand inspired by the beauty and landscapes of Ghana. Their crafted, functional and lightweight frames are made from reclaimed materials, notably reclaimed wood found in west Africa.
LOVE AND NUDES
Love and Nudes is a lingerie brand redefining what the word ‘nude’ means in the fashion industry. These ethically made garments support the communities of their workers in Colombia by providing fair wages and supporting single mothers. Love and Nudes celebrates diversity, women of colour, and what makes them beautiful.