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14 Black-Owned Clothing Brands for 2020

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If you’re looking for a way to support artists of color, shopping from Black-owned clothing brands might be a good place to start. Whether they focus on sleek ready-to-wear, straight up high-fashion gowns, or streetwear, designers of fashion brands like Cushnie, Laquan Smith, and Telfar truly take creativity and art to a new level.

But accessory labels, like one-of-a-kind shoe-and-leather brand Brother Vellies or jewelry company Mateo also deserve your attention for their unique takes on classic silhouettes.

In case—given the recent protests concerning the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor—you’ve stumbled upon this page hoping to offer more support to the Black community, you may also want to check out a list of ways to help with the Black Lives Matter cause, or places to donate.

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LaQuan Smith

Here’s a real celeb fave (Rihanna, Beyonce, and sooo many more have worn his pieces). Go to Laquan Smith for any of your glam/sexy outfit needs, please! This skin-baring crochet halter’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Website: laquansmith.com

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Cushnie

Oh, nothing, just some truly luxe and stunning ready-to-wear options for ya. Designer Carly Cushnie’s sleek styles have been worn by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Ashley Graham, and Lupita Nyong’o, btw.

Website: cushnie.com

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JADE Swim

Need a swimsuit? You’re going to want one of these pretty, minimal designs by former fashion editor and stylist Brittany Kozerski.

Website: jadeswim.com

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Christopher John Rogers

The 26-year-old designer from Louisiana was one of the hottest tickets at New York Fashion Week in February 2020 and high profile ladies like Michelle Obama and Cardi B. have worn his unique, colorful pieces. Find his clothing exclusively at Net-a-Porter online.

Website: christopherjohnrogers.com

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Mateo New York

Matthew Harris of Mateo New York is a self-taught jewelry designer hailing from Montego Bay, Jamaica, and living in NYC. Shop here for beautifully minimal 14k-gold fine jewelry.

Website: mateonewyork.com

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Fenty

OK you know we cannot publish this list without Rihanna’s over-the-top line of head-turning accessories and ready-to-wear items. A moment for these amazing earrings, please.

Website: fenty.com

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Pyer Moss

Founded by designer Kerby Jean-Raymond in 2013, Pyer Moss uses its platform for social change, storytelling, and activism as well as art and design. For shopping, come for the bright, matching suits, glam, pleated gowns, and stay for comfy sweats and jeans.

Website: pyermoss.com

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Kenneth Ize

If mixed patterns and prints are your thing then you absolutely need to know about Kenneth Ize, whose colorful menswear-inspired pieces have some of the prettiest tailoring we’ve ever seen.

Website: kennethize.net

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Lemlem

Founded in 2007 by supermodel, actress, and designer Liya Kebede, Lemlem is a collection of clothing and homegoods made exclusively by artisans in Africa.

Website: lemlem.com

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Victor Glemaud

Two words: Knit. Everything. Pretty much need to update every piece in my closet to sweater material thanks to Victor Glemaud’s chic designs.

Website: glemaud.com

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Vavvoune

Just some totally original purses (and other leather accessories) that will get you tons of compliments. Designer Valerie is self-taught, by the way.

Website: vavvoune.com

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Khiry

The luxury jewelry label started by Jameel Mohammed is known for smooth, asymmetrical earrings, rings, bracelets made to stand out.

Website: khiry.com

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Homme Plissé Issey Miyake Spring 2021 Menswear Collection

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“For a future that is healthy, bright, and full of hope.” So read the closing caption at the end of an engagingly filmed and attractive collection from Homme Plissé Issey Miyake. That it was worth sticking around until the end of the credits to read said caption is down to the phone-shot footage of Plissé enthusiasts out and about, enjoying their clothes. Before that we saw three dancer models, one of whom was partnered with a basketball, demonstrate the ease the pieces afford by moving enthusiastically. A very nice touch was the suggestion that these were not only clothes you choose to put on in the morning, but also clothes that implore to be worn: They attracted the attention of the models by quivering on the rail with the same pent-up urgency my reproachfully unwalked dog demonstrated all day one of this digital Paris Fashion Week.

Among the highlights were a tracksuit in an irregular, multicolor, cityscape inspired check; robe-like coats in polyester printed in soft-toned bleach puckerings originally rendered on denim; and pieces in a mesh fabric developed to resemble a hologram. Plissé jackets included new three-quarter sleeves which Miyake’s typically comprehensive notes explained were designed to transition between the formal and casual. Two looks in top-to-toe stone tones, with low hemmed shirts, were perhaps a little cult member / spa employee, but evidently deeply relaxing to wear. Plissé pieces can be classed as both activewear and tools for attainment of serenity.

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Lululemon is having its first major sale in 3 years after coronavirus crushed business

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Popular athletic apparel retailer Lululemon, known for its leggings and other workout gear, is holding its first major warehouse sale since 2017 due to the coronavirus putting a strain on business, according to a report by Business Insider.

The sale is online only, and new deals will appear each day through Monday.

Although you can snag Lululemon’s popular items like leggings starting at $49 and shorts starting at $29, the rare sale makes it clear just how much most of the retail industry is struggling.

Lululemon’s first-quarter earnings report shows that its net revenue dropped by 17% compared to 2019 as it was forced to temporarily shut its stores due to the pandemic.

Some of the noteworthy deals that are part of the sale:

25″ High-Rise Tights for $69, instead of $98

Medium Support Sports Bra for $29, instead of $78

Cropped Pants for $59, instead of $98

Down Jacket for $79, instead of $198

Cycling Jacket for $59, instead of $168

There are currently 14 Lululemon stores in New Jersey and all have since reopened, except for the Jersey Garden Mills location in Elizabeth.

You can browse the entire Lululemon online sale here.

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Louis Vuitton Utility Side Bag

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Louis Vuitton‘s time-honored monogram has found a new silhouette. Rolling off its Spring/Summer 2020 lineup, the French luxury house’s new accessory takes shape in the form of a utility side bag that harnesses over the body, a follow-up to the label’s glossy zipped tote backpack seen last month.

The bag is constructed with premium cowhide leather, finished with Louis Vuitton’s signature vegetal tan process. It comes with sleek black piping along the edges, a smooth leather patch logo at the bottom left corner, black zippers and black interiors. The back of the piece features two small leather loops that secure the bag’s harness — thin straps that wrap around the waist and over one shoulder. As a final note, contrasting orange toggle buttons allow the user to adjust for the right fit.

Louis Vuitton’s Utility Side Bag is currently available on 24s’ website for $1,678 USD.

For more from Louis Vuitton, check out the label’s “Zoooom With Friends” characters in a SS21 video campaign.

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