In partnership with the Black In Fashion Council, Shopbop has pledged to give 20% of Black Designers sales to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, through March 1st. In celebration of this, we have put together some of our favorite pieces from this gifted collection of designers. Shopbop has a unique collection of gifted Black designers, from the gorgeous footwear of Chelsea Paris, to the ever-so-cool Telfar, to delicate stunning pieces from Soko jewelry.
Chelsea Paris: Nigerian-born, London-based designer Theresa Ebagua founded her label of handmade, outside-the-box shoes in 2012—naming the collection after her daughters, Chelsea and Paris. From lemon-yellow snakeskin boots to minimalist mules, each pair of Chelsea Paris boots, heels are so unique and special, oozing design and craftsmanship.
Victor Glemaud: Launched in 2006, Glemaud's eponymous label brings together classic silhouettes and unexpected details. His innovative designs combine practical minimalism, with a unique contemporary twist. I love his knitwear, as it so perfectly caters to be integrated into other pieces within your wardrobe, or being worn as a statement piece on its own.
Telfar: Telfar could not be escaped this year, and it is so well deserved. That being. said, beyond their iconic bags, the brand also has truly special apparel and other designs that display their unique point of view. The genderless fashion label is at the forefront, and is the future of fashion.
Soko: Soko founders Gwendolyn Floyd, Ella Peinovich, and Catherine Mahugu met in Nairobi, Kenya and partnered with artisan entrepreneurs to launch an accessories label using locally sourced, eco-friendly materials whenever possible. What makes Soko rings, earrings, and necklaces so truly special is that they not only exemplify elegance, but also provide a luxury: that’s both accessible and sustainable.
Aliette: Jason Rembert named his brand, Aliétte, after both his daughter and late mother. The NY label’s striking collections combine bold, unexpected prints with classic silhouettes. From silky dresses to graphic hoodies, Aliétte’s clothing is injected with playful color, a nod to Rembert’s family origins in the Caribbean. I love a silk set and these pants can be worn as casual loungewear around the house, or are the perfect for a fun summer pant.
DIARRABLU: a high contemporary lifestyle brand founded by Diarra Bousso. The brand focuses on sustainability while highlighting the African continent’s rich colors and unique patterns. The majority of the pieces are produced in Dakar, Senega. As we’re hopefully approaching a time for safe travel, I love Diarrablu pieces for a beach getaway. The pieces are known for being convertible, and adjustable.
Phenomenal: Meena Harris unknowingly began a movement when she launched the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign in 2019.. The Phenomenal label, named after the great Maya Angelou's "Phenomenal Woman" began with block lettering on a simple cotton crew tee, its proceeds going to a number of forward-thinking nonprofits. The imagery resonated, and Phenomenal is here to stay.