• Minerve Jean

Black Designers to Keep an Eye Out For

September was a whirlwind of a month, from New York Fashion Week to the Met Gala and everything in between. We want to bring you some hot fashion highlights in the form of Black designers who showed up and showed out during #NYFW.



1) House of Aama


House of Aama was created by mother-daughter duo Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka. It is

based in Los Angeles and all its clothing is 100% manufactured in Los Angeles as well. Their

aim is to explore the Black experience by designing garments that are timeless with nostalgic

references influenced by historical research, and storytelling. You can find them here.



2) Dur Doux


Dur Doux is a luxury lifestyle line that is based in Washington D.C. Their clothing inspiration

revolves around taking wearable pieces and infusing them with edgier elements and accents.

The brand was founded by Mother-Daughter duo Cynthia Burt who serves as Vice President of

the company, while her daughter, Najla A. Burt, is the Creative Director. You can find Dur Doux

on their website.



3) Sincerely Ria


Sincerely Ria was created by Mariama Diallo, a philanthropist and model who focuses on

helping women feel empowered and beautiful through inclusivity, transparency & authenticity.

Mariama Diallo wants to accentuate Black beauty and encourage women to embrace what

makes them unique. You can find the line here.



4) Nalebe Official


Nalebe Official is a Black-owned shoe company focused on designing women’s shoes that

offers comfort and style. They manufacture their cutting-edge footwear in Milan, Italy, and aim to

continue to revolutionize footwear. You can find Nalebe Official here.



5) Oma the Label


Oma the Label was founded by by New York-based fashion stylist Neumi Anekhe in 2018.

Neumi saw a lack of POC representation and wanted to create a brand that provided

high-quality pieces and diversified modern fashion. You can find Oma the label on their

website.



What are some of your favorite Black fashion labels?


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Minerve Jean is a Haitian-born storyteller who shares her poetry and writings unapologetically. She believes in the power of words and their ability to help and heal. Her debut book, For The Secrets That Gave Themselves Away, is an anthology of raw poetry where she uses words to paint pictures that will resonate with the human soul. She has also contributed pieces to Hercampus, Orange and Blue Magazine and MLNNYC. In her free time, she likes to snack on Avocado toast and curl up with a good book.