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
What are some of your favorite Black fashion labels?
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.