5 Black Owned Brands That You Should Know About

Feb 28, 2021
For black history month, we recognize five black brands that should be known. Washington Avenue, J Bolin, Anima Iris, ZelieforShe, and Sammy B.

Okay, I admit it. These brands are meant to break the bank. But I promise you that once you develop that confidence and bring your looks to a whole new level, you’ll be earning the money you want and flaunting these brands like nobody’s business. Besides, it’s free to gawk at them on Instagram in the meantime.




1. Washington Avenue


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One of my favorite black owned brands is Washington Avenue. Washington Avenue is a vintage clothing brand that was founded by Kaye Washington. She designs specially made pieces that will make your jaw drop. Her brand specializes in eclectic one-of-a-kind pieces and vintage finds. Every time I scroll past a model wearing a new piece on Instagram, my heart LITERALLY stops. If you are the bold type and love vintage clothing, this is definitely a brand for you. You have to be quick though, their pieces sell out QUICK!


2. J Bolin


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J Bolin is one of the many stylists that I look up to. Not only has he styled people like Tyra Banks, Morris Chestnut, and Michelle Williams, but he has also been featured in many magazines. He owns a luxury brand and comes out with a new collection nearly every week (insane)! His inclusivity of bold colors, patterns, and risky cuts are few of the many things that I love about his brand. Did I mention that he also has an insane eye for layering and details?


3. Anima Iris


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Featured in Vogue, Elle, Essence, and InStyle Magazine, Anima Iris is an African brand created by Wilglory Chiamoh. The brand specializes in geometric-shaped handbags that are carefully handcrafted in Dakar, Senegal. It’s impossible not to notice how much these small yet expensive handbags can bring a simple look to a completely different level. I mean seriously, the brand is favored by Beyonce – that should tell you everything you need to know. Expect the unexpected with Anima because the shapes, materials, and designs are like nothing that you have seen before.


4. ZelieforShe


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Made in Los Angeles, ZelieforShe is a beautiful eccentric brand that’s meant for curvy queens. Designed and owned by Elann Zelie, she maximizes her brand by creating a story with each collection. Every design that she creates is limited, meaning that once it’s sold out, it’s gone for good.


5. Sammy B


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Designed and founded by Samantha Black, Sammy B is a ready-to-wear women’s clothing line that is feminine, yet eclectic. Her designs have been worn by celebrities like Beyonce and Nicki Minaj. I don’t know about you, but after stalking her brand for God knows how long, I know that one day I’ll be wearing one of her designs.

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