One of the major topics that emerged from the Black Lives Matter movement is the representation of Black-owned businesses in the retail space (both physical and virtual). It's important to recognize the power that consumers have in deciding where and how to spend their money. In June 2020, Aurora James established the national 15 Percent Pledge, which is an initiative that calls on retailers to dedicate 15 percent of shelf space to Black-owned brands. If you’re inspired, you, too, can make a similar pledge on an individual level like buying a new purse from a Black-owned handbag designer.
Whether or not you're in the market for a new accessory at the moment, taking stock of where your fashion items come from is crucial to investing in the economic success of Black brands. The decision to support Black-owned companies puts money back in the hands of designers, who have been historically overlooked in the fashion world. In addition, resources such as We Buy Black and Black Owned Everything provide accessible methods in discovering emerging Black-owned businesses. (Fun fact: Beyoncé's stylist Zerina Akers launched Black Owned Everything in November 2021.)
A couple of well-known, Black-owned accessories labels such as Aurora James' Brother Vellies and Telfar Clemens’ eponymous label (often seen amongst celebrities as their favorite It bag), might already be in your purse collection. However, Agnes Baddoo or Sade Mims' beautifully sustainable brand EDAS might still be under your radar. Although the accessories below don't constitute the only list of the talented Black purse designers out there, it's a place to start your search and find your new favorite brand.
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