Written by: Phindile Le Bris Sithole-Spong
It seems everywhere you look, BIPOC fashion brands are getting the attention they need and deserve. Even with COVID putting most of the world at a stand still. This is no reason to not support and shout out fashion brands that are looking to bridge the wage, race and gender divide. Personally, I feel like I am hanging up my tracksuit sets for good. Or at least for the next few months. And instead, swapping them out for chic options that can be worn at home, for date nights with my husband (also at home) or even zoom calls. Here are just some of the BIPOC brands that I am loving, coveting and putting into my wish list.
- Brother Vellies: Whilst Brother Vellies is not new to the block. This Brooklyn based shoe and accessory company is as hot today as it was when it was launched by its founder Aurora James some years back. An outspoken advocate for more diversity in fashion. Aurora ensures that her products are made by artisans from various comunities around the world.
- Minju Kim: If you love a good fashion TV show as much as I do, they you lay have already heard of Minju Kim. This fairly new designer made headlines after winning a competition (that was streamed on Netflix) and wowed judges with her unique and beautiful designs. Minju Kims clothes can be found on UK retailer Net-A-Porter and sells out pretty fast.
- Sindiso Khumalo: I’ve been seriously coveting this South African designers dresses for a good while now. And whilst I am yet to get my hands on one yet. She is definitely one to watch. After winning various design awards abroad and at home, Sindiso is proof that African designers can go far.
- Maxhosa by Laduma: Another South African great is Laduma of Machosa. Laduma has been creating Xhosa inspired knitwear for a good while now. With his colourful creations catching the attention of fashion insiders at home and abroad. Making his jerseys a must have in any true fashionista’s closet.