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Interview: London-based company Printed Soles to vend at AFROPUNK Paris

We sat down with London-based company Printed Soles-hand designed, customised footwear- to learn a little bit more about their unique products and the mission that accompanies. As a Black-owned business it's important to not only get your work sold, but your purpose heard as well.

Look out for them at this years …


Added by Safety Pins on July 11, 2017 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Model Ellen Rosa wows in stunning Porter Magazine editorial by Chris Colls

The stunning Ellen Rosa posed for Porter Magazine’s #19 Spring 2017 issue in this elegant but edgy editorial shot by photographer Chris Colls aptly titled “Fatal Attraction.” Rosa’s piercing gaze reads "danger" even as her eyes draw you into the minimalistic dining area arranged by set designer Michael…


Added by Safety Pins on March 13, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

South African designer Floyd Avenue shows off sleek androgynous aesthetic

Floyd Avenue Clothing is a culturally-inspired androgynous fashion label created by Soweto-based designer Floyd Manotana aka Floyd Avenue. Discovered by New York-based designer Jenny Lai and her photography collaborator Chris Saunder, Manotana’s work, along with his creative collective The Smarteez, were given a platform through Saunder’s lens. Lai describes the genius…


Added by Safety Pins on March 7, 2017 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Check out Côte d’Ivoire-based fashion label AWALE Studio's ethically sourced, handmade line

Check out the handmade wears of Côte d’Ivoire-based ethical fashion label AWALE Studio. AWALE Studio specializes in using clothes as a means of storytelling through a contemporary design aesthetic and master craftsmanship that fuses traditional hand-me-down “know-how” and and modern techniques. The label also uses materials sourced throughout the country, including cotton from Khorogo and natural-pigment dyed fabrics from Grand-Bassam. Materials are then assembled in…


Added by Safety Pins on February 24, 2017 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Fashion designer Loza Maléombho celebrates multiculturalism, empowers local women with Cote d'Ivoire-produced collection

Loza Maléombho is an award-winning womenswear label now produced in Cote d'Ivoire. Created in 2012 by the brand's namesake Loza Maléombho, a graduate of the University of the Arts of Philadelphia who was raised between Côte d’Ivoire and the US, who was inspired by eclectic multiculturalism and contemporary fashion. In producing the collection in Côte d’Ivoire, Loza…


Added by Safety Pins on January 24, 2017 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Loc lovers rejoice! Startup LocsBox is bringing hair maintenance right to your doorstep in new subscription service

Loc lovers rejoice! Our prayers have been answered! New startup LocsBox is a monthly subscription service with hair products specifically designed and sourced to keep your locs happy and healthy. The founder Jasmine Jacobs said, “LocsBox was born out of a desire to find good products for my locs. Trips to my local stores where I had previously found products for my loose, natural hair were a hassle- and I normally turned up empty. As I began to find amazing products, both…


Added by Safety Pins on October 18, 2016 at 12:28pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Legendary indie fashion brand XULY.Bët took NY Fashion week by storm with traditional wax-printed fabrics and head wraps

This past Wednesday, legendary indie fashion label Xuly Bët showed their Summer/Spring 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week. The ready-to-wear collection, made by Malian fashion designer Lamine Badian Kouyaté, was created with traditional wax-printed fabrics, head wraps, and more. The brightly colored collection mixed denim jackets with chunky platforms, athletic two-piece sets, jumpsuits, mixed patterns and more. Very cool collection, check it out below.…


Added by Safety Pins on September 16, 2016 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Canadian, Black-owned Shea Butter brand ANU is ready to answer all your moisturizing prayers with affordable, premium products

Every black girl ever will tell you: Moisturization is key.

Unfortunately, good moisturizers are often way expensive, and offered in small amounts-lasting the driest of skin usually around 2 weeks. Thanks to the creators at …


Added by Safety Pins on August 25, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Nigeran Fashion Designer Mai Atafo melds era and texture in beautiful collection

Nigeria-based tailor and designer Mai Atafo showcased his classic designs at Lagos Fashion Week and it's left a memorable mark on the local and international fashion scene. Starting with the Men's, the clean cut suits add a new, modern definition to 'dapper'. Fully set with an occasional corsage and pocket square, the designs draw on the…


Added by Safety Pins on August 3, 2016 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Young, black London-based Pantyhoe$ entrepreneurs collaborate with local Rio students for FURKINI collection

Pantyhoe$ is a London-based clothing line by black female entrepreneurs who recently launched their FURKINIS swimwear collection in collaboration with students from Rio de Janeiro’s Spectaculu School. The Spectaculu School is a unique institution that teaches… Continue

Added by Safety Pins on August 2, 2016 at 11:53am — No Comments

FEATURE: Ugandan fashion designer Lamula Anderson detangles misconceptions of black hair with empowering new collection

Ugandan-born, London-based designer Lamuna Anderson- of Lamuna Nassuna- adds a new voice to empowerment. Straying from the mainstream, her latest collection is a complete celebration of the black woman and all of her assets. As she takes inspiration from 'the Afro and Black women protective hair styles', she combines kinky weaves and hair extensions (yes, HAIR) to create;ingenious, chic…


Added by Safety Pins on July 29, 2016 at 12:35pm — 3 Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Jacque Amadi's fashion line Adorned By Chi decorates the modern black girl with cute, spunky designs and accessories

Finding accessories that are cute, affordable, and agreeable with modern black hair may be hard to come by; but thanks to Dallas-based blogger and former fashion entrepreneur Jacque Amadi, there is finally a brand that fits all of these categories. Adorned By Chi has answered the call, providing handmade crowns, animal ears, and a vast collection of other cutesy accessories/ clothes for the modern black girl. (#BlackGirlMagic!)



Added by Safety Pins on July 21, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Photographer Patricia Arujo's latest editorial for Angola Fashion week celebrates the beautiful culture while sharing it with the world

The editorial for the 2016 Angolan fashion week- shot by photographer Patricia Arujo- showcases the best aspects of both universal and regional culture. Arujo beautifully captures the exciting variations of pattern and texture of the work to highlight its organic appeal. Mixing the traditional designs of the country, with a modern yet vintage fusion to create a general indulgent wardrobe; each design seems specifically crafted for every occasion: whether one is…


Added by Safety Pins on July 15, 2016 at 12:42pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Designer Joshlyn Turner changes the game with pro-black, pro-body diversity clothing line 'The Write Fit'

"The Write Fit is a brand for everyone. Men, women, children, young or old, black or white. It’s the new way to wear Life on your sleeves.” Joshlyn Turner, owner and creative director of 'The Write Fit' clothing line, is using her love for the written word to influence the fashion world. In this age of graphic tee and inspirational quotes, Ms. Turner is shifting the fad to empower all who wears her designs. The words written on her clothing are aimed at the individual;…


Added by Safety Pins on July 13, 2016 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Photographer Quique Rivera's new series '90's Summer Daze' brings back the Hip Hop Tom Boy we all wish we were

In Quique Rivera's latest photography series, viewers are taken back in time- with a modern twist. Titled: '90's Summer Daze', the subtly dynamic series pays homage to the era of intentional laxity, while simultaneously adding a 'too cool for school' vibe with its femininely suggestive interpretation of  a Tomboy. Rivera's utilization of the models' powerful Afro's and beautiful brown skin, adds another layer of cultural pride, serving as an underline to the already…


Added by Safety Pins on July 11, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: South African designer Rich Mnisi redefines 'Men's Fashion' with feminine undertones

'The brand is young at heart and explores the treasures engraved within Africa and the world of modern culture and heritage to tell the unique stories of then, now and soon.' South African- based designer Rich Mnisi is taking the fashion world by storm with his modernly inclusive collections. With the male designs in particular, Mnisi pushes the boundaries of tradition and incorporates multiple aspects of world cultures- including the feminine ones. With his form…


Added by Safety Pins on July 8, 2016 at 11:17am — No Comments

FEATURE: Ysaunny Brito pays homage to Grace Jones for latest Max Mara collection

The impression one leaves is reflected in how their legacy is carried; and even though Ms. Grace Jones is still very much alive, her legacy is paid homage to constantly. The latest example of her influence can be observed in Max Mara'a latest collection: Max Mara Resort 2017 features model Ysaunny Brito- 22, from the Dominican Republic- wearing the beautifully edgy new material, as well as the signature- and much- loved- a symmetrical hair dubbed Ms. Jones' tag. Not…


Added by Safety Pins on July 7, 2016 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: New collection 'Blossom' from South African designer Lebogang Mokgoko is a blooming start to his career

For South African designer on the rise, Lebogang Mokgoko, there could be no greater introduction to the fashion world. A designer and photographer from Pretoria (South Africa), Mokgoko is entering the field with a boom; his first official campaign for his premiere collection 'Blossom' is turning heads and making major mileage; his distinct textures and eye-drawing patterns create a comfortingly chic vibe- and viewers want immediate access to the material. Showcasing…


Added by Safety Pins on July 6, 2016 at 1:44pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Rising Rwandan fashion designer Cedric Mizero excites with his vibrant, unique material

Born and raised in Cyangugu, Rwanda, Cedric Mizero has begun to catch the global eye. The 22 year old's vibrant, attention grabbing pieces inspire one to decorate themselves in his work, and excite whoever comes in contact with it. Mizero's meticulous and obvious attention to detail provides an added sense of pride and exclusiveness to those who are given the opportunity to wear his work. Aimed- specifically- to serve the ever-changing fashion references of…


Added by Safety Pins on July 6, 2016 at 11:14am — No Comments

FEATURE: South African based Pilgrim Clothing alluringly tests the boundaries of fashion with 17th century-inspired collection

Usually, the connotations that accompany the Pilgrims, are not ones of beauty or grace- and certainly not fashion sense. Yet for South African based fashion brand 'Pilgrim Clothing', it's appealing combination of raw material and form-flattering designs, create a new, avant garde interpretation of the 17th century lifestyle. Their latest look book reaches the pinnacle of its inspiration; pulling its influence from the 'spiritual migration of The Chosen'- the incorporation…


Added by Safety Pins on June 29, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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