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“Nubian Skin” Lingerie Is changing the perception of African Made

Nubian Skin made waves when it launched two years ago in the U.K. as an alternative for Black women’s nude underwear. Founder Ade Hassan created the lingerie line when she became frustrated with being unable to find underwear that matched her skin tone. Now, the brand is beginning a new line dedicated to celebrating the motherland. The Africa Collection is Nubian Skin’s new venture ‘made in Africa’. A term that the company hopes will conjure positive…

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Black-owned fashion label breaking the mold on size representation

Women come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but fashion companies rarely showcase their pieces in a variety of sizes. While there has been in increase of plus-size clothing options, they are often separate from the mainstream lines. Indie design house Ekineyo  has managed to solve this dilemma by not only carrying its pieces in a wide range of size options, but also showcasing pieces by body size. Ekineyo, the Nigerian Yoruba name, Oyenike, spelled…

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‘Fresh Dressed’! Hip-hop fashion through the years

Long before Jay Z was rapping about fashion designer Tom Ford, Pharrell Williams was pitching for Chanel or Kanye West was a front-row fixture at Givenchy, kids were customizing jean jackets with spray paint and accessorizing shell-toed Adidas shoes with starched laces. Hip-hop fashion, born from the music scene, has evolved into a global business and pop culture phenomenon that is explored in “Fresh Dressed,” the new film by Sacha Jenkins that opens Friday. The…

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Black Leaders imagined as “Schools of Thought”

  Those of you dismayed by the backlash against university activism might wish that you’d attended an institution named after your favorite Black thinker, inventor or writer. Now, a new apparel line gives you the next best thing. Philadelphia-based screen printing company Philadelphia Printworks just released the “School of Thought” collection, which features sweatshirts from fictional universities bearing the names of Black leaders. The company describes the inspiration behind the collection on their Facebook page: The “School of Thought”…

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Veteran hat merchant opens a start-up shop in Harlem

  The former co-owner of popular J.J. Hat Center and Pork Pie Hatters has found a home for his new start-up hat shop. Marc Williamson recently opened Flame Keepers Hat Club, a men’s hat store on W. 121st St. near St. Nicholas Ave., stocked with a multitude of classic styles including wool-felt and fur-felt hats with leather sweatbands, newsboy caps, French berets and straw hats from Ecuador and Colombia. “We’re passing the torch of good…

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New Fashion Web Series “The Reclaim” Aims to Change the Negative Imagery of Black Men

A new web series on Vimeo has been launched this month called “The New Stereotype: The Reclaim” which aims to change the perception of black men in the media. Conceived by Harlem-based Marquelle Turner-Gilchrist, who is an assistant buyer for a luxury fashion company, he says that he came up with the idea for the series to “show the diversity and strength of black males.” He then reached out to friends and others willing participants…

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Modern African Women Don Their Ancestors’ Clothing

“Resilience is the ability to return to the original form after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity,” photographer Joana Choumali told The Huffington Post.”The ability to recover readily from adversity.” This idea of strength in plasticity is at the core of Choumali’s photography series “Resilients.” The concept was inspired by her grandmother, who passed away in 2001. The artist realized upon her grandmother’s passing just how much of her story had gone with her. She resolved to embark on a…

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Detroit 9-Year-Old Launches a Clothing Boutique For Boys

Education is not just about being in a classroom. Education is about life and learning, including the importance of being business savvy.  In other words, you don’t have to wait until you are an adult to become an entrepreneur and that’s what 9-year-old Brandon D. Hill is doing. So, what inspired the young boy to go into business? First, his dress code was different from the rest, always wearing dress clothes while going to church, among…

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YASIIN BEY JOINS THIS SOUTH AFRICAN CLOTHING BRAND

Yasiin Bey, has tapped into the fashion world and added Creative Director to his resume.Unknown Union, an African clothing brand, has announced Bey as their new Creative Director and will assist in overseeing new design concepts and collaborations. Founder and CEO Jason Storey says of Bey’s addition “I feel honored to work with individuals equally passionate about discovering and responding to the knowledge and wisdom conveyed through art, culture and the living traditions of generations…

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Vogue Spain Declares ‘Black Is Beautiful’

It’s not too often that a major fashion magazine declares, “Black is beautiful,” but Vogue Spain (Vogue España) just did for its March issue. Not only is Ivorian-British model Aya Jones giving all types of #BlackGirlMagic on the cover, but she’s also rocking a simple set of cornrows. The photo editorial was shot in Botswana, with Karim Belghiran styling Jones’ hair, and photos shot by photographer Nico Bustos and styled by Belen Antolín. In a photo posted on…

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