Black Fashion

10 Black-Owned Brands To Shop With This Month

From exclusive Issac & Moore accessories to basics from Tordrobes, Houston designers are a must for your closet.

By Danielle Wright

The products listed here were independently selected by a member of the editorial staff. Should you choose to purchase a product through a link on this page, we may receive an affiliate commission.

THE SUMMER OF 2020 SPARKEDrevolution for Black designers and the conversations surrounding their underrepresentation in the fashion industry. As a result, a coverage boom flooded social media, significant publications, and even Beyoncé hoping to broaden resources and visibility. 

Houstonia celebrates local fashion labels led by creatives of color in honor of Black History Month. From brands like Ryan Knew and Jamel Hawk grabbing celebrity clients, the apparel created by Black designers in Houston is quickly becoming viral favorites. 

With so many trendy pieces to browse, supporting local designers is easy. If you’re aiming to add a few new details to your wardrobe, designers right in your backyard are creating garments that are ready for a fashion debut.


Wonder Like Wander Signature WLW Tote  Local

$20

Founded by Ruby Amare sits the Wonder Like Wander store in Midtown. Since its opening in 2018, the shop has offered apparel, gifts, and open creative space for communal experiences. The Signature WLW Tote is the perfect bag for grocery shopping or being eco-friendly at the mall.

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Tordrobes U-Zip Longsleeve Bone Top Local

$45

Image: Tordrobes

As we await the upcoming spring collection from Todrobes, its fall drops are still up for grabs and on sale. After gaining popularity with the release of the U-Zip Pant, founder Torianna Breaux created a matching U-Zip Longsleeve for the pants. Essentially, the signature zipper on the side is a plus for easy accessibility for spring and summer.

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Amati Signature Hat  Local

$65

Image: Amati

Amati hats have been popping up all over Houston’s creative scene. Founded by Shanel Gaskin in 2015, the latest accessory features embroidery on both sides, a colorful cartoon on the right, and a saying on the left that reads, “Only you can be you. Expose the talents within…”

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Yeci Studios Yeci Hoodie  Local

$90

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Streetwear brand Yeci Studios has been catching people's attention after releasing its popular Ball N Parlay jacket. However, founder Daze Suave pivoted to athleisure wear in his latest release of the unisex Yeci Hoodie, which has matching joggers that feature a lion graphic overlaid by a quote that reads, “Moments To Live For.”

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Southern Gents SG Trilby Fedora  Local

$93

What started as a blog turned into an online shop for Southern Gents' fashion-forward menswear line. Founded by Olu Lawson, Tunde Lawal, Stephen Mosby, and Fola Lawson, Southern Gents adds a classic style to men's apparel that is perfect for up-scale and business casual occasions. The ​​SG Trilby Fedora is a great accessory to finish a look and can be dressed up or dressed down, featuring a tri-color feather and ribbon tie with the same color lining on the brim.

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Jamel Hawk Hoodies Season Local

$140

Image: Jamel Hawk

Since 2014, menswear designer Jamel Hawk started making a name for himself in the city by pulling vivid colors and great patterns for his collections. However, his latest Hoodies Season capsule turns to athleisure with a set of color block hoodies. Worn by Houston Rockets player David Nwaba, Jamel’s Hoodie Season sweater is simple yet chic, featuring an embossed "Jamel" in cursive on the front and a repeating pattern on the back.

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Ryan Knew Red Sleeveless Monogram Vest Local

$210

Image: Ryan Knew

The luxury menswear label, Ry Knew, made major headlines with the release of his Congo Collection, with publications like Women’s Wear Daily and Vogue intrigued by his work. The jacquard weaving construction of the Sleeveless Monogram Vest is made with wool and cotton to create the signature Congolese-style honeycomb print that includes the brand's initials.

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Untoruage The Label Austyn Wide Leg Local

$315

The Denim Line collection by Untourage The Label is a classic assembly. Founded by Tanissa Carmon, the Austyn Wide Leg pant is a must for spring and summer, crafted with dark Japanese stretch denim. The high-rise trouser pairs well with essential tanks and tee shirts. Team with a colored mule to complete the look.

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Negris Lebrum Sarah’s Suit Local

$519

Image: Negris Lebrum

Eponymous label Negris Lebrum has been a publication favorite from Harper’s Bazaar to Elle for his vintage designs and use of retro fabrics. The fall/winter collection embodied the late 1960s tweed with timeless cheetah fur for a modernized blast from the past. The Sara Suit is a style-savvy two-piece for the workplace with its dark multi-color tweed in the flair pant and collar top. 

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Isaac & Moore Taylor Backpack  Local

$1,700

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Since its launch in 2005, the Isaac & Moore brand has risen to become a well-known accessory label. Founded by Isaac Moore, his accessories, including purses and backpacks, have been in the hands of entertainers like Usher, French Montana, and professional boxer Floyd Mayweather. The signature Taylor Backpack has a black and white color block with a repeated logo pattern in gold and two straps on the side. It also includes a front pocket for cards or a cell phone.

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