BIPOC brands whose style is "off the charts!"

Updated: Jun 16

Like many of you I took a little break from social media last week in order to listen and educate myself on the struggles of race in our country. And while much of that break was spent in moments introspection, I also enjoyed many moments of discovery as well.

As part of the call to "Amplify Black Voices" I had a the pleasure of becoming acquainted with many black owned businesses that were formerly unknown to me and whose style and ethics are honestly off the charts! I wanted to share a few of these with you today.

Elan - with a background in Fashion Design having studied at Parson's School of Design and Central St. Martin, Elan's home decor speak a fashionable language of style and grace. Embracing texture and organic and natural forms found in nature. Inspired by ancient civilizations through their use of materials architecture and symbols as a form of communication.

Candid Art - Known for their use of a vast assortment of metals, semi-precious stones and recycled materials. Candid Art incorporate sustainable business practices such as using recycled metals and findings, as well as fabrics and recyclable packaging.

Aliya Wanek - Comfortable and stylish, the brand’s mission is to uphold ethical and sustainable practices as much as possible from working only with natural fibers to paying a living wage to small batch production to using zero waste packaging. Representing women of color her work, and believing that there is no standard of beauty, just beauty.

Petit Kouraj is the creation of fashion stylist, Nasrin Jean-Baptiste whose innate desire to create something meaningful lead to her to develop a luxury bag line full of personality; both lively and chic – qualities uncommon within conventional brands. Petiti Kouraj makes fun, stand alone pieces of wearable art that celebrates a love of knitwear, sculpture and identity.

Energy + Soul - designer, Quan Santos's love of the polymer clay medium has allowed her to express herself in art form. EnergynSoul was created for women to see the beauty within themselves, and embrace who they are and recognizes the beauty in art as a form of expression.