Black History Month: Black Fashion Brands of LA
Los Angeles is a city blessed with a diverse population of talented and creative people. In honor of black history month, we at LA Style want to highlight some of the many black fashion brands that call this city home.
Bad Girl, Good Human (BGGH) is the brainchild of blogger and photographer Orixa. BGGH is a fairly new brand with a small selection. But it is clear that aims not only to be a brand but a platform that encourages women to embrace their creativity and individuality.
Created by Jamaican-born artist and creative Jordan Lyle, For the Culture Club seeks to uplift black people in the fashion industry. Lyle previously worked in the motion picture industry and through his experience he noticed the need for there to be space dedicated to elevating black voices in creative industries. There dedication to designing an aesthetic through a black lens is apparent in their apparel and accessory options.
Uchechi Emenogu is the founder of Menogu Designs. Menogu Designs creates unique pieces utilizing traditional African prints. Menogu Design is proud to offer custom handmade pieces inspired by African roots.
This vintage clothing store specializes in sourcing and selling vintage menswear, womenswear, and children’s clothing. The high-quality, hand-picked clothing comes in a variety of styles ranging from as early as 1920 to the late 1990’s. Deborah Vincent, the owner of A&D Wholesale Vintage Clothing, has over 25-years of experience as a clothing designer made a name for her brand as a favored source for costume designers, stylists, garment manufacturers, textile artists, fashion designers, and retail buyers.
The LA-based designer Jerey Ojeah found his company near a visa consulate in Koreatown. He noticed that many of his customers where international travelers looking to purchase locally made products to send home as gifts. Ojeah took this to heart and learned to design and manufacture his leather goods right here in Los Angeles. his company near creates a variety of high-quality leather goods, including purses and clutches, briefcases, and crossbody bags in the Koreatown area.
In 1992, Carl Jones and Thomas “TJ” Walker started their pan-African-inspired clothing brand Cross Colours. Their motto is “clothing without prejudice” and their clothing and style has been widely embraced by the hip-hop community across the globe. Cross Colours, alongside other black-owned brands, were responsible for helping to make urban streetwear mainstream in LA and around the world. Both designers have won many awards and are highly regarded as a LA staple.
From a young age, Kevin Hall knew he would one day become a designer. He sought to redefine what glamour meant as an art form. He worked his way through the fashion industry, making a name for himself as a stylist for some of Hollywood’s most famous starlets. In 2002 he launched his own brand Kevin Hall Designs, which is based in the city of Los Angeles.
Located in Long Beach, Lucy’s Boudoir is a lingerie brand for everybody. Their bras and underwear come in a variety of shapes and includes a wide size range. Owner Crystal Rodgers aims to educate women about their true size and make them feel beautiful and confident in their skin.
Maria is a writer at Enki Tech, a Downtown Santa Monica technology company that specializes in the development of high-quality, user friendly software, web platforms and mobile apps.