All Black History Month I will be highlighting Black Owned Businesses and Black Fashion Designers. Check out the first week of designers and businesses HERE. This project has been a labor of love and I’m so happy how well it’s been received on Instagram. Make sure you’re following me on instagram to that you don’t miss a post or a new business to follow! Yes, it would be amazing for you to support these businesses and designers in the form of buying from them. But something as small as a follow on Instagram or Facebook or attending an event is still a form of support. You all have supported me throughout my years of blogging simply by visiting this space. So I encourage you all to share this article with your friends, visit these establishments and consider buying Black and helping to support small business and Black talent. I am also super grateful for all the people who came on board when I pitched this idea.
Byron Lars is a well known fashion industry veteran who started his own label in 1991 with the a twist on the classic white shirt. I was lucky enough to be invited into his Atelier this month for a pull. He was there and we chatted for a good 30 minutes about everything; the state of the music industry (his Atelier is filled with CD’s), dressing women’s bodies, fabrics, the state of America and more. He is brilliant when it comes to designing and I especially love his sheath dresses. He is so humble and funny and talented and I’m amazed that he came on board for this project. Make sure to check him out on Instagram @byronlarsbm and his website www.byronlarsbeautymark.com
When I think about the fashion scene here in New York City, Fe Noel always comes to mind. She launched her brand in 2015 and it’s heavily influenced by her Grenadian heritage and her love for travel. Her designs are innovative and bold and the brands philosophy is to Eat Well, Travel Often and Dress to Inspire. Make sure to check out her Instagram @fenoel and her online shop at www.fenoel.com I can’t wait for her next collection!
I got to spend about an hour with Undra, talking about her business and the in’s and out’s of being a fashion designer. She is taking the step soon to be fulltime in her business and to fully pursue her dreams. It’s a brave thing to do. It’s a thing not a lot of people are willing to do. Many people love comfort and will always settle for steadiness instead of taking a leap of faith and following their passions. Undra started her label in 2015 with 6 principles: Fashion, Dance, Persistence, Friendship, Timelessness and LOVE. Her designs are fun, modern and bold. She is definitely one to follow and you can do so on Instagram @love_ucny and at www.undracelesteny.com
HELEN NURSE — Tracy Chambers Vintage
In my last Black Fashion Designers and Black Owned Businesses post HERE, there was a wonderful vintage look from Tracy Chambers Vintage and we have another look this week as well. Tracy Chambers Vintage is a well curated vintage boutique located in a beautiful brownstone in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. Helen has been collecting vintage for years and has the perfect mixture of old and new fashions. Check out what she has in stock on Instagram @tracychambersvintage as well as online www.tracychambersvintage.com
Thank you everyone who has already shown this project so much love on Instagram. I appreciate every last comment and like and share. I hope this also helps you all to find some new talent to follow and support! Keep up with more on my Instagram @monroesteele