Photography by Rose Lazard; Editing by Monroe Steele; Harlem NYC
This month has been crazy. Yes we only have 3 more days but my goodness. I know it’s the shortest month of the year but it’s felt like forever. All month long in honor of Black History Month, I’ve been highlighting Black Fashion Designers and Black Owned Businesses on my Instagram and of course weekly here on the blog. Check out Week 1 Here and Week 2 Here. I have never worked so hard on a project and I’ve never been so inspired to make it happen. I’m so thankful for all the designers and business owners who’ve come on and to the folks like stylist Harrison Crite @iamhdiddy who helped me acquire a few pieces with his connections. I’m very proud of everything we accomplished this month. So without further wait, here are the looks from week 3 of this project. Make sure to follow along on Instagram as well and follow and support these businesses and brands!
Kicking off week 3 is designer Clara Williams of Shop Oasis NYC. She started her label in 2015 to allow for Authentic African Fashion to be sold in a global marketplace. Last year Clara traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to shoot her latest collection and raves about her months spent there learning and creating. Her designs are colorful and truly unique. Make sure to check her out on Instagram @shopoasisnyc and www.shopoasisnyc.com
Undra Celeste Vertical Stripe Dress | Proenza Schouler Sandals | Brixton Hat
We also have another look from Designer Undra Celeste. 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
Sheila Gray Collection Necklace | American Apparel Bodysuit | & Other Stories Denim | Moroccan Slides
Next up is accessories designer Sheila Gray of Sheila Gray Collection who specializes in one of a kind, hand crafted “Outfit Makers”. She uses everything from fabric to stones, beads and feathers to make stand out accessories and this necklace is one of her unique creations (and just in time for Black Panther!) Check out more of her designs on Instagram @sheilagraycollection
Ese Aigbogun started her streetwear brand Allen & Fifth as a way to introduce non Nigerians to the culture. Her designs are inspired by Nigeria where she is from and she believes her designs can be appreciated by all. The brand name represents a merging of two cultures, Lagos (Allen Avenue) and New York (Fifth Avenue) which are both home for Ese. Check out more of her streetwear on Instagram @allenandfifth and at www.allenandfifth.com
You know when something so beautiful comes across your timeline and you gasp and save the photo to your favorites so quick you almost drop your phone? Well thats what happened when this beautiful dress crossed mine. I immediately started following Christopher and learned everything I could about this young designer from Baton Rouge who’d moved to New York City and had a studio in Brooklyn. This guy is humble and talents as hell. I predict he’s gonna be the next big thing in the upcoming years in fashion. He’s going all the way to the top. Make sure to check out more of his designs on Instagram @christopherjohnrogers and at www.christopherjohnrogers.com
Thanks everyone for all the love and support for the project on Instagram so far. Three more days and this project closes out but don’t worry it’ll be back next year, bigger and better than ever.