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February is without question the blackest month on the calendar and we are here for every magical black moment. In addition to Black History Month, February also means NYFW is upon us. While the NYFW schedule lacks diversity, there is no denying the fact that there is an abundance of dope black designers that could have blessed the runway.

I said it before and I will say it again, no one styles and wows like black people. While we are not as visible in spaces like NYFW, we are the standard that influences fashion and style. Black people are trendsetters and you can’t name one fashion house that hasn’t borrowed from us. Honestly, all of the others mimic black culture, even your favorite celebrities and I won’t even name drop because as I stated, ALLUM are guilty.

Creativity flows through the veins of our people just as blood does. This creativity breathes life into every dead and boring thing surrounding it. The creativity of black people offers diversity, it tells our stories and it empowers; It doesn’t cater to the hype that surrounds fashion, it is the hype.

While we encourage you to buy black all day every day, we especially want to see you support black fashion designers during Black History Month and NYFW. Our black indie designers need to know that their hard work is appreciated. Oh and, It is another opportunity to show the others that no matter how they try to dumb down our influence, we are the standard. So here are a few black designers to follow and shop.

1. Aurora James

2. Kerby Jean-Raymond

3. Jibri

4. Tracy Nicole Clothing

5. Hanifa

6. Virgil Abloh

7. Christian Omeshun

8. Nubian Skin

9. Reco Chapple

10. Courtney Noelle

11. Ovonion

12. Christopher John Rogers

13. Claude Lavie Kameni

14. Diva Kurves Co.

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