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All Dem Shades is an empowering and unifying clothing line and ideology that celebrates blackness in all shades. The collection was the creative vision of New Orleans-born Kye Nelson, an artist with a Fashion Merchandising degree, who was inspired by a lifetime of being described as “pretty for a dark skin girl.” Since it’s inception in Dec. 2015 as mainly graphic tees, All Dem Shades has expanded into a visionary line that now makes swimwear and womenswear. Check out some…Continue
PendaWear is a West African “ArtWear” brand that specializes in mix-and-match street wear. The label was created by mixed-media artist, designer and filmmaker Penda Diakite who creates made-to-order fashions. Penda recently launched its first swimwear collection which is produced with local African fabrics that create stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces.
By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…
“Cut from a different cloth,” L.A.-based clothing brand Superego aims to reshape the narrative around sustainable products created by hemp. Commonly misunderstood as the psychoactive buds of the cannabis plant, hemp is acquired from the stalk of the plant and is favored for industrial uses because of its environmental benefits, durability, and healing abilities. With that in mind, entrepreneurs Tommie Lark and Matthew Narkaus, who met while majoring in psychology at…Continue
Ready-to-wear designer Roksanda channels post-WWII aesthetic with 2017 Resort Collection. Borrowing floral prints, voluminous shapes of the 1940s and opting for war-time practicality and functionality with solid, wide-leg trousers with matching oversized blazers, Roksanda plays with the dualities of femininity during the war and the years that followed. Next to heavy wool jackets she presents fine-knit sweaters accessorized with molded bows and tulle—all of which…Continue