Everyone has their go-to procrastination tactic. Maybe you find yourself refreshing your Instagram feed, whipping up an elaborate meal, or going for a leisurely walk when you're putting off a task. My personal coping mechanism? Making shopping lists. No matter what mood I'm in or why exactly I'm looking to kill time, my first instinct is to draw up a list of things I need (well, more often than not, things I want but don't actually need). Grocery lists, arbitrary to-do lists, and yes, shopping lists.
Being a fashion editor, I keep a running tab of my favorite brands and boutiques that are owned or designed by Black talent. These names are top of mind throughout the year, but given that February is Black History Month, it's the perfect time to highlight all the stunning Black-owned fashion items that are occupying my cart (and my headspace) right now. In the below edit, you'll find a range of items from pretty pearl earrings to reworked knits and brands from smaller indie labels like LaSette and Sammy B to industry heavyweights such as Telfar and Victor Gelmaud. This one goes out to you, Who What Wear readers, because there's no one who loves a good shopping list more than you do (except for yours truly).
If you haven't heard the name Thebe Magugu yet, well, consider this your official intro. The Johannesburg, South Africa–based label already holds the LVMH prize and is part of MatchesFashion innovator's program, just a few reasons why I'm convinced it's one to know. The stunning designs hit at the heart of what fashion people want to wear now, offering one-of-a-kind twists on staple silhouettes such as shirt dresses or this gorgeous cutout knit top.
Ahluwalia is one of the most exciting emerging labels on the scene right now thanks to designer Priya Ahluwalia's uncanny ability to bring new life to deadstock fabrics. I love the day-to-night potential this checkerboard midi dress has.
After going viral for his petite handbags emblazoned with the phrase "End Systemic Racism," Brandon Blackwood has not only managed to garner attention from the fashion world, but he's also harnessed the buzz into long-lasting intrigue. His latest batch of candy-hued mini bags is proof that he's only just getting started.
Creating truly unisex designs that work equally as well for everyone is no easy feat, but Wales Bonner has managed to do just that and imbues each piece with an effortlessly cool feel. This sweater-vest from the designer's latest collection feels retro and modern all at once.
When the stylist behind some of the most epic celeb ensembles creates a label of their own, you know it has to be good. Such is the case with Aliette, Jason Rembert's brainchild and the emerging label catering to all our 2022 needs, starting with this insane ruched dress.