Fashion

5 Black Owned Fashion Brands from Toronto

I am privileged to live in Toronto, one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The diversity of the city is what makes it beautiful. The contributions from a wide of variety of cultures creates a vibrant tapestry of creativity and design. I am a steadfast supporter of all women, and I believe it’s important to elevate the work of minority-owned businesses. Although this should always be a priority, the current political and social climate just reinforces the need to amplify the amazing creations by women of colour. Here are 5 black women-owned, women-run fashion brands in Toronto that you can support.

Precious Threads

About: Abiola Akinsik combines modern and clean lines with vibrant Nigerian-inspired patterns in her award-winning line. She employs women and teaches sewing skills to young women and girls at the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are making beautiful reusable face masks.

Style: Structured shapes with vibrant colours and prints

Price: $$$

Where to buy: Online

https://www.preciousthreads.ca/
Black Owned Fashion Brands from Toronto

Shop  https://www.preciousthreads.ca/

Kwesiya

About: Specializing in wax textiles and African fabrics, Kwesiya’s collection of apparel, accessories and home décor items is bright and energetic. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are making beautiful reusable face masks.

Style: A mix of casual and business attire in vibrant colors and prints

Price: $$

Where to buy: Online

https://www.kwesiya.com/
Black Owned Fashion Brands from Toronto

Shop https://www.kwesiya.com/

Tignon

About: This line is inspired by the creole women of Lousiana who turned the oppressive Tignon Law into an expression of strength and identity.

Style: A collection of tignons in a variety colourful prints and sizes

Price: $

Where to buy: Online

Shop https://mytignon.com/

Love and Nudes

About: This women-owned line is dedicated to creating nude bras and panties for women of colour. Plus they are committed to ethical and fair treatment of the women that they employ and partner with.

Style: Soft, supportive and comfortable bras and undies in a variety of brown shades so you can finally get a perfect nude.

Price: $$- $$$

Where to buy: Online

https://loveandnudes.com/
Black Owned Fashion Brands from Toronto

Shop https://loveandnudes.com/

Kaela Kay

About: Kaela Kay offers apparel and accessories in a wide variety of shapes and colours. The small team of Toronto seamstresses create size inclusive items, and offers custom designs. And they are making beautiful reusable face masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Style: If you’re looking statement pieces, you’ve found the right place! This line offers feminine and classic shapes in vibrant Ghanaian prints and colours.

Price: $$$

Where to buy: Online or in-store at 857 Wilson Ave, North York.

https://kaelakay.com/

Shop https://kaelakay.com/

If they weren’t already on your radar, these 5 black women-owned, women-created fashion brands in Toronto are creating unique items that reflect the vibrancy and diversity of their culture. So if you’re looking for a small way to make an impact, consider supporting these women and their businesses.

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