Black designers have been making a name for themselves. Their fashion pieces are not only exquisitely made, but their efforts are opening doors for more Black designers in the years to come.

There are five designers that we think you should keep an eye out for this year, as their talent exudes from the pieces they create.

Anifa Mvuemba

Anifa Mvuemba, a Black designer who’s been making some big waves, is the owner and creator of Hanifa, a ready-to-wear collection for women sizes 0 to 20. Her collection features elegant and bold pieces that are sure to catch your eye.

Her iconic digital runway of 2020, which featured the launch of her ‘Pink Label Congo’ pieces, really set her apart and labeled her as a force to be reckoned with.

Taofeek Abijako

This young designer started his brand, HEAD OF STATE, while still in high school. Taofeek, a Nigerian immigrant, created his brand for today’s postcolonial youth culture, and it’s nothing short of outstanding.

His collection offers eye-catching, eclectic pieces for men who are looking to take their fashion game to the next level. We are looking forward to seeing more of his work in the future.

Aurora James

Fashion designer, Aurora James, founded Brother Vellies, a handmade luxury shoe and accessory brand, in 2013 as a means of keeping African design techniques alive and continuing the amazing work done by those artisans.

Aurora’s brand is founded upon the basis sustainability and her company prides itself on fair labor practices for those who help create their products. This designer is well on her way to a future of continued success.

Telfar Clemens

If you’re in the fashion world, I’m sure you’ve heard all the rage about the “Telfar bag.” The luxury bag’s designer, Telfar Clemens, is making a wave in the fashion industry with his brand, Telfar, and it’s no surprise he’s been getting loads of recognition over the years.

This queer Liberian-American designer from Queens, NY makes unisex pieces, ranging from clothing to jewelry, and his brand focuses on inclusivity. If you haven’t checked out Telfar, you’re missing out!

Tia Adeola

This Nigeria-born fashion designer started her brand, Tia Adeola, in 2017 in her dorm room. Over the last four years, the brand has tremendously flourished, featuring items like two-piece sets, accessories, and more.

Her brand has been featured at New York Fashion Week and countless other shows, and her designs have been worn by celebrities, such as Gigi Hadid and SZA. This young fashionista isn’t slowing down any time soon!

The fashion world is constantly changing. With new trends coming and going, and more people wanting to expand their wardrobe options, it’s good to have a few designers to look to for inspiration and guidance.

Black designers are solidifying themselves in the world of fashion, and it’s a beautiful thing to see. Which designer listed above best suits your style?

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