Although the fashion industry continues to struggle with its diversity problem, Black designers are beginning to see increased prominence in the field. Arguably more than womenswear, menswear in particular has experienced an influx of Black male designers. With an incredibly slimmed-down number of fashion shows happening this year, it is important to highlight some talented designers you may not know of but should, see below:
Brett Johnson’s collections feature clean lines, warm colors and luxurious materials that bridge classic elements of Italian tailoring with the ease of American sportswear.
Known for his workwear separates, Heron Preston’s clothes bring a utilitarian feel to streetwear, with pieces often made in neutral shades and featuring practical elements like zip pockets.
Designer Rich Fresh creates custom pieces for clients, including suits, tracksuits and leather goods in vibrant colors and patterns (often featuring his signature stripe details), which have been worn by the likes of Dwayne Wade and Terrence J.
Samuel Ross (A-Cold-Wall)
A-Cold-Wall, designed by Samuel Ross, is known for its range of sportswear and tailored pieces, often created using unconventional prints and materials in innovative silhouettes.
Waraire Boswell (Waraire)
Waraire Boswell of the brand Waraire creates custom suits and outerwear for clients, featuring classic shapes in bold patterns and colors. He also has a line of t-shirts to cater to more casual customers.