Brother Vellies is a seriously cool shoe and bag line designed by Toronto native (and current New Yorker) Aurora James, who strives to employ traditional African design practices in her work. I think these mules are the just-right amount of funky.
Pyer Moss is designed by Haitian-American Kerby Jean-Raymond, who won the CFDA Fashion Fund Prize in 2018, and has addressed topics like police brutality in his runway shows. I’d say his work is equal parts street-inspired and refined, and I especially like this cropped corduroy trucker jacket.
Want les Essentiels is designed by twin brothers Dexter and Ryan Peart, and they specialize in restrained, minimal bags with the exactly-right details (they also make a similarly minimal clothing line). I have wanted one of their bags for ages—this tote looks just about perfect—because they seem great for travel.
Telfar Clemens’ bag brand, Telfar, has serious hipster cred. This tote—which comes in three sizes and a number of colors—has been dubbed the “Bushwick Birkin,” after the Brooklyn neighborhood and the luxe Hermes bag, respectively. All the cool kids in my neighborhood carry it.
Lemlem is the brainchild of Ethiopian model Liya Kebede, and all of the goods she designs—dresses, swimsuits, beach cover-ups—are made in Africa. I’ve been a Lemlem fan for a while—her pieces are so easy and superlight—and think this dress is so flowy and elegant.
Wales Bonner is designed by Brit Grace Wales Bonner, who has many high-profile fans: Megan Markle wore Wales Bonner for her first official portrait after the birth of her son. She’s known for her masterfully-cut (and not cheap) suits, but I also like this fun button-down.
If you’re in the mood to splurge on a drop-dead party dress, you could do far worse than to choose something from Cushnie, which is designed by Carly Cushnie, who has made dresses for Michelle Obama, Beyonce, and many other big names. I think this pink dress is desperately glamorous.
Hanifa is designed by Anifa Mvuemba, who created a fashionable stir when she debuted her most recent collection on Instagram using 3D technology. Her trunk shows attract hordes looking for comfortable but chic items like this amazing cardigan dress, which comes in a number of excellent colors.
Nubian skin understands that flesh comes in many colors, and creates intimate wear accordingly. The company was founded by UK native Ade Hassan. This super-clean-lined bodysuit would be an ideal first layer.
Ashya is a leather goods line designed by Moya Annece and Ashley Cimone, who met while they were students at F.I.T. and manufacture their pieces in New York. I think this fantastic belt bag would be the perfect hands-free option for dog walking (and more).
The eponymous designer of Stella Jean won an Italian Vogue talent contest in 2011, and then swiftly went on to see her first collection sell out at Matches in London. Her use of color is just delightful, and while pieces like this dress aren’t cheap, they’re the sort of items that add serious excitement to your closet.
Romeo Hunte is designed by a Brooklyn native of the same name, and I am so crazy for his stuff—this poncho exceeds the GOACA price limit by rather a lot, but I think it is just so good—architectural and interestingly conceived.
Undra Celeste is designed by Undra Duncan (Celeste is her middle name), who is a first-generation American—her parents are from Guyana, and she draws inspiration from her Caribbean background. I think I’m probably going to go for this awesome belt, which is so graphically pleasing and imparts a sentiment you can’t argue with.