Black Canadian Designers to Support Now and Always
From size-inclusive intimates to one-of-a-kind accessories, these brands produce pieces you should be paying attention to — year-round.
This article was originally published in February 2022 and has been updated.
February is Black History Month. At FASHION, we celebrate diversity all year, but we’d like to take this opportunity to specifically highlight the talent of Black designers, who still face barriers to entry, marginalization and a lack of representation in the world of fashion.
It’s been more than three years since protests against policy brutality that escalated across the U.S. and around the world triggered change across many industries, including fashion. In May 2020, Aurora James founded the 15 Percent Pledge, calling on retailers to pledge 15 percent of shelf space to Black-owned businesses. A month after that, notable Canadian designer George Sully launched the platform Black Designers of Canada to feature and celebrate Black talent across the country.
And while we witnessed the overwhelming support of Black businesses at the height of the summer of 2020, our support must extend beyond a movement (or a month, for that matter). You’re probably familiar with a few of Canada’s renowned fashion figures, such as Kirk Pickersgill of Greta Constantine or Aurora James of Brother Vellies, but there are a myriad of creatives that also deserve the spotlight. Here are some of our favourite Black Canadian designers to shop all year round, from already-widely beloved labels to exceptional up-and-comers.
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