During the past week, the world has come together to demand justice following the horrific death of George Floyd. Communities, businesses, influencers and family members have been protesting to end police brutality and systemic racism. A flood of educational resources, petitions to sign and foundations to donate to have been surfacing online - making it easier than ever to commit to the fight for equality and become an ally for life. One way to get involved in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement long after it's trending on social media is to continue to invest in black-owned businesses and brands.
The fashion industry is home to an abundance of gifted black designers. Despite their skill level and talent, many have not been given the spotlight they deserve. At Mine & Yours we are making a long-term commitment to raising awareness around these designers and brands, showcasing their work, stories and accolades. We have also further diversified the list of brands we carry, including all of the POC designers featured below. As a luxury consignment boutique in Vancouver, this is our promise to continue recognizing and supporting more Black Designers and Black owned businesses.
WALES BONNER - Grace Wales Bonner
Grace Wales Bonner is a British fashion designer who uses her collections as a direct response to notions of race and gender. Her London-based label Wales Bonner was created in 2014 and two years later she won the highly-coveted LVMH prize that honours young fashion designers around the globe. You can see the meticulous blend of African and European heritage in her designs. At Mine & Yours we've carried a number of Wales Bonner pieces, but they're never in store long - our customer base loves the delicate silhouettes balanced with impeccable tailoring.
CUSHNIE - Carly Cushnie
Carly Cushnie, the CEO and creative director of her namesake, New York based, label. Cushnie is well-known for sleek evening wear and separates. A red carpet favourite amongst the likes of Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez and Ashley Graham. Cushnie originally founded the brand with fellow Parsons' graduate Michelle Ochs. You may remember the brand as 'Cushnie et Ochs', Carly Cushnie took over when her partner left to pursue other endeavors.
CHRISTOPHER JOHN ROGERS - CHRISTOPHER JOHN ROGERS
Christopher John Rogers is taking on the fashion industry by storm, winning the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Award last year and launching his spring collection on Net-a-Porter a couple of months ago. His couture designs feature bright colours and unique voluminous silhouettes, a true celebration of fashion. Rogers has made a massive impact in the world of fashion in such a short amount of time, he's left the entire industry wondering what he will come up with next. We are thrilled to add Christopher John Rogers to our list of brands that we carry at Mine & Yours, if you have a piece from a collection you'd like to sell or consign to us email a photo to email@example.com
FE NOEL - FELISHA NOEL
Grenada-born designer Felisha Noel held her debut show for 'Fe Noel' at New York Fashion Week 2020. Although it was her debut, her designs have already been worn by influential women like Beyonce and Michelle Obama. Noel's designs always pay direct homage to her ancestral roots by using bright colours, vibrant prints and sheer fabrics. Noel now resides in Brooklyn, New York, but her coordinate sets and romantic silk dresses have us dreaming of visiting the beautiful Caribbean islands.
STELLA JEAN - Stella Jean
Stella Jean is recognized globally as Italy's first Black designer. Born to an Italian father and Haitian mother, Jean has managed to marry both sides of her heritage in her designs, weaving her culture carefully into each piece. Stella Jean's ability to use bright patterns and geometric prints gained attention quickly from powerhouse brands like Armani, Louboutin and popular celebrities, Rihanna and Zendaya.
PYER MOSS - KERBY JEAN-RAYMOND
Kerby Jean-Raymond launched his brand Pyer Moss in 2013. Through his collections he uses activism, debate, theatre and social commentary and has described his brand as "an art project or a timely social experiment." His designs have covered numerous important topics including; the unfrequented story of the black cowboys from the 19th century, the common black family experience and Sister Rosetta Tharpe - the Black woman who invented Rock 'N' Roll. His collections are diverse, featuring pastel coloured blazers, cropped hoodies and the undeniably beautiful flowing maxi dresses.
OFF WHITE - VIRGIL ABLOH
Virgil Abloh's, Off-White has become one of the most popular young brands of the past decade. The brand is known for their original streetwear style and celebrity listed roster of 'seen on.' Off-White has been worn by some of the most influential celebrities of our time, the Hadid sisters, the Kardashian sisters and Hailey Beiber. Their belts, bags and jackets are instantly recognized by millions. This brand is one of our best-sellers at Mine & Yours, each Off-White piece is highly coveted and we offer it for up to 80% off the original retail price!
Keep sharing education resources, keep supporting Black owned businesses, keep finding ways to be an ally, keep striving for equality. We stand behind the Black Lives Matter movement and as a team we will continue to educate ourselves on the best ways to support.