I'm not explaining why this is unacceptable - they already know it isn't.
I'm not shouting out "celebrities" who are calling out luxury brands for lack of conscious. If MLK intergrated us into a burning house, celebrities have fanned the flames with their irresponsible use of their influence.
I'm not going to call out black entrepreneurs who don't support other black entrepreneurs. Our elite, our talented tenth, yellng #SupportBlackBusinesses while wearing Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton & Christian Louboutin red bottoms.
Photo Credit: Gucci
I'm not shunning my people who continue to support luxury brands. Half the people defending Gucci & buying Gucci don't even know the difference between haute couture, bespoke, and ready-to-wear. They are just ignorant so I will follow Nina Simone's footsteps.
Black folks see HIGH PRICE and think it's HIGH END as if there isn't a lot of overpriced BS being sold. Poor stitching & construction, cheap synthetic fabrics... They just buy what is popular and when they can't afford it, they buy knock-off.
Check out these Black Owned Luxury brands below. Each designer's line is constructed by hand with a high level of sewing skill from start to finish, generally one-of-a kind designs, elaborate, ornate and part of "collections" of 30-35 pieces. Others are ready-to-wear - mass produced, yet high quality in terms of fabric choices, construction and details. Even "luxury brands" offer ready-to-wear lines. They are void of exclusivity, generally inspired by the haute couture collections, made en masse but not to be confused with ready-to-wear clothes you find in Old Navy or Target.
Why stop at apparel? Luxury accessories, footwear and fragrances are listed too.
Ankara and Tribal Prints
Boadrooms, Red Carpets and Catwalks
Eaden Myles - for men
Ferona - for women
Hideoki Bespoke - for men
Laquan Smith - for men and women
Tsemaye Binitie - for women
The Tiny Closet
Tracy Nicole Clothing
The Rock Stars
803 Jeans - past Ultimate Black Love Gift Guide Participant
Persevere Clothing - past Ultimate Black Love Gift Guide participant
Regal & Royal
Tru Face by Grace
Folake Kyue Style Pantry
K Mills Collection
Career Wear and Separates for Socialites and Professionals
Antthony Mark Hankins
Iman Global Chic
Bags and Accessories
Aeren Waters - past Ultimate Black Love Gift Guide Participant
Amma Jo - previously featured on the MRTV YouTube Channel
Benson Watches - previously featured on the MRTV YouTube Channel
Eco Wrist Watches
Gregory Sylvia - past Ultimate Black Love Gift Guide Participant
Talley and Twine
Verdure - current Ultimate Black Love Gift Guide Participant
Fine Jewelry, Urban Jewelers, and Wearable Art
Chris Aire Beverly Hills
The Gold Gods
Aminah Abdul Jillil
Kimberly New York
Olivia Rose Atlier - past Ultimate Black Love Gift Guide participant
Ovation For Men
PM Fragrances - current Ultimate Black Love Gift Guide Participant
Who Got Next.. up and coming designers
Blue Label Boutique
Ikaika D Bones Lark
When you know better, you do better.