We Don't Accept Gucci's Apology. We are Not Boycotting. We are Buying Black.

February 13, 2019

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

Andrea Iyamah

Busayo

Lili's Creations

Rahyma Awanife 

 

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

Mininalist

Fe Noel

The Tiny Closet

Tracy Nicole Clothing

Street Couture

AKOO Clothing

AMIR JAMES

Rich Broke

 

The Rock Stars

803 Jeans - past Ultimate Black Love Gift Guide Participant

Persevere Clothing - past Ultimate Black Love Gift Guide participant

Shun Melson

Regal & Royal

Brandon Warren

Ramomar NY

Tru Face by Grace

Contemporary Couture

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

Femi Handbags

Gregory Sylvia - past Ultimate Black Love Gift Guide Participant

Louis Stewart

Talley and Twine

Unoeth

Verdure - current Ultimate Black Love Gift Guide Participant

Fine Jewelry, Urban Jewelers, and Wearable Art

Adele Dejak

Chris Aire Beverly Hills

Lorraine West 

Lunaversoul

Omi Woods

The Gold Gods

Shoes

Aminah Abdul Jillil

Brother Vellies

Eleanora Nukam

Fabrice Tardieu

Hanifa

Tiannia Barnes

Tucci Polo

Smell Goods

B Fragranced

Chris Collins

Kimberly New York

Mair Fragrances

Olivia Rose Atlier - past Ultimate Black Love Gift Guide participant

Ovation For Men

PM Fragrances - current Ultimate Black Love Gift Guide Participant

Savoir Faire

Who Got Next.. up and coming designers

Blue Label Boutique

Ikaika D Bones Lark

Tiiara J

 When you know better, you do better.

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