Zerina Akers is one of the most revered image makers of our time, most notably because she’s Beyoncé’s stylist. But now the New York based costume designer and stylist is making sure her own name is heard by creating her own path of change with the launch of her e-com platform Black Owned Everything.
Akers launched the new shopping destination and it’s black owned from top to bottom, making it easier than ever to support a carefully curated plethora of black owned businesses. An idea that began life as an Instagram page to promote black business owners and creatives, quickly developed into an online treasure chest of previously unrepresented brands in retail.
With the ongoing #BLM movement across the globe, Black Owned Everything provides an essential outlet for members of the black community and allies alike to pull together and show solidarity by supporting black business owners.
We’ve handpicked some of our favourite pieces available now on blackownedeverything.co
The Lady Imil Button Up Blouse
Designer Fe Noel is known for her vibrant prints and this particular collection is exclusive to Black Owned Everything. This vibrant silk blouse is inspired by Noel’s love for Morocco, featuring prints of the mountain village of Imil. Cut for a relaxed fit this blouse is a perfect pair for the coordinating skirt or sheer trousers from the collection.
Available at https://blackownedeverything.co/collections/womens-1/products/lady-of-imlil-satin-blouse for $378
Samaria Leah’s collection of reconstructed Levi’s denim is the perfect example of circular fashion. The Jessie 1.0 jacket features lace up detailing and comes in a cropped fit.
Available at https://blackownedeverything.co/collections/womens-1/products/jessie-1-0 for $298
Jade Geo Dress
From Sammy B designs, the Jade Geo dress in a colourful eye catching Aztec print. The flattering fit features a mock neck and a side slit.
‘Race Her’ Ribbed Halter Tank
Designer Kingsley Gbadegesin previously worked for Versace, Celine and Loewe before starting his own brand, K.NGSLEY. Through his designs he aims to reclaim and redefine black and queer communities. The ‘Race Her’ tank top is an exciting take on a wardrobe essential with an asymmetrical hem.
Statement Oversized Trench Coat
Sponsored By God is on a mission to create apparel that celebrates black culture and history. Their Statement Trench features religious inscriptions inspired by the brand’s spiritual underpinnings.
‘Tie Dye’ Overcoat
This limited edition ‘Tie Dye’ overcoat from Greyscale Tailoring is the perfect piece made for standing out from the crowd. The luxury item made from merino wool has a detachable waist, making this a versatile item for the model man’s wardrobe.
SLASH Hooded Sweatshirt
Los Angeles based brand CISE was formed with the simple idea: “Stronger Threads For A Stronger Community”. Their garments carry vocal messages, such as their SLASH (Seeking Love And Sharing Hope) hoodie aims to provide awareness about mental health.
Freedom Four Finger Ring
This piece of jewellery from Johnny Nelson is a progressive interpretation of Mount Rushmore. The ring features the faces of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, Marcus Garvey and Fredrick Douglass. All men played major roles in the USA civil rights movement.
Available at https://blackownedeverything.co/collections/jewelry/products/her-freedom-4-finger-ring for $480
Reese Square Toe Boot
Sunni Studio is a conceptual footwear brand by self-taught footwear designer Sunni Dixon. Like all of his designs, the Reese Square Toe Boot is artful and cultured. The structure of the boot is a sophisticated yet street smart take on a classic Chelsea boot.
Available at https://blackownedeverything.co/collections/footwear-1/products/reese-square-toe-boot for $510
Ian Ribbed Tank
The Ian Ribbed tank comes from previously mentioned designer Kinsley Gbadegesin. Design elements of the Ian tank such as the open back detail are representative of K.NGSLEY’s influence form the queer community.
Available at https://blackownedeverything.co/collections/unisex-1/products/olive-ian-ribbed-tank for $180
Images courtesy of Black Owned Everything