10 Black Owned Canadian Ethical Fashion Brands


 

In honour of #BlackHistoryMonth, I wanted to highlight ten black-owned fashion brands I can't get enough of 🤩


From their unique designs to their commitment to a more ethical and sustainable fashion future, it's my pleasure to tell you more about each of these brands in this post.


Supporting black-owned Canadian businesses who focus on sustainability is important to me and my goal is to use my platform to bring some of these great brands to your attention. Change can only begin with us, collectively coming together to demand the industry move towards a more sustainable future. Join me in supporting these brands and considering who you make your clothing purchases from in the future.



BATIK BOUTIK | Ottawa, Ontario

BATIK BOUTIK is a brand that aims to showcase the incredible talent of artisans from Africa through fashion, accessories and decor. They're a socially responsible line that provides you with clothing and accessories, inspired by the bold and vibrant designs that are unique to the eclectic culture of West Africa. A line for both males and females, contemporary design meets traditional African flair to create a collection of individualistic pieces like no other; After all, BATIK BOUTIK embraces the philosophy of expressing yourself as alternative, independent and an individual in a world of social norms.


They seek to change narratives and emphasizes value on the continent by working closely with artisans to create an ecosystem of global fashion that appeals to the West. With ethical trading and sustainability at their core, they see fair trade as a given in the world of commerce and dream of the day that ethical fashion is just a norm.


Their mission statement and wild patterned designs are what make BB one of my favourites. I have my eyes on one of their matching sets for the summer. You can learn more about the brand and shop here!


Bôhten Eyewear | Toronto, Ontario

Bôhten makes and sells lightweight eyeglasses made of reclaimed redwood, zebrawood and bamboo harvested in Ghana and reclaimed acetate. They're designed in Canada, hand-crafted in a zero-waste facility and manufactured in Japan and China. Owner Nana Osei is on a mission—he wants to create fair-wage jobs in his family’s native Ghana by combining his passions for fashion and sustainability. Check out their incredible eyewear and learn more about this brand here.


Brimz | Toronto, Ontario

A Toronto staple for the past two decades, Brimz ships internationally to a loyal clientele — founder Dameion Royes has made hats for Lauryn Hill, Carmelo Anthony, and Kardinal Offishall, to name a few. The company supports at-risk youth with Royes’ work in the community, and acts as an incubator for several small Black-owned brands.


Did we mention the hats are stylish and well-crafted? They’re a must-have for anyone in search of the perfect snapback, toque, or fedora, or beret. Check out this brand and their sweet hats here.


House of Hayla | Toronto, Ontario

Drawing inspiration from the best selection of vibrant Pantone colour palettes, the House of Hayla monochromatic collection combines the perfect mix of Peta Approved vegan synthetics sourced in a single tone to create a unified look that will compliment any outfit. From top to bottom, HOH footwear is a complete devotion to tone - a total submersion of colour. They are 100% committed to never using leather or any other animal-based materials in their products…ever.


And friends... did I mention these shoes are affordable? You would think with the commitment to the environment there would be a higher price tag but these are in line with what Aldo and Naturalizer sell their shoes for and they're both fast fashion brands. Choosing sustainably doesn't always mean a higher price tag. You can swoon over more of their shoes here.


israella KOBLA | Toronto, Ontario

israella KOBLA was created for the confident woman with a distinct sense of style. She stands out, effortlessly. Inspiration for the Toronto based brand comes from a juxtaposition of the designer’s interests; fashion and a past life as a civil engineer. The pieces highlight an appreciation for architecture and timeless design.


Launched in 2019 by Emefa Kuadey, the luxury made-to-order clothing and accessories brand redefines minimalism through structure and bold femininity. iK is committed to an ethical and sustainable fashion model by minimizing the impact of manufacturing through good pattern design and cutting techniques, operating on a made-to-order basis to eliminate overproduction and subsequent wastage, and contracting local service providers in order to reduce the impact from transportation. Learn more about this beautiful brand and their one of a kind clothing here.