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25 Black-Owned Boutiques You Must Shop For The Summer
By Rachel George
This summer, swap out your wardrobe for more colorful, vibrant clothing options. It’s time to show a little more skin and stand out in some of the most eye-catching statement pieces. From accessories like sunglasses and headwraps to athletic gear and swimwear, here are 25 black-owned fashion boutiques to help you slay this summer.
Adorned by Chi (Los Angeles, CA)
Nigerian Entrepreneur Chi encourages Black women to flourish with clothing and accessories for daydreamers and black girl magic. Her selection reminds us that we are “made beautiful by God” with flower crowns, pink hair and flowy skirts.
All Dem’ Shades (Online)
This e-boutique was designed to celebrate the powerful, unapologetically black woman’s natural hair, melanin, and Black Girl Magic. Check out their Black Girls Are Lit collection of dresses, tracksuits, shirts, biker shorts and bathing suits.
This small African boutique sells authentic dashikis, Ankara Inspired clothing, headwraps and more, changing the public’s perception about African clothing in everyday life.
Bfyne (Virginia Beach, VA)
Founded by Nigerian-American Buki Ade, this swimsuit company is known for its unique tribal prints and design. One piece and two piece bathing suits, in a variety of style, are available and suitable for all sizes.
Ceecees Closet NYC (New York, NY)
This boutique is dedicated to West African printed headwraps, clothing, accessories and more. You can also find unique handbags and accessories like waist beads or self-love notes and African-inspired greeting cards at their store.
Diva Kurves Collection (Atlanta, GA)
Swim thick this summer with The Diva Kurves Collection plus size clothing line. This boutique features high-quality clothing, mixed with fierceness designed by Atlanta-based plus-sized model Frances Maupin. Their motto is You Body is Yours, Own It, and you’ll definitely any room you walk into while wearing a Diva Kurves piece.
JaDore Fancy (Miami, FL)
Cardi B. has been wearing Insta-famous fashion boutiques since the beginning of her career, most recently this affordable Miami clothing store. Add a little fire to your wardrobe. Whether it’s for a baecation or a girls trip, JaDore has something for you. They offer jumpsuits, midis, dresses, and neon color-pop bathing suits, just to name a few. There also have a second location in Lauderdale Lakes.
Kloset Envy (Los Angeles, CA)
Known for their out of the box designs and bold colors, Kloset Envy sets trends, rather than following them. Owner and designer Jai Nice wanted every woman to feel confident and sexy in Kloset Envy without breaking the bank. Swimwear, dresses, bodysuits and flash dance inspired collections and more are offered at this store. Buy a lot, the first purchase is 20% off.
MATTE Brand (Los Angeles, CA)
Designer Briana Wilson launched MATTE with must-have basics inspired by minimal designs, femininity, and comfort. Their new Caution collection debuted at New York Fashion Week earlier this year.
Billboard Bound (Pennsauken, NJ)
Billboard Bound features a number of looks to ensure that you stand out amongst the crowd. Ladies can shop a number of looks for the summer online or at their Pennsauken, NJ location.
Mint Swim (Los Angeles)
Entrepreneur and fashion designer Draya Michele created her Mint Swim swimsuit line in 2011 and designed it with every womanly shape and size in mind. You’ve seen her on the gram. Her swimsuits fit like a glove. Draya also has two other fashion brands, Beige and Coco and Fine Ass Girls.
Meow and Barks Boutique (Jacksonville, FL)
This boutique features bold statement blouses, ombre skirts, and cute jumpsuits personally curated by celebrity stylist Traci Evans. Past collections were inspired by the culture in Cuba and the United Arab Emirates. The clothes are catered to the curviness of black women. Check their Instagram for information about their frequent pop-up shops, at their Atlanta location and across the country.
NAKIMULI (Brooklyn, NY)
Cultivated by color, shapes, and prints, NAKIMULI has been worn by Jill Scott, Danielle Brooks, Jasmine Sullivan, and Erykah Badu to name a few. Their clothes embrace self-love, sisterhood, individuality, comfort, and lots of fierceness. Owner Tennille McMillan taught herself to sew at a young age, fast forward to 2009, when she established NAKIMULI, with a feminine aesthetic still being worn today.
Nroda Eyewear (New York, NY)
Shop Nroda’s luxury 24k gold plated hand-designed eyewear, previously worn by Rick Ross on Fox’s recently-canceled television series Star. They’re a little on the expensive side but it’s worth the price for a standout statement pair of sunglasses. Check out Reality tv star Alexis Skyy in their Matrix sunnies at Beautycon in New York.
Ladies, now is the time to stock up on hosiery and lingerie that match our various shades of melanin. Find the perfect T-shirt bras and boy shorts in shades of brown like “Berry” or “Cinnamon” to match every skin tone.
ÖFUURË by TEHILAH (Toronto, Ontario)
Be fearless and fashionable in stylish carefully designed African-inspired pieces featuring vibrant colors and patterns from this award-winning African boutique in Toronto. Sizes range from S-3X.
Orchids & Spice (Decatur, GA)
Where Boho meets Modern Romance. This bohemian chic boutique encourages free spirits with trendy fashion-forward, quality pieces. It’s a woman’s online shopping haven spewing sophistication with a little bit of sass and vintage appeal.
PinkSkyBoutique (Atlanta, GA)
Slay your way through their Maxi Dress Season sale in various colors and styles. Short and long options are available and they’re suitable for all sizes. This boutique was voted 10 Must Visit Boutiques in ATL by Claire Sulmers’ Fashion Bomb Daily.
Pressed (Atlanta, GA)
I bought some jeans from Pressed a few years ago, maybe it’s time to purchase more in a new color. Pressed owner, Reality TV star Rasheeda has always been known for her distinctive fashion and beauty styles. It led to her starting her own beauty line, which she also sells at her store in Phipps Plaza.
Slashed By Tia (New York, NY)
Nigerian-born owner and soon to be college graduate Teni “Tia” Adeola started Slashed by Tia from her dorm room. She gained massive attention for her ruffled clothing which was partially inspired by art history and 16th-century Renaissance paintings she studied while living in London. Her performance at New York Fashion Week last year received rave reviews for her sheer tops and luxury bottoms. Teen Vogue claimed her as being “one of the greatest female couture designers in the world.”
Sorella Boutique (Los Angeles, CA)
Be a dope girl with hustle and style and sign the famous “Girls Tour Wall”. Created by Heather Sanders & Britney Turner, Sorella focuses on empowering women to stand out in a crowd with bright neon colors and a variety of textures and designs. As one of LA’s premier streetwear brands, they offer metallic jumpsuits, windbreakers, oversized shirts, and biker shorts.
Sonya Bee’s Boutique (Mississippi)
Sonya Bee’s Boutique provides trendy looks for the girl with expensive taste who doesn’t want to actually break the bank. Their online store features dresses, swimwear, sets and more.
SWANK BLUE (Los Angeles, CA)
Fashion Stylist Olori Swank held a pop-up shop in Atlanta for her LA-based Fashion brand Swank Blue recently. It was an interactive shopping experience that I definitely enjoyed myself. It included wine, food, shopping, adult coloring, and fun. I snagged myself a couple of goodies a picture with Olori all just before finding out her favorite color wasn’t actually blue. You can also shop Swank Blue in Los Angeles.
Tags (Atlanta, GA)
Grammy Award-winning singer and entrepreneur Kandi Burruss owns this chic fashionable storefront. I can’t lie I few things from their collection looks pretty tempting. They have suitable options for any occasion.
Milano Di Rouge (Philadelphia, PA)
Based in Philadelphia but also found online, Milano Di Rouge has been seen on all of your favorite celebrities. They feature coordinates, denim and accessories suitable for men and women.