From Chicago to New York City, and ports in between, today’s up and coming contemporary African American fashion designers are making a huge impact in the industry. Talking to a variety of designers proves one thing—designers are born, not made. Each of these hot designers tell me that art plays an important part in their creations.
Today’s designers are creative, resourceful and very tech savvy. Most of them use Twitter, Facebook and have their own websites. While some are e-tailers (online sales), some have their products in brick and mortar stores.
Erika and Monika Simmons are the Double Stitch Twins. They create hot hand-crocheted apparel for the sexy and sophisticated woman. Check out their one-of-a-kind products at: www.doublestitch.mindstateweb.com.
Sealina Moore, SLM Couture, is the creative dynamo behind her brand at www.slmcouture.com. Moore opened her own shop shortly after receiving her degree from the International Academy of Design and Technology. Moore says her design philosophy is simple garments with flirty details that fit impeccably, as seen in the accompanying photo.
Jeanine Hays, is the designer of lifestyle brand products at AphroChic, www.aphrochic.blogspot.com. Hays creates bold beautiful pillows, Tees and home decor. She says her company was created as an embodiment of its mantra of modern soulful style, and it shows.
Sylvia Holden, of Sylvia Holden, www.sylviaholden.com, creates vintage styled handbags and clothing with an updated twist. Holden has a background in fine arts, and draws a correlation between art and designing and states, “Designing is Art.”
Gail Ambeau is a visual artist and fashion designer. She has worked with recording artists and America’s Next Top Model Cycle 4. She received her first sewing machine (a chain stitch toy) at age 7, and has been creating ever since. Visit her at Gailrayfordambeau.com to pick up some of her hot designs.
David Lee, is the dance wear designer at KDdance.com. Lee designs ballet tops and ballet necklace dresses. The designs are funky gauze-like knitwear, which allows dancers to flow freely. Lee has worked with the Oakland Ballet.
LaNorma Huggins-Hopes, is a jewelry designer and owner of Signature Designs by LaNorma, LLC, www.signaturesbylanorma.com/osc. Her online artisan jewelry boutique parades colorful gemstones, precious metals, vintage beads, glass, and many other fine materials. Huggins-Hopes fuses them into one-of-a-kind pieces. Her slogan is: “Handcrafted Jewelry for the Unique and Chic!”