Black-Owned Handbag Brands to Support for Black History Month 2024

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Brandon Blackwood

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You may have recently come across his creations on the arms of various celebs or seen his “End Systemic Racism” tote on Instagram when it went viral in 2020, but Brandon Blackwood launched his accessories brand five years prior. Though the Jamaican Chinese designer studied neuroscience, he pursued a different path when he interned at fashion magazines while in college. The namesake line was born in New York after Blackwood designed his first backpack. Now the brand is easily recognizable for its cool mini totes and trunk bags in saturated hues.

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Telfar

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The ubiquitous logo tote dubbed the “Bushwick Birkin” almost needs no introduction. While Liberian American designer Telfar Clemens offers a wide-ranging fashion collection, he is undoubtedly most known for his handbags. On the arms of everyone from trendsetters such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Bella Hadid, and even AOC (plus a cameo on this year’s Favorite Things list), the faux-leather shoppers come in three sizes and a bevy of bold hues. Fair warning, though: These sell out quickly through limited drops, so you’ll want to strategize accordingly.

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Off-White

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The late Virgil Abloh’s imaginative streetwear designs have garnered legions of fans for over a decade now. Featuring the brand’s signature intricate logo to bold, graffiti-style designs, these avant-garde luxury bags truly stand out from the pack. Today, Off-White’s legacy continues under creative director Ibrahim Kamara.

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Brother Vellies

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New York–based Brother Vellies has been a fashion insider favorite for its effortlessly cool accessories since its debut in 2013. With luxe artisanal touches, the sustainably made leather shoes and bags are meant to be forever pieces. Another reason we support the brand? At the height of the 2020 racial justice moment, founder Aurora James spearheaded the 15 Percent Pledge, a nonprofit that calls major retailers and businesses to devote 15 percent of their product offerings to Black brands.

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AAKS

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If, like us, you can’t resist a fun basket bag, pay special attention to AAKS, a lovely collection founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi that infuses traditional Ghanaian weaving with a modern feel. Handcrafted in Ghana by skilled female artisans with sustainably harvested raffia, the festive designs range from mini totes adorned with pompoms to fringed crossbodies.

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Ree Projects

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Calling all minimalists: Amsterdam-based Ree Projects is one to introduce to your repertoire. With two decades of experience at leading fashion brands, founder and designer Desiree Kleinen is well-versed in luxury and quality. Every piece is hand-constructed in Italy with regional, “zero impact” Italian leathers to cut down on the carbon footprint. Chic styles such as the origami-like tote, structured shoulder bags, pleated baguette satchels, and convenient phone pouches are not just pretty to look at—they are thoughtfully designed to be functional for busy lifestyles.

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Petit Kouraj

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Dreamed up by fashion stylist Nasrin Jean-Baptiste, Brooklyn-based Petit Kouraj pays homage to the designer’s native country of Haiti, where each piece is made. Each strand of fringe is individually hand-sewn onto the organic cotton net bag to create the brand’s signature swishy, expandable silhouette, while a leather handle and interior satin pouch rounds out the style.

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ASHYA

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Inspired by travel and culture, the New York–based brand founded by Ashley Cimone and Moya Annece encourages exploration. Whether you’re traveling near or far, the gorgeous leather utility styles will add a touch of luxe to your ensemble. Don’t miss the unique bolo bags, either—great to safe-keep your passport or wear as an everyday crossbody. Each piece is consciously assembled in small batches in New York City.

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Anima Iris

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Striking geometric shapes in eye-catching colors and textures is the signature look of the Philadelphia-based brand. Born in Cameroon and raised in the U.S., founder and designer Wilglory Tanjong studied African development at Princeton and is passionate about bringing Africa to the forefront of luxury. The continent’s history and culture are a strong influence behind the Anima Iris collection, which is made in Senegal using zero-waste practices. With unique shapes like the hexagon Zuri and the twisted-handle Zaza, we bet it will be hard to choose. (Good news: You can’t go wrong.)

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Vavvoune

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Self-taught designer Valerie Blaise built her Brooklyn-based accessories label around structured leather handbags that are simultaneously elegant and cool. The sleek designs are versatile enough for every day (many of them feature convertible straps), while thoughtful details like custom hardware make them feel special.

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Yvonne Koné

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Launched in 2011 by Yvonne Koné, the handbag line may be based in Copenhagen, but it embodies a global spirit. The understated Scandinavian aesthetic is evident in the clean lines, but it’s also subtly infused with the vibrancy of the Ivory Coast through the colors and textures. Every bag is crafted at a family-owned factory in Italy with untreated Italian leathers that will get richer with age. Sophisticated shapes like the tie-closure tote and foldover belt bag are destined to be go-to classics that you’ll reach for over and over again.

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Agnes Baddoo

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A beautiful market tote is something we reach for over and over again, whether we’re trekking to the office, going away for the weekend, or stopping by the farmers’ stand. Designer and stylist Agnes Baddoo offers one of the most elevated versions. Crafted in durable materials such as leather, suede, and canvas, the structured totes are handmade in Los Angeles and New York City for a timeless style that will carry you through any season or occasion. Be sure to check out the small accessories and belt selection, too.

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Liselle Kiss

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Having grown up in Miami and now based in Brooklyn, Liselle Kiss draws inspiration from both cities—as well as her Trinidadian roots—to curate her namesake label. The result: a handful of feminine, architectural pieces designed to give wearers ultimate confidence. What’s more, Kiss donates part of her brand’s proceeds to the A21 Campaign, a nonprofit organization that helps fight human trafficking worldwide.

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Silver & Riley

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Lola Banjo founded accessories label Silver & Riley after frequent work travel made her realize that there was a lack of practical yet polished travel bags. The collection is made in Italy with premium Italian leathers that get better with wear and age. Frequent fliers can invest in a carryall duffel or tote, but don’t overlook the sophisticated belt bag or chain shoulder styles either. Plus, 5 percent of sales goes to the brand’s own grant program, which supports female entrepreneurs both domestically and in emerging economies.

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Sarep + Rose

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Style infused with social impact is the ethos of lifestyle and accessories brand Sarep + Rose. Founder Robin Sirleaf frequently travels throughout Africa to source materials and team up with makers to provide economic opportunities and, in turn, contribute to the continent’s global influence. The bags are crafted in Africa with regional leathers and textiles for an elevated take on the casual, everyday accessory.

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Edas

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Created in 2015 by Sade Mims, New York–based label Edas carries a line of eclectic jewelry, sleek hats, and soft leather handbags. Each piece is classic with a little edge, lining the shelves of indie boutiques (and major retailers nationwide).

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Daniel Diyepriye

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Through his signature motif, British-born designer Daniel Diyepriye pays homage to his Nigerian heritage, where he grew up playing with puzzles with his father. His accessories line features beautifully constructed bags crafted with sophisticated fabrics and silhouettes.

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Voni

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Jevoni McAllister was compelled to launch her handbag line after noticing the lack of representation in fashion marketing. Providing cute styles that are accessible to all women is at the core of the brand. The Los Angeles–based collection also places emphasis on sustainability, with vegan, cruelty-free materials used in its versatile (and price-friendly!) designs.

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Florian

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After a brief stint in finance, Tola Adeagbo answered her calling for fashion design. Florian was founded in London in 2013 and was quickly recognized for its unique designs. The contemporary bags make modern statements yet are wearable. Structured top-handle styles and saddle bags will carry you from workday to weekend. To make the bag unmistakably yours, opt for hand-painted initials.

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Adolophine

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A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, founder Adolophine Lukabu Sheeley started the luxury accessories and home goods brand to promote Africa’s traditional culture and the artisans who’ve inherited and mastered their craftsmanship. In addition to empowering the artisans, the brand collaborates with organizations that uplift local underserved communities. This spirit will only make you appreciate the styles even more. Vibrant prints liven up classic handbag shapes, and we guarantee you’ll be garnering compliments every time you show one off.

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