23 BLACK-OWNED LUXURY MENSWEAR BRANDS YOU CAN SUPPORT RIGHT NOW. The murder of George Floyd, the latest in a history of police brutality against black people, has spurred outrage, protests and a long-overdue reckoning of the racial inequities in the United States and around the world. The issues are complex and many, but one thing has become abundantly clear: there is much work to be done to combat racism. We have some suggestions on organizations you can donate to and resources for better understanding the nuances of the situation. There are numerous ways to support anti-racism efforts and one of them is by flexing your spending power and buying black.
Not only has coronavirus disproportionately struck minority communities but, according to The Washington Post, the pandemic has caused 40 percent of black-owned businesses to close permanently, almost double the number of white-owned businesses that have met the same fate. Access to financing has historically been more difficult for people of color, which is one of the reasons why Aurora James, the designer of award-winning accessories line Brother Vellies, started a petition for retailers to devote 15 percent of their shelf space to black-owned businesses (to reflect the fact that black people make up 15 percent of the American population). It’s a smart idea that we look forward to seeing implemented but, in the meantime, there are plenty of black businesses that you can support directly.