Menswear Monday: Black-Owned Male Businesses We’re Inspired By

Last week we shared some amazing businesses we love owned by Black females, and this week it’s the gents’ turn. It’s our belief to continue supporting, sharing, and advocating for our Black community. Let us together follow the accounts of, purchase the products of, and read the literature that educates us on the Black lives that we wholeheartedly believe matter.



– Virgil Abloh

An American designer, entrepreneur, and artist who has been the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear collection since March 2018. Abloh is also the chief executive officer of Milan-based label Off White, which he founded in 2013.

Virgil Abloh, Ovidiu Hrubaru/Shutterstock

– Stephen Burrows

Burrows won the prestigious Coty award, the highest honor in American fashion in the womenswear category, making him the first black designer to do so. He was also one of the first Black designers to sell internationally and develop a mainstream high-end clientele. He has dressed the likes of Oprah, Taylor Swift, and Naomi Campbell.

– Dapper Dan

An originally Harlem-based brand, in 2017 Dapper Dan launched a line with Gucci which helped him open his second store and atelier. From 1968-1974 Dan toured Africa as part of a program from Columbia University and the Urban League.

Dapper Dan, NY Times

– Kanye West

The Yeezy brand was founded in 2007. While mostly known for its sneakers, the collaboration with Adidas also produces shirts, jackets, track pants, socks, and women’s shoes.

Kanye West, Moda Magazine


– Rodney Patterson

New York-based accessory designer for Esenshel, a men’s and women’s headwear collection designed to reflect his or her lifestyle.



His style is chic, and his shop is designed to “affirm you”.

Michell Clark, Instagram


Influencer and Founder & CEO of Cosign Mag.


Influencer and entrepreneur who’s style is notable.

Keenan Beasley, Instagram



-Dandylion: Black Dandy & Street Style, by Shantrelle P. Lewis

-The Assassination of the Black Male Image, by Earl Ofari Hutchinson

-The Way We Wore: Black Style Then, by Michael McCollum

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Elizabeth Bean Smith

Elizabeth is the Founder & Co-Owner of Wardrobe Therapy. She founded the company in 2006 for individuals seeking help with their personal style and image.

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