Theophilio & Black Fashion Fair Release ‘Family Portrait II’ Capsule

Last summer, in the wake of the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and worldwide Black Lives Matter protests, fashion brands and businesses hustled to address how they’d perpetuated anti-Black racism and what they would do to reconcile it. Companies’ social media posts and mission statements on their websites were a sight to see: after decades of appropriating Black fashion and culture, the fashion industry seemingly realized—and acknowledged—major trends have origins in the Black community. Antoine Gregory, who runs the platform Black Fashion Fair, and Theophilio designer Edvin Thompson are well aware of this fact. With the release of their latest joint capsule, Family Portrait II, they aim to unlink anti-Black trauma from the fashion narrative, and invite in a different method of storytelling through design and community.

Family Portrait II, which drops this month, will feature a limited run of black and brown shirts priced at

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Reviewers love these sleek black KN95 masks

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Your much-cooler basic-black mask has arrived. (Photo: Amazon)

Your much-cooler basic-black mask has arrived. (Photo: Amazon)

When public health officials first recommended wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, many people grabbed whatever they could get their hands on. But now, we all know that masks are a big part of our look—and wishing for some reasonable meeting of function and fashion.

As you probably know, N95 masks are the gold standard, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that they be reserved for healthcare workers and medical first responders. A KN95 offers similar protection, though.

While most KN95 masks are white, stark, and devoid of style, one K95 mask gets it. It’s the WWDOLL mask, which

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A Look Through the History of Black Fashion

The revolving door of fashion trends often comes back around, and with the internet at our fingertips, the cycle only becomes increasingly apparent. Though conversations around iconic figures who have shaped fashion as we know it often highlight names such as Marilyn Monroe, Madonna and Kate Moss, we’d be remiss not to acknowledge the Black talent that stands behind a number of memorable fashion moments, and continues to influence the industry today.

Cultural references, or trends promoting empowerment in the face of oppression are evident when looking at the history of Black fashion and the many ways it has evolved over the years. However, once adopted by the masses, these >Ashro championing Afrocentric styles and trends rooted in Black fashion, you can still channel many of these looks today.

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Jewelry is one style component which has always held significance in Black fashion, and an area where

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How Pietra Is Helping Black Businesses Break Into the Fashion Industry

Like the inseams of a dress that no one ever really sees, the fashion industry has a history of hidden issues, including a lack of inclusive sizing, ableism, or absence of diversity on the runways and in boardrooms. In the wake of mass protests to honor Black Lives Matter, and with COVID-19 impacting Black entrepreneurs at a disproportionate rate, the fashion industry has had to flip their dress inside out and face these issues head-on. 

Leaders and entrepreneurs like Aurora James, founder of Brother Vellies, have called for companies to pledge to source at least 15% of products from Black-owned brands. But before we can even support our favorite Black-owned fashion and beauty brands, we must address inequities Black entrepreneurs face when starting and scaling any business. 

Globally, 80% of all venture capital firms don’t have a single Black investor, and just 1% of venture-funded startup

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