Women spend billions of dollars every year on hand bags. Many of the top designers’ bags are sold for thousands of dollars each. Some of the “elite” designers, such as Gucci, are multi-billion dollar companies. So where do Black handbag companies fit in? Glad you asked! Check out our list of amazing Black owned handbag companies. Help support these talented designers by sharing this article with your friends and maybe buying a bag or two.
A A K S was founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, with the goal of introducing the world to her favorite weaving techniques done by the women of Ghana, while also creating and igniting sustainable jobs within Africa. Handcrafted in Ghana, A A K S creates bags in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts characterized by bright, exuberant colors.
The essence of A A K S design philosophy is a complex combination of thoughts, design elements, which come from critical attention to craftsmanship, authenticity and ethical values in their production; while having a strong sense of identity and quality. Each collection silhouette is unique and tells a different story through detail, color and shape. Akosua is connected to every stage of the design and production process, to oversee and ensure that the end result is imbued with the spirit and soul worthy of the A A K S stamp. (More Info)
The Adèle Dejak brand creates handmade fashion accessories for the modern, sophisticated and multidimensional woman. Inspired by African shapes, textures, and traditional techniques; the cutting-edge pieces sit perfectly between artifact and high fashion statement designs.
The Adèle Dejak collections express our acute appreciation for African-made fabrics, including Kuba cloth and kitenge (wax print); a dedication to using recycled materials including rice and cement sacks, brass, aluminium, and glass; and a commitment to exceptional quality – using only the best materials and employing some of the most talented artisans in the East African region. (More Info)
Anansi, is a luxury handbag line founded by Samantha White. Her vision was to bring African-inspired luxury leather handbags to chic woman who yearn for color and print.
The name Anansi originated in Ghana, West Africa, where oral stories of wisdom were widely told. These tales were represented by a clever spider named Anansi who spread the stories across the Caribbean, South America, and North America. Much like the Anansi stories, Samantha has drawn inspiration for her handbag line, from her varied heritage and travels—born to Jamaican parents, raised in Canada, and now splitting her time between Ghana and the UK, her life is a mixture of many places of the African diaspora. (More Info)
“The inspiration for Christopher Augmon CA Fine Jewelry and Luxury Handbag Designs comes from the influences that culture has played in my life. Having been exposed to many different customs and ethnicities, I’ve come to appreciate, embrace, respect, and value the richness of a variety of cultures,” said Christopher Augmon, founder, CEO and creative director of Christopher Augmon CA Fine Jewelry and Luxury Handbags.
“Along with these cultural influences is my passion as a designer. Minimalism and statement designs are my muse. However, I want my clients to wear my designs, not to have my designs wear my clients. Combined, they are the sources of my ideas and my ability to create exciting, new looks in fine jewelry and handbags that fulfill consumers’ needs for uniqueness, style, edge, individuality, function, and timeless fashion designs. I also take inspirations from fashion designs during the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. When clients wear my designs I want women to feel and look feminine and men masculine. My designs are wearable, unintentional fashion pieces that articulate trend and style”. (More Info)
A fresh face for the fashion industry, Deondra Jeree Morris started the groundwork on her designs after gaining inspiration from the talented youth at the Handbag 101 awards in New York City.
Being only 23 herself, Deondra is making a strong statement as one of the youngest luxury handbag designers of our time.
Born in Louisiana, raised in a small town named after her late great-grandfather and now traveling the world, but spends most of her time in New York City, Deondra Morris is truly a determined young lady. (More Info)
Alexandria Alli started her passion for fashion at age ten, when she persuaded her mother to let her assist her at her fashion design studio everyday after school. At that young age, Alexandria learned a lot about design and running a fashion business. At the age of thirteen, her family moved from Nigeria to Atlanta, Georgia and she started her modeling career. She modeled for major companies throughout the South. As her modeling career advanced, she fell in love with the beauty and glamour of the industry, she fell in love with the classic charm, and she fell in love with the well crafted luxurious items, specifically handbags that she got to wear as a model. But she soon realized that most women including herself could not afford the luxurious accessories and clothing that she modeled in magazines and on the runway. (More Info)
Gregory Sylvia was founded by husband and wife, Gregory Pope and Terri “Sylvia” Pope. Through innovative design, the Gregory Sylvia product lines create a sense of timeless appeal. Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Gregory Sylvia is a fast-growing brand within the luxury leather goods market.
Gregory Pope, co-founder and president, partnered with his wife to develop the concept for Gregory Sylvia. With over 20 years of experience and education in Fine Arts and Design, Pope developed a strong sense of ingenuity at an early age. With wide-ranging interests from business development, lifestyle design, and fashion, Pope is well suited for leadership within the company. In addition to his formal education in the Fine Arts, Pope also holds an MBA in International Business. Today, as the lead designer for Gregory Sylvia, Pope uses his talents, as well as knowledge gained from practical business experience to move the company forward. (More Info)
It all started during the Summer of 2011. I had always wanted to learn how to sew, but never made the time to actually learn. That August I was in between jobs, and well, finally had the time. My grandmother is super handy around the house. Upholstering furniture, drapery, clothing, you name it, she could do it. So it was very important to me that I learn from her.
I was playing around on the sewing machine with some scrap fabric she had when I brought up the idea of making a clutch. Originally, I loved oversized bags. At the time, clutches weren’t a major accessory. I could think of the kind of clutch I would want to own, but could never actually find one in stores. I wanted a clutch that was unique, large in size and lined with something fun. Statement making to be exact. Well my grandmother was more than happy to teach me. She even took me to a local fabric store where I picked out some fabrics, printed linings and matching zippers. It took me over 3 hours to make my very first clutch. It was definitely a learning process, but I enjoyed it. (More Info)
The brand: At même bête…, we focus on providing luxury leather bags that are both practical and fashionable. All items are handmade with precision in St. Lucia, to offer you the best quality and finishing. We work with many different types of traditional cloths such as African wax print and madras, and combine them with the finest of leather. Variations in color and shading are natural to the leather and are not flaws, but should be considered part of the unique beauty of each piece.
The owner: Taribba do Nascimento is a St. Lucian designer, loving mother, nagging wife and lover of all things creative. She fell in love with the art of leathercraft while living in Ethiopia. She has since trained in Florence, Italy where she refined her skills while attempting to taste every flavor of gelato the city had to offer. (More Info)
Minku founder Kunmi Otitoju was on a computer science research and consultancy journey when she rediscovered her love for making things by hand.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, she holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech (2007) and graduated summa cum laude with a Computer Science Bachelors degree from Howard University in 2005. A teaching assistant while at Virginia Tech, she also worked as an information architect/user experience designer upon graduation. Prior to these, she attended high school at Queen’s College, Lagos. There, she won the fine art prize every year. (More Info)
Morgan is a family name and Parish is used to describe a community or neighborhood of people.
Morgan Parish is a basics inspired, luxury accessories brand launched by Ayeisha Mesinger in 2010. It draws on the notion of classically inspired pieces aiming to be as functional in design as they are timeless, modestly elegant statement pieces. The designs are inspired by simple silhouettes and are interpreted in deconstructed, plush materials. All pieces are made by hand in the USA. (More Info)
All Yvonne Koné products are a hallmark of lasting quality, beauty and outstanding traditional craftsmanship.
The brand embodies the understatedly and effortlessly chic style of its designer, Yvonne Koné. A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Yvonne has established her namesake label in 2011, and has since become one of Denmark’s preeminent designers of fine leather goods and accessories. Her products are now sold around the world and at her boutique on Store Strandstræde in Copenhagen.
When asked about her success, Yvonne praises the skilled and passionate artisans in Italy with whom she collaborates: “They take great pride in their craft, and the company is committed to honor their heritage, savoir-faire and legacy.” (More Info)
ZAAF™ is a collection of premium leather goods and accessories handcrafted by artisans in Ethiopia. Abai Schulze, Founder and Creative Director of ZAAF launched her line in February 2014. Her brand ZAAF, which means tree in Amharic, is a perfectly suited name for her brand, as it, like its founder, draws on its precious Ethiopian roots, rich national heritage, and resources while spreading its branches wide to embrace the whole world.)
ZAAF’s SS 2016 collection draws its inspiration from the diverse group of people in the capital of Ethiopia with whom we interact with on a daily basis. Anybody who has been to Addis Ababa will know that it is an aesthetically unique city, with a mish-mash of cultural and artistic influences from across the global. The color palette reflects Addis Ababa’s blue taxis and the organic and raw buildings of the old city in Piazza. Color, texture, and ageless patterns made on a traditional loom, are beautifully merged to create a perfect union of timeless Ethiopian style of accessories that are effortlessly functional. In our SS’16 collection, we offer a broad rand of fashion accessories for women and men including handbags, weekend and travel accessories, scarves, leather jackets and more. (More Info)
Zashadu is a leading British/Nigerian sustainable luxury brand, that specializes in hand-crafted leather pieces. We work with local, sustainably sourced leathers, farmed exotic skins and rough cut precious stones set in brass.
All our pieces are created at our workspace in Lagos, Nigeria, by a team that benefits from traditional techniques passed down through generations by a community of local artisans.
At Zashadu we love to explore the tension between quiet elegance and unabashed glamour. (More Info)
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