HIGHSNOBIETY: 4 Black Creatives Shaping the Future

Apr 18, 2021 | style/mode

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The “clean and white” minimalist aesthetic has traditionally been reserved for Caucasian designers and artists. People of color have been excluded from conversations on minimalism and, more often than not, Black-owned brands are mislabeled as “streetwear.” After the social and political upheaval of 2020, the fashion and design industries are experiencing foundational changes, including a new era of minimalism.

Although this is just the beginning, Black creatives — aligning to the essence of minimalism — are entering the conversation.

 

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Cold Laundry, which was founded in 2019, started as the couple’s side project but has gained popularity with its pastel palettes and soft monochrome fits — its new releases sell out within minutes every time. The label is committed to unisex design by creating functional pieces at an accessible price. Ola and Cerise hope to evolve as an ethical and sustainable clothing brand, starting with its ethical manufacturing.

 

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Chainky‘s Na Chainkua Reindorf is a mixed media artist based in NYC. She was born and raised in Ghana, which influences her practices in photography, painting, and sculpture. Her work is rooted in West African textiles ranging from large-scale tapestries to sculptural installations. Reindorf hopes to create inclusive spaces and content that encourages dialogue around the topics of gender, identity, and contemporary art.

 

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Maggie Holladay is a former fashion editor who turned her love for vintage collecting into Claude Home in 2018. Claude Home was one of the first Instagram-based vintage furniture and home décor businesses to draw a growing global audience with its minimalist aesthetic. Maggie is the sole collector and curates her website with a variety of vintage furniture and items. Maggie’s mission is to help people learn about new designs and purchase timeless pieces that add beauty to their homes.

 

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Bertony Da Silva founded Arte Antwerp in 2009 when he was a graphic design and illustration student (the brand changed its name from Artenative to Arte Antwerp in 2016 after the opening of its flagship store in Antwerp). Bertony strives to design ready-to-wear collections that unify different art forms and celebrate diverse communities across borders and landscapes.

 

 

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