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Macy’s collabs with 5 Black designers for ‘Icons of Style’

When you walk out the door, make sure your outfit is always iconic.

Macy’s Icons of Style is here to help with that, with five Black designers you need to know about in 2021 and beyond. The collaboration between the department store and these fashion designers debuted March 29 on Macy’s site and in-person at select stores nationwide.

With clothing spanning ready-to-wear, men’s, and shoes, the esteemed designers include by Misa Hylton, Aminah Abdul Jillil and Allen Onyia designing for I.N.C, International Concepts, Zerina Akers for Bar III and Ouigi Theodore for Sun + Stone.

These brands are only found at Macy’s, and so are the exclusive spring designs. The special collaboration landing page with all the designers will be live until May 21 and the collection itself available to shop until it sells out but we highly recommend shopping now, as styles are sure to go fast.

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What Is Nordstrom’s ‘Black_Space’? Nordstrom’s New Program Brings Together Black Creatives and Creators

The hope behind the New Concepts series at Nordstrom has always been “that our customers can find something new,” says Sam Lobban, the retailer’s SVP of designer and New Concepts. And that idea of discovery plays a central role in the twelfth edition of the program, titled “Black_Space,” in which five Black creatives—Harris Elliott, Beth Birkett, Matthew Henson, Marcus Paul, and Azza Yousif—worked to create an extensive shop-in-shop full of items from Black creators. Of the 28 brands included, 25 are new to Nordstrom.

“The curators selected brands that they loved and felt were a representation of Black fashion and Black creativity,” says Lobban. “We worked closely with each of them to develop their product assortment, while letting them take the reins to authentically convey their point of view and introduce brands and merchandise that celebrate Black fashion and beauty.”

With that in mind, Esquire spoke with four of the

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Bephies Beauty Supply is a brand for the unapologetically Black

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If you’re on the search for a new Black-owned brand to add to your roster, Bephies Beauty Supply is a brand you need to know.

The brand — brainchild of designer Beth Birkett Gibbs — is Gibbs’ Bephie brand paired with various offerings by Los Angeles creatives, specifically women, POC and LGBTQIA+ people.

Bephies Beauty Supply was founded in 2020 out of a “desire to involve [the] community in the tangible elements of [Black] culture by highlighting unique brands founded by WOC artists and entrepreneurs who are redefining beauty and fashion as vivid, powerful and individual,” according to the site.

Now on Nordstrom, the brand is

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Beauty supply store owner opens doors for other Black entrepreneurs

A woman who never lost focus of her dream to own her own business achieved her goal through hard work and passion. Her story of perseverance is a tribute to Black heritage and is what’s right with Tampa Bay.

For Pamela Thompson, her beauty supply store, My Shade and Texture, has special meaning.

“It’s more than just a name. It’s an affirmation for women and men who look like me, to love your shade and texture,” she explained. 

Thompson was born and raised in Miami and graduated from Florida Memorial University with a degree in psychology in 2006. She worked as a crisis counselor and a case manager, and then spent more than 10 years working at the U.S. District Court.

But she couldn’t let her dream of being an entrepreneur out

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Black Voices: Short hair, don’t care.

Since March, many Black women decided to cut their natural hair short. 

The increase of Black women cutting their hair over the pandemic is not only because of the limited access to hair salons and beauty supply stores, but also to the change in beauty standards, according to ZORA, a Medium publication for Black women. 

High numbers of Black women are rocking their short, natural hair, whether it is because they want to be more confident in themselves or because they simply did not know what they wanted to do with their hair.

While junior Kori Smith was growing up, many of her family members praised her for the way her hair looked, she said. In late December, Smith made the impulsive decision to cut her hair short, but not long after cutting it, she started crying.

“I was so attached to my hair,” she said. “I have always

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This Black Friday, sustainable fashion is the new black

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MUD is one of the brands working to make Black Friday — and every day — more ethical.


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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Everybody likes a good deal, but not every deal is good for us — or for the planet. That’s why this Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend is a good time to start thinking about shopping ethically and sustainably. If you’re looking to freshen up your style, here’s some tips on getting into sustainable fashion, and some stylish brands finding clever ways to turn Black Friday into Green Friday.

Fashion doesn’t look so good when you consider the amount of waste in both making and discarding clothes. Many big-name stores offer cheap clothing, but their “fast fashion” model

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