In continuation of last week's Amplify Melanated Voices series, I wanted to further highlight a few Black-owned brand favorites, new and old, in hopes it encourages us all to really evaluate how we curate our own wardrobes, and what communities it supports as a result.
I was first introduced to the French hair accessories brand Brothers and Sisters a few years ago when its founder, Alice, sent me a personal note.
Considering much of my style is quite classic and timeless in nature, she felt an affinity between her designs and my aesthetic — and after one look through her beret selection with dramatic oversized bows and gem-tone turbans, I couldn't agree fast enough. Since then, her pieces have been a mainstay in my accessory lineup and I've loved watching her brand grow.
What I adore about her designs is that they're a reflection of her romantic, old soul. Each piece feels like it harkens to another era, but with a modern wink — browse my favorite pieces below to see what I mean and keep reading to hear from Alice herself:
“Lazlo, Césaire, Laferrière, Dumas, Zobel, Maya, Simone, Angela. I doubt people are noticing the names of my creations when they are making a purchase but those are the names of some Caribbean / Afro-American authors and activists who made me the woman I am today. I started to make turbans because I have always seen the women in my family wrapping their hair in scarves, then came the beret, which is a reference to my French identity. My work reflects who I am and I’m proud to see my creations worn by so many different types of women."
~ Alice, designer and founder of Brothers and Sisters
Photos by me