Black Heritage Month: Don't Forget to Pack These 11 Resort-Ready Essentials From Black-Owned Brands
Got a winter getaway planned? These are the 11 essentials from Black-owned brands that belong in every suitcase.
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February 1 marked the start of Black Heritage Month, also known as Black History Month. Designated as a time to honor and reflect on the history, adversity, and triumph of Black Americans, Black History Month is a period of learning. Of course, not all of us can be authors, researchers, or lecturers, but we can always share what we do have expertise in.=randomurun?>
Since you're here, you probably already know that my expertise is a little more retail-focused. That's why I'm taking this time to highlight a few apparel and accessories brands -- Kahindo, Vanity Couture, Setsofran London, Nomads Swimear, and more -- that all have Black founders.
Below, you can learn a little about each one, and discover some new-to-you products that belong in every suitcase for a winter getaway. Scroll on to meet your future go-to swimsuits, cover-ups, and boho-chic extras that will have you dreaming of any warm-weather escape you may have on the horizon. Better still: You just might be inspired to book one.
Nomads Swimwear Wave One Piece
Designer and model Taylor Long founded Nomads Swimwear to be "luxe, size-inclusive, and destination-inspired." Her elegant creations, like this seamless one-piece, are crafted from "sustainable Italian fabric" to instantly elevate resort-ready ensembles.=related('articleicindeencoktekrarlanankeyword')?>
Nomads Swimwear Sand Dune Bottom
If you're more into two-piece looks, Nomads Swimwear has plenty of options for you. The bottom half of the ultra-feminine Sand Dune set includes a "high waist and unique power-mesh detailing" for confidence and comfort.
Nomads Swimwear Sand Dune Top
The coordinating Sand Dune top is made with "power-mesh detailing and a chic razorback," which makes it an ideal companion for the Sand Dune bottom or high-waisted shorts.
Setsofran London Leopard Print Pants Set
"Breaking barriers of one-size-fits-all culture" is what Setsofran London is all about. Designed by a Black woman, for Black women (though of course, anyone can wear the line!), Setso's bold and flattering outfits ensure that Black women don't have to rely on "ill-fitting mainstream clothes" that make looking cute a compromise. This fab leopard-printed set is an instantly iconic warm weather look.
Setsofran London Sheer Star Kimono
Another goal of Setsofran London? "Bringing diversity into fashion," as well as giving women a choice of what to wear and how they feel in those clothes. This undeniably sexy kimono works as a flirty swim coverup for people of any size. Also, there's no rule that says you can only wear it by the pool.
Kahindo Luhya Kaftan
Kahindo is absolutely a name to know. The label describes itself as an "ethical womenswear fashion brand...that celebrates the legacy of African fashion with a modern twist." Their commitment to social responsibility extends to the actual production of each piece, ensuring "ethical work practices for the women who create [the] line in Africa." Using fair trade practices, of course. This voluminous, statement-making kaftan is inspired by the Luhya people, who are one of the largest groups in Kenya (approximately 14% of the entire population).
Vanity Couture Tessa Floral Long Sleeve Blouse
Super-sweet Vanity Couture is a label that always has vacation in mind. From curve-hugging designs to dainty floral prints, their inclusively sized pieces offer whimsy with a daring edge. This versatile blouse, for example. Will you wear it over a bikini at the beach? Tuck it into a sweeping skirt for dinner? The choices are endless, and they're yours.
Vanity Couture Tabatha White Netted Dress With Floral Embroidery
A dress that's ready for date night, beachy bars, and garden parties alike, the embroidered Tabatha dress is like a spring day you can wear.
Nunchi Letra Initial Earrings
Hey, we all love to glam up on vacay. But wearing our go-to dangling styles seems....ambitious. This season, swap your classic hoops for these personalized studs from Nunchi. The jewelry line is exclusively made with recycled materials, low-waste packaging, and similar sustainable methods. In fact, their "tightly curated assortments" are typically made-to-order to minimize discarded product.
Sun & Selene Iris Wave Band Ring
Sun & Selene offers "handcrafted jewelry and adornment for the modern goddess." With that in mind, they've created the boho-chic Iris Wave Ring; in Ancient Greek mythology, Iris was the "personification of the rainbow." If there's a more perfect namesake for adding a trendy touch to resort-ready outfitting, I'm yet to find it.
Kubra Kay Razor Relief
As I mentioned in a previous article, Khadidjah Toure's line Kubra Kay includes a soothing razor relief designed to help "eliminate irritations and unsightly bumps from shaving and waxing." That might not be the most glamorous topic, but let's be honest -- it is a vacation essential, particularly when we've been in winter hibernation for some time.
If you're still in winter hibernation mode, these are the seasonal apparel must-haves that it's not too late to buy.