Fashion labels like Bianca Saunders, Orange Culture Nigeria, Thebe Magugu and more are supporting the BLM initiative. Below are some of the brands calling for reform in racial equity in their industry.
“Inclusion and solidarity are core values for Balmain.
We also believe that in times like these, actions speak much louder than words—which is why we are in awe of the beauty that we witness daily, as thousands of our brothers and sisters come together on streets throughout the world to demand justice and push for change.
We invite you to join with us in support of their essential work.
Together, we are one. Ensemble, nous ne faisons qu’un.
Together, we are strong. Ensemble, nous sommes forts.
Together, we are love. Ensemble, nous sommes amour.”Image and caption credit: Balmain Instagram
- Saul Nash
“It has been nice to see historically White institutions and people with a platform/voice, show their allyship and support in the fight against racism. It is sad that it has to take events like those of the past days to bring about the realisation that there is still so much that needs to be done.
Thank-you to the people who reached out and asked if I was ok.
One thing I will say though. Don’t feel bad or guilty. Use your realisations to do good and put them into action to make a change.
No human being deserves to be seen as an object of fear or something lesser than.
I think now it is time to stop putting a temporary bandaid on difficult topics. Listening to black music or your appreciation for the style and culture of black people and artists is not enough. Lets really work to redefine the world we live in and ensure that everyone is fairly treated/represented.
What is happening in the U.S is a violent extremity of how black people have been treated covertly and overtly globally for a long time.
If you have posted something about anti-racism. Please keep the same tone from today onwards.It’s not temporary news but something to continue working towards for future generations.
It’s time to genuinely embrace and put into action the idea of equality. Call out the injustices and try to educate others.Erase fear Through knowledge, ask difficult questions be ready to listen to the answers.
It is tiring that after all these decades of fighting for freedom and equality.These problems have never truly disappeared.
It’s time to attack racism at its core and finally put an end to it!It’s time to go through a process of learning and unlearning.
BlacklivesMatterImage and photo credit: Saul Nash Instagram
- Kenneth Ize
“They keep killing people that look like me.”Image and photo credit: Kenneth Ize Instagram
- Bianca Saunders
“The UK is not innocent to what has currently been exposed of how we see America. We have social racism shown by people like – #AmyCOOPER or other Black people being murdered by the Police like #GeorgeFloyd. For those who don’t know, police brutality was the result for 2011 riots, since then racism continues to thrive in UK and globally. Anything I have learned we can only fixed this world by coming together. We cannot do it divided. Being silent because it makes you uncomfortable shows you are compliant. Every industry is responsible to Speaking OUT and Speaking now! This is everyone’s problem too. It is the time to protect the bodies that create/make our industry diverse. We actively need to stand against racism and white supremacy
To all the NON-black people who dont to know what to do. I have added specific steps by @das.penman : How to ACTIVELY BE AGAINST RACISM.
London will have more peaceful protest this week :
Wednesday 3rd June – 1pm- Hyde park
Saturday 6th June – 1pm- Parliament Square
Sunday 7th June – 2pm US Embassy @westand_uk Image and caption credit: Bianca Saunders Instagram
“’Love was a country he knew nothing about’
– James Baldwin, 1962Image and caption credit: XULY.Bët Instagram
- Martine Rose
“Like many people right now I feel tearful and I feel tired. I don’t want to comment on the anger, grief, frustration and everything else I feel. I do want to say that it is time for the entire fashion industry to stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with their black family, friends, employees and customers.
Every designer, every shop, every corporate group, all press – everyone who loves black culture, who has been inspired by black culture and who profits from black culture directly and indirectly (and that really is everyone) needs to speak up now, state their position and demand justice against systemic racism.
Our industry is one of immense wealth, influence and power – often adjacent to the people and institutions that run our countries. This has never been an issue for black individuals, community activists and those fighting for decades for change to resolve alone.
For those of you outside the black community who have in the past watched similar events unfold in horrified silence, uncomfortable with your position in this struggle, worried to offend or unsure of how to help – know that your black friends need you now to hear us, take action, and step up.Image and caption credit: Martine Rose
- Tia Adeola
“I am well aware that most of you follow this page for fashion and art purposes but before I am an artist / designer, I am a black woman.
I urge all my customers / supporters/ friends to speak their minds , share what’s going on and donate. ( Detailed information on where / how you can donate in our stories ). If this post or our previous post makes you uncomfortable , we kindly ask that you unfollow. REST IN PEACE GEORGE FLOYD ?? Image by @stuffgracemade”Image and caption credit: Tia Adeola Instagram
- Sami Miro Vintage
- Orange Culture Nigeria
“All Black Lives Matter. Not Some, All?”Image and caption credit: Orange Culture Miro Vintage Instagram
- Thebe Magugu
“Racism is a societal ill we must rid ourselves of, and the dismantling of structural violence – which is both an invisible yet blatant assault on black people – needs our immediate attention. Apart from its results in dispossession and exclusion, it is also killing our people and – worse yet – painting victims as perpetrators and its perpetrators as ‘just a cop doing his job’. My thoughts go out to our American brothers and sisters fighting this battle, and all those globally who do what they can to fight this insidious terror. Here in South Africa, we remember all those senselessly murdered at the hands of law enforcers during the national lockdown. It picks at the barely healed scars of a country built off oppression and a violence that is all at once, direct, structural and cultural.
Song: “Good Black Woman” by the late South African artist Brenda ‘MaBrrr’ Fassie, with lyrics as relevant now as they were then.”Image and caption credit: Thebe Magugu Instagram