20 Clothing Companies That Are Doing It For The Culture

Finally, Clothing Lines That Support Us

Melanin Apparel Power Shirt
Photo Credit: Source: Melanin Apparel

| February 24 2017,

7:57 pm

I love our culture. I'm obsessed with art, clothes, and artists who dedicate their time to doing what they do for the culture. 

This list contains 20 dope ass clothing companies and artists who simply do it for us! Whether it be your love for 90s shows like Martin and A Different World, African prints from the motherland, or pieces that are simply are a reflection of BLACKNESS, you will find something for you!


2Dope4Kidz is an Atlanta-based clothing brand created for individual thinkers, who express themselves through fashion. Heavily influenced by the 90's urban culture, 2Dope4kidz offers dope 90's retro inspired shirts, hats, hoodies, sweatshirts, shades, and jeans.


Black Nostalgia is a clothing company inspired by Urban clothing brand inspired by the 80's & 90's. You can find anything from shirts with Queen Latifa's face on it to Poetic Justice inspired dad hats. The core purpose of this brand is to keep our black memories alive, and their doing a great job at it.  


Known as the BLACKEST website on the internet. Black As F*ck sells apparel for men women that highlight the dopest shows and memorable characters in culture.


Whether it's superheroes, comics, old school hip hop, movies, video games or retro, we are compelled to make a dope tee about!! We Are Black Pop Culture!


Black Child Clothing, established January 2015, is a Chicago native company. Their vision is to promote black love, black empowerment, and challenge the negative narrative associated with the black community. The term "Black Child" was inspired by Useni Eugene Perkins poem, "Hey Black Child". During the Harlem Renaissance Movement, Mr. Perkins wrote this poem to challenge the perception of how black people viewed themselves.


The Brown Girl Gifts product line was created to address the lack of diversity in everyday products for girls of color. Many families are becoming multicultural due to interracial marriages, adoptions, and blended families, and as a result, there is a need for more products to represent that diversity.  The term "Brown Girl" is universal and has wide appeal to many ethnicities--African-American/Bi-racial, Hispanic, Latina, Asian, Indian, Mexican, and Middle Eastern.


Developed in 2013, Carib Ibis is a company dedicated to West Indian heritage and tribal influences through the frequent use of intense bright colors and recurrent Afro-Caribbean folkloric themes.


Founded by artist/designer Denisio Truitt in 2013 as a t-shirt and women's apparel line, DOPEciety now includes various items for both men and women, bags, art prints, and other varied items.


HGC Apparel is a socially conscious clothing brand for men and women. Their clothing consists of vintage style black pride T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats that send a message of up.


Inspired by the hit television store A Different World Hillman College pays homages to an iconic show that influenced Black culture. As quoted by the creator "“we” matter, and deserve to be represented. --- And that is how we are here…--- HillmanBookstore.com---… It’s bigger than just a TV show…."


A global online retailer of African-inspired clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Born in 2012, L’AVIYE combines African fashion and African print fabric with current Western trends, to provide unique, trend-led African inspired clothing and accessories. Sourcing fabrics from across Africa and Europe, they transform a wide variety of African-inspired fabrics into one of a kind jewelry, accessory and clothing pieces that you'll treasure again and again.


Melanin Apparel is a company focusing on bringing pride back to the black community. Their brand encourages all people of the African diaspora to celebrate our cultural differences while highlighting the beauty of blackness and the power of melanin.


Ocacia is an owned African bespoke designer label that tailor makes clothes that you customize. All clothes are made just for you. They focus on attire for professionals looking for high-end quality and modern African attire for all occasions.


Nashville, TN native Preston Mitchell, is a visual artist who specializes in Conceptual Illustration. Growing up in the 90s allowed him to gain most of his inspiration. He's very well known by his Street Artist name, TatPack.


Developed by creator Martissa Williams Rebel (v.) Apparel is a lifestyle brand whose bottom line is to inspire you to be and love exactly who you are.


Created by one of my favorite Black women Jouelzy, #SmartBrownGirl is all about celebrating the diversity of women of color. Breaking down the barriers that are often placed on women of color, #SmartBrownGirl is dedicated to encouraging young women & girls to define their own success story.


Seed Apparel is dedicated to promoting uplifting and empowering t-shirts, etc for people of African descent or those that appreciate the culture. Soulseed Apparel creates designs that are positive and inspiring contributing to helping to combat negative portrayals and stereotypes inflicted by society and our own selves.


 A designer, tattoo artist, photographer, fashion stylist, and graphic designer Tallento creates accessories for the urban spirit whose geeked to our culture favorite films like Set-It-Off, Belly, Juice and The Last Dragon. You may have caught Jim Jones rocking his Living Single hat in The Breakfast Club interview last year.


One of my favorite artists, Xavier Payne is passionate about creating artwork with a nostalgic quality and rich colors. Inspired by American movie posters and album covers from every era, he likes to create narratives with his work and mixing subject matter such as but not limited to: fantasy, violence, human rights, love, hate, race, identity, and pop culture of different generations. He often refers to his work as "Black-Pop," which is a word that focuses on the value of African American influence on American Popular culture


Yes, Lioness is a specialty brand, where products are made to order with Great aspirations and A LOT OF HEART! It is my life’s work to create & share images with the world that uplift & inspire and every piece & package is infused with the touch of my spirit and brush stroke of my light.

Did I miss any on the list? What are your favorite companies?