Co-founded by co-creative directors Ashley Cimone and Moya Annece, Ashya is a luxury leather goods and accessories brand. Cimone, an American and Annece, Jamaican collaborated to create a label that had influences of both regions and based in West African and Caribbean culture. Their first show was titled Origins and showcased an interpretive dance with elements of African and Caribbean culture. For the duo, storytelling is the ethos behind the label and the drive behind their desire to create and design. Both graduates of FIT, their brand and its unapologetic African influences also mark the shift in the fashion industry of what materials are used, what stories are told.
In conclusion, the listed Black-owned brands have emerged as cult-favorites and perfect examples of the current cultural moment. Whether it be pushing streetwear into the mainstream or incorporating traditional African designs and textiles, these brands have changed the perception of Black culture in fashion. By highlighting and championing them, we not only bring attention to their craftsmanship and creativity but also make ourselves catalysts for change.