When’s the last time you purchased a dress by Tracy Reese? Or ordered an item from LaQuan Smith?
Do You Support Black Designers?
I only ask this question because yesterday, when I posted an article about June Ambrose’s 2nd sunglass collection with Selima Optique, quite a few comments were a bit disparaging. ANON00 wrote, “$250 to $350. They’re cute but her demographic does not fit what she’s trying to do. she’s more QVC, her shades should be $90 to $160 IMO. This reminds me of when she tried to sell those turbans for over $100.” Another Anonymous commenter added, “No thanks…the Versace shades I bought from Macy’s were only $190…”
Interesting that most of us wouldn’t hesitate to buy a pair of $200 Versace frames, but when the tag reads June Ambrose, we suddenly feel the goods need to be offered at a bargain price.
Of course we’re all adults: buy what you like! But if we wish to see a change in this industry from a diversity standpoint–with more models and people of color in general– shouldn’t we show support with our wallets?
What do you think?
And when’s the last time you purchased an item from a black designer?
*Not familiar with the names of top black designers? Check out our Black Designer Category here.