With black history month just right behind us, and women's month underway, we want to keep that light on black women because, too much is never enough, honey! (Written by yours truly a black girl ;-) One thing is for sure, this list can resonate with absolutely anyone because let's face it, we all need some comfortable quarantine style. Though we can only hope Covid is nearing its last act, we still may need some cozy gear to get us through to the end.
From clothing lines with pieces for everyone, to apparel companies highlighting moms everywhere; these brands manage to combine the comfort of streetwear along with unique one-of-a-kind concepts. And let's just say...
We're here for it ALL
Here is a list of IA's Quarantine Must-Haves
from Black-Woman Owned Streetwear Companies
Started in 2016, by Kalilah Wright and based out of Baltimore (by way of Brooklyn), Mess in a Bottle goes by the motto "Turn your mess into a message." Naturally this is a statement we at IMperfect Apparel support and standby 100%. Their resounding message plus clever packaging has attracted the attention of big names like BET and Cosmopolitan. In the midst of racial tensions, the "Martin + Coretta" sweatshirt is the perfect reminder of peace and equality.
Mother spelled backward, Rehtom encourages the concept that mothers are the rhythm to every family and what more can we say than YES! Outside of the message, we love that the company caters to the stylish, edgy woman, who enjoys streetwear. This camo patchwork "Basketball Mom" Shacket is perfect for a woman who loves to have fun with fashion. Plus you know we're a sucker for dope patchwork!
Launched just this year by Shaquita Garcia, AART NYC is a bright upbeat clothing line that translates the beauty of artwork into wearable pieces. Already featured in USA Today, AART is making its mark. Putting the attention on black women, along with love and positivity. If you're looking for a colorful pop piece to set off your outfit we'd recommend this awesome, "Flower to the People" bomber.
Take the casual cool comfort of Yeezus Tour merch and pair it with the sexy structures of Fashion Nova and you'll get Sorella's Boutique. Home of the popular "Girls Tour" merch, this company gives us the best of both worlds. Owned by Heather Sanders, SB is a perfect blend of chill yet flirty vibes. Naturally the "Girls Tour" is the collection to keep you cozy throughout the remainder of quarantine but also perfect for when you're ready to hit the streets again. We're loving this cotton candy colored hoodie!
So we may be a bit bias, but we kinda have to mention this company called IMperfect Apparel, you may have heard of it!? A company and lifestyle that embraces the idea that "our imperfections are what make us the most perfect version of ourselves." From a variety of graphic tees to customized original pieces; IA has something for everyone. "The Aliccia Hoodie" has always been a personal favorite, fitting for quarantine because you get a personalized touch to a classic streetwear essential. Plus its comfy AF. (See "The Alex Hoodie" for "Mens" version)
It's easy to see those in your same market as "competition" but in reality there is enough room for everyone. We are so inspired by other women who have stepped into the male dominated Streetwear industry and demanded attention.
Which item can you see yourself rocking as we transition from quarantine life to getting back outside again?! It's safe to say, we're completely indecisive on the matter, because we just want it all!!
-The IMperfect Team