We’ve let you in on both black-owned swimwear and cos­met­ic lines and now we’ve found some of best black hand­bag design­ers out there. Tired of that Michael Kors? In the mar­ket for a new bag? Look no fur­ther than these 13 design­ers that are giv­ing even Her­mès a run for their mon­ey.



Zashadu was found­ed by British/Nigerian design­er, Zainab Ashadu. The Lagos, Nige­ria-based brand, boasts tra­di­tion­al man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques passed down through gen­er­a­tions of local arti­sans in the com­mu­ni­ty.

Gre­go­ry Sylvia

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This hand­bag line was found­ed by the Char­lotte, North Car­oli­na-based hus­band and wife team Gre­go­ry and Ter­ri “Sylvia” Pope.



Anan­si was found­ed by Saman­tha White. White left her job as a Direc­tor in Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Mar­ket Research after trav­el­ing to Ghana in 2012 to build her line.

Mor­gan Parish

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Mor­gan Parish, found­ed by Jamaican design­er and Los Ange­les native, Ayeisha Mesinger in 2010. Parish took her tal­ents as a fash­ion design­er from work­ing under anoth­er brand to cre­ate her own hand­bag line. The line caught the eye of Solange who col­lab­o­rat­ed with Mesinger for a dif­fu­sion line in her Saint Heron store.

Yvonne Kone


After grad­u­at­ing from the Roy­al Dan­ish Acad­e­my of Fine Arts, Yvonne Kone cre­at­ed her own label in 2011. Since then Kone has become one of Denmark’s pre­em­i­nent design­ers of fine leather goods and acces­sories.

Love Cort­nie



Love Cort­nie was start­ed by design­er Cort­nie Eliz­a­beth in her grandmother’s kitchen around the Sum­mer of 2011. Cort­nie learned to sew and short­ly after made her first clutch. From there, things took off.



Nick­named the Her­mes of Africa, this well­known brand is prac­ti­cal­ly a house­hold name. Found­ed by Howard Uni­ver­si­ty grad, Kun­mi, the Lagos-based brand prides itself in its intri­cate details. Accord­ing to the site, 80% of Minku bag inte­ri­ors are lined with repur­posed items of Yoru­ba cer­e­mo­ni­al dress — aso-oke and damask fab­rics

Deon­dra Jeree

deondra jeree

Deon­dra Jeree was found­ed by Louisiana-born design­er, her­self. The 23-year-old start­ed her line after intern­ing as a graph­ic design­er in New York at the age of 19.

F&W Style


Niger­ian design­er, Alexan­dria Alli is the brains behind the F&W Style brand.


ZAAF tote

Abai Schulze is the Founder and Cre­ative Direc­tor of ZAAF. The line was launched in Feb­ru­ary 2014. ZAAF, which means “tree” in Amhar­ic, draws its design from the founder’s Ethiopi­an roots.

Hes­ey Designs

hesey designs handbag

Hes­ey designs is a Niger­ian fash­ion brand found­ed by Eseoghene Odi­ete. The com­pa­ny employs a pro­gram that cre­ates jobs for mar­gin­al­ized youths and women by giv­ing them the space to devel­op chic African inspired fash­ion­able items. Accord­ing to the brand’s web­site, in the last two years, they now include an ini­tia­tive that empow­ers unem­ployed young girls with voca­tion­al skills in hand­made fash­ion acces­sories to join their work­force or start their own small busi­ness­es.



This Bol­gatan­ga-based com­pa­ny was found­ed by Ako­sua Afriyie-Kumi who want­ed to share her favorite style of Ghan­ian weav­ing tech­niques done by the women of Ghana while simul­ta­ne­ous­ly cre­at­ing sus­tain­able jobs with­in Africa.

Joel Lani


Joel Lani is a ris­ing Niger­ian brand that spe­cial­izes in struc­tured bags and detailed clutch­es.


Are you famil­iar with any of these brands? Are there any brands we should add to the list?


Tex­an by birth, Los Ange­leno by sit­u­a­tion. Lover of Tame Impala and Shoegaze music. Come­di­an by trade. Mac­a­roni and Cheese con­nois­seur by appetite.

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