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Tihara Smith

Tihara Smith’s handbag and accessories line is inspired by the Carribean; her 2018 Windrush collection paid homage to the raffia, faux furs, and knits often seen in West Indian front rooms. Smith, who graduated from University of the Creative Arts in Epsom, handcrafts everything herself, and her collection includes raffia-knit pouches, cross-body bags, and a …

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Soul Cap

Soul Cap describes itself as “hair care for the volume-blessed.” When founders Michael Chapman and Toks Ahmed-Salawudeen met a woman with Afro hair who was struggling with her swimming cap, they realised there was a gap in the market and started making their own. Now they campaign to break down barriers that have kept BAME …

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Rita Colson

Rita Colson is best known for her contemporary bridalwear, but she also creates suits and other eveningwear. The “couture service” allows customers to personalise their wedding dress, and the “bespoke service” allows you to create a one-of-a-kind dress alongside Colson in her West London studio. H.H.

Rita Colson

Rita Colson is best known for her contemporary bridalwear, but she also creates suits and other eveningwear. The “couture service” allows customers to personalise their wedding dress, and the “bespoke service” allows you to create a one-of-a-kind dress alongside Colson in her West London studio. H.H.

The Pelican and the Rose

This clothing brand specialises in splattered tie-dye designs — in fact they say no two are the same. The collection features hoodies and T-shirts in earthy greens and oranges, and they even feature a bleach-died babygrow for little ones. [Editor’s note: this business is temporarily closed]. C.M.

Nubian Skin

London-based Nubian Skin, founded by Ade Hassan MBE, was founded on the principles of inclusion and diversity. Their lingerie and hosiery has been featured in every major fashion magazine, and Nubian Skin provided the underpinnings for Beyoncé’s Formation Tour. H.H.

Martine Rose

Jamaican-British designer Martine Rose founded her menswear label in 2007, inspired by her heritage, the multiculturalism of her home in London, and the notions of family and community. Rose’s designs have been featured by publications such as Vogue, Dazed and i-D, and her work explores concepts of masculinity, mood, and character. H.H.

Marcia Vidal Jewellery

Marcia Vidal started silversmithing in 2007, during a trip to Pushkar, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. After taking part in a jewellery-making course, Vidale ended up staying there for months to hone her skills, and returned to London determined to launch her own business. Now, she makes jewellery with a contemporary take on ancient …

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Mamater

A play on the French term for Mother Earth, Mamater was founded in 2018 by Marilyne Kekeli, a former strategy consultant. Kekeli wanted to create statement jewellery that could be worn throughout the day: not just to events. The result is geometric, elegant earrings and necklaces. We especially like the porcelain and brass “cannage” style. H.H.

Labrum London

Growing up in Cyprus, London, and Sierra Leone, Foday Dumbuya founded menswear brand Labrum from his living room in 2015. Labrum London is dedicated to creating unique but wearable pieces for men, including sweatshirts, dungarees, and (at the moment) fabric face masks. H.H.