Surely we weren’t the only ones with an eye on the new Telfar wallets—that ranged in 17 colors—since the New York brand began building anticipation for its release in early January. But to our dismay, we watched as the highly sought vegan leather logo-embossed wallet sold out in just five minutes on the day of its launch. We seen this with the handbags, and know Telfar ain’t never been a tough sell. Though, it is a tough buy.
But don’t worry—there are other options.
The number of black-owned handbag designers has multiplied and continues to grow. We gathered up a list of black-owned brands that are paving their own way in contemporary handbag design.
KUA, an acronym for keeping us authentic, was founded by Ghanaian designer Ruby Buah. KUA handbags have become staple items for actresses Nicole Ari Parker and AJ Johnson, and worn by Cardi B and Yandy Harris. These handbags are beautifully crafted and adorned with African patterns and prints. KUA Anowa Amobi clutch bags are CLUTCH, and sell out quickly. The array of handbags are affordably priced, from $50 to $200.
Pictured: Hema Kosi Medium Clutch Bag, $95
Anima Iris is giving that “It” bag energy for those of us seeking a bold statement piece to pop out with year round. Just ask Beyonce, who sported the brand’s Raspberry Zaza bag (sold out) around her waist and set the internet aflame. Founder and designer Wilglory Tanjong draws inspiration from the textures and colors of her Cameroonian heritage as well as her travels through the African continent. After earning her degree in African Development from Princeton University, Wilglory was able to soak in the multitude of cultures she encountered traveling to Marrakesh, Accra,