Black Designers

From Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdez, who designed the iconic Playboy Bunny costume to '80s legends Stephen Burrows, Patrick Kelly and Willie Smith; from renaissance man Sammy Davis, Jr. (yes, that Sammy!), to Renaissance-influenced visual artist Kehinde Wiley for Puma; from cult favorite Montgomery Harris to contemporary supernova Stella Jean, Black designers have exerted indelible influence on international style.

At Material Life, we celebrate these style mavens and trendsetters by offering a highly selected inventory of never-worn and gently used pieces by our favorites, establishing their work within the overall context of Black excellence and creativity.

Products

Brother Vellies Multi Striped "Zanzibar" Wrap Sandals

Size

  • 36
  • 37
Multicolored lace up flat "Zanzibar" Brother Vellies sandals featuring striped straps; tie closure.  Comes with box and dust bag Multicolor | Made in Ethiopia | Textile, Leather | New in box Size 36 | Insole Length: 9.5 inches | Insole Width: 3.25 inches...
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Patrick Kelly Atelier Velvet and Feather Gloves
From the Atelier of Patrick Kelly-Paris, though without labels. Stretchy velvet with ostrich and maribou feathers in yellow and black. It looks like they had buttons at the wrists, but have been closed by hand and the buttons removed. Fit small...
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Patrick Kelly Double-Breasted Jacket with Roses
"I want my clothes to make you smile," the late, Mississippi-born designer Patrick Kelly once said of his creations. Kelly was ahead of his time; the wit, whimsy, history, and humor with which he infused his designs in the 1980s...
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Patrick Kelly Leopard Print Bustier
"I want my clothes to make you smile," the late, Mississippi-born designer Patrick Kelly once said of his creations. Kelly was ahead of his time; the wit, whimsy, history, and humor with which he infused his designs in the 1980s...
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Patrick Kelly Paris African Wooden Face Pin/Brooch, 1989
"Reine Pokou" (a reference to the kingdom of Baoulé) was Mickaël Kra's first jewelry collection and was featured in Patrick Kelly's Spring 1989 collection.  This is from the private collection of Kelly's lifelong friend & model, Carol Martin. Martin modeled in the Patrick...
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Stella Jean Camoscio Giraffe-Print Blouse
Stella Jean adds to her line of high-impact prints with a giraffe-spot pattern produced in Africa in collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initiative. This red and white printed cotton Camoscio top features a signature structured boat neck boxy shape and...
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Stephen Burrows for Target New York Skirt
New York Style: Celebrating the creativity of Harlem.  XS | 95% cotton, 5% spandex | Elastic waist with front waist tie |Two front zippered pockets | Waist: 26" stretchable to 34" | Length: 18.5"  Burrows teamed up with Target when it opened its first store in...
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Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced
In 2013, The Museum of the City of New York mounted Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced, the first major examination of the work of the designer The New York Times called in 1977 the “brightest star of American fashion.” Through original sketches,...
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WilliWear Harem Pants, 1980s
Early 1980s | US Junior size 5/6 | 26.5 inch waistline | 37 inches length from waistband to lower hem edge | white cotton | Side buttons to close | Invisible side seam pockets | Ankle length with elastic casing hem | excellent vintage...
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