Shop Black: This Brand Is Healing Old Wounds With Forward-Thinking Style

By Dominique Hobdy | Essence

Black creators are setting the trends, moving the needle and informing where the worlds of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle are headed. In our series, Shop Black, we talk to entrepreneurs about their journeys, their brands and the realities of being Black business owners. Through ‘Shop Black’ you’ll be introduced to some game-changing style stars and have the opportunity to shop and support their work.

Words have immense power, especially those rooted in oppression, and designers like Ashley Walker are banking on our ability to take that power back. Started in 2017 by the Howard University graduate, Leimert Park Threads is a reflection of Walker’s love for the Black diaspora. Using the loaded word “colored” throughout his line, Walker is not shying away from controversy. ESSENCE caught up with the designer at the 2019 Essence Festival to chat about his journey thus far and where Leimert Park Threads is headed.

Name: Ashley Walker

Location: California, USA



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