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SPOTLIGHT ON

DIVERSITY

At Neiman Marcus, we believe in leading with love for all. This means supporting a diverse talent lineup when it comes to the brands with whom we partner. As such, we’re excited to celebrate businesses that are owned—and led—by Black creatives. From industry veterans to names that may not be on your radar yet, keep reading to discover inspiring labels to add to your rotation posthaste.

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SPOTLIGHT ON

DIVERSITY

At Neiman Marcus, we believe in leading with love for all. This means supporting a diverse talent lineup when it comes to the brands with whom we partner. As such, we’re excited to celebrate businesses that are owned—and led—by Black creatives. From industry veterans to names that may not be on your radar yet, keep reading to discover inspiring labels to add to your rotation posthaste.

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CUSHNIE

WOMEN'S APPAREL

In the 12 years since it was established in 2008, New York-based ready-to-wear label Cushnie has amassed a worldwide following of influential women, ranging from celebs to first ladies, business leaders, and more. And it’s no wonder: Defined by clean lines, sculptural silhouettes, and precise tailoring, designer Carly Cushnie’s collection celebrates the female figure in its many forms.

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CUSHNIE

WOMEN'S APPAREL

In the 12 years since it was established in 2008, New York-based ready-to-wear label Cushnie has amassed a worldwide following of influential women, ranging from celebs to first ladies, business leaders, and more. And it’s no wonder: Defined by clean lines, sculptural silhouettes, and precise tailoring, designer Carly Cushnie’s collection celebrates the female figure in its many forms.

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JOSEPH WILLIAMS

HOME

With no formal training and little seed money, Joseph Williams launched his eponymous brand from his one-bedroom apartment in 2000 with a modest line of greeting cards. In the two decades since, the Dallas-based artist has designed everything from fashion accessories to fine jewelry to his current artistic expression: elevated décor meant to adorn the home—much the same way jewelry adorns the body. Citing nature as his biggest inspiration, he incorporates faceted crystals, freshwater pearls, and more natural elements into each handcrafted design.

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JOSEPH WILLIAMS

HOME

With no formal training and little seed money, Joseph Williams launched his eponymous brand from his one-bedroom apartment in 2000 with a modest line of greeting cards. In the two decades since, the Dallas-based artist has designed everything from fashion accessories to fine jewelry to his current artistic expression: elevated décor meant to adorn the home—much the same way jewelry adorns the body. Citing nature as his biggest inspiration, he incorporates faceted crystals, freshwater pearls, and more natural elements into each handcrafted design.

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CDGNY

WOMEN'S APPAREL

After more than a decade heading his namesake brand, CD Greene is launching a new contemporary collection—CDGNY—that marries old-Hollywood glamour with modern innovation. Trained in the visual arts, his background in sculpture informs his approach to design, with a focus on form, balance, and fluid structure serving as brand hallmarks. Both elevated and effortless, Greene aims to transform women with red carpet-ready styles that are as comfortable as they are elegant.

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CDGNY

WOMEN'S APPAREL

After more than a decade heading his namesake brand, CD Greene is launching a new contemporary collection—CDGNY—that marries old-Hollywood glamour with modern innovation. Trained in the visual arts, his background in sculpture informs his approach to design, with a focus on form, balance, and fluid structure serving as brand hallmarks. Both elevated and effortless, Greene aims to transform women with red carpet-ready styles that are as comfortable as they are elegant.

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Skincare

BENEATH YOUR MASK

SKIN CARE

A life-changing lupus diagnosis and a journey to find self-acceptance inspired Dana Jackson to create a line of non-toxic skin care that was safe for those facing similar immune-health challenges. Beneath Your Mask was born in her kitchen, where she concocted her own creams as an antidote to the skin damage caused by chemotherapy and the dramatic weight fluctuations she experienced. In the eight years since its 2012 launch, her first product, Heal, a luxurious, award-winning whipped skin butter, remains the brand’s hero. A proponent of feeding your skin with nourishing botanicals, Jackson sources wild-crafted ingredients from 25 different countries, selecting each for its restorative properties.

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BENEATH YOUR MASK

SKIN CARE

A life-changing lupus diagnosis and a journey to find self-acceptance inspired Dana Jackson to create a line of non-toxic skin care that was safe for those facing similar immune-health challenges. Beneath Your Mask was born in her kitchen, where she concocted her own creams as an antidote to the skin damage caused by chemotherapy and the dramatic weight fluctuations she experienced. In the eight years since its 2012 launch, her first product, Heal, a luxurious, award-winning whipped skin butter, remains the brand’s hero. A proponent of feeding your skin with nourishing botanicals, Jackson sources wild-crafted ingredients from 25 different countries, selecting each for its restorative properties.

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EPARA

SKIN CARE

After struggling with misdiagnosed follicular eczema for years, Epara founder and CEO Ozohu Adoh decided to take matters into her own hands. Epara—which means “to cocoon oneself” in the Nigerian dialect Ebira, aims to do just that—to cocoon users in a soothing layer of skin care that nourishes and protects. Handcrafted of ethically sourced African botanicals, each product in the London-based brand’s lineup is designed to promote healthy and radiant skin while addressing the unique skin care needs of women of color, including hyperpigmentation and chronic dryness.

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EPARA

SKIN CARE

After struggling with misdiagnosed follicular eczema for years, Epara founder and CEO Ozohu Adoh decided to take matters into her own hands. Epara—which means “to cocoon oneself” in the Nigerian dialect Ebira, aims to do just that—to cocoon users in a soothing layer of skin care that nourishes and protects. Handcrafted of ethically sourced African botanicals, each product in the London-based brand’s lineup is designed to promote healthy and radiant skin while addressing the unique skin care needs of women of color, including hyperpigmentation and chronic dryness.

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Eye Mask

KNC BEAUTY

SKIN CARE

A chance discovery of a wall of lip masks in a bustling Tokyo store set Kristin Noel Crawley on a quest to create her own, all-natural version of the pout perfectors. Two years and countless trials later, she launched her cult-fave line of masks that use collagen and moisturizing plant extracts to soften and prime lips. A retinol-infused eye mask designed to brighten and de-puff soon followed, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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KNC BEAUTY

SKIN CARE

A chance discovery of a wall of lip masks in a bustling Tokyo store set Kristin Noel Crawley on a quest to create her own, all-natural version of the pout perfectors. Two years and countless trials later, she launched her cult-fave line of masks that use collagen and moisturizing plant extracts to soften and prime lips. A retinol-infused eye mask designed to brighten and de-puff soon followed, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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CRYSTALS FOR HUMANITY

GIFTS

Formerly known as Gem-Water by VitaJuwel, Crystals for Humanity creates thoughtful reusable products to inspire people to drink more water, while reducing single-use plastics. Owned by husband and wife team Dominic and Anjanette Sinesio, the brand’s striking bottles and straws rely on the ancient practice of infusing water with gemstones to enhance it and are as elegant as they are practical.

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CRYSTALS FOR HUMANITY

GIFTS

Formerly known as Gem-Water by VitaJuwel, Crystals for Humanity creates thoughtful reusable products to inspire people to drink more water, while reducing single-use plastics. Owned by husband and wife team Dominic and Anjanette Sinesio, the brand’s striking bottles and straws rely on the ancient practice of infusing water with gemstones to enhance it and are as elegant as they are practical.

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HELPING HANDS

These brands have made it their mission to uplift Black creatives through education, job creation, and more

HELPING HANDS

These brands have made it their mission to uplift Black creatives through education, job creation, and more

ARDMORE CERAMIC ART

HOME

A thriving community of artists in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands of South Africa, Ardmore Ceramic Art has been championing the work of local artisans since 1985, when founder Fée Halsted began teaching community members how to model and paint pottery. There are now more than 60 Zulu and Zimbabwean artists collaborating at Ardmore, and their whimsical ceramics, which feature the vibrant flora and fauna of their homeland as well as depictions of tribal traditions and folklore, grace homes and galleries around the world, from Basel’s Museum of Cultures to the White House.

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ARDMORE CERAMIC ART

HOME

A thriving community of artists in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands of South Africa, Ardmore Ceramic Art has been championing the work of local artisans since 1985, when founder Fée Halsted began teaching community members how to model and paint pottery. There are now more than 60 Zulu and Zimbabwean artists collaborating at Ardmore, and their whimsical ceramics, which feature the vibrant flora and fauna of their homeland as well as depictions of tribal traditions and folklore, grace homes and galleries around the world, from Basel’s Museum of Cultures to the White House.

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LEMLEM

WOMEN'S APPAREL & SWIMWEAR

Inspired by a trip home to her native Ethiopia, supermodel, designer, actress, and maternal health advocate Liya Kebede founded Lemlem (meaning “to bloom and flourish” in the Ethiopian language Amharic) to provide meaningful work for artisans across Africa. Every piece in the brand’s breezy lineup is crafted in Africa using traditional fabrics, motifs, and techniques, including handwoven natural cotton designs embellished with intricate embroidery and crocheted details. The brand’s philanthropic arm, the nonprofit Lemlem Foundation, uses 5 percent of sales to further advance its mission to help female creators thrive by connecting them to healthcare, education, and pathways to jobs.

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LEMLEM

WOMEN'S APPAREL & SWIMWEAR

Inspired by a trip home to her native Ethiopia, supermodel, designer, actress, and maternal health advocate Liya Kebede founded Lemlem (meaning “to bloom and flourish” in the Ethiopian language Amharic) to provide meaningful work for artisans across Africa. Every piece in the brand’s breezy lineup is crafted in Africa using traditional fabrics, motifs, and techniques, including handwoven natural cotton designs embellished with intricate embroidery and crocheted details. The brand’s philanthropic arm, the nonprofit Lemlem Foundation, uses 5 percent of sales to further advance its mission to help female creators thrive by connecting them to healthcare, education, and pathways to jobs.

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Artisans

AKOLA

JEWELRY

Founded in 2007 with 15 women making jewelry, Akola now employs almost 200 female artisans. Meaning “she works” in a local Ugandan dialect, the vertically integrated brand provides life-changing job opportunities and fair wages—as well as leadership and financial literacy training—enabling its employees to lift their families out of poverty and into long-term self-reliance. Each piece in Akola’s line of globally inspired jewelry is crafted by hand in its Jinja, Uganda-based studio, using sustainable and local materials, including up-cycled horn, raffia sourced from palm leaves, and hand-rolled Karatasi beads.

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AKOLA

JEWELRY

Founded in 2007 with 15 women making jewelry, Akola now employs almost 200 female artisans. Meaning “she works” in a local Ugandan dialect, the vertically integrated brand provides life-changing job opportunities and fair wages—as well as leadership and financial literacy training—enabling its employees to lift their families out of poverty and into long-term self-reliance. Each piece in Akola’s line of globally inspired jewelry is crafted by hand in its Jinja, Uganda-based studio, using sustainable and local materials, including up-cycled horn, raffia sourced from palm leaves, and hand-rolled Karatasi beads.

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CREATIVE VISIONS

Get to know these Black designers setting the artistic direction at leading fashion houses

CREATIVE VISIONS

Get to know these Black designers setting the artistic direction at leading fashion houses

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BALMAIN

WOMEN'S & MEN'S APPAREL, SHOES & ACCESSORIES

At just 35 years old, Olivier Rousteing is one of the youngest designers to lead a luxury fashion house. The creative director of Balmain since 2011, Rousteing has been credited with revitalizing the storied French brand, and, with the help of his #BalmainArmy—a group of A-list fans of the brand—reintroducing it to a new generation of fashion lovers.

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BALMAIN

WOMEN'S & MEN'S APPAREL, SHOES & ACCESSORIES

At just 35 years old, Olivier Rousteing is one of the youngest designers to lead a luxury fashion house. The creative director of Balmain since 2011, Rousteing has been credited with revitalizing the storied French brand, and, with the help of his #BalmainArmy—a group of A-list fans of the brand—reintroducing it to a new generation of fashion lovers.

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Off-White

OFF-WHITE

WOMEN'S & MEN'S APPAREL, SHOES & ACCESSORIES

Founded in 2012 by architect, DJ, and entrepreneur Virgil Abloh, Off-White is one of the industry’s most noted streetwear brands. While Abloh no longer owns the brand, he remains at the helm, serving as both the CEO and creative director. Also of note: In 2018, Abloh was named Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton, becoming the first African-American to exercise creative control of a major French maison.

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OFF-WHITE

WOMEN'S & MEN'S APPAREL, SHOES & ACCESSORIES

Founded in 2012 by architect, DJ, and entrepreneur Virgil Abloh, Off-White is one of the industry’s most noted streetwear brands. While Abloh no longer owns the brand, he remains at the helm, serving as both the CEO and creative director. Also of note: In 2018, Abloh was named Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton, becoming the first African-American to exercise creative control of a major French maison.

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EXPLORE THE EDIT

Exciting new arrivals curated in support of Black creatives

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EXPLORE THE EDIT

Exciting new arrivals curated in support of Black creatives

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We’re committed to partnering with more Black and minority-owned and led brands. Check back here to discover who’s new!

We’re committed to partnering with more Black and minority-owned and led brands. Check back here to discover who’s new!