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 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

Camoscio Giraffe-Print Blouse by Stella Jean
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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Chiffon Pantsuit by Stephen Burrows Sold out
This sophisticated evening ensemble by Stephen Burrows was once owned by a Chicago heiress and socialite. Triple-layered, probably silk chiffon | pants across waist: 10 inches flat to 15 inches fully stretched | across hips: 20 inches | length: 32.5...
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Jacqueline Jumpsuit by Onyii & Co. Sold out
Previously owned but never worn jumpsuit by Nigerian designer Onyii Brown. Since her launch of Onyii & Co., in 2013, Brown has incorporated Africa-inspired printed figure-flattering wrap dresses and skirts into each of her collections.  100% Cotton | Batik Print Lined...
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Montgomery New York sweater
Chunky knit sweater vest by designer Montgomery New York.  Size 2 | 17 inches from armpit to armpit | 21 inches length | overall good condition with very light wear Birmingham-bred Montgomery Harris (“Monty”) launched her line, Montgomery New York for Jolinda, Inc., after winning the Vidal Sassoon...
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Montgomery New York sweater
Chunky knit sweater vest by designer Montgomery New York.  Size 2 | 16 inches from armpit to armpit | 21 inches length | overall good condition with very light wear Birmingham-bred Montgomery Harris (“Monty”) launched her line, Montgomery New York for Jolinda, Inc., after winning...
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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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Patrick Kelly Paris store shopper logo tee Sold out

Size

  • XL
"I design differently because I am Patrick Kelly, and Patrick Kelly is black." This tee is an artist's interpretation of the late designer Patrick Kelly's infamous logo which he used on his Paris Store shopping bag. Kelly was both lauded...
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Patrick Kelly Sunglasses Sold out
Vintage mod retro Patrick Kelly sunglasses with pink tinted acetate frame and broad black colored temples, oval lens shape and pristine light blue gray plastic lenses Model: # Pareo / Col 25 | Handmade in Paris, FRANCE | Small - Medium | vertical height: ca 32...
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Rooster Blouse by Stella Jean
48 IT (US 12) | 100% cotton | plain weave, embroidered detailing, solid color, short sleeves, v-neckline | Made in Italy Stella Jean was born and works in Rome, where she also lives with her two children. Her style reflects and evokes...
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Sammy Davis, Jr., Blue Pinstripe Blazer
Yes, He Can! and did do a little bit of everything during his multifaceted career. All-around entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., tried his hand at clothing design in the 1970s. Navy blue pinstripe, double-breasted blazer has a wide lapel with groovy...
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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"  Friends with Warhol, dressing Cher, partying at Studio 54: Stephen Burrows born...
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Stephen Burrows scarf, 1976 Sold out
The original owner purchased this gorgeous silk scarf by Stephen Burrows in 1976, the year Jimmy Carter ran and won for president, and wore it to many campaign meetings. Colorful and still modern with a nice retro twist. 1976 | 52 x 13...
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Suede Jacket designed by Sammy Davis, Jr. Sold out
Yes, He Can! And did do a little bit of everything during his multifaceted career. All-around entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., tried his hand at clothing design in the 1970s. Adapted from Gabriel Russo's Living On the Selvedge: I was doing some...
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