fashion: summer is behind, fall is here! – items to have as the seasons change

October 28, 2015

Saying goodbye to the love, energy, and vibrational sun of summer is always tough – but watching the leaves slowly change as fall approaches is always a beautiful thing to witness in New York. Check out a few items for the incoming weather as we say goodbye to summer (also at the bottom is a link to a mini list of songs to vibe to ☺)!

By Aliyah Blackmore, AFROPUNK Contributor


Love, Beatrice

These beautifully handmade bags by Shana Bea are perfect for class, a day out, dinner, brunch – whatever endeavor you may be embarking on—they are for the person on the go! Crafted in Los Angeles by Shana, the line was inspired by her “Nana,” Clarece Beatrice Fletcher . Each piece is carefully made with love and patience in her “creative space.” There are a variety of colors to choose from and the bags are made with vegan leathers fabrics, organic zippers, and vegetable tanned embossed labels –100% eco-friendly.






Nigerian born, England and Ireland raised, now Queens based sisters, Mayowa and Ebony, are founders of FLO+THEO – a skincare line that leaves your skin glowing and feeling warm and lovely.  I met the sisters (I believe) about two years ago in Harlem – they were selling at the Sugarhill Market.   I bought the lavender flower body butter – a yummy mix of oils and shea that was perfect for my skin as the weather got colder!  Their products are 100% vegan and made with love!



Instagram: @floandtheo



Founded in 2014 by two University of South Florida Students, Paakow Essandoh and George Kariuki, Mizizi (meaning “roots” in Swahili), is a brand “dedicated to stylishly expressing” African pride and culture.  The current collection consists of 7 vibrant pieces, whether Ghana, Naija, Ehtiopia or  Eritrea – Mizizi is  vision of two students to represent their African heritage within their campus environment and they are sharing this vision with the world- “streetwear for the Diaspora.”




Twitter: @MiziziShop



Made with Lots of Love in London, by print and fashion designer Elizabeth Akingbade, Yemzi™ began in 2013 with a small group of t-shirts printed for her graduation. As Elizabeth learned more about pattern cutting, garment construction, and varying other skills to begin a fashion label she began to construct mini collections and is now selling on Asos, in addition to other stockists. The patterns are intricate and vibrant – I am a fan of the crop and bra tops!



Shop Here:

Instagram: @yemzildn 

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