16 Black-Owned Swimsuit Brands To Shop This Summer

When it comes to building a summer wardrobe, swimwear is of the utmost importance. You can score heaps of poofy sundresses, dozens of denim cutoffs, and a lifetime’s supply of white crop tops, but it’s a good bikini or one-piece that you’ll spend most of your time in when by the pool or body of water. There’s just one problem: Finding a swimsuit that works for you is far from easy, especially if you don’t know where to look.

Over the last few weeks, a lot of research has been done into ways to support the Black community. And, in addition to donating, marching, educating themselves, and signing petitions for better legislation, people can also financially support Black-owned businesses. And with the summer solstice just days away, what better way to champion these businesses than by stocking up on swimwear made by Black designers — all of which offer a

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These Sculpting Jeans Will Make Your Butt Look Great

There’s nothing like putting on a pair of amazing jeans that instantly transforms your look and boosts your confidence. But we know all too well that with so many styles, fits, and fabrics out there, finding the perfect pair of jeans that flatters your figure, contours your assets, and fits like a glove is not always an easy feat. Taking a few features into account can help when shopping for your body type and fit preference. Two style details to consider are the position of the back pockets and the design of the yoke. (The yoke is the V-shaped section at the back of the jeans that gives denim a curved seat. Typically, the deeper the V, the more shapely your bum will look.)

Luckily, when it comes to finding the butt-lifting jeans of your dreams, we’ve done some of the hard work for you. We looked at the top 

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Designers get creative for couture under lockdown

PARIS (Reuters) – Confronted with problems in fabric deliveries and supplier closures during France’s coronavirus lockdown, fashion designer Alexis Mabille had to improvise to salvage his next collection, turning to materials he had to hand.

Like peers unveiling their creations at Paris’s Haute Couture showcase this week – an online-only format – Mabille began confectioning his looks before restrictions on movement in much of Europe were lifted.

That derailed everything from the availability of made-to-order embroideries to the process of casting models who usually fly around the world for fittings, but provided couturiers with novel forms of inspiration too.

“I worked in the opposite direction – instead of working on the design, the material and the colour, I started from the colour of the fabric and then the collection,” Mabille told Reuters, adding that he had sought to project a “bright view on things” with dresses that ranged from vivid

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A Modern Blueprint For a ‘Quiet Riot’ Boycott

The summer of 1990 saw a quiet riot speak volumes after Black organizations staged a boycott of Miami’s tourism industry, costing the city between $5 million and $12 million in the first three months alone. And the silence of the Black dollar was only starting to suffocate the city’s economy.

Known as the Quiet Riot in Miami, the boycott was catalyzed by mayor of Miami at the time, Xavier Suarez, and Miami City Commissioner Victor De Yurre revoking a planned June 27, 1990 celebration of newly liberated Nelson Mandela over his refusal to denounce dictators Fidel Castro, Yasir Arafat, and Moammar Gadhafi during a nationally televised interview. As a response, a coalition of Black organizations including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Association of Black Social Workers, and the American Civil Liberties Union canceled conventions and refused to do business in Miami. The boycott’s message … Read More

Failed brands try to fashion a new life online

Laura Ashley - Naomi Baker/Getty Images
Laura Ashley – Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Other than being fashion failures, what do Laura Ashley, Karen Millen, Coast, Oasis and Warehouse have in common?

Despite collapsing and closing all their stores, the brands are surviving online after being bought by a mix of trade buyers or indeed rivals. These brave – or perhaps crazy – businesses are hoping that the brand DNA is strong enough to lure shoppers to their respective websites and convince them to spend.

Other than Laura Ashley, which is still trading from stores for now, all of the aforementioned brands have been bought by Boohoo.

The timing is seemingly in their favour, as click-and-collect in shops might become less popular with more people working from home and able to accept deliveries. Plus, with over a quarter of shoppers now planning to spend more online after the lockdown restrictions are lifted, according to Global Data, it is

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These No. 1 Bestselling Shorts Are Comfier Than You Could Imagine

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Are most of your shorts…coming up short? Puns aside, this is a serious fashion issue, and if you don’t own a pair of shorts you can comfortably wear and feel cute in, then we want to solve that. Everyone deserves to enjoy summer in warm weather clothes they love, and dresses are definitely not going to work for every occasion!

Even if you think you’ve already found the best shorts out there, we’re about to change your mind. These FEKOAFE shorts from Amazon are basically unbeatable. The fabric looks so dreamily soft online, we can’t even imagine how it would feel in real life. And we don’t have to imagine. We can just make it happen by picking up a pair (or five) today!

FEKOAFE Comfy Drawstring Casual Elastic Waist Shorts
FEKOAFE Comfy Drawstring Casual Elastic Waist Shorts
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Find & Support Black-Owned Businesses With These Apps & Websites

Following the police killing of George Floyd in May, protests have broken out across the country. We encourage everyone to join the fight by marching in local protests, signing online petitions, donating, and calling your elected officials, but there’s another way to fight systemic racial inequality, and that’s by putting your money where your mouth is. Make a commitment to support Black-owned businesses in your area.

Right now, Twitter users are asking their friends and followers to share their own or their favorite Black-owned businesses. While sifting through social media responses is one way to find spots to support, there are a lot of tweets containing the phrase “Black-owned businesses.” So if you’re looking to find a Black-owned business quickly — perhaps in time for take-out dinner tonight — there are also many useful resources online and in the app store that can help.

Ahead are top-ranking websites

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20 Virtual Summer Camps That Will Keep Your Little Ones Engaged

A young boy at home over the weekend using a laptop to do his homework.
A young boy at home over the weekend using a laptop to do his homework.

Obviously, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, summer plans are on hold until further notice. And for families who rely on camp during the warmer months, this can be problematic. Although traditional summer camps might be out of the question this year, there are plenty of virtual options that will keep kids of all ages entertained. Whether they’re looking to keep their academics sharp (hey, no one likes that pesky summer slide, right?) or just want some good, old-fashioned fun, these online summer camps will deliver.

Related: How and When Will Schools Reopen? Experts Outline the Possible Scenarios

When Will Schools Reopen After Coronavirus?
When Will Schools Reopen After Coronavirus?

Camp PBS Kids

Children between the ages of 2 and 8 can get access to a slew of educational activities all summer long using PBS Kids’ website. Parents can also opt

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Paris Couture Week Day 2: Live Coverage

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Chanel opened the second day of shows at Paris Couture Week.

ALEXIS MABILLE:

Alexis Mabille showcased his fall couture collection with a virtual show featuring a single model and held inside a shocking pink box.

It’s not the first time the designer has skipped the runway. In recent years, he has experimented with showing his designs in static presentations and even a photo exhibition. This time around, he leveraged the power of social media, teasing his presentation with “making-of” videos.

AGANOVICH:

Under lockdown in Denmark and with their Paris studio closed, it was a time of introspection for Nana Aganovich and Brooke Taylor. Unable to produce a new collection, the design duo started out filming video interviews for their online showcase, but were unsatisfied with the result. “It didn’t feel authentic,” Taylor explained over the phone.

Photographer Erik Madigan Heck, an old friend,

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Turkish Textile Sector Struggles in Wake of Pandemic

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In mid-March, suddenly, there was radio silence. Then, slowly, the requests began to creep in. “We must cancel our order”; “Those goods aren’t my responsibility”; “I don’t care what we agreed, if you don’t drop the price, we’re not paying for that.”

As Europe and the U.S. began to close down in the grip of the coronavirus, attempts by beleaguered international fashion brands to delay, reduce or cancel payments to Turkish manufacturers became an avalanche. Worse still were those remaining silent as the pandemic grew, leaving suppliers hanging on, wondering if they were ever going to get rid of finished goods, pay their own suppliers or, even, go bankrupt.

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When most of Europe and many U.S. states were in lockdown and retailers shut up shop, the knock-on effect on Turkey’s booming clothing manufacturing industry looked enormous.

“We were left all

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