Updated: Jan 26
Fashion is seen as a very important factor among millennials and the eyewear industry is very aware of that. In order to satisfy the growing demand around the world, eyewear designers are working to create fashionable eyewear products. This, in turn, is projected to propel the eyewear market forward. Every year, designers launch new styles to follow the ever-changing fashion trends and attract fashion lovers.
We are highlighting Black-owned eyewear brands that give this multi-millionaire industry more diversity. Below are 6 notable Black-Owned Eyewear Brands you should know and definitely purchase an eyewear from.
Vontélle was founded in 2019 by the fashion designers Nancey Harris and Tracy Vontélle Green. According to the founders, the brand was created to satisfy the demand for better-fitting vibrant, fashion-forward eyewear. Their products and accessories are designed and handcrafted to pay homage to their African ancestry with traditional colors and patterns that channel our African, Caribbean, and Latin heritage.
Godnii (GOD In I, GOD & I, GOD in eye.) is a Black-owned eyewear brand from Detroit. Founded by Ali Omar and Keri Roberts in 2014. Aiming to pay homage to the tangible zeal and creative culture of Detroit, Godnii works to elevate its innovative spirit. Godnii creates its products on 3 core principles; functionality, limited variety, and superior materials. Rooted in Detroit craftsman and fashion culture, each frame is carefully handcrafted and takes 8 days to complete.
NRODA was founded in 2012. Previously named Tnemnroda (adornment spelled backward, the company was rebranded under the name NRODA, which is adorn spelled backward, in 2018. The newly refined brand image appeals to both men and women, making the line officially unisex. Celebrities like Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Angela Simmons, Keke Palmer and Chrisette Michelle are Nroda clients
Coco and Breezy
Founded in 2009 by twin designers Corianna and Brianna Dotson, Coco and Breezy Eyewear was an instant hit in the entertainment and fashion industry since it was created. The brand was featured in most major publications, e.g. Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Coco and Breezy’s designs have ranged from the “third-eye” sunglasses for the late Prince to recent collaborations with Hershey’s, Ciroc, and SIX:02.
Founded by Nana Boateng Osei and Nana Kwadwo Osei, this state-of-the-art African-inspired Black-owned eyewear company was built to challenge the status quo while successfully meeting the industry standard with help from some of the world’s top brand developers, engineers and artisans. Its products are engineered to optimize the viewing experience while adding an effortless luxury to your gaze.
This brand was created by Isiah Fowler, SWAV Eyewear was founded on a mission to motivate, inspire, and empower goal-oriented visionaries to achieve greatness. Every pair of sunglasses comes with an inspirational affirmation to inspire you to never give up on YOUR vision.