Stitch Fix Presents The Elevate Collection: Supporting Brands from Entrepreneurs of Color!

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Stitch Fix presents the Elevate Collection – shop pieces made by brands from entrepreneurs of color! The brands included in the Elevate Collection are Sarep + Rose, Diarrablu, Kahmune, Chloe Kristyn, Busayo, and Marcus Alexander.

Extraordinary pieces for discerning style-seekers! Shop pieces from six collections belonging to a new wave of Black designers emerging from our grant and mentorship program, Elevate.

Make a statement. Shop styles from our Elevate grantees featuring select, exclusive pieces only available at Stitch Fix.

Here’s a sneak peek of the collection:

Sarep + Rose

Sarep + Rose is an ethical fashion accessories brand offering artisanal leather goods that feature a bright juxtaposition of traditional handwoven African materials with contemporary design and functionality. Designed by Liberian founder Robin Sirleaf, the brand’s mission is to build a platform for the future of African manufacturing.

Diarrablu

Diarrablu is a women’s lifestyle brand with the mission of building an ethical fashion future through a conscious fusion of artisans, algorithms and circular manufacturing. Founded by Diarra Bousso, and primarily produced in Dakar, Senegal, the size-inclusive collection features strong, structural cuts and bold, custom prints.

Kahmune

Kahmune is an inclusive luxury line founded by Jamela Acheampong, offering a range of footwear and accessories designed in ten skin tone hues to provide all women with a true nude option. Featuring premium leathers sourced directly from Italy, each style is handmade by expert artisans.

Chloe Kristyn

Chloe Kristyn is an effortless, yet elegant and functional line for the modern woman. Founded by Bettina Benson, the brand empowers women to celebrate their stories with perfect fitting pieces, complemented with thoughtful design, tailoring and subtle finishes.

Busayo

Busayo, meaning “addition to joy,” was founded by Busayo Olupona. The brand creates its textiles in collaboration with Nigerian artisans, and has two parallel guiding principles—a complete obsession and celebration of colorful prints and the amplification of traditional Nigerian culture.

Marcus Alexander

Marcus Alexander is a footwear company headquartered in Oakland, CA that offers sophisticated, utilitarian footwear for men and women. Designer Marcus Alexander Thomas’ vision is to improve the lives of others by elevating and simplifying their daily footwear needs. Marcus loves how shoes function as utility and art.

About Elevate

Elevate is a grant and mentorship program with the mission to promote a more diverse retail landscape by supporting entrepreneurs of color who are building the next wave of apparel and accessories businesses. We are committed to not only offering more diverse styles to our clients, but we also realize the necessity of opening the door of the retail industry to be more inclusive. Through Elevate, we fund businesses with financial grants, as well as mentor the up-and-coming entrepreneurs behind the brands using our art meets science approach. Using our resources, data insights and expertise, we seek to help underrepresented entrepreneurs scale their businesses, to work toward a more diverse vendor base within our own assortment, and accelerate change in our industry.

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  • Ake
    10.10.21

    Some of these items are absolutely gorgeous! Seems like an odd fit for Stitch Fix that I associate more with fast fashion type items, not special pieces that cost hundreds. But it looks like many sizes and items are already sold out. So it seems the customer base is there. Good for the designers!

    • Dawn
      10.10.21

      Agreed on all counts. I hope this is a great launching pad for the designers, and maybe Stitch Fix will find a way to pivot away from fast fashion and toward more sustainability. I’ve stopped buying from them, having spent part of the pandemic learning a lot more about the cost of fast fashion. But I’d be happy to pay more for quality items that fit my body and aesthetic that Stitch Fix might be able to match to me. I checked out that purple floral Busayo dress on my Stitch Fix account, but the picture of the dress they have in their online store makes it look like one side of the skirt is longer than the other (which I’ve definitely seen in actual Stitch Fix garments), so I’m concerned that the quality will be classic Stitch Fix (i.e., not great) and the mark-up is just for the designer element. I hope I’m wrong and they are transitioning to actually have a better quality line for those who want that.