AFROPUNK Adds Doechii, Reveals By-Day Lineup for Brooklyn 2022

AFROPUNK lives on the vanguard of Black music and culture, curating lineups that span every genre and every corner of the diaspora. Today, AFROPUNK announces that Doechii has been added to AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2022, its first Brooklyn festival since 2019. Signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, Doechii is one of the most exciting rising rappers in the game today, garnering critical acclaim and earning a spot on XXL’s 2022 Freshman List. Lyric Michelle, an up-and-coming rapper from Houston, has also been added to the bill.

Along with the new addition, AFROPUNK reveals the daily lineups for the Brooklyn festival. The two-day AFROPUNK Festival returns to Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn on September 10-11, 2022. Single-day tickets on sale now at http://afropunk.com/festival/brooklyn. Payment plan tickets are available to purchase until July 22nd at 12am.

Beyond the headliners brings a group of game-changing names looking to make a statement at AFROPUNK. TDE rhymer Isaiah Rashad graces the stage for his first-ever AFROPUNK performance, ready to embrace an inclusive and accepting new community as he continues the latest chapter in his life and career. Notable big names on the lineup include Lucky Daye, Freddie Gibbs, Tierra Whack, and Earl Sweatshirt, who performed at his first AFROPUNK since reuniting with Tyler, The Creator and Syd at AFROPUNK 2016. Other standout performers run the genre gamut, from wide-ranging rock star Bartees Strange, to innovative jazz quintet Butcher Brown, crossover AfroBeats artist Adekunle Gold, and rising amapiano producer SPINALL, whose hit “Palazzo” ft. Asake is climbing Billboard’s Hot Afrobeats chart.

AFROPUNK is more than a festival, it’s a celebration of life, music, food, and culture in the Black community. As always, AFROPUNK offers an exciting array of unique activations to entertain and enlighten attendees between sets. AFROPUNK hosts the Spinthrift Market, a shop market full of talented makers, selectors and curators from the New York area, and AFROPUNK’s Bites ‘n Beats, which provides event goers an opportunity to indulge in cuisines from NYC chefs and local food trucks. 

After hosting events in Miami, Atlanta, Bahia, and Johannesburg in recent years, and an event in Minneapolis this weekend, AFROPUNK feels great to be home. With AFROPUNK 2022, the global brand seeks to remind New York and the wider world why it’s one of the most vital and vibrant cultural events on the calendar. Stay tuned to AFROPUNK on socials and text “AFROPUNK” to  (718) 550-6268 to stay in the loop for more announcements.

Buy single-day and full festival tickets for AFROPUNK 2022:
http://afropunk.com/festival/brooklyn

Single-Day Ticket Pricing:
Saturday Single Day Ticket ($95+fees)
Sunday Single DayTicket ($110 +fees)
VIP Add-On ($125+fees)

VIP Add-On Includes
Entry to Festival VIP Area (GA Ticket Purchase Required)
Dedicated VIP Entrance to Festival
Main Stage Viewing Area
Shaded VIP lounge with comfortable seating
Dedicated Bar & Food Selection for Purchase

*GA ticket is required for entry 

AFROPUNK Presents Black Fashion Accelerator Showcase on July 13th in NYC

AFROPUNK is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and creative expression in marginalized communities. Created in partnership with the Build Black team at Shopify, the Black Fashion Accelerator offered an intensive program designed to help nine promising Black fashion designers nurture their talents and grow their businesses in a competitive industry. Now, AFROPUNK and Shopify present the results of the program, offering the BFA designers the chance to show off their talents at a one-of-a-kind fashion show, happening in New York City on July 13th.

The upcoming fashion show puts a spotlight on all nine BFA founders, presenting a fantastic array of fits and apparel from each designer. AFROPUNK and Shopify welcome Gitoo to host, and invite Chris Bevans, Senior Creative Lead at Shopify and creative director at DYNE, and BFA program mentor, Anita Asante, Head of Global Strategic Partnerships at AFROPUNKAmena Agbaje, Program Lead, Black Entrepreneurship at Shopify (Build Black), and Monique Rodriguez, CEO at Mielle, to offer remarks before the show. A celebratory evening that honors the hard work of some of the most promising young entrepreneurs in fashion today, the Black Fashion Accelerator fashion show takes place at Shopify SoHo at 6:30pm ET. Stay after the show for a mixer, with drinks and light bites.

The Shopify x AFROPUNK Black Fashion Accelerator fashion show is further supported by MielleThread Beauty, and PearNova. Mielle provides 4 stylists, plus table space for each company, along with free Mielle products for gift bags. In addition, Mielle will broadcast live BTS footage from the event on its Instagram account. Thread Beauty provides 5 make-up artists for the event’s models, along with a display case of their products with free Thread Beauty products for gift bags. PearNova provides press-on nails for all models and free products for gift bags.

RSVP for the fashion show HERE

Stay tuned for more information and announcements and be sure to check AFROPUNK.com and AFROPUNK socials for the latest updates.

Read about the Black Fashion Accelerator: https://afropunk.com/shopify-black-fashion-accelerator/

AFROPUNK & Target Team for Black Beyond Measure at Planet AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolis

AFROPUNK announces a renewed partnership with Target, bringing Target’s Black Beyond Measure campaign and broader commitment to Black joy to Planet AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolison Juneteenth weekend. AFROPUNK seeks to promote Black-owned businesses, empower entrepreneurs, and help all community members understand their own worth. AFROPUNK and Target will partner in furtherance of that goal through Black Beyond Measure by forging deeper, more meaningful connections with Black guests in more moments that matter.

Target will collaborate with AFROPUNK on a one of a kind, unique, creative and spectacular weekend of celebration through live art tributes, food celebrations and music in Minneapolis. On Saturday, June 18th, Target and AFROPUNK connect with The Get Down Coffee Co. to curate a day of conversations, workshops and programs about issues central to the local community. On Sunday, June 19th, during a celebratory day of music, Target presents the “Black Beyond Measure Stage,” which will center and elevate the diverse talents, faces, bodies, and styles of the AFROPUNK audience and highlight the wealth of strength, influence and beauty for the Black community to celebrate blackness and reclaim joy. 

Anita Asante, Head of Global Strategic Partnerships at AFROPUNK, states “The best partnerships aren’t dependent on a mere common goal but one of a shared path of equality, representation, and no small amount of passion, and we have found that in our longstanding partnership with Target. What unites Target and AFROPUNK are a shared set of values and we are thrilled to be able to continue to build upon our strong foundation for the fourth year running. This year, for the first time ever, we jointly descend upon Minneapolis for Juneteenth as we celebrate the joy of blackness and our mission with Target is simple — to continually foster community, celebrate culture and support Black-owned businesses, creators and the community at large. We look forward to further extending Target’s Black Beyond Measure narrative and reaching our community in new, enlightening and powerful ways”.

Planet AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolis is the first-ever AFROPUNK live experience in the midwest. With a lineup of performers that includes Ari LennoxNonameMerebaDreamer Isioma, Pink Siifu, and some of the best rising acts in the Twin Cities, Planet AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolis happens on June 18th-19th, with panels/events across the city on June 18th and performances on June 19th in Sheridan Memorial Park

In conjunction with the live experience, AFROPUNK partners with High School For Recording Arts, a local high school often called “Hip Hop High,” which was founded by former Prince band member David T.C. Ellis, specializing in developing the next generation of musical talent.

As AFROPUNK prepares for a celebration of black joy and community in Minneapolis on June 18th and 19th, we are partnering with impactful local organizations by donating tickets for community members in the Twin Cities to attend Planet AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolis. This community partnership allows us to unite and share in the joy of AFROPUNK and ensures that as many people as possible can attend our celebration of the joy and creativity of the Black diaspora. The invaluable work of these organizations deserve to be celebrated and AFROPUNK wants to shine a light on their contribution to the people of Minneapolis.

Buy tickets for Planet AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolis: https://www.seetickets.us/event/Planet-AFROPUNK-Live-Minneapolis/474677?ttc=1249493

Visit Planet AFROPUNK’s official website: https://planetafropunk.com/minneapolis

AFROPUNK Returns to Brooklyn on 9/10-9/11; The Roots and Burna Boy to Headline

AFROPUNK evolved from an idea, to a single-day event, to a worldwide movement, but its heart still lies in Brooklyn, where it was founded in 2004. Today, the world-renowned festival announces the lineup for AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2022, its first Brooklyn festival since 2019, recruiting headliners The Roots and Burna Boy. A celebration of Black joy and a testament to the resilience of the Brooklyn community, AFROPUNK touches down in Commodore Barry Park on September 10thand 11th

Citi Cardmember-exclusive presale tickets are available now. Fans who sign up to the AFROPUNK Community by texting “AFROPUNK” to (718) 550-6268 will have exclusive access to presale pricing ($135 + fees)  before the price increases for the general on-sale tickets ($160 + fees). The AFROPUNK Community presale starts on Thursday, June 16th, at 10 AM ET, and general on-sale tickets are available on Friday, June 17th, at 10 AM ET

The relaunched AFROPUNK Brooklyn brings a constellation of the most exciting artists in modern music to Commodore Barry Park. The legendary Roots crew headlines the first night, celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band with a set that draws from their decade-spanning catalog. Closing out the festival on the second night is Burna Boy, performing songs from his upcoming album Love, Damini during his first headlining set at a U.S. festival and his first show in New York City since he sold out Madison Square Garden in April. 

Beyond the headliners brings a group of game-changing names looking to make a statement at AFROPUNK. TDE rhymer Isaiah Rashad graces the stage for his first-ever AFROPUNK performance, ready to embrace an inclusive and accepting new community as he continues the latest chapter in his life and career. Notable big names on the lineup include Lucky DayeFreddie GibbsTierra Whack, and Earl Sweatshirt, who performed at his first AFROPUNK since reuniting with Tyler, The Creator and Syd at AFROPUNK 2016.

The AFROPUNK lineup highlights the diversity of sound and style present in the Black music community, bringing standout acts from all genres and nations to Commodore Barry. Rising star Bartees Strange makes his AFROPUNK debut, bringing his personal and hard-charging rock music to the stage. Richmond, VA quintet Butcher Brown made their name with laid back instrumental jazz, but their upcoming  AFROPUNK performance shows off a new direction, with prominent guest vocalists, some of whom will join them on stage. Known for blending R&B with traditional AfroBeats, Nigerian artist Adekunle Gold follows behind Burna Boy as a contingent of exciting artists from the African continent, including rising artist SPINALL, whose hit “Palazzo” w/ Asake is climbing Billboard’s Hot Afrobeats chart.

AFROPUNK is a festival for the community, so it’s only natural that the festival welcomes artists from the Brooklyn community to the stage. Slated to perform are Rodney Chrome, a rising Brooklyn rapper, Alex Mali, the self-proclaimed “alt-R&B queen,” and Talia Goddess, an exciting hip-hop artist from the borough. Stay tuned to AFROPUNK on socials and text “AFROPUNK” to (718) 550-6268 for more announcements about lineup additions, as more exciting names join the bill.

AFROPUNK is more than a festival, it’s a celebration of life, music, food, and culture in the Black community. As always, AFROPUNK offers an exciting array of unique activations to entertain and enlighten attendees between sets. AFROPUNK hosts the Spinthrift Market, a shop market full of talented makers, selectors and curators from the New York area, and AFROPUNK’s Bites ‘n Beats, which provides event goers an opportunity to indulge in cuisines from NYC chefs and local food trucks. 

Stay tuned for more information on these activations, and more to be announced.

Buy tickets for AFROPUNK 2022: http://afropunk.com/festival/brooklyn

Citi Cardmember Presale
Tuesday June 14th at 10am ET – Thursday, June 16th at 9:59am ET
 $135 + fees for GA, $125 for VIP add-on

AFROPUNK Community Presale 
Thursday, June 16th at 10am ET – Friday, June 17th at 9:59am ET
$135 + fees for GA, $125 for VIP add-on

General On Sale
On Sale: Friday, June 17th at 10am ET
$160+ fees, plus $125 for VIP add-on

Ari Lennox, Noname & More to Perform at Planet AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolis

AFROPUNK’s widening array of live events and experiences aim to build community through joyous expression, thought-provoking discussion, and celebratory musical performances. Today, AFROPUNK announces the lineup for Planet AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolis, the first-ever AFROPUNK live experience in the Midwest. The upcoming live experience starts with a series of panel discussions designed to explore the connection between art and activism and promote community healing, before transitioning toward a celebration of life, music, food, and culture on the second day. With a lineup of performers that includes Ari Lennox, Noname, Mereba, Sango, Dreamer IsiomaPink Siifu, and some of the best rising acts in the Twin Cities, Planet AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolis happens on June 18th-19th, with panels/events across the city on June 18th and performances on June 19th in Sheridan Memorial Park

Minneapolis has a rich history as a hub of music and culture in the Midwest. The city is famously the home of Prince–the central figure of a bustling scene commemorated in his song “Uptown”–and birthed colossuses of funk like Jam & Lewis, Morris Day, and many others. Planet AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolis hopes to celebrate the city’s bustling community of Black creators and activists, and to affirm and support a community that still ails from tragic loss. The people of Minneapolis rise up in the face of oppression, and AFROPUNK is dedicated to creating an experience of joy and celebration, while acknowledging and creating dialogue around the struggles faced by the community at large.

In conjunction with the live experience, AFROPUNK announces a partnership with High School For Recording Arts, a local high school often called “Hip Hop High,” which was founded by former Prince band member David T.C. Ellis, specializing in developing the next generation of musical talent. Students from the school will have an opportunity to host panels and show off their talents during the first day at a special showcase.

In addition to the talented lineup of performing artists, Planet AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolis offers an exciting array of unique activations to entertain and enlighten attendees between sets. AFROPUNK hosts the Spinthrift Market, a shop market full of talented makers, selectors and curators from the Twin Cities region, and AFROPUNK’s Bites ‘n Beats, which provides event goers an opportunity to indulge in cuisines from renowned Midwestern chefs and local food trucks. Other activations include a live mural, early morning Yoga sessions, art galleries, and film screenings.

Planet AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolis continues a new era of AFROPUNK live experiences, allowing for all elements of a local culture to be expressed freely and fully. AFROPUNK announced earlier this year its plans to expand its live footprint, and the Minneapolis Live Experience follows in the wake of Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami, bringing performances from musicians like Rema and Skillbeng alongside panels, activations, food, and more.

Tickets for Planet AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolis go on sale on Thursday April 21st at 9am ET.

Visit Planet AFROPUNK’s official website: https://planetafropunk.com/minneapolis

Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami Adds Skillibeng, YEИDRY, Mavado, and More to Lineup

Well-regarded for its expertly-curated events that blend cultural elements like food, dance, tech, and music in an effort to enhance community understanding, AFROPUNK is branching out with its Planet AFROPUNK series of live experiences. AFROPUNK announces that Skillibeng will be a headliner of  Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami, joining Afrobeats superstar Rema at the top of an expansive lineup. The upcoming experience features performances from the likes of YEИDRYMavadoPrettyboy D-O, and GRAMMY winning producer/DJ Walshy Fire, along with previously-revealed artists like Latin fusion maestros ChocQuibTown, Haitian sound architect Michael Brun, and Miami-area DJ Silent Addy.

Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami is the first-ever “AFROPUNK Live Experience.” The first day of Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami brings discussion panels and an art exhibition, followed by two days of live music, great food, and other activations. The first in-person live event Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami takes place between May 20-May 22 at The Urban and surrounding grounds, located in the city’s historic (and historically Black) Overtown neighborhood.

Tickets for Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami are available now: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/Planet-AFROPUNK-Live-Miami/470397?afflky=Afropunk

Visit Planet AFROPUNK’s official website: https://planetafropunk.com/miami

Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami Adds ChocQuibTown and Michael Brun to Lineup

AFROPUNK events are designed to promote the kind of cultural exchange that brings together members of the African diaspora through food, dance, tech, art and stimulating conversations. Today, AFROPUNK announces that ChocQuibTown,Michael Brun & Friends, and Silent Addy have been added to the lineup of Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami. The three day event brings a wide-ranging collection of musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, and activists to Miami, brought together by their connection to the Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latinx communities. Joining budding Afrobeats superstar Rema on the lineup, the three new additions contribute to a vibrant and diverse lineup of artists who provide new spins on traditional styles.

Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami is the first-ever “AFROPUNK Live Experience.” The first day of Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami brings discussion panels and an art exhibition, followed by two days of live music, great food, and other activations. The first in-person live event Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami takes place between May 20-May 22 at The Urban and surrounding grounds, located in the city’s historic (and historically Black) Overtown neighborhood.

ChocQuibTown
Michael Brun
Silent Addy

Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami (May 20-22) Books Rema as First-Announced Performer

Since its founding, AFROPUNK has dedicated itself to creating vibrant experiences that use music, art, technology, conversation, food, and more to celebrate Black culture throughout the Caribbean, Latin America and the diaspora. Today, AFROPUNK announces that rising Afrobeats superstar Rema will headline the first ever Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami, bringing his signature bounce to the one-of-a-kind event. 

Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami is the first-ever “AFROPUNK Live Experience.” The three day event brings a wide-ranging collection of musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, and activists to Miami, brought together by their connection to the Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latinx communities. The first day of Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami brings discussion panels and an art exhibition, followed by two days of live music, great food, and other activations. The first in-person live event Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami takes place between May 20-May 22 at The Urban and surrounding grounds, located in the city’s historic (and historically Black) Overtown neighborhood.

With this first of its kind event, AFROPUNK seeks to bridge the gap that exists between members of the African diaspora through food, dance, tech, art and stimulating conversations that emphasize and embrace the commonalities within the various communities. In between the live performances, audiences will get to enjoy the Spinthrift Market, a shop market full of talented makers, selectors and curators from all across the diaspora. Additionally, AFROPUNK’s Bites ‘n Beats, the literal embodiment of “food for the soul,” provides event goers an opportunity to indulge in cuisines from renowned chefs and local food trucks. AFROPUNK announced earlier this year its plans to expand its live footprint beyond Brooklyn into more cities, bringing Live Experiences not only to Miami but to cities like Oakland and Minneapolis.

Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami is also partnering with Shopify to premiere an immersive screening celebrating Black entrepreneurship from AFROPUNK and Shopify’s Black Fashion Acceleratorprogram, an intensive entrepreneurship program that will help prepare nine promising talents for long careers in the industry, culminating in a fashion show to be held this summer. The Black Fashion Accelerator spans six months, offering the inaugural Accelerator Class of entrepreneurs access to experts and resources–including Program Mentor Chris Bevans, creative director at DYNE, plus three guest mentors who will help guide the process–as they journey through a top tier curriculum that allows them the opportunity to bloom as artists and build successful, sustainable, and profitable businesses

Tickets for Planet AFROPUNK Miami are available now: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/Planet-AFROPUNK-Live-Miami/470397

Visit Planet AFROPUNK’s official website: https://planetafropunk.com/miami

AFROPUNK Announces the Black Fashion Accelerator Program Class of 2022

Since its inception over sixteen years ago, AFROPUNK has been dedicated to eliminating obstacles to entrepreneurialism and creative expression in marginalized communities. Channeling that spirit with the goal of elevating aspiring Black fashion designers and growing their businesses, AFROPUNK partners with Shopify to found the Black Fashion Accelerator, an intensive program that will help prepare nine promising talents for long careers in the industry.

The Black Fashion Accelerator spans six months, offering the inaugural BFA Class access to experts and resources–including Program Mentor Chris Bevans, creative director at DYNE, plus three guest mentors who will help guide the process–as they journey through a top tier curriculum that allows them the opportunity to bloom as artists and build successful, sustainable, and profitable businesses. The program culminates in a fashion show to be held in June. Check AFROPUNK.com and AFROPUNK and Shopify social channels to track the Founders on their journey from the classroom to the runway.

Stay tuned for more information and announcements and be sure to check AFROPUNK.com and AFROPUNK socials for the latest updates.

Read about the Black Fashion Accelerator: https://afropunk.com/shopify-black-fashion-accelerator/

Didn’t get a chance to be a part of the Black Fashion Accelerator? Shopify is now accepting registrations for their 1 Million Black Businesses program (1MBB). Through 1MBB Shopify is working to remove barriers and encourage more aspiring Black business owners to start and scale their businesses. Whether you’ve been thinking of launching that side hustle or need support getting your existing business off the ground, 1MBB is here to help your business flourish.

Last week, AFROPUNK announced the Black Fashion Accelerator Class of 2022, selecting nine exceptionally talented entrepreneurs who AFROPUNK knows will make a major impact on the future of the fashion industry. See below for details on the companies:

  • Bronté Laurent (Founder, Par Bronte Laurent): par Bronté Laurent is a luxury womenswear fashion brand that creates classic, chic, and minimal designs that offer comfortability and opulence in each piece. Constructed for women to live unapologetically lavish this label is 70% sustainable by using dead-stock materials being sourced and made in Ghana.
     
  • Archie Clay III & Tajh Crutch(Founders, WEAR BRIMS): Wear Brims is a luxury hat and accessory company that is founded on the principles of faith, family, confidence, which are at the core of every decision and every design we make. We understand the importance of being your best self internally, and how that translates into how you express yourself fashionably. Our goal is for everyone to present to the world their most confident self. Be the most confident in the room. “Wear Brims. Wear Confidence.”
     
  • Corin Lindsay (Founder, CORIN DEMARCO): Corin DeMarco is a lifestyle and apparel brand that provides premium- quality, culturally relevant apparel, and accessories for Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU). Addressing an issue that has long plagued the HBCU apparel space – the availability of premium-quality apparel that is also stylish and tailored to the preferences of the HBCU community of students, alumni, and fans, the Corin DeMarco brand’s super quality and fabrics reflect respect for both the institution and the wearer. 
     
  • Sophia Danner-Okotie (Founder, BESIDA): Besida is a crafts women’s clothing brand made from bold African print textiles and motifs. It is inspired by its West African origins where all its garments are ethically crafted in Benin City, Nigeria. Besida builds passionate connections to the homeland for black and brown women in the West who seek garments that express their cultural background and native roots. The brand’s unique sustainability approach wins over its customers as a brand to look and feel good in. The brands’ multifunctional designs promote sustainability by increasing the possibility of clothing styles and extending the service cycle of its garments. With its “No Waste” initiative, Besida transforms leftover fabric pieces into stylish hair accessories.
     
  • Melissa A. Mitchell (Founder, ABEILLE CREATIONS): Abeille Creations (ABL) is a wearable art & custom design house that offers fashion apparel, athleisure gear, home décor, and fine art. ABL’s ideal audience are those who live life to the fullest and don’t mind standing out in the crowd. The core values are innovation, inclusion, individuality, and inspiration. Every piece that comes from ABL radiates an undeniable light that shifts the brand from just art and apparel to empowerment and (positive) energy transfer.
     
  • Paakow Essandoh (Founder, MIZIZI): MIZIZI, meaning “roots” in Swahili, is the official athleisure brand for the African Diaspora. Founded in 2015, it began as a reminder that taking pride in one’s roots is an integral part of self-actualization and has since transformed into a global movement inspired by various cultures revolving around black heritage. MIZIZI’s sport jersey collections have always been designed with the values: connection, celebration, and representation, in mind. Forever and always, the goal is to #StayRooted.
     
  • Sylvester Ndhlovu (Founder, RUVAAFRICWEAR): RuvaAfricWear is a lifestyle brand that celebrates The Culture through everyday functional clothing. RuvaAfricWear is changing the narrative by rejecting Eurocentric fashion standards and empowering people to wear a brand that celebrates them, and clothes that have an intrinsic value.
     
  • Valerie Blaise (Founder, VAVVOUNE): Vavvoune is a fashion brand focused on bags and leather goods. Inspired by moods, culture, and moments of nostalgia, all our products are designed and produced in New York City. We create passionately made leather accessories while hinting spunk and individuality. We aim to introduce a new tier of luxury, not defined by price points but by experience and intentionality. Our vision is to diversify the market and evolve every season.
     
  • Jelisa Smith (Founder, House Of Fleek): House of Fleek offers ready-to-wear and made-to-order high fashion women’s apparel. that offers bold and trendy one-of-a-kind fashions. One of our proudest accomplishments is our commitment to size inclusivity, offering up to size 3X.

These talented creators and entrepreneurs combine innovative ideas with fresh eyes for design, serving underserved markets and inspiring their fellow creators with their ingenuity. AFROPUNK and Shopify hope that these creators will help demonstrate that business and commerce exist to benefit all people, not just a privileged few.

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