Superior and stylish exercise apparel brings out the inner champion for any fitness enthusiast. Not to mention, there’s nothing like original designs and cultural prints that make you stand out from a crowd donning the same pair of navy leggings. Not available in big-name stores, these black-owned fitness brands have made a name for themselves by providing seasonal looks that accompany a poignant message.
Whether that be inclusivity size-wise or prints native to their roots, adding these pieces to your closet is a great way to support artists of color while turning heads at the same time. Scroll on to discover some of the best up-and-coming labels catering to diverse audiences and snag something for your next hiking trip to bike ride before sizes sell out.
An African-inspired athleisure brand, Sankofa Athletics make all their products in the United States and feature both men’s and women’s styles.
Drawing her inspiration from the late Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles-based fashion designer Joyy Byrd works as a newborn care specialist during the day and makes all her designs by hand in her spare time. A sports enthusiast to her core, she embodies the “Mamba Mentality” in all aspects of her career. Although styles are currently sold out, pre-orders are set to begin June 8 and and on June 19, Beach Hours will be releasing new styles in addition to the ones already featured on her site.
Ranging in sizes from small to 3XL, Lukafit athletic apparel caters to women of all shapes and sizes.
Founded by one of the most popular faces in fitness Simeon Panda, Jst Lft makes workout gear for men and women. They can also be of service if you’re on the hunt for weightlifting accessories and nutrition supplements.
While most of their current collection is out of stock, you can pre-order these shorts from Kemetic Knowledge to wear on your next bike ride.
Based in our nation’s capital, find African Kente prints on Glamourina’s leggings, sports bras and tops. The mission behind their brand is simple: to rewrite the health and fitness narrative to include women who look like them.
Yogis, this brand is for you. With images of black yogis plastered across their pieces, your passion for meditation will be fully on display whether you’re in the studio or not.
Dionna Dorsey, a Washington, D.C.-based businesswoman, launched District of Clothing in 2014. The simplistic pieces are meant to encourage progression, inspire action and promote self love.