Retailers shine a spotlight on Black-owned beauty brands

NEW YORK (AP) — When Rose Ingleton launched her own namesake skincare line two years ago, she couldn’t break into the big chains and was forced to use her own funds and get financial help from family and friends.

But things changed after the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests last year. Ingleton, a Manhattan-based Black dermatologist with more than 20 years of experience, reconnected with beauty chain Sephora and now her products can be found on the retailer’s website as well as at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

“There was this sudden awareness,” Ingleton said. “I am now at the top food chain. I’m now getting ready to approach deeper pocket investors.”

As corporations continue to face a racial reckoning, the beauty industry is trying to address the criticism that it centers too many of its products around whiteness by pushing more items onto store shelves that better represent

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How Fashion and Beauty Brands Are Giving Back for Pride Month 2021

Each year, fashion and beauty brands celebrate Pride Month by rolling out their Pride-themed collections. This year, however, more brands are taking their Pride Month initiatives beyond the rainbow merchandise and making greater efforts to support the LGBTQ community.

Many companies are looking inward for the 2021 Pride Month, focusing on further educating their employees and creating safer and more inclusive spaces for the LGBTQ community. PVH Corp., the parent company behind Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, for one, is expanding its initiatives to offer year-round education and awareness of the LGBTQ community for its employees. The company will also be sponsoring six Pride events throughout the year and is supporting the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Historically Black College and Universities program.

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Other brands are making their Pride-themed offerings and donations a year-round initiative, including Happy Socks, which is donating 10 percent of sales from its

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15 AAPI-owned style brands to support

It’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and one way to give back during this celebratory time, is by supporting businesses owned by cultures that make up the Asian community.

Following many anti-Asian attacks that have taken place this year, now is an optimal opportunity to stand in solidarity and show support.

In March, fashion and beauty industry leaders were among other notables who began using their platforms to spread awareness and speak out again anti-Asian racism.

The following month, SAG Award nominee Jamie Chung wore a statement-making Edie Parker purse that read “Stop Asian Hate.”

Fashion and beauty industries alike rely heavily on influences, production and creativity stemmed from Asian cultures as evidenced by everything from the huge K-beauty trends to unique designs that commonly appear on some of the most coveted runways.

Get familiar with a variety of AAPI-owned fashion and beauty brands:

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What is avant-basic? Brands like Lisa Says Gah popularize funky patterns

Have you started to notice the same funky patterns all over Instagram and TikTok? Bright colors and bold fabrics have been featured all over the place so often, they’re hardly unique anymore.

Back in December, writer Emma Hope Allwood sagely named this style “avant-basic.”

“It’s algorithm fashion…. quirkiness in the age of mechanical reproduction… vintage without the effort… if summer from 500 days of summer was an insta gal with a mullet,” she said.

“Avant,” of course, comes from the term “avant-garde,” which denotes unusual or experimental ideas, like the funky patterns rampant within this trend cycle. Basic means seemingly the opposite — it’s something unoriginal or mainstream. Pairing these words together in one term describes an unorthodox style that’s been adopted by so many people, it’s no longer radical.

“Avant-garde patterns are paired with not-so-avant-garde styling. The clothes are different, but so many people wear them, and

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