for melanated people and the people who LOVE us

Welcome to the online home of Melanin Rising Apparel! Melanin Rising is a plant-based lifestyle brand that celebrates creatives of the African diaspora, past, present and future through fashion, education and community.

Let's honor the wisdom of the past and create a loving future.

Now is the time to rise.

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About Us

Melanin Rising is a Black artist-founded, plant-based lifestyle brand creating empowering apparel and wellness products for people of the African diaspora and our allies. Our social venture lies on the intersections of art, education, technology and social justice, amplifying the creativity of people of the African diaspora; past, present and future. We honor the role of creativity as a sacred and powerful force for social change.

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I'm not Black, Can I wear this?

Melanin Rising was created for people of the African diaspora and the people who love us.

LOVE is not just a feeling or sentiment, it is an ACTION.

Being an ally means ACTIVELY challenging, disrupting and dismantling systems that may benefit you at the expense of Black people. It's about being willing to do the internal work so you can show up in service of our liberation, which is inextricably bound to yours.

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Contact Us

Melanin Rising's offices are are located on the stolen and occupied ancestral territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.  We stand in solidarity with our cousins of these territories and with all oppressed and colonized peoples of the world as we work toward our collective liberation.

We look forward to hearing from you!  Drop us a line here and don't forget to follow us on social media

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