Fabric vanguards, shearing authorities and leaders of their design class. We hear about shortages of Black designers in the fashion industry and while eerily true, there are 12 design beacons whose lights are nowhere near dim.

All across the globe emerging designers are sewing, producing and promoting their designs for a generation that commands individuality and authenticity. We applaud them and do our due diligence in providing support. Here, EBONY.com looks at a few rising stars – some whose beautiful faces are familiar, others who you’ll gladly welcome in to your style Rolodex. —Nicole Miles