MEET THE THE beRESONANT ACCELERATOR CLASS OF 2020
We selected 11 Black creators from over 350 applicants for the inaugural beRESONANT Accelerator class. The program launched in July 2020; within 8 weeks, every single brand was selling product on the beRESONANT store, and on their own sites shortly after. For the duration of the program, the brands pay no fees, margin, or commission on products created or sold via the beRESONANT platform; when the program ends, 100% of the fees they pay will be reinvested in the Accelerator to benefit future classes.
MEET THE THE beRESONANT ACCELERATOR CLASS OF 2020
The designer duo of Bruce and Glen Proctor doubles as ministers at The Rock Churches earning the name, The Fashion Preachers.
The twins' New York fashion adventure began after dropping out of school (not by choice) and interning for Beyonce. After fits and starts, including lengthy careers launching celebrity brands for Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Diddy and a lay-off, the duo relaunched BruceGlen in 2019 with a focus on accessories and followed up with the debut of their sustainable clothing line in 2020 in partnership with beRESONANT.
DEMESTIK /pronounced domestic/ is a sustainable lifestyle brand featuring versatile and effortlessly chic designs. The brand's ethos is to encourage its customer to discover the true feeling of self love and real happiness through clothing that enhances your confidence and welcomes compliments to you from yourself and the world. .
Reuben Reuel /pronounced Roo-buhn Roo-el/ is the designer & creative director behind DEMESTIK. A native of Virginia Beach, VA with an ancestry from West Africa, he journeys through the past, present, and future to fabricate fresh designs.
Through his timeless thinking, he pulls inspiration from his imagination, cultures experienced and places unknown. Reuben Reuel focuses on his vision to create beauty for real life and share it with the world to make it a more beautiful, colorful place.
Founded in Los Angeles in 2017, Izayla is a timeless and versatile contemporary brand catering to women all over the world. Izayla mirrors its founder's, Isha Dunston, personality and style through a classy and edgy, yet cozy, aesthetic. Izayla was created for women who can be both sophisticated and conservative, all while being comfortable. The brand encourages women to be one thing: unique.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, JungleGurl, founded by Natalie Golonka, draws inspiration from surf culture and Hawaiian island vibes. To date, the brand has partnered with innovative brands including collaborations with Fear of God and Reebok. However, at its core, JungleGurl remains focused on creating unique pieces on a made-to-order basis.
When it comes to Golonka's inspiration for creating JungleGurl she had to look no further than family. Her dad, Jungle, is one with the water. Surfing is his art and the beach is his soul. Her mom, came from a more traditional, Norman Rockwell-ian background. JungleGurl is the marriage of island culture to classic Americana with a large dose of that uninhibited free spirit. That’s what Golonka believes makes JungleGurl for everyone.
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Megan Renee is a women's contemporary brand created by Megan Smith in 2016. The Los Angeles based brand came to life after Smith's time as a designer for multiple brands' private label and after she took stock of just how wasteful fast fashion could be.
Smith's first collections were created from deadstock fabric, and, after joining beRESONANT, the brand prided itself on holding little to no inventory.
After appearing on Amazon Prime’s Making the Cut fashion design competition show and receiving praise from celebrities such as Naomi Campbell the brand’s popularity grew overnight. Her designs have been featured in several publications and worn by celebrities such as Issa Rae, Becky G, and Dominique Fishback just to name a few.
Smtih draws her inspiration from her travels and from the strength and beauty of women. The brand’s signature is bold prints in wearable staples and coins itself as the next DVF. Like its creator, 'Megan Renee' embodies strength, confidence, and unapologetic femininity.
MØØN/5UN is a brand of designer clothing created for the fashionable parent that desires stylish and unique apparel for their little humans. Inspired by a child’s imagination and a futuristic world where the universe is in grasp, the label’s non-binary gender approach to fashion allows for creativity, freedom, and play. MØØN/5UN is functional and inspired gear that both little humans enjoy and that their parental units love.
Feminine, flirty, and versatile. These are just a few words that Melissia Hill, Ooshie's founder, would use to describe her brand. Founded in Brooklyn, New York City the brand creates elegant clothing with a resort feel for women of all walks of life to enjoy. Whether on vacation or close to home, the brand's designs aim for comfort and effortless style.
All prints are hand drawn and designed by the designer herself, and one can always expect exotic motifs, vibrant florals and unique color combinations. Ooshie's philosophy is the essence of style and beauty starts with the beholder's attitude; the clothes just enhance what is already there. Hill is an avid believer that "When you feel good, you look good!"
Passionate about life, Hill is focused and dedicated to her vision for Ooshie, which is to invite women to celebrate their femininity, sexuality, and magic.
The intersection of reality and creativity. When energy becomes ideas and ideas become things. Supervsn continually captures the energy of its community at its inception and turns it into streetwear.