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DIOP is a Detroit-based, Black-owned apparel company that makes products rooted in and celebrating the Black Diaspora. It welcomes people of all kinds, races, and origins to wear its product and celebrate with them.

From DIOP:

Not only are our products rooted in the West African experience that defines us- and made from fabric that traces its origin to Indonesia- they are also rooted in our unique and complex experiences as first and second generation Americans. Not only are our products rooted in the West African experience that defines us- and made from fabric that traces its origin to Indonesia- they are also rooted in our unique and complex experiences as first and second generation Americans.

Do you have to share that heritage or experience to wear DIOP?

No. And that would miss the point.

DIOP is about inclusion. We design apparel for anyone who believes fitting out is better than fitting in. That means making it accessible to everyone who appreciate our perspective. Which is why we hope that whatever your story may be, when you wear DIOP, you wear that story on your sleeve and learn more about ours, as well as those of the people you meet every day. 

Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA, USA with his wife, son, and cat.