As we continue to educate ourselves, listen, and find ways to support Black Lives Matter, I cannot help but reflect on the wonderful and diverse team from my New York fashion house.
Black Lives Matter has brought to the forefront just that – Black Lives Matter, and it is long overdue that we pay attention and understand.
These recent events have made us stop and think about what real inclusivity should look like.
Many years ago when I started my career in New York, the fashion industry was a lot smaller than I thought.
I am referring to the embroidery houses, production facilities, tailors, make-up artists, and hairstylists, the list is endless.
It was a community.
And importantly, it was diverse in the cultures of those who owned and operated these businesses.
What we never spoke about was the challenges that were faced to be successful in one of the world’s most influential fashion meccas.
Black Lives Matter has reminded us all of the challenges faced past and present and the importance of inclusivity in every industry, including fashion.
Anna Wintour, one of fashion’s most influential people has acknowledged the mistakes and intolerance at Vogue, a noteworthy first step to addressing diversity and inclusivity overall in fashion.
This is a global issue and one that needs to change.
Our diversity is how we express our personal brand in different and contrasting ways and it is what makes us interesting and beautiful but it must be inclusive
Learning more and educating ourselves elevates who we are, but really listening allows us to grow on many levels and be better.
Let’s keep moving and improving!