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These 6 Black Footwear and Fashion Leadership Coalitions Reshaped the Industry in 2020 — And Beyond

Fashion forces united this year to form groups dedicated to advancing equality in the industry and beyond. Below are six organizations with a focus on changing the landscape for the better. (The below list is in alphabetical order.)

BLACK FASHION & BEAUTY COLLECTIVE

Jason Rembert, Lacy Redway, Kesha McLeod and more than 30 other Black fashion and beauty creatives came together for the Black Fashion & Beauty Collective (BFB Collective). The not-for-profit organization is the first of its kind to represent Black creatives in both the fashion and beauty industries, bringing together fashion and hair stylists and makeup artists for the goal of influencing forward progress in those industries and in the Black community.

BLACK IN FASHION COUNCIL

As nationwide unrest surrounding racial injustice took center stage, two fashion industry thought leaders — communications consultant Sandrine Charles and Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner — demanded companies within the space do better by Black professionals. To ensure progress is made, they created the Black in Fashion Council in June, aimed at holding businesses accountable. Rather than call out the companies that may be underperforming, the goal is to encourage stepping up to deliver long-term change for the better.

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Lindsay Wagner-Peoples
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Sandrine Charles
Sandrine Charles
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HARLEM’S FASHION ROW

While many groups formed this year amid renewed urgency around racial injustice, Harlem’s Fashion Row has been on the scene since 2007. CEO Brandice Daniel has been a key advocate for designers of color and has inked partnerships with a number of major brands, including Nike, Google and Target.

IN THE BLK

Led by founding member Victor Glemaud, the global collective for Black creatives launched at the conclusion of Paris Fashion Week, with involvement from designers Virgil Abloh, Fe Noel and Stella Jean, as well as executives such as Lagos Fashion Week founder Omoyemi Akerele. To debut the 501(c) organization, the group released a five-part film series (in partnership with Equator Productions) of short “Film Noirs,” all of which are bursting with vignettes of Black fashion, beauty, artistry and craftsmanship — both in front of and behind the cameras.

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Designer Victor Glemaud.
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RAISEFASHION

Influential female forces united to launch RAISEfashion, a collective of seasoned industry leaders whose aim is to offer their expertise to emerging Black talent and help them overcome the challenges they face. (RAISE stands for Respect, Advocate, Inspire, Support, Empower.) The board of directors includes Carly Cushnie, Elizabeth von der Goltz, Roopal Patel, Nayla Touma and others.

RUNNING INDUSTRY DIVERSITY COALITION

With the heat around running at an all-time high, Hoka One One, Brooks and several industry leaders teamed up to launch the group, a collective of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) from running brands and retailers. The co-chairs — who have considerable clout in the sport — are Harlem Run founder Alison Désir and Chris Lampen-Crowell of retailer Gazelle Sports.

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