Harlem’s Fashion Row Announces New Partnership with LVMH North America to Promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Fashion World

NEW YORK, June 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) today announced a new partnership with LVMH North America through which the two organizations will work together for a more diverse, equitable and inclusive fashion industry. This partnership marks a historic commitment by LVMH in support of HFR’s mission to discover, mentor and showcase emerging color talent through high-visibility, multi-platform events and personalized pipeline programs.

LVMH has committed resources to address diversity, equity and inclusion issues across the industry through people, business and brand initiatives and to support the next generation of diverse talent.

HFR and LVMH are on a mission to create impactful change for the Harlem community while opening new doors for the next generation of talented BIPOC designers and connecting emerging Black designers with the globally recognized luxury brands of the LVMH Group of Houses.

Brands in the LVMH portfolio, including Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton will continue to partner with HFR to provide mentorship and activation opportunities throughout the year and beyond. Here are some examples of supported initiatives:

  • The HFR ICON 360 HBCU Summit: The HBCU Summit is a commitment to transform art and fashion programs at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) through North America by providing direct design expertise from industry experts that will advance the next generation of diverse creative talent. In collaboration with HFR and North Carolina A&T State University Art and Fashion Department, Tiffany & Co. will sponsor the Tenacity Talks 10-week lecture series – featuring key industry experts – on topics including jewelry design and innovation.

  • HFR Designers Retreat:
    As the first of many mentorship opportunities to come, this three-day retreat hosted over 75 designers and featured several notable fashion speakers. During the “Industry Stops”, designers were able to visit the North American offices of Louis Vuitton and meet with key leaders, including Lanessa Elrod, President and Area CEO; and Thomas HauptSenior Vice President of US Retail.

  • Black History Month Summit: Prove a forum for conversation with industry leaders, CEO of LVMH North America Anish Melwani and Vice President of D&I Corey Smith joined Brandice Danielfounder and CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row to discuss the current state of diversity in fashion.

“Through this partnership, HFR and LVMH North America look forward to continuing their mission of giving creators of color access to the individuals and organizations that can help them shape their future.” said Brandice Daniel, CEO and Founder of HFR. “We’ve successfully introduced a host of diverse designers to a world-class fashion curriculum comprised of invaluable tools and resources to grow their businesses, and educated Gen Z on how they too can change the course of In conjunction, we’ve created opportunities for young people to engage in high school, meeting the marginalized, especially HBCU students, where they are in their fashion careers.”

“LVMH is committed to having a positive impact on our communities and achieving the path set by Virgil Abloh and others who have helped foster equity and inclusion in the fashion industry by supporting and building a diverse creative talent pool,” said Corey SmithVice President, Diversity & Inclusion, LVMH Inc. “It is essential for LVMH as an organization to continue to develop color talent internally, while ensuring the relevance of our brands and products in a consumer landscape. evolving and diverse. We see this partnership with HFR as a wonderful opportunity to focus on values, culture, business and community at the same time, as these notions are not mutually exclusive, but are interconnected and reinforce each other mutually.”

For more information on Harlem’s Fashion Row, visit https://www.harlemsfashionrow.com/.

For more information about LVMH, go to https://www.lvmh.com/.

About Harlem’s Fashion Row

Founded in 2007 by Brandice Daniel, the organization supports emerging talent and provides a platform for underrepresented black and Latino designers. Harlem’s Fashion Row is the first agency that bridges brands and color designers through product collaborations, experiential marketing events and branding. The objective is to offer real business opportunities that will allow designers to showcase their skills and abilities in an industry often inaccessible to this group. To learn more, please visit www.harlemsfashionrow.com.

About LVMH

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton is represented in Wines and Spirits by a portfolio of brands including Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Ruinart, Mercier, Château d’Yquem, Domaine du Clos des Lambrays, Château Cheval Blanc, Colgin Cellars, Hennessy, Glenmorangie , Ardbeg, Belvedere, Woodinville, Volcan de Mi TierraChandon, Cloudy Bay, Terraces of los Andes, Cheval des Andes, Cap Mentelle, Newton, Bodega Numanthia, Ao Yun, Château d’Esclans and Château Galoupet. Its Fashion and Leather Goods division includes Louis VuittonChristian Dior, Celine, Loewe, Kenzo, Givenchy, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Marc JacobsBerluti, Loro Piana, RIMOWA, Patou. LVMH is present in the Perfumes and Cosmetics sector with Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, Parfums Givenchy, Kenzo Parfums, Parfums Loewe, Benefit Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Parma waterFresh, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty, Francis Kurkdjian House and Officine Universelle Buly. LVMH’s Watches and Jewelry division includes Bulgari, Tiffany & Co., TAG Heuer, Chaumet, Zenith, Fred and Hublot. LVMH is also active in selective distribution as well as in other activities through DFS, Sephora, Le Bon Marché, La Samaritaine, Groupe Les Echos, Cova, The garden of Acclimatization, Royal Van SlowBelmond and Cheval Blanc hotels.


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