Earlier today, Harlem’s Fashion Row announced a new partnership with LVMH North America to continue diversity and inclusion efforts within the fashion industry, inspired in part by the legacy of late Virgil Abloh. at the end of last year at age 41. Abloh used to meet with young designers and creatives of color every six weeks for advice and mentorship, and his support of young, emerging black designers was a core part of his creative practice. “LVMH is committed to positively impacting our communities and following the path blazed by Virgil Abloh and others who have helped foster equity and inclusion in the fashion industry by supporting and creating a pool of diverse creative talent,” said Corey Smith, Vice President Diversity & Inclusion at LVMH.
During a panel hosted by Harlem’s Fashion Row Founder Brandice Daniel and LVMH, the two revealed new initiatives the organizations will take to pave the way for emerging young talent of color in the industry, foremost among which is a program three-year mentorship program between Tiffany & Co. and HBCU in the United States, as well as mentorship programs between Louis Vuitton executives and emerging designers from Harlem’s Fashion Row.