Macy’s collabs with 5 Black designers for ‘Icons of Style’

When you walk out the door, make sure your outfit is always iconic.

Macy’s Icons of Style is here to help with that, with five Black designers you need to know about in 2021 and beyond. The collaboration between the department store and these fashion designers debuted March 29 on Macy’s site and in-person at select stores nationwide.

With clothing spanning ready-to-wear, men’s, and shoes, the esteemed designers include by Misa Hylton, Aminah Abdul Jillil and Allen Onyia designing for I.N.C, International Concepts, Zerina Akers for Bar III and Ouigi Theodore for Sun + Stone.

These brands are only found at Macy’s, and so are the exclusive spring designs. The special collaboration landing page with all the designers will be live until May 21 and the collection itself available to shop until it sells out but we highly recommend shopping now, as styles are sure to go fast.

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Black artists’ impact on fashion

Black History Month is often a time when we hear of the Black writers, the activists and the firsts who excelled, the ones who beat the odds and changed America. Rarely do we hear about the Black Americans who impacted fashion and beauty in such a manner. Fashion is a part of our everyday lives, and it’s time to look at Black fashion icons who changed the fashion landscape as we know it. 

A plethora of beautiful Black art and creativity can always be found in the jazzy neighborhood of Harlem in New York City. Native to Harlem is fashion icon Daniel Day, known as Dapper Dan. With his self-taught knowledge of textiles, Dap used bootleg luxury prints from brands like Louis Vuitton and Fendi to create jackets, bags and entire outfits with his own designs. He sold these superb garments at Dapper Dan’s Boutique on 125th street in Harlem. 

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Savannah woman looks to open coffee shop for Black creators

Wearing pearls and “chucks” in support of fellow Howard University grad and Vice President Kamala Harris, Ashley “Elbi” Elm walked past the potential location of The Culturitst Union coffee shop geared towards Black creators and entrepreneurs.

Slated to open tentatively this summer, and hopefully on the corner of 35th and Bull Street, Elm smiled from ear to ear while construction workers worked in the background cutting pieces of wood.

“Savannah is ripe and ready for this,” Elm said.

THE CULTURIST UNION

Exclusive to people of color, The Culturist Union (TCU) is a hub for creative empowerment for Black entrepreneurs and creators that was created by Elm in 2018, and licensed in 2019.

Elm’s idea for a Black coffee shop centered around Black entrepreneurs and creators began after she saw a need for a space.

“It was birthed out of the problem here in Savannah, that creators who are

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Career Advice From the Current Generation of Black Fashion Industry Talent, to the Next

You can’t be what you can’t see, as they say. And that idiom, cliché as it might sound, has been one of the many reasons the fashion industry has remained so homogenous. (See also: its historical reliance on unpaid interns, nepotism, complacency…) Black representation may have improved on some runways and ad campaigns, but there is still more important work to be done to improve diversity behind the scenes.

Some of the successful Black fashion editors, designers, influencers and entrepreneurs featured below didn’t see a lot of people who looked like them when they were coming up in the industry, but in the interest of changing that experience for the next generation, they’ve each shared their best piece of career advice for those aspiring to work or just starting out in fashion. Read on.

Tiffany Reid, Vice President of Fashion at Bustle Digital Group

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