It’s no secret that the fashion industry is due for a major shift. From sustainability concerns to the chaotic fashion month calendar, it’s time for a lot of change. But the most important shift needs to be addressing the racial injustice that has been occurring within the fashion industry for way too long.
As the Black Lives Matter movement came to a head this summer, some of the fashion industry’s top leaders took a stand to make necessary changes in the sector. Designer Aurora James created the 15 Percent Pledge to hold retailers accountable to dedicating 15 percent of shelf space to Black-owned businesses. In addition, former Harper’s Bazaar director Chrissy Rutherford is partnering with BET’s style director Danielle Prescod to create a consulting agency aiming to help brand’s become more inclusive.
Along with those initiatives, Lindsay Peoples Wagner, editor in chief of Teen Vogue, and public relations powerhouse Sandrine Charles have teamed up to create The Black In Fashion Council. The goal of the council is to increase the number of Black employees in both executive and junior-level position across the industry. The BIFC is working to establish an equality index score “that will provide benchmarking around corporate policies and practices,” Vogue explains. Additionally, the BIFC “will produce a yearly public report to track the work that companies who’ve signed a three-year commitment pledge are doing to foster representation of Black employees at all levels.”
Since launching in August, over 70 of the industries top brands such as Calvin Klein, Gap and Tiffany & Co. have signed on. The board includes a group of editors, models, stylists, media executives, assistants, freelance creatives and industry stakeholders all hoping to build a new foundation for inclusivity.
“For this change to occur, non-Black brands, publications, and people of influence have to carefully examine the roles they’ve played in either helping or hurting Black people who work in these spaces,” a press release read.
Check out the full list of The Black In Fashion Council partners below:
Abercrombie & Fitch Co
Beats by Dre
Capri Holdings (Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors and Versace)
Cartier North America
Heroes Model Management
Hunt & Gather
Janie & Jack
Rue Gilt Groupe
Saks Fifth Avenue
Staple & Hue
Tiffany & Co.
The Wall Group
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