Today marks the beginning of the second bi-annual New York Fashion Week: Men’s. It’s also coincidentally the beginning of Black History Month. As the industry pushes for more diversity (in all aspects) we take a look at three brands showing this week with black designers at the helm.
A heavyweight in the industry, Public School is run by Maxwell Osbourne and his business partner Dao-Yi Chow. The designers are known for their streetwise, update on elevated basics but has been rapidly expanding their territory. Most recently they’ve collaborated with Jordan and Tumi but are also the creative directors at DKNY.
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Via Twitter, the brand announced some sort of giveaway for their fashion show. For New York fashion bombers, head to the Whitney Museum today at 5PM to vy for your chance to be one of 50 let in to their show. The brand will present their Fall 2016 line at 11AM Tuesday.
— Public School (@PublicSchoolNYC) February 1, 2016
Engineered For Motion Donrad Duncan is fresh off a Fashion Group International win. Just last week the designer took home the Rising Star Award for menswear from the organization for his luxury sportswear made from high performance fabric. The designer’s range sits in a new space, providing an upmarket take on the “athleisure” trend. Duncan calls it Advanced Luxury.
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Son of BET founders Shelia and Bob Johnson, Brett has a reputation to live up to. Started from a shoe collection of 600 pairs, the creative has launched his own namesake line of contemporary clothes designed for “fashion-savvy guys.” The 26 year old counts designers like Brunello Cucinelli and Oswald Boateng as his role models and has already done trunk shows in Neiman Marcus.
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Brett Johnson will present his Fall 2016 range on Tuesday at 6:30PM.