Dapper Dan recently had a lot to say in regard to Black Twitter.
Oct 14, 2022
At only 17-years-old, Marsai Martin has already accomplished so much. As previously reported by AfroTech, she made history after launching her production company Genius Productions — making her the youngest Black executive producer ever. In addition to leading her company, she’s also the head boss over at Mari By Marsai — her nail line. Even with all of the endeavors on her plate, Martin is committed to supporting others as the Gen Z role model is uplifting fellow teens, according to PEOPLE.
Jul 13, 2022
Rising talent will be supported in the fight toward a more equitable and inclusive fashion industry in light of a new partnership between Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) and LVMH North America.
Jun 17, 2022
Lil Durk is ushering in a new era. And, this time, it’s in the metaverse. According to a press release, the buzzing rapper is releasing digital wearables through his company NXTG3NZ, founded alongside Satoshi Designs and Nexus. Lil Durk already made his first splash debuting his “7220” NXTG3NZ NFT digital sneaker via Instagram on March 2, 2022. View this post on Instagram A post shared by DURKIOOO (@lildurk) The drop will be one of many for the rapper, who is looking to integrate more fashion in the Non-Fungible Token (NFT) space. “I paid attention to the NFT market, and I didn’t see much fashion. I saw art. Being into fashion and being known for my style, I felt like the fashion part of NFTs was missing, and being one of the first to fuse them together would be perfect,” he said, according to Forbes.
Mar 23, 2022
Salvatore Ferragamo is entering a new fashion era with its latest appointment. On March 14, the luxury brand onboarded Maximilian Davis as its new creative director, according to Robb Report. After initially being in the running for LVMH’s Prize for Young Designers to competitively showcase his talent, the British designer has signed on to an exclusive opportunity instead. “I am delighted to welcome Maximilian at the house of Ferragamo,” Ferragamo CEO Marco Gobbetti shared in a statement, according to Robb Report. “Through his lens of contemporary sensibility, he will write a new, exciting chapter for this house built on a heritage of creativity, craftsmanship, sophistication and outstanding human values.” The British designer, who has worked with the likes of Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, and Dua Lipa is set to bring his innovative ideas forward to pivot the longtime company to a more modern feel for today’s fashion world. View this post on Instagram A post shared by MAXIMILIAN...
Mar 15, 2022
Notable streetwear designer Don C. has inked a new deal. The National Basketball Association (NBA) reports Don C. will become the Creative Strategy and Design Advisor of the Chicago Bulls. Boasting a new title, Don C. and the team will spearhead projects and initiatives such as immersive experiences, fan engagement, digital content, retail products, youth programming, community outreach, and more. “Don is a true leader in the creative industry, a native Chicagoan who operates at the intersection of sports, culture and innovation,” said Susan Goodenow, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Chicago Bulls, according to the NBA. “His unique skillset, interests and creativity have established him as a culture setter across the worlds of fashion, sports, and music. The Bulls have been very intentional about building relationships across the Chicago creative community, and through our work with Don we will look to take these efforts to the next level. We look...
Feb 17, 2022
On Jan. 18, 2022, André Leon Talley passed away from a heart attack due to COVID-19 complications. The seminal, groundbreaking Vogue editor was only 73-years-old when he passed away in White Plains, NY, according to The Cut. Talley was no stranger to controversy, and made headlines when he detailed how his relationship with Vogue capo Anna Wintour became fractured in his recent memoir, “The Chiffon Diaries.” Perhaps that’s why the magazine was the last to report on his passing — a fact which did not go unnoticed by critics. This is what Vogue thought was appropriate to tweet 30 mins after the death of beloved fashion legend and former Vogue Creative Director and Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley was announced to have passed. Quelle coincidence. Interestingly tasteless as per usual. pic.twitter.com/OSvAYUzSxd — Beguiling Bini Baddie (@Aizehinomo) January 19, 2022 https://twitter.com/rgay/status/1483716464821428230?s=20 …let @voguemagazine ’s continued silence on the death of its...
Jan 19, 2022
Abraxas Higgins is a sensation making a splash in the fashion, lifestyle, and social audio space, but his journey into the creative realm was not overnight. Before becoming a successful content creator, he worked for seven years in the financial sector at the largest global asset management company, BlackRock. Abraxas Higgins managed to climb toward the top starting as an intern and landing a role as a strategist on Wall Street. Arguably, Abraxas Higgins was at the peak of his game but discontent loomed in the back of his mind because he knew there was far more he wanted to pursue. Higgins believed it was time to make a shift to pursue his lifelong passions. Taking a leap of faith, he quit his well-compensated position and moved to Los Angeles to work as a digital strategist for rapper David Sabastian. In this transition, Abraxas Higgins found his footing and the confidence to branch out into the creative industry. As he branched out, he became a spectator of fashion and indulged in...
Jan 17, 2022
To play the part, you must look the part — and Morehouse College receiving the ultimate gift from Huntsman Savile Row is proof of that. The New York and London-based elite fashion house has given the historically Black college $100,000 to establish The Huntsman Savile Row Scholarship. “We are delighted to partner with Morehouse College on the new Huntsman Scholarship, and applaud the talented young recipients,” said Pierre Lagrange, owner of Huntsman, in a press release shared with AfroTech. “A well-tailored suit is about more than just a garment – it’s about empowerment, confidence, individuality, and what you feel capable of while wearing it. We hope to impart these notions to the Morehouse Men who are the future of tomorrow.”
Dec 21, 2021
Virgil Abloh’s impact is still making waves through technology and fashion. Since the announcement of his passing, it was also revealed that Abloh worked alongside Mercedes-Benz Chief Design Officer Gordon Wagener for Project Maybach. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mercedes-Benz (@mercedesbenz)
Dec 14, 2021
It’s an undeniable fact that Black designers are trendsetters and Autumn Adeigbo is a part of their domination in the fashion industry. Adeigbo recently raised nearly $3 million in a funding round led by venture capital firm Offline Ventures, WWD reports. Prior to this recent funding, the fashion designer earned a $1.3 million investment in July 2020. While known for her “eye-catching dresses in bright colors and headbands,” Adeigbo’s collections are blazing in the fashion world and her celebrity clientele is steadily growing. Actresses Gabrielle Union and Kerry Washington and poet Amanda Gorman have rocked her designs. “More than just creating chic, colorful clothing, Autumn is creating a movement tied to sustainability, design and culture,” said Offline Ventures general partner Brit Morin. “Never before has the world seen a multibillion-dollar fashion label from a young Black woman, but we believe that Autumn Adeigbo has the x-factor to be the first. Investing in a fashion brand...
Sep 28, 2021
Frank Ocean is, officially, in the jewelry business. In a press release announcement, it was revealed that the former member of Odd Future has launched Homer, which is being touted as an “independent American luxury company” by its official press release. Homer Catalog / Courtesy of Homer And the first capsule is quite extensive, with pieces including diamond-encrusted bracelets, cartoon-colored enamel pendants, patterned silk scarves, and gold rings sculpted into the word “OK.” Homer Catalog / Courtesy of Homer “The first Homer collection comprises fine and high jewelry pieces, plus printed silk scarves. The pieces are handcrafted using 18K gold, recycled sterling silver, hand-painted enamel, and American lab-grown diamonds,” reads the press release, which adds that the products are designed by the Homer team in New York City before sending the designs off to Italy for manufacture. Homer Catalog / Courtesy of Homer According to the Homer team, the inspiration for the designs comes...
Aug 6, 2021
Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) is giving Virgil Abloh’s Off-White™ brand the ultimate co-sign to forge one of the most powerful partnerships in the fashion world. According to a press release, LVMH has announced that the conglomerate has acquired a majority stake of 60 percent in Off-White™ — Abloh’s popular luxury streetwear brand he founded in 2013. Together, the two will expand new and existing brands beyond the fashion umbrella. The acquisition deal has the potential to make Abloh the most powerful Black executive at the world’s most powerful luxury goods group. The New York Times reports that Abloh’s new leadership role will include working across various categories such as wine and spirits — Krug, Dom Pérignon and Hennessy, among 30 brands); hospitality (over 50 hotels); smashing silos and bringing in more diverse voices to a variety of brands. “I’m getting a seat at the table,” Abloh told the outlet in a Zoom interview. “The idea is to develop a trajectory I wish I had...
Jul 20, 2021
Thrilling, a Black- & Asian-owned secondhand marketplace, has announced that they’ve raised $8.5 million in a recent Series A funding round. The Series A funding round closed in April 2021 and was led by Prelude Ventures and joined by Defy, Congruent Ventures, Urban Us, Closed Loop, Phoenix Rising, and DLA Piper Venture. The funds raised will be used to bring on key team members and further develop Thrilling’s core technology, which offers innovative tools to support small business owners and a personalized, uniquely enjoyable shopping experience. The online marketplace, which is the latest company to join the growing trend of upcycling fashion, has a number of celebrity fans, including iconic costume designer Mona May and Zerina Akers, Beyoncé’s stylist and the owner/ CEO of Black-Owned Everything. Thrilling has also partnered with Banana Republic to offer a limited-edition capsule that’s inclusive of vintage pieces as part of the brand’s BETTER REPUBLIC sustainability efforts. The...
May 5, 2021
Congolese designer Anifa Mvuemba staged one of the most groundbreaking runway shows last Spring. Picture it: curve-hugging dresses, waist-cinching tops, and floor-sweeping pants sashaying down an invisible catwalk — but make it 3D. Mvuemba’s futuristic and captivating showcase of the Pink Label Congo collection for her Hanifa brand aired on Instagram and put her on the fashion industry’s radar. Since, Mvuemba’s stunning, sophisticated designs have been worn by stars like Zendaya and Beyoncé, and on fashion magazine covers, including InStyle. Though she hasn’t quite caught up with all the attention she’s received from her first big moment in the fashion spotlight, she’s vigorously working to outdo herself. “There are still so many things lingering from last year,” she says. “My team and I are just starting to breathe again. I’m always challenging myself to elevate my brand and to be a step ahead.” AfroTech caught up with Mvuemba to discuss tech in fashion, advice for emerging...
Mar 31, 2021