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Kerby Jean-Raymond Announces His Departure As Global Creative Director Of Reebok

It looks like Kerby Jean-Raymond’s time at Reebok is soon coming to an end. In October 2020, AfroTech reported that the Pyer Moss founder became the sneaker company’s global creative director. “I am thrilled to be evolving my role at Reebok and joining the leadership team as the head of Creative Direction,” he shared back in 2020, according to Sneaker News. “I welcome this opportunity to help invigorate the brand with new ideas, while also focusing on instilling a sense of social purpose into our work.” Prior to being appointed to the title, him and his company were a major key in bringing forward their ideas to build in collaboration with Reebok. Since his role as the head of creative direction, the fashion designer’s innovation within the space worked to breathe new life into the longtime brand. His creative leadership was behind multiple projects including “Product with Purpose,” which aimed to take the company’s United Against Racism commitments to a higher level. Now,...

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 3, 2022

Pyer Moss Announces Runway Return After Two-Year Hiatus From NYFW

After a two-year runway hiatus, Kerby Jean-Raymond’s Pyer Moss will be making its grand return to New York Fashion Week (NYFW) in September. According to a press release, Pyer Moss Collection 4 will debut on the second weekend of September, just before this year’s American-themed Met Gala. The upcoming show marks the brand’s first major runway appearance since its 2019’s Collection 3 — the third and final installment of the “American” series — which called attention to the erasure of Black narratives in popular culture. Jean-Raymond debuted that final installment in the Kings Theatre in his hometown Flatbush, Brooklyn to a 3,000-person crowd full of industry heads, celebrities, and fans. More details surrounding Pyer Moss’ Collection 4 will be announced in the coming months ahead of the runway show. Although the brand has been absent from NYFW’s limelight for the last two years, the same can hardly be said about Jean-Raymond. The last year has been a big one for him as he was...

Njera Perkins

Apr 14, 2021

Black Designers Win Big As CFDA Fashion Awards’ 'Most Diverse Group' Ever

The CFDA Fashion Awards — often referred to as the “Oscars of fashion” — is one of fashion’s most prestigious award programs, recognizing the best in fashion creativity. This year, the awards have recognized what CNN describes as the “most diverse group” of winners in the event’s 39-year-old existence. If 2020 has taught us nothing else, it’s that there’s room for cultural diversity in the fashion world — starting with Black designers. The 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards recognized several prominent Black fashion designers as winners in their respective categories during its first-ever digital ceremony, including Christopher John Rogers, Telfar Clemens, and Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond who won the coveted American Menswear Designer of the Year award, CNN reports . Black Designers Matter: Christopher John Rogers, Telfar Clemens and Kerby Jean-Raymond Win 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards: — The Root (@TheRoot) September 14, 2020 All winners took to...

Njera Perkins

Sep 15, 2020

9 Black Millennial Entrepreneurs To Watch Out For

A new generation of Black entrepreneurs is on the rise and they’re making major power moves in the business world. From creative spaces to real estate, these Black millennial business-owners are forces to be reckoned with. As they all work to increase diversity and inclusion in business sectors, Black millennial entrepreneurs are carving their own lanes to take over the industry and enhance the community. Check out the list below to see what Black entrepreneurs you need to be on the lookout for. DonYé Taylor Photo Credit: Donye Taylor/ Instagram Meet Donye Taylor, one-half of the masterminds behind The Digital Footprint, a Black-owned millennial-led agency that produces innovative content, design, and social campaigns. Taylor is a young entrepreneur with a background based in marketing, strategy, branding, and consumer psychology. Since founding her company with her business partner, Raymond Smith , Taylor has set out to help businesses increase their visibility among young...

Njera Perkins

May 1, 2020

Pyer Moss Founder Kerby Jean-Raymond Donates $50K to Minority and Women-Led Small Businesses

Designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss has pledged to combat the damage that the coronavirus pandemic is currently inflicting on his community. Via an Instagram announcemen t on his personal page, the founder detailed Your Friends In New York, an initiative to help alleviate financial and supply issues for independent businesses and medical professionals. For minority and women-owned small creative businesses, the New York-based designer promises to set aside $50,000.   View this post on Instagram   Imperfect Solutions — Part 2 A post shared by Kerby Jean-Raymond (@kerbito) on Mar 18, 2020 at 8:23am PDT In addition to helping cover payrolls and business costs, Jean-Raymond decided to convert his Pyer Moss office in NYC into a donation center. There, he requests drop-offs of basic medical supplies. “I’ve been getting an influx of messages from medical professionals on the front lines, who have been treating this pandemic, about their shortage of basic supplies,” he wrote. “Many of...

Niki McGloster

Mar 19, 2020