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Pyer Moss Couture Show Pays Homage To Black Inventors

Black excellence was on full display this weekend as Kerby Jean-R aymond, the first Black American designer to present at Paris Haute Couture Week , showcased the  Pyer Moss Fall 2021 Couture Collection at the estate of the late Madam C.J. Walker . AfroTech was invited to the Villa Lewaro to witness this historic event and it was nothing short of breathtaking. The ambiance was set from the minute guests arrived. With an all-Black live band decked out in all-white attire, it was as if you walked into a Harlem Renaissance party set in the digital age. However, the most jaw-dropping moment of all was the fashion. Embed from Getty Images   The Pyer Moss Fall Couture Show paid homage to Black inventors in the most ingenious way.  As the show began, models were met with gasps and awe as they walked the runway outfitted in garments resembling peanut butter (George Washington Carver), a traffic light (Garrett Morgan, 1923), a mop (Thomas W. Steward, 1863), a hot comb (Madam C.J. Walker), a...

Jul 12, 2021

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...

Apr 14, 2021

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...

Mar 19, 2020