Fashion stylists Law Roach and Jason Rembert have founded a non-profit organisation to support black creatives in the fashion and beauty industries.
In response to the Black Lives Matter protests calling for racial equality in recent weeks, fashion industry leaders have been addressing racial discrimination and the lack of representation in their own companies, pledging to do more to be inclusive and diverse.
On Tuesday, Roach, who is best known for his partnership with Zendaya and Celine Dion, Rembert, who works with Lizzo and Issa Rae, and hairstylist Lacy Redway, whose clients include Tessa Thompson, announced the formation of Black Fashion & Beauty Collective (BFB Collective), a non-profit organisation which will represent black creatives in both industries, bringing them together to create a community.
“Our plans have always been to form a community of us, of voices that are very influential in the industry and can really see change happen,” Redway told Footwear News. “We were in the similar position that we are in now, in that we were just really fed up with not having proper representation in so many areas in our industries, and we were all fighting similar fights but fighting them individually.”
Roach has also donated $25,000 (£20,000) to help kickstart the collective’s Black Fashion and Beauty Business Relief Fund, which is partnering with the My Block, My Hood, My City organisation. The founding pledge and other funds raised this year will help support businesses affected by incidents of police brutality and subsequent protests.
“We want to inject capital into businesses whose storefronts may have suffered as a result and help them get back on their feet and get their businesses back up,” said celebrity stylist and BFB Collective president Rachel Johnson.
In addition to their main fundraising goal, the collective will help fashion and beauty brands to make progress with diversity and inclusion.
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