FUNDING BLACK DESIGNERS & HBCUS
SINCE LAUNCHING IN 2020, ICON360 HAS GRANTED OVER $2 MILLION TO BLACK DESIGNERS AND HBCUS. AS THE NON-PROFIT ARM OF HARLEM’S FASHION ROW (HFR), OUR GOAL IS TO ERADICATE THE INEQUITIES CHALLENGING BLACK DESIGNERS AND HBCU FASHION DEPARTMENTS BY PROVIDING FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
EQUITY BELONGS IN OUR SOCIAL FABRIC.
ICON360 IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF ADDRESSING THE INEQUITIES THAT IMPACT HBCU FASHION PROGRAMS AND BLACK DESIGNERS.
SOCIAL EQUITY IS ACHIEVED THROUGH ECONOMIC AND EDUCATIONAL EMPOWERMENT.
MAKING AN IMPACT
Royal Icon Award
At Harlem’s Fashion Row’s 14th Annual Fashion Show and Style Awards, ICON360 and Crown Royal Apple partnered to produce the Royal Icon Award, an initiative created to invest in crisp and creative emerging talent.
Four talented designers showcased their newest collection on the runway and were awarded for their outstanding efforts to influence the culture of fashion!
Closing the Gap 2021-2022
ICON360 and Gap Inc. partnered to 'Bridge the Gap' between HBCU funding and the next generation of fashion leaders. The inaugural program was launched in 2021 to provide financial awards to deserving HBCUs that encourage black students to thrive in the world of fashion.
In 2020, various fashion and beauty brands became more vocal about supporting designers of color. One of the greatest lessons learned is that collective engagement promotes positive change. Harlem's Fashion Row is grateful to be part of the movement that has been pushing the needle forward.
A Common Thread
In the spring of 2020, Vogue and CFDA’s ‘A Common Thread’ donated $1 million to ICON360 in an effort to support black designers amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thank you CFDA and Vogue!
Gap Inc. and Harlem’s Fashion Row have returned for the second edition of their annual “Closing the Gap” initiative, awarding more than $500,000 USD to fashion programs at nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Following the tremendous response to their inaugural Closing the Gap initiative, Gap Inc. and Harlem’s Fashion Row are again backing the success of fashion programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with more than $500,000 in awards.
The fashion conglomerate and the New York-based firm have brought back its “Closing the Gap” initiative to help boost fashion programs at nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country with more than $500,000 in donations.
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