DETROIT (WXYZ) – Talent, creativity and passion for fashion design are leading five Detroit teens on their first of what will surely be many trips to New York.
It’s part of a collaboration between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan and Maison Black, an online retailer exclusively featuring fashion from Black designers.
Through Maison Black founder Tory Nickell, the teen, all-black young men who are in the fashion industry club of BGCSM have been paired with New York-based designers to guide them in developing a finished look that will debut at Louis Vuitton next month. will be presented in Moet Hennessy Tower during New York Fashion Week.
Featured are young rising stars Carlos Pearson, Armaan, Trent Garçon, Shawn Woodward and Langston Howard.
Teen girls are also part of the fashion industry club, but for this special mentorship event, Nickell explained why the focus is on young black male designers.
Nickell said, “We want to create these safe spaces for our young black men, without regret, and then disrupt the market with our ingenuity and creativity.”
With the help of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, the young men are raising money for their upcoming trip to New York to help with everything from transportation and housing to their presentation and opportunities to explore a city that’s unique to the city. is in the center. fashion industry.
If you want to contribute, you can do so A GoFundMe page has been set up for him,
Veteran fashion designer Omar Germain is one of the consultants involved in the project.
“I see a lot of creativity,” Jermaine said. “One of the things that stood out to me and a few other mentors was the ability of these young people to really keep their finger right on the pulse of what’s happening and what’s happening in fashion.”
Sean H. Wilson, President and CEO of BGCSM, said, “These individuals can not only lead the way with their technical knowledge of the fashion industry, but also give youth the tools to navigate the race-based barriers that entrepreneurs of color face. come with being. ,
Due to tight security on designs presented during New York Fashion Week, looks created by young designers cannot be shown publicly until they are formally revealed during Fashion Week.