Retailers Pledged Action on Diversity. Delivery Is Proving More Elusive. | News & Analysis

Black History Month has seen fashion and beauty retailers announce everything from anti-bias training for store associates to executive mentorship programmes and shop-in-shops dedicated to Black-owned brands.

The flurry of initiatives could be seen as a belated response to the pressure from campaigns that urged the industry to address systemic racism in the United States in the wake of George Floyd’s death last summer. But, more than eight months since those first protests, it remains to be seen whether the Black Lives Matter movement will permanently change fashion.

Though plenty of major brands and retailers have vowed to improve their record on diversity or support Black-owned brands, many of these efforts are still in the planning stages. Real change will come through well-funded, multi-year initiatives with dedicated leaders, said Brandice Daniel, founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row, an organisation that supports underrepresented designers.

“I think the real question will be

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Fashion Insiders Strive for Change With Action, Not Words

In sharing their views about “Culture, Style and Politics” on Wednesday afternoon, four fashion insiders didn’t just discuss the systemic change that is needed for social justice and racial equality, but also how individuals and corporations can work toward that.

Led by Vogue’s Chioma Nnadi, the virtual talk was part of IMG’s NYFW: BTS series and it featured designer Victor Glemaud, IMG model Precious Lee and curator Kimberly Drew.

Glemaud spoke of the discrimination and mistreatment he has faced in the fashion industry since starting his career at the age of 19 as an intern for Patrick Robinson. The designer helped and protected Glemaud, and also offered him guidance about whether he should accept certain jobs and salary packages. “Perhaps I haven’t been thrown into the ocean as a lot of people have. But nevertheless the difficulty of being one of the only ones at a show in Europe

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