In June, Vogue and the CFDA announced that they were awarding a $1 million grant to Harlem’s Fashion Row’s Icon 360 fund. The support was provided by A Common Thread, which launched earlier this year in response to fashion businesses crumbling during the pandemic. Harlem’s Fashion Row founder Brandice Daniel began the Icon 360 fund in May to help provide visibility and financial support to BIPOC-owned designers who are often overlooked by the industry and were struggling financially through the pandemic. Over the years, Daniels and her team have worked tirelessly not only for their organization to be recognized by fashion leaders around the country and the world but also to shine a light on the vast talent and creativity of the BIPOC community.
Today, Daniels, Vogue, and the CFDA’s A Common Thread initiative are revealing the 27 recipients of the $1 million grant. The money will be split into four tiers, and the winners include Fe Noel, Kimberly Goldson, Kenneth Nicholson, Sergio Hudson, and Abrima Erwiah of Studio 189. Other designers include Kristian Lopez of Kristian Loren, Rodney Patterson of Esenshel, Carlton Jones, and Ashley Cimone of Ashya. The recipients were chosen by members of the Icon 360 x A Common Thread board, made up of industry leaders like CaSandra Diggs, president of the CFDA, and Vogue.com editor Chioma Nnadi. As Daniels explains, “It’s been a dream to provide financial awards to designers of color.” She adds, “I’m so grateful for the commitment of the CFDA and Vogue with this generous donation to Icon 360.”