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Harlem’s Fashion Row Announces the Recipients of the Icon 360 x A Common Thread $1 Million Grant

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

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How Harlem’s Fashion Row Founder Brandice Daniel (Finally) Got the Industry’s Attention

Photo credit: Design by Ingrid Frahm
Photo credit: Design by Ingrid Frahm

From Harper’s BAZAAR

Although it was just days before Harlem Fashion Row’s 13th annual fashion show and style awards (held virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic), unfinished hemlines and the latest RSVP count were the furthest thing from founder Brandice Daniel’s mind when she picked up the phone. “Today is my daughter’s first day of kindergarten, and I’m actually sitting outside of her school right now,” she says, adding that she had to fight the urge to abandon work and spy through the classroom window all day. With another 30 minutes until dismissal though, Daniel spoke about the business and community she’s built with the passion and matter-of-factness that’s made her one of the fashion industry’s most respected figures.

Daniel founded Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) in 2007 with the simple-in-theory, but arduous-in-practice goal of supporting designers of color. In May, she doubled down on that

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