We’re proud to call the Council of Fashion Designers of America, or CFDA, an ApparelMagic partner. Like our clients, who have stepped up for the Black Lives Matter movement, the CFDA has announced initiatives to address the racial inequities in the fashion industry.
The statement, penned by Tom Ford and Steven Kolb, asked their members to take a hard look at what effect their businesses are making on Black workers and brands.
Using their powerful platform within the industry, both in the United States and around the world, the CFDA pledged to empower Black designers and fashion professionals with new workforce programs.
Identifying the workplace as an area of the industry that needs rectifying, the CFDA will create an employment program to pair Black talent with companies.
The CFDA also plans to add a mentorship and internship program for Black students and recent graduates, introducing them to their impressive membership base.
ApparelMagic has also announced its own plan to help provide better opportunities to marginalized communities. This includes a grant for young designers of color, a free computer science educational program, and monetary support to social justice advocacy groups. You can read our full statement here. Please watch our blog for the latest developments.
Through the Supply Chain Collective, ApparelMagic provides CFDA member brands and designers access and training to fashion inventory and business management technology. Read more about the partnership here.
For CFDA members interested in seeing what ApparelMagic can do for their companies, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.