To further expand on the impact of the Fashion Industry Club launched in 2020, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (BGCSM) has collaborated with Black-owned fashion brand Masion Black (MB) for the next phase-the Black Men in Fashion Mentorship Program. The unique collaboration pairs five accomplished Black male New York-based designers with five young Black male rising stars in Detroit to guide them in designing a full look to present February 7th, 2023 at the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey (LVMH) tower during New York Fashion Week (NYFW).
"The impact on these youth is significant and supported by research that shows positive outcomes when young Black men are supported by Black mentors," said Tori Nichel, founder of Maison Black. "When emerging talent can identify with someone that paved the way for them and navigated similar discriminations-the nurturing, understanding and resources are unbounded."
Given that many of these Detroiters are leaving the city for the first time, BGCSM is raising funds for a seamless experience. Donations directly support the costs of the fashion show in NYC on February 7th, travel and hotel costs, and the development of garments for the fashion show. These funds open possibilities for youth residing in communities or attending schools with limited artistic outlets or resources.
It's so important for our youth-especially youth of color, to find mentors who they can connect to and who have similar lived experiences," said Shawn H. Wilson, president and CEO of BGCSM. "Not only can these men pass along their technical knowledge of the fashion industry, but also give youth the tools to navigate race-based barriers which come along with
being an entrepreneur of color."