Spearheaded by Wilbur Pack Jr. and Velvet Lattimore, the showcase featured three New York-based emerging labels: Pack’s handbag line S.K. Wilbur, jewelry designer Ronnetta J. Coleman and interiors accessory line Rococo Design Interiors. A smattering of product from Lattimore’s Vedazzling shop were also on display. RSVPs for the event since its inaugural staging had increased dramatically, which Pack attributes to the organization’s use of social media marketing.
“We are really excited because we are in the process of getting 501(c)(3) for nonprofit status. We would like to make this something bigger, a real initiative for black accessories designers moving forward because we are underrepresented in the fashion industry and it’s just a way to give back,” said Pack, who used the event as an opportunity to present his new collection of collaged leather bags.
Coleman, who was participating in the event for the first time, felt “grateful to be a part of it. I find that a runway show is different from event like this, which allows me to meet people and network.
“I do find that from the beginning there is a bit of a struggle [as a designer]. I don’t want to put it all on [race], but I support this cause and its purpose — it’s incredibly beneficial to young designers like myself.”