Kerby Jean- Raymond: Bringing Together Fashion and Activism
Being hailed one of the most influential designers of our time, Kerby Jean- Raymond is an Haitian- American Designer who is also the founder of Pyer Moss. He attended High School of Fashion Industries located in Manhattan and began designing at a young age. His previous brand was Mary's Jungle which he started at the age of 15.
In 2013 Raymond launched his current brand Pyer Moss, however it didn't start gaining traction until Spring 2016. The brand has created a bridge for Social Activism and fashion, as it has been used to make statements on the social injustices that have been occurring in the United States. For example, in 2015 he released a shirt which listed the names of Black Americans who were victims of Police Brutality and this past year, in 2020, another t-shit was released to support the LGBTQIA community. He never misses an opportunity to support, uplift and speak out. One of his most iconic moments was his NYFW show which was held in the historic Kings Theater in Brooklyn. Most NYFW shows have been held in Manhattan, however, Raymond took this opportunity to highlight Black History within Brooklyn by choosing this location for his show.
Raymond has been recognized by Forbes in their 2015 30 under 30 issue as well as by the CFDA and Vogue's Fashion Fund in 2018. Additionally he has worked with many iconic people such as Erykah Badu (who styled the Fall 2016 collection), Swizz Beats, Michelle Obama, and Gabrielle Union-Wade.