Lindsay Peoples Wagner, editor of Teen Tips Clear, and Sandrine Charles, public relations expert, founded the Black in Fashion Council (BIFC) at the end of June with the aim of collaborating with the fashion houses and making them responsible for diversity and inclusion. Today the Board announces the first 38 registered companies. The list includes the fashion and beauty areas: from talents agencies such as CAA and DNA Model Management to retail sites such as Farfetch, Moda Operandi and The RealReal up to editors and websites, including Condé Nast and Fashionista. Brandon Maxwell, Prabal Gurung and Tommy Hilfiger are among the fashion brands that have already signed; as far as beauty is concerned, there are Glossier and L’Oréal.
“Brands have committed to working with the Black in Fashion Council for the next three years and collaborating with the human rights campaign to put policies into practice and further demonstrate their commitment to black employees at all levels”, reads in the declaration of the BIFC. “The members of the board of directors will have meetings and conversations starting from August 2020 to allow brands to understand how to work together to make inclusiveness a primary objective and thus have the opportunity to achieve it in the next three years since we know that this it is a time consuming process. The BIFC will reveal the first results of its work in autumn 202, giving information on the progress achieved “.
The organization’s fundamental mission is to evolve the inclusiveness of fashion beyond the culture of the call-out and work to bring measurable changes for black employees at all levels. “What sets us apart,” said Charles to Tips Clear earlier this year, “is that we want to show that we are in solidarity; we want not only to support your group to achieve the goal, but also to strengthen it with resources that give it just might not have. It is really important to create a network of people who work for the same purpose by putting aside each one’s ego. “
The brands that have joined so far will work closely with the BIFC board of directors starting from now but already at the end of the summer a larger number of companies should join the initiative. Among these is Universal Standard, a fashion house that creates and sells sizes from 00 to 40. “As a brand focused on revolutionary inclusiveness, we know that we have a responsibility to live up to the mission”, says Alexandra Waldman, co-founder and COO of Universal Standard. “Universal Standard is committed to ensuring the presence of an authentic representation within our organization and in every area of our business, but we know that we can have an even greater impact by learning and collaborating with others in the sector. Being part of the Black in Fashion Council is an honor and a great opportunity for us to take concrete steps to create the change we want to see in the world, where all identities are included and represented. “
In addition to announcing brand partners, the BIFC also accepts registration applications, priced at $ 50 for the assistant level and $ 100 for the senior membership. Once questions are examined by a small committee, members will have access to all the programming and subcommittees of the BIFC. “By organizing a resilient team of editors, models, stylists, media managers, assistants, freelance creators and industry stakeholders, we aim to build a new basis for inclusiveness,” writes the organization. “For this change to take place, brands, publications and influential non-black people must carefully examine the roles they have played in helping or harming black people working in these spaces.”
Here the complete list of companies that collaborate (for now) with the Black in Fashion Council
Cartier North America
DNA Model Management
Heroes Model Management
Hunt & Gather
Janie and Jack
Tamara Mellon brand
Tiffany & Co.
The Knot Worldwide