To inspire, nurture and advance the diverse fashion talents of tomorrow, Kate Spade New York executives and designers will participate in exclusive programming and guest lectures for students of Bowie State University
NEW YORK, NY – Tapestry, Inc. and kate spade new york today announce a three-year partnership with from Harlem Fashion Row’s Annual HBCU Fashion Summit. As part of Tapestry and Kate Spade New York’s ongoing commitment to supporting and nurturing the next generation of diverse fashion talent, the program will provide students with Bowie State University – from Maryland the oldest Historically Black University – unique access to dialogue with the team of managers and designers of kate spade new york. The HBCU Fashion Summit is a program first launched by from Harlem fashion line in 2020, and aims to transform art and fashion programs at HBCUs across America by providing students with first-hand design expertise from industry experts.
The 2022 HBCU Fashion Summit will include exclusive classes, dubbed Tenacity Talks, where Bowie State University students will learn from kate spade new york leaders, including Liz FraserCEO and President of the brand, Kristen NaimanSVP of brand concept and strategy, Tom MoraSVP and responsible for the design, PAP & lifestyle categories, Jennifer LyuSVP and Head of Design, Leather Goods and Accessories, Tapestry’s David Casey, responsible for inclusion and social impact, etc., alongside university professors. The course will start on September 27 throughout the spring semester, with topics such as:
– The story of Kate Spade and Tapestry
– Kate Spade 101 Accessory Design
– Concept, printing and color
– How to build the bones of a brand
– PAP, Shoes, Jewelry, Glasses
– Materials for the design of accessories
– Mental health and the fashion industry
from Harlem fashion line is dedicated to creating opportunities for color designers and fostering the growth of emerging fashion professionals. Tapestry’s three-year partnership with the organization will later expand to include executives from all global brands, including Coach and Stuart Weitzman. In an effort to assist in the transformation and expansion of fashion programs in Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country, this program aims to help advance diversity, equity and inclusion within the broader fashion industry. As part of the initiative, Tapestry will also sponsor Bowie State University Senior Capstone Fashion Show and provide industry experience for students through internship opportunities in their brand roster.
“With Tapestry’s overwhelming support for our core initiative, to holistically prepare Gen Z for the fashion workforce with comprehensive programming, I’m confident that together we can offer scholars the opportunity to thrive in an incredibly transformative clerkship experience,” shared Brandice DanielCEO and Founder of from Harlem fashion line. “The industry is vying for change, but we can’t be more innovative than when black talent is included.”
Liz FraserCEO and President of kate spade new york, said, “At kate spade new york, we have built a community around cultivating genuine, emotional connections with our customers based on how we meet their individual needs. We aim to foster a truly inclusive environment – both internally and externally – where people of all backgrounds and experiences can thrive, because we know we are at our best when we embrace and celebrate diverse perspectives. invest in and support diverse talent, and we are thrilled to bring this partnership to life with from Harlem fashion line – an organization we have long respected as a pioneer in the industry – alongside our parent company, Tapestry. We’ve designed the program to highlight the strengths of Kate Spade New York and the successes of our teams to give students the opportunity to work directly with team members – at all levels – who are at home. origin of these successes.”
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About Kate Spade New York:
Since launching in 1993 with a collection of six essential handbags, Kate Spade New York has always been colorful, bold and optimistic. Today, it’s a global lifestyle brand that designs extraordinary things for everyday, offering seasonal collections of handbags, ready-to-wear, jewelry, shoes, gifts, décor interior and more. Known for its rich heritage and unique brand DNA, Kate Spade New York offers a distinctive point of view and celebrates the communities of women around the world who live their perfectly imperfect lifestyles. Kate Spade New York is part of the Tapestry, Inc. brand house.
About from Harlem fashion line:
from Harlem fashion line (HFR) is the premier agency bridging brands and creators of color in fashion through branding, collaborations, new media, experiential marketing, recruiting and pipeline programs. HBCU Summit started in 2020 when Brandice Daniel created ICON 360. The nonprofit arm was to help HBCU’s fashion department access resources and opportunities. Since its launch in 2020, ICON360 has awarded over $1.6 million to black designers and HBCUs. As a not-for-profit branch of from Harlem fashion linethe goal is to eradicate the inequities faced by black designers and HBCU fashion departments by providing financial resources and professional development to students.
About Tapestry, Inc.:
Our global brand house brings together the magic of Coach, Kate Spade New York and Stuart Weitzman. Each of our brands is unique and independent, while sharing a commitment to innovation and authenticity defined by distinctive products and differentiated customer experiences across channels and geographies. We use our collective strengths to move our customers and empower our communities, make the fashion industry more sustainable, and build an equitable, inclusive and diverse business. Individually, our brands are iconic. Together we can expand what is possible. To learn more about Tapestry, visit www.tapestry.com. For news and important information about Tapestry, visit the Investor Relations section of our website at www.tapestry.com/investors. In addition, investors should continue to review our press releases and filings with the SECOND. We use each of these distribution channels as primary channels for releasing key information to our investors, some of which may contain material and previously non-public information. The ordinary shares of the Company are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TPR.
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