Recently the world stopped with New York Fashion Week Black. Designer LaQuan Smith who’s already been seen on celebrities such as The City Girls, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian was the designer of choice this year. Iesha Reed CEO – IR + IMCC Luxury fashion consulting agency has been a staple on the fashion scene for over 20 years and I had a chance to chat with her about her opinions on fashion and the strides of Black Designers in the industry.

How did you get into fashion?

I started working at the mall when I was 15 years old plus my mom inspired me so much with her elegance, style and grace. 

Do you believe there is still a segregation mindset in fashion?

Absolutely, and cultural appropriation is at an all time high. Our community sets the trends – period. Our music, our authentic street style aka hood style gets copied daily by big brands.

Will Black Designers ever be on the same level of success like classic brands such As Givenchy, Gucci & Fendi?  

These brands are family brands. They Come from legacy families and funding. With the same amount of resources we could we reach that level. I would also say the support of US black designers – would help change the narrative. 

Is Black Fashion still considered underground fashion?

No, However; we still have a long way to go in this industry. 

This years Met Gala theme was “The Freedom of American Fashion” do you believe Black Designers have the freedom to express themselves in fashion? 


Being a Global Brand Strategist what’s some advice you can give to up and coming designers wanting to get into the business? 

Create to inspire, carve out your own lane against the traditional fashion norms.



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