Meet Michael Saunders, a true New York native with a passion for creating unforgettable experiences. A creative force, socialite extraordinaire, and natural leader, Michael has spent over a decade shaping inclusive spaces where individuals come together to celebrate life.
As the mastermind behind The Kouturé Experience, Michael envisions a world where excellence is not just a standard but a way of life. His events go beyond the glitz and glamour of the fashion world; they are a testament to his commitment to fostering genuine connections and building a community that transcends boundaries.
With an innate ability to blend style and substance, Michael’s fashion shows are more than just displays of exquisite designs—they are immersive journeys that leave a lasting impact. Through The Kouturé Experience, he continues to weave a pattern of excellence, inviting people to gather, celebrate, and contribute to a community that embraces diversity, creativity, and the beauty of shared moments.
In Michael’s world, fashion is not just about what you wear; it’s a powerful tool for building bridges, breaking barriers, and creating a tapestry of experiences that resonate with authenticity and inclusivity. Join him on this journey, where every runway becomes a stage for self-expression, and The Kouturé Experience becomes a symbol of unity in diversity.

What are some of the highlights or unique aspects of this charity event that attendees can look forward to?

Michael: An enjoyable experience awaits, filled with beautiful individuals, cutting-edge fashion, and networking opportunities. However, the most significant aspect is relishing the evening in the company of like-minded individuals, all united by a common purpose.

How do you hope this event will make a positive impact on the community or cause it supports?

Michael: Through effectively raising awareness of the aforementioned disparities, our aspiration is that designers utilizing this platform will appeal to individuals who are not only fashion-conscious but also socially conscious. It all commences with heightened awareness.


How can people get involved or support the event, even if they are unable to attend?

Michael: If you cannot attend but would still like to contribute to this initiative, you can make your donation by visiting and selecting the “Donate” tab.


Are there any specific goals or targets you have set for this event in terms of funds raised or awareness generated?

Michael: This year, our objective is to modestly raise $150,000 for our initiatives. However, of greater significance is our aim to elevate awareness regarding the profound impact diverse designers have on the fashion community. Bridging the substantial gap between spending in the fashion industry by people of color and accessibility to diverse designers is our primary focus.


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