Originally posted at The Lingerie Addict
In the United States, February is officially Black History Month. It’s also the month for Valentine’s Day, and, in terms of fashion, February also happens to include New York Fashion Week and Lingerie Market. It’s a busy time with a unique confluence of events…which is why I thought it might be fun/interesting to do a blog post dedicated to lingerie designers who also identify as black.
Yet there’s also another incentive behind this article – one which I’m sure you can guess. As I’ve mentioned several times before on TLA, the lingerie industry has very little diversity, and that includes racial/ethnic diversity. While we usually discuss the more consumer-facing side of diversity (i.e. the models and brand ambassadors), it’s also true that the business side of lingerie (as in, the people that own, develop, and design the brands) are rather homogenous as well. Of course, this is true of fashion in general, but since TLA is a lingerie blog, it makes sense to focus on the intimate apparel element.