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Harlem’s Fashion Row Partners With Nordstrom for New HBCU Scholarship

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by Paulina Isaac

January 22, 2024

School is in session again!

At historically Black colleges and universities, there’s a new scholarship available for students, thanks to Harlem Fashion Row (HFR) partnering with Nordstrom. The retailer announced that the scholarship will continue ICON360’s mission to provide financial assistance to Black designers and fashion programs at HBCUs to help advance marginalized talent through education.

“As the founder and CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row, I know firsthand the barriers in our industry. ICON360 is excited to partner with Nordstrom to provide more pathways for the next generation of Black designers and HBCU fashion students,” Brandice Daniel, founder and CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row and ICON360, said. 

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HFR launched in 2007 and aimed to give designers of color recognition because they were consistently getting overlooked. Now, HFR is considered a leading agency that builds connections between brands and designers of color in the fashion world. Their partnership with Nordstrom to provide scholarships is just one of their many endeavors.

“Nordstrom set ambitious marketplace diversity and equity commitments. To reach these goals, we need to invest in improved pathways for fashion, design and retail talent,” said Colleen Mitchell, senior director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at Nordstrom. 

We’re excited to witness the talent that comes out of this partnership!

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Cover photo: Nordstrom announces its growing partnership with HFR through their non-profit ICON360 / Credit: Nordstrom

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