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Carly Cushnie, Roopal Patel + More Fashion Forces Launch New Collective to Support Black-Owned Brands

As fashion leaders from across the industry rally to support Black-owned businesses, a new group of female forces is uniting to make a difference.

Today marks the launch of RAISEfashion, a collective of seasoned industry leaders whose aim is to offer their expertise to emerging Black talent, and help them overcome the challenges they face. (RAISE stands for Respect, Advocate, Inspire, Support, Empower.)

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The board of directors is an advisory of eight industry leaders with extensive experience. Board members include Carly Cushnie,​ CEO and creative director of her eponymous brand; retail executives ​Elizabeth von der Goltz​, Roopal Patel​ and ​Nayla Touma​; brand leaders ​Alexa Geovanos​ and ​April Hennig​; ​Nelli Kim​, entrepreneur and strategic business consultant; and Felita Harris​, tech entrepreneur and fashion executive.

The group’s experience spans all areas of the business, including sales, product, marketing and operations.

“The fashion industry can be incredibly difficult

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Onward With ‘Collective Action,’ Virtual Fashion Shows

Brands are injecting circularity into visions for fall, while industry groups are grooming digital experiences and tools.

SUSTAINABLE FASHION WEEK THIS NYFWFashion Revolution to partner with Sustainable Fashion Week, in concurrence with New York Fashion Week.

As with Helsinki Fashion Week, which took place digitally recently, the six-day NYFW event running Sept. 11 to 16 is shifted to YouTube livestream and is entirely focused on eco-friendly practices, which includes a spotlight on upcycling, student designers, vintage collectors and the full life cycle of garment production.

Billing sustainability as the “future of fashion,” the event is differentiated by its immersive online experiences spanning panel conversations, documentary features and instructional workshops.

SFW cofounders include Rick Davy, who has successfully run Fashion Week Brooklyn for more than a decade, and Bridgett Artise, owner, author and designer of Born Again Vintage who helped popularize upcycled fashion in the early Aughts with her

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