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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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