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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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8 queer-led fashion businesses to support now and always

Pride Month has come to an end, but your support for LGBTQ communities doesn’t have to wait until next summer.

There are more than 28 million small businesses in the United States, but only 909 of them have been officially certified as LGBT Business Enterprises, according to the most recent report by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Even if you’re not ready to go out shopping in your own community due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can still support plenty of queer-led businesses from the comfort of your own home.

Here are eight queer-led fashion brands you can support all year long.

Official Rebrand

MI Leggett is the brains behind the label Official Rebrand. Leggett, a nonbinary artist based in New York, reinvents discarded or donated clothing with a myriad of altercations, paintings, prints and drawings. They became interested in the intersection between fashion and sustainability after working

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