Though the violent, tragic, and unbelievably racist attack in Charlottesville did not receive the forceful condemnation it deserved from the U.S President, industry leaders rose to the occasion and shared messages of inclusion and diversity. We are happy to say that the fashion industry was among them.
Thanks to the Business of Fashion, we now have access to a collection of messages that some leaders have shared. Here are our favourites ones:
Ralph Lauren, chairman and chief creative officer, Ralph Lauren
“For me America has always been a country built on freedom and liberty for all. That’s why my parents came here and were so proud to become American citizens and then to pass that special privilege on to their children. Almost 50 years ago I started my company built on those American values I learned growing up. Today with almost 25,000 employees all over the world, we all share the same vision by accepting and celebrating our unique diversity and equality. These are not just American values, but the values of all good people seeking an authentic way of life for themselves and their families. These are the values that we are all committed to, that inspire me and always will.”
Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer, CFDA
“What happened in Charlottesville was a very low moment for our country. There should be no restraint in denouncing racism and the violence that, without question, was the result of the hatred and intolerance of the KKK and white supremacists. Many CFDA members posted their own feelings on social media including Tracy Reese, Tory Burch, Stacey Bendet, Keren Craig, Jeffrey Banks and Diane von Furstenberg. Others feel the same. Fashion has a powerful voice and I know that as an industry, we stand on the side of tolerance, acceptance and diversity.”
Humberto Leon, co-founder and designer, Opening Ceromony, and co-creative director, Kenzo
“What happened in Charlottesville was a despicable act of terrorism in America. We need to do everything in our power to take down White Supremacy, Neo Nazis and Fascist behavior and ideology. This is every Americans duty. Everyone in every industry that has a voice should speak out against this and understand and support the importance of Black Lives Matter.”
It is times like these when we need to support one another the most, and we are so proud to be a part of an industry that publicly stands up against hatred.