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Harlem’s Fashion Row Announces ICON360 Scholarship With Nordstrom For HBCU Students

The nonprofit launched by Harlem’s Fashion Row has a new scholarship in partnership with luxury retailer Nordstrom.

The nonprofit launched by Harlem’s Fashion Row has a new scholarship in partnership with luxury retailer Nordstrom.

As part of Nordstrom’s growing partnership with Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) through its nonprofit ICON360, the retailer announced how the scholarship will continue ICON360’s mission to provide financial assistance to Black designers and fashion programs at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and help advance marginalized talent through educational programming.

“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. 

“Together, we can create a more equitable fashion industry that reflects the diversity of our communities and celebrates the unique perspectives and talents of designers of color.”

Launched in 2007, HFR aimed to provide designers of color with the recognition they deserved in an industry that had historically overlooked them. Now, with over 15 years of experience, HFR has emerged as a leading agency that builds connections between brands and designers of color in the fashion world. 

Through its initiatives, HFR aids diverse fashion designers with brand strategy, collaborations, new media engagement, experiential marketing, recruitment, and pipeline programs with notable brands and retailers like Nordstrom.

Nordstrom has been partnered with NFW for years, joining the agency at its annual Fashion Show and Style Awards, Designer Tech Summit, and Black History Month Fashion Summit. It’s part of Nordstrom’s commitment to work with expert organizations that improve pathways for diverse communities and foster an equitable fashion industry.

“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. 

“ICON360 has built authentic relationships with HBCUs to connect with and foster emerging talent. We look forward to building on our work together to create more pathways for future fashion and retail leaders.”

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