Harlem’s Fashion Row & LVMH Celebrate Teen Designers In The Greatest Community At Melba’s Restaurant In Harlem

By CC Minton and Photos by Rudy Collins

Brandice Daniels, CEO & Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR), hosted an intimate brunch for high school design students. 

A group of LVMH executives, of color, were guest panelists for the event.  The brunch was held at Melba’s Restaurant on August 24th, 2022.

In the business of building relationships between designers and brands for the past 15 years, Brandice Daniels facilitated a panel discussion with some of the top business leaders in the world of luxury products. 

Corey Smith, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc., Jasmine Humphrey,  Global PR Director and Special Projects & Culture Engagement at Tiffanys and Co. along with Nelson Gillum, Director of Consumer Engagement at Moet Hennessy were on hand for the conversation. 

LVMH houses 75 luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna,  Sephora, and more.  

The group of 50 design students spent time listening, asking and answering questions of the panelist about their career choice, professional journey, and who some of the celebrities they each have met or worked on projects with.  The Carters and Lady Gaga were just some of the names that lit up the eyes of the budding designers.  When panelists were asked about traits to possess for success, “Authenticity is the most critical trait, not just in your career but in life,” said Nelson Gillum.  Humphrey and Smith both agreed that embracing who you are and becoming comfortable in your own skin is foundational to accomplishing your goals in life are beneficial both personally and professionally. 

All agreed it is best to embrace who you are and become comfortable in your own skin to accomplish your goals in life, both personally and professionally. 

Thanking LVMH for their commitment, Daniel’s appreciative words, “Although we work with many different brands, this brand truly said, let’s go hand and hand and walk through the journey together.  Honestly, I’m always overwhelmed with just how committed we are to this work and to this partnership.”    

The high school student designers celebrated their participation in either Celebrity Stylist Misa Hylton’s Fashion Academy or Actor Tony Danza’s The Stars of Tomorrow program over succulent dishes like Auntie D’s Mini Burgers, fried catfish strips, ASAP Yams, low country collard greens, macaroni and cheese, grilled wild Atlantic salmon, ad southern fried chicken.  The sweetness of Grandma’s Sweet Potato Pie was like icing on the cake for the event.  

In attendance were Harlem’s living legend, Dapper Dan and Fashion Mogul Misa Hylton.  Clarence Ruth, Johnathan Hayden, and Nicole Benefield who are designers showing in HFR’s Fall 2022 NYFW Show were there as well.   

Harlem’s Fashion Row

Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) is the premier agency creating a bridge between brands and designers of color in fashion through brand strategy, collaborations, new media, experiential marketing, recruiting, and pipeline programs.  

Long before inclusivity became a widely accepted goal across the fashion industry, Harlem’s Fashion Row has been championing and uplifting designers of color.

CC Minton

CC Minton is a Lifestyle Connoisseur, Founder at I Love Beautiful Spaces, Real Estate Pro, Photographer, Travelpreneur, and Author who enjoys interviewing celebrities and passionate people. Is the new president of Harlem World Magazine.

Photo credit: 1) Melba, Dapper Dan, Corey Smith LVMH, CEO Brandice Daniel. 2) Dapper Dan in the hat,  Tiffany & Co. Jasmine Humphrey. 3) Student Designers Group. 4) Student Designer. 5) CEO Brandice Daniel who is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and a student sporting AKA sorority colors pink and green. 6) Brandice  Daniels and NYFW 2022 Designers Nicole Benefield Johnathan Hayden. 7) Tiffany & Co. Jasmine Humphrey. 8) CEO Brandice Daniel and Celebrity Stylist and fashion designer Misa Hylton.

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