BLACK LIVES MATTER | Small, Independent Fashion Brands Are Leading The Fundraising Efforts For Black Lives Matter And Bail Funds

While much of the fashion community has posted about the Black Lives Matter movement on social media, the number of companies that have announced sizable donations to causes are few. Yes, Rihanna’s lingerie line, Savage X Fenty, has donated to Black Lives Matter’s New York chapter and the Bail Project, and Ganni has pledged $100,000 to Black Lives Matter, the NAACP, and the ACLU. Stella McCartney has given to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Glossier has contributed $500,000 to several organizations fighting injustice as well as earmarked another $500,000 to be used as grants for black-owned beauty companies. By and large, though, fundraising efforts are being led by small, independent designers.

Small brands who are donating portions of sales or lump sums include Asai, Collina Stradam, Vaquera, Marques’Almedia, Jonathan Cohen, Eckhaus Latta, Lou Dallas, Shrimps, Paloma Wool, Susan Alexandra, Lizzie Fortunato, Catbird, and Dauphinette. The majority of these companies were already struggling to get by amid to retail decline of the Covid-19 crisis.

Many have noted on social media that this is in stark contrast to fashion’s swift fundraising in the wake of the global pandemic and the fire that engulfed the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. As the coronavirus swept across the globe, donation from fashion companies were in the tens of millions; for the cathedral that number was in the hundreds of millions.

While donations are not the only way to help support is crucial to the success of black community organizations and businesses. On Instagram, Brother Vellies founder Aurora James issued a call for corporations to pledge that at least 15% of their products sold from black-owned businesses. Her message was aimed at large retailers like Net-a-Porter and Sephora, but the idea resonates. Couldn’t fashion retailers and customers be routing their funds to support black designers and black-owned stores in America right now? Law Roach, the stylist for Celine Dion and Zendaya, is starting a fund to support black-owned businesses is starting a fund to support black-owned businesses that have been damaged by violence or are uninsured, pledging $25,000 of his own money and asking for donations from others in the industry.

Raising awareness has been the predominant mode of communication across social media, and the list of designers who have posted is long. Lorod shared a document with articles and information aimed at educating people on race relations in America made by Chase Hall and Tamara Santibanes. Marc Jacobs spoke out about the looting and graffiti that has gone on in major cities. ‘Never let the convince you that broken glass or property is violence’, Jacob’s note began. ‘property can be replaced, human lives cannot’.

Model Duckie Thot took to Twitter to say that while the industry is quick to cast her in campaigns and in runway shows, few brands are taking viable action to support the black community. Today, many are calling out Virgil Abloh, the creative director of Louis Vuitton menswear and founder of Off-White, for what they see as a meager donation to Fempower. The reality is that fashion is an industry that benefits from community level, but there is more work to be done.


BREAKING NEWS | Saudi – Led Coalition Says Intercepts Drone, Houthis Say Abha Airport Hit

MILAN | ITALY – A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Thursday it had intercepted and destroyed an explosive drone launched towards the kingdom as Yemen’s Houthi group said it had it a target at Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport. In a statement published by Saudi state news agency SPA, a spokesman for the coalition … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi – Led Coalition Says Intercepts Drone, Houthis Say Abha Airport Hit

ENTERTAINMENT | Paris Hilton Says She ‘Feels Free’ After YouTube Documentary

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ROYALS | Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Ditch Royal Titles For Upcoming Television Event

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BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia’s July Crude Exports Tick Up From Historic Lows – JODI

MILAN | ITALY – Saudi Arabia’s crude oil exports bounced back to 5.73 million barrels per day (bpd) in July from 4.98 million bpd in June, official data showed on Thursday. June’s exports were the weakest recorded in data stretching back to 2002. Monthly export figures are provided by Riyadh and other members of the … Continue reading BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia’s July Crude Exports Tick Up From Historic Lows – JODI

TRAVEL | International Arrivals To Abu Dhabi Must Wear Covid-19 Tracking Device

ABU DHABI – International passengers arriving at Abu Dhabi airport will now have to wear a tracking device while they complete a mandatory 14-day home quarantine due to COVID-19, according to state-owned Eithad Airways. Daily infections in the United Arab Emirates rose this month to their highest since the outbreak started, which officials have largely … Continue reading TRAVEL | International Arrivals To Abu Dhabi Must Wear Covid-19 Tracking Device

BUSINESS | Israel, Dubai Diamond Exchanges Begin Strategic Collaboration

DUBAI – The Israel and Dubai diamond exchanges have signed an  agreement to promote cooperation in a deal certain to boost direct trade between the Middle East’s main diamond hubs. The agreement was announced on Thursday two days after Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed an historic agreement to normalize ties and marks a … Continue reading BUSINESS | Israel, Dubai Diamond Exchanges Begin Strategic Collaboration

Experts: Rainy Season To Further Threaten Beirut Heritage

BEIRUT – Restoring Beirut’s damaged architectural heritage following the devastating August explosion will take hundreds of millions of dollars and costs will quickly rise if no action is taken ahead of the onset of the rainy season in less than two months, international experts warned Tuesday. An international coalition of museums and heritage protection groups … Continue reading Experts: Rainy Season To Further Threaten Beirut Heritage

TRAVEL ALERT | Saudi Arabia Gradually Lifts Travel Restrictions

Saudi Arabia is gradually lifting the travel ban, by allowing a specific group of people to enter and exit the Kingdom before January 1, the expected date of the complete reopening of the land, maritime and air borders. The exact date for lifting the suspension of travel and allowing the land, sea and air transport … Continue reading TRAVEL ALERT | Saudi Arabia Gradually Lifts Travel Restrictions

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Says Rejects Any Threat To Regional Stability

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA  – The Saudi government stressed on Tuesday its keenness on the unity, sovereignty and safety of Arab territories, saying it rejects and threat to the region. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the cabinet meeting that was held via videoconference in Neom due to the ongoing … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Says Rejects Any Threat To Regional Stability

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