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AFROPUNK Presents Black Fashion Accelerator Showcase On July 13th In NYC



AFROPUNK is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and creative expression in marginalized communities. Created in partnership with the Build Black team at Shopify, the Black Fashion Accelerator offered an intensive program designed to help nine promising Black fashion designers nurture their talents and grow their businesses in a competitive industry. Now, AFROPUNK and Shopify present the results of the program, offering the BFA designers the chance to show off their talents at a one-of-a-kind fashion show, happening in New York City on July 13th.

The upcoming fashion show puts a spotlight on all nine BFA founders, presenting a fantastic array of fits and apparel from each designer. AFROPUNK and Shopify welcome Gitoo to host, and invite Chris Bevans, Senior Creative Lead at Shopify and creative director at DYNE, and BFA program mentor, Anita Asante, Head of Global Strategic Partnerships at AFROPUNKAmena Agbaje, Program Lead, Black Entrepreneurship at Shopify (Build Black), and Monique Rodriguez, CEO at Mielle, to offer remarks before the show. A celebratory evening that honors the hard work of some of the most promising young entrepreneurs in fashion today, the Black Fashion Accelerator fashion show takes place at Shopify SoHo at 6:30pm ET. Stay after the show for a mixer, with drinks and light bites.

Anita Asante, AFROPUNK’s Head of Global Strategic Partnerships says, “What an absolute privilege it has been to put on this Fashion Accelerator Program in partnership with Shopify and to have an integral part in setting up these exceptional 9 entrepreneurs for future success. What started as a seed of an idea where we saw from our Spinthrift Market at our festivals that there was a great need to support our black entrepreneurial community has quickly grown into a behemoth of a robust curriculum program supported by the New Voices Family. I am thrilled that we have been able to offer live training, coaching support, and networking opportunities to help scale these fashion entrepreneurs’ business’ to the next level and look forward to watching them take over the fashion world and beyond.”

Amena Agbaje, Shopify’s Black Entrepreneurship Program Lead states, “It’s been a huge honor to work alongside AFROPUNK with this cohort of exceptional fashion entrepreneurs. Black-owned businesses are underrepresented in the U.S., and Shopify is committed to making entrepreneurship accessible to anyone, anywhere. There is nothing more inspiring to me than to offer Black entrepreneurs the tools and support to get their businesses up and running. I have no doubt that this group of creatives is destined for huge success.”

The Shopify x AFROPUNK Black Fashion Accelerator fashion show is further supported by MielleThread Beauty, and PearNova. Mielle provides 4 stylists, plus table space for each company, along with free Mielle products for gift bags. In addition, Mielle will broadcast live BTS footage from the event on its Instagram account. Thread Beauty provides 5 make-up artists for the event’s models, along with a display case of their products with free Thread Beauty products for gift bags. PearNova provides press-on nails for all models and free products for gift bags.

RSVP for the fashion show HERE

Stay tuned for more information and announcements and be sure to check and AFROPUNK socials for the latest updates.

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