HISTORY RESEARCH / Case Study
Aligning a brand’s cultural heritage with today’s cultural climate.
A time-honored, global fashion brand approached us to explore the underrepresented contributions of African Americans to sportswear. The brand itself specializes in sportswear, but wanted to reintroduce its reputation for being inspired by the marginalized cultures that have enriched North American sportswear through streetwear.
Upon establishing a partnership between the brand and our signature resource, The Fashion and Race Database, we embarked on commissioning a cohort of researchers from our network to excavate the underrepresented contributions of African Americans to sportswear (and streetwear), spanning over 100 years, from the 1800s to today.
Our research cohort of Black historians collectively penned 12 educational essays, not only delivering stories that were relevant to the brand’s interests, but stories that expanded the breadth of fashion history in general. The package of research pieces will in turn be used as an education tool for the brand’s team, help the brand reaffirm its cultural narrative and design ethos, and further align itself with the diversity that is sorely needed in the fashion industry today.
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