Color of Fashion Panel Highlights Black Voices in the Fashion Industry

Shop LC Sponsors The Color of Fashion Panel Highlighting Black Voices in the Fashion Industry

Virtual panel to address representation, diversity, and inclusion in the fashion industry


AUSTIN, Texas, August 11, 2020— Shop LC is a proud sponsor of The Color of Fashion, a virtual panel organized by HERdacity. This event is aimed at highlighting Black voices as it confronts issues of representation, diversity, and inclusion in the fashion industry.

“According to, in 2017 the student population at the Fashion Institute of Technology for Black or African American was 9.27%, as compared to 44.3% White, 18.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 11.2% Asian,” explains Carla Nelson, Creator, President, and CEO of Black Fashion World Foundation, Inc. “This is tragic!  Our aim is to eradicate financial barriers that can hinder this demographic of creatives from obtaining the necessary education that is vital to their journey to fulfilling their fashion dreams.”

 As the Black Lives Matter protests have swept through cities around the world, fashion brands have tried to contribute to the conversation. However, much of the diversity that has been granted has not come from a place of true belief in equality, but as the direct result of public pressure. Many fashion industry social media feeds have returned to normal as if diversity and inclusion were a trend. The Color of Fashion panel will address accountability, long term advancement, long term progress, social change, and what true allyship looks like for the fashion industry.

“Shop LC proudly employs people from around the world, and represents dozens of unique ethnicities in our workforce,” says Michelle Long, Director of Communications & CSR, Shop LC. “The privilege for Shop LC to be a Gold Sponsor of this event is a necessary step to help amplify Black voices while we work towards creating an industry that is truly diverse, inclusive, and represents all people in a meaningful way.”

 The online panel discussion takes place on Wednesday, August 19th at 5:30 pm (CST) and will feature prominent members of the fashion industry:

  • Moderator: Michelle Washington | TV Style Expert, Fashion Stylist & GQ Insider; as seen on FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC & Spectrum News. Michelle’s media experience is approved by the Women’s Media Center.
  • Panelist: Sergio Hudson | Celebrity Fashion Designer; designer for Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, Mary J. Blige, Taraji P. Hensen, The Kardashians and Queen Latifah.
  • Panelist: Sophia Batson | Orchid Magazine Founder & Editor-in-Chief; Sophia has worked with Elle Man Hungary, Elle Italia, Cosmo Hungary and Women’s Wear Daily. She is also a professional diversity and inclusion consultant.
  • Panelist: Kenneth Nicholson | Fashion Designer; a 2020 CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) American Emerging Designer of the Year Nominee. Featured in Vogue, WWD, GQ Magazine, L’Officiel USA, Hypebeast, VICE and Refinery29.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Black Fashion World Scholarship Fund. The BFW Scholarship Fund provides an educational grant to African American’s who are limited financially and have displayed a compelling desire to pursue a career in the fashion industry.

 Shop LC

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Shop LC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vaibhav Global Ltd. (VGL), a vertically integrated company with global sourcing and manufacturing capabilities. Shop LC is a value-conscious, interactive retailer focused on the fine jewelry, beauty, fashion, home decor and lifestyle product categories. Established in 2007, Shop LC reaches approximately 73 million U.S. households via high-definition programming offered live 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. For more information visit and download the interactive app on iTunes, Google Play or many other streaming devices or televisions.

 About Black Fashion World Foundation, Inc

BlackFashion World Foundation is a nonprofit that was established to move the barriers that often stymie black fashion entrepreneurs.  There remains a systemic and entrenched lack of access for black fashion designers, retailers, and marketing professionals.  Until now, there has not been an organization that provides black fashion professionals sufficient opportunities to higher education, capital, mentorship, and the advice of business experts, as well as advertising opportunities and distributors.

Black Fashion World Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  All contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 About HERdacity

HERdacity is a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring confidence in women to achieve their professional goals. Our vision is a world where all women are confident in their choices. We are a community of women who build each other up and support each other on our journey. We host webinars, events, workshops, and more to support women in their careers.

Learn more about us, our speakers series and upcoming live events at

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