Goodbye Louis Vuitton: Devlin Carter’s ‘SIA’ Is Changing The Fashion Game And Inspiring Future Black Designers
Let’s rewind a few months back to August 2019. As a streetwear enthusiast/brand consultant and aspiring designer, I was having my own issues with the lack of representation of black designers and black-owned brands in the fashion industry. I took out my frustrations via a piece titled “No Blacks Allowed.” This piece drew some criticism from a few of my peers. While they agreed with many of the points made in the article, they also made it their business to make me aware of some up and comers in fashion that I should pay close attention to, one of which was Devlin Carter. I was sent a clip of Devlin’s Breakfast Club interview and told I needed to check it out ASAP. With the video came a note saying that Devlin is an extremely talented designer who owns a brick and mortar in our hometown of Oakland and that I would be impressed by his work and his mission.
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From talk show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon to Former President Barack Obama and your everyday hipster in the Bay Area, fashionable sneakers are in a league of their own.