Prepare for a brand new assortment that’s rooted in a spread of daring, colourful, and inclusive kinds. We’re speaking in regards to the first-ever Banana Republic x Harbison assortment in partnership with Harlem’s Vogue Row.
Devoted to amplifying various voices, Banana Republic is proud to associate with Harlem’s Vogue Row, a platform that gives publicity, funding, and business expertise to underrepresented BIPOC trend designers. This partnership created the proper alternative to showcase new expertise whereas additionally exploring new sustainable fashion practices. To actually get an thought of what we are able to count on from his new line that’s made for all sizes, shapes, and shades, we went straight to the supply and talked with Charles about what makes this assortment so unimaginable—and how one can get your arms on it.
Meet Charles HarbisonThe mastermind behind Harbison, a sustainable, Black-owned, luxurious clothes model providing androgynous trend, he really obtained his begin as an architect. He discovered that he was craving a extra tactile course of and located his means into the world of trend. “I really like supplies, and trend design, for me, begins with supplies. However one factor I really like greater than design are individuals,” says Charles. “So, with trend, I get to mix the 2, touching my buyer’s lives via supplies.”
Impressed by the world, designed for youApproaching every part he does with a way of pleasure, optimism, and aspiration, Charles thinks it’s significantly necessary to see these sentiments mirrored in Black and POC illustration. He’s really impressed by the world as an entire; “I’ve traveled the world and have discovered magnificence in each group of individuals I’ve encountered.” However the first particular person he discovered magnificence in was a brown skinned, curvy lady—his mother. “I am by no means not eager about each form and dimension and shade after I’m designing,” he provides. “Inclusivity is inherent to my course of, and it is how one of the best of us strategy design.”
This new assortment additionally gave Charles the chance to maneuver the needle for designers seeking to create a brand new sustainable course of. “This collaboration with Banana Republic has been a change-driver,” he says. “We focused on sustainable sourcing and ensuring our manufacturing unit companions weren’t solely ecologically however humanly accountable.”
Collaboration, Connection, and ColorWorking with Banana Republic has been a fantastic expertise for Charles. “We’ve necessary product design sensibilities in frequent—straightforward luxurious, endlessly design, and a nod to modernity. This collaboration permits my design perspective entry to a a lot wider market, which has been elusive for me previously.” It additionally fulfills a dream for him—seeing his items in shops nationwide, the place his household can store. When requested what he’s most enthusiastic about with this collaboration, he says, “Shade. And I need them to stroll away feeling hopeful and excited.”
This limited-edition assortment is on the market now in Banana Republic shops and on BananaRepublic.com. Decide up your favourite items earlier than they promote out!