Over the past three years Kerby Jean-Raymond a 28 year old Haitian-American designer has been captivating the fashion news airways with his boundary pushing designing of Pyer Moss and during his collaborative creative direction deal with Reebok. Kerby has been likened to the “new age” of black designers like Virgil Abloh, Heron Preston, Brick Owens and many more. Amongst numerous other awards he’s received over the years in September Kerby was honored by BoF (Business Of Fashion) as ‘100 Fashion Professionals Shaping Fashion’ which also included the likes of Dapper Dan, Lizzo, Nathan Westling and many more. After being invited to the BoF 500 Gala in Paris, Kerby took to instagram with this post.
The post sparked immediate controversy as followers rushed to the designers bio to click on the tell all letter. Throughout the letter Kerby called out BoF and the fashion industry as a whole with comments like “Diversity and Inclusion is a trend for these folks,” “The reason i’ve went against doing these group panel talks is because they always try to lump us in as ‘Black In Fashion’ and we are so much more than that and i’m tired of it.” As if all of that wasn’t enough Kerby mentioned regardless of his feelings he still pushed through to attend the BoF gala however when he arrived and witnessed an all black choir with BoF EIC Imran Amed dancing around like Kirk Franklin as he described it sent him into an infuriating state which led to this tell all personal letter with the dagger headline reading “BoF 500 is now 499”. Check the tell all letter out here and stay tuned for more information soon.