Kerby Jean-Raymond’s role as designer is just one part of his extensive resume. More importantly, the Haitian-American creative is a beacon of hope for young designers of color trying to make their way in the often difficult and exclusive world of fashion. As a powerful voice for his community, Raymond took this tumultuous year to challenge fashion institutions for not doing enough for black creatives. He’s forced those in charge to truly reflect on the effects of negating and marginalizing people of color. As a result, many brands, companies and organizations listened and have taken the initial steps to create the positive changes Raymond and so many other black designers have been seeking.
As founder of Pyer Moss, the 33-year-old designer kept a strong profile in 2020 starting off with a $50k USD pledge to help small businesses impacted by Coronavirus. In September, Kerby Jean-Ryamond received the award for American Menswear Designer of the Year from the CFDA. Other winners from the renowned annual ceremony included Kim Jones and Christopher John Rogers. Lastly, Pyer Moss’ work with footwear giant Reebok continued this year through numerous releases. He was also appointed Reebok’s Vice President of creative direction just this September.