Kerby Jean-Raymond founder of the menswear label Pyer Moss first came into the spotlight for his presentation of Pyer Moss’ Spring 2016 Menswear Collection during New York Fashion Week. The show highlighted police brutality, referencing the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement through the use of video, street art, and fashion. Jean-Raymond has made public comments about his experience as a teenage victim of driving while black. Fast forward, Jean-Raymond SS19 Runway show continues with that same authentic energy – the ability to inspire, provoke and educate. Held in Brooklyn, more specifically near where Kerby Jean-Raymond grew up a few blocks away from Weeksville, a Brooklyn neighborhood founded by African-American freedman in the 1800s.
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“The spirit of freedom is woven throughout this collection, which draws from black cultural life — not the fancy, high-profile elements that have shaped music, sports or cinema, but the mundane, quotidian pleasures. The clothes and the glorious harmony of full gospel choir in white robes and matching Reebok sneakers speak to the role of the church and the conviviality of Sunday service — and maybe weekday Bible studies, prayer meetings, weddings, choir rehearsals and fellowship dinners, too. The prints and shapes make references to cookouts and summer vacations, pick-up games and gossip sessions and the loving act of a parent gazing into the eyes of a child,” wrote fashion critic Robin Givhan.
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