In 2020, Holt Renfrew and Kimberly Jenkins produced a three-part panel series titled ‘Retail as a Portal.’ Watch the recordings from these powerful gatherings on October 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 2020:
Perhaps the most contentious topic in fashion over the past ten years, cultural appropriation touches on a pressure point for many, as we grapple with the question, “who owns culture?”
The construct of 'race' complicates our understanding of nationhood, ethnicity and culture, which is highlighted as we look at Japanese-ness and Japanese style.
When it comes to the Black, lived experience, there is much to be said about the way dress and hairstyling is critical in making a statement, building community and refining one’s self-definition.
When it comes to the nuances of racism and discrimination, we must also talk about the insidious nature of ‘race’ in terms of skin color and shade.