Brandice Daniel is the founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR), where she has been instrumental in promoting inclusivity and representation in fashion and bridging the gap between brands and designers of colour, who were historically overlooked by the industry.
Born in Memphis and now residing in New York City, Brandice founded HFR in 2007 — long before inclusivity became a buzzword — with the aim of giving a voice to multicultural designers and providing them the same business opportunities and connections enjoyed by others. Under her leadership, the agency has produced innovative events and attracted partners across fashion, media and entertainment, including such companies as Target, Marriott International, Verizon, Google and LVMH. Over the years, HFR’s events have allowed participating designers the chance to display their talents and given them a reach that might have otherwise been unattainable.
“10 years ago, seven years ago, it would be hard for me to give young designers hope; I would cringe internally because I knew what they would be up against,” Daniel told The Business of Fashion in 2019. “[Now], I see things getting better.”