7 Designers Chosen To Create HBCU Collection With Chris Paul
The exclusive collection is a continuation of Chris Paul’s longtime support for HBCUs.
October 25, 2021 at 5:38 pm
Social Change Fund United, an organization created by NBA stars Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade, has put their best foot forward by launching an exclusive capsule collection celebrating six HBCUs collaborating with Bleacher Report.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 22, 2021
Seven unique fashion designers incorporated designs centered around different HBCUs into their capsule collections.
Paul revealed his love for HBCUs comes from his family upbringing. "Everybody in my family went to HBCUs except for me," he shared. Adding, "I was always on the campuses of different HBCUs, but as a kid, you're not thinking about the dynamics of why these HBCUs exist."
"Once I got older, and I started realizing the significance and the importance of HBCUs, and why they were even established, it hit a little different," he added. "When I was in Houston, me and Courtney Mays, my stylist, were sort of brainstorming about what we want to do for the team. And we said we wanted to highlight designers of color, and so the first thing that I wore –and I'll never forget — it was a Texas Southern hoodie. And we thought that this is basically a runway. We have an opportunity to somehow give a voice to the voiceless, and that's what we've been trying to do."
The 32-piece capsule collection was developed with Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) and celebrates both the HBCU legacy and homecoming season. Royalties collected from purchases will go back to the participating HBCU institutions. Check out the designers below: