4 Questions With Patrick Robinson

Former Gap executive says the fashion industry lacks diversity.


TR: What’s the biggest challenge facing African Americans in the fashion industry?

PR: That there aren’t any. There aren’t a lot of blacks that really break through and really become household names. There’s been a lot of great ones — Gordon Henderson, for example — but there’s not a lot. And I think blacks have such a beautiful story about clothing and we truly understand what it means to express ourselves through clothes. A lot of my friends are entertainers and they all want to do clothes because they like expressing themselves through clothes. So I’m surprised that not more [big-name fashion designers] are African Americans.

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