The closing of Cushnie is a crushing blow to the designer’s loyal clients and other Black women in the industry as well, as we remain underrepresented at almost level, despite seeing the clear commodification of our influence. Acknowledging this, Cushnie assured us her creative impact is far from over.

“While this past year has been challenging, it has allowed me the time to reflect, reset and realign my goals and my passion for design has never been stronger,” she wrote. “I recognize the power of my presence and will continue to fight for the causes and values I believe in, and will always continue to create.”