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Kerby Jean-Raymond
Most Creative People 2019

Kerby Jean-Raymond

Founder and designer, Pyer Moss | Brooklyn, NY

For turning the catwalk into a megaphone
Most Creative People

Kerby Jean-Raymond is a Haitian-American fashion designer who is the founder and creative director of the mens- and womenswear label Pyer Moss. Before launching the label, Jean-Raymond worked as a designer for labels including Marchesa, Theory, Kenneth Cole, and Kay Unger. Since starting Pyer Moss in 2013, he has focused the label’s efforts on social justice and the black American experience, from tees that read “Stop calling 911 on the culture” to a shimmering beaded gown depicting a black father holding his newborn. He initially faced backlash for his outspokenness, but today Jean-Raymond is in high demand: He won the $400,000 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in November 2018, and has collaborated with brands like HBO, Moet Hennessy, and Fubu. His most recent partnership with Reebok includes a sneaker deal as well as apparel collections. [Photo: Amandla Baraka]

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