Recipients of the Icon 360 x A Common Thread $1Million Grant

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Harlem’s Fashion Row has announced the 27 recipients of the $1 million grant it received from Vogue and the CFDA’s A Common Thread initiative.

Among them is Celebrity Stylist, Fashion Director turned  Designer Carlton Jones! Carlton has worked extensively in the Fashion Industry in Jamaica since 2000 where he led the team of stylists who staged the first Caribbean Fashion Week. The designer started his career as a stylist where he transformed the image of rapper Queen Latifah into the fabulous star she is today!

About Carlton Jones

Almost two decades later, after serving as a fashion director, style correspondent, image consultant, and wardrobe designer, Jones has begun to combine his love of style and fashion with the elation received from traveling to some of the most breathtaking destinations imaginable.

Recipients of the Icon 360 x A Common Thread $1Million Grant

Harlems Fashion Row

The genesis of Jones’s eponymous resort-inspired collections utilizes his experience dressing celebrities ranging from Erykah Badu and Halle Berry, to Jill Scott and Michelle Obama. Jones has incorporated his fondness of relaxed fluidity, sensual fabrics, colors, and prints with a seasoned ability to forgive and accentuate. Creating such destination-inspired clothing in the concrete jungle of New York City, it was evident from the beginning the desire to capture the resort-style aesthetic and transform its wearability for the streets of any metropolitan city. The ability to feel as good as one looks created the brand’s anchoring belief.

Resort isn’t a destination, it’s a feeling.

The recipients were chosen by members of the Icon 360 x A Common Thread board, made up of industry leaders including CFDA president CaSandra Diggs, editor Chioma Nnadi, Cosmo Beauty Director Julee Wilson, and Co-Founder of Liberty Fairs Sharifa Murdock.

Other recipients include Fe Noel, Kimberly Goldson, Kenneth Nicholson, Jameel Mohammed of KHIRY, Sergio Hudson, Abrima Erwiah of Studio 189, and CFDA member Kip Chapelle of Rubin & Chapelle. Other designers include Kristian Lopez of Kristian Loren, and Ashley Cimone and Moya Annece of Ashya.

Harlem’s Fashion Row fund empowers Black designers by providing them with capital to grow and scale their businesses.

Haute People wishes Carlton a heartfelt congratulations and we are excited to see your next collection and all your future endeavors. We hope to see you soon in Jamaica!

Carlton Jones
Model wears a Carlton Jones design as seen on the runways of The Collection MoDA 2019

#Recipients of the Icon 360 x A Common Thread $1Million Grant

#Recipients of the Icon 360 x A Common Thread $1Million Grant


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