2020 saw the timely debut of Antoine Gregory's Black Fashion Fair, a hub for highlighting and commemorating Black talent. Offering audiences a well-stacked designer roster, stories from creatives, and an e-commerce shop filled with the best finds, the site is creating much-needed space for those in the industry who have been long overlooked. And it's exactly what the industry was missing. Two years later, the founder and his team are have garnered support from eyewear brand Warby Parker to take the vision to new heights with the launch of BFF's first ever magazine.
The limited-edition publication's first issue, titled VOLUME 0: SEEN, out on stands now, focuses on representation in fashion, while reimagining the image of the culture through a Black lens. Featured editorials include some of the memorable looks per Kerby Jean-Raymond's first couture collection for Pyer Moss, as well as runway moments from red carpet favorite Sergio Hudson, CFDA-darling Theophilio, and cult handbag designer Brandon Blackwood.
“These pages are about collaboration and the power of community. As we continue to create references for the future, Black Fashion Fair becomes our own institution of exhibition, discovery, and research,” says Gregory, who is also acting as editor-in-chief. "Every page is an inspiring testament to their commitment to community and creativity, a belief that Warby Parker shares,” co-founder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal adds.
There are three different covers on offer for customers to choose from, photographed by famed photography duo, AB+DM, Quil Lemons, and Amber Pinkerton. A special edition of the magazine, as well as all three covers, are available for purchase at New York's historic Mulberry Iconic Magazine store and blackfashionfair.org.
Shelby Ying Hyde is a Brooklyn-based shopping and fashion contributor BAZAAR.com, with bylines on The Zoe Report, Teen Vogue, Essence, Nylon, Elite Daily and more. Prior to entering the editorial space, she worked at luxury e-commerce giants Net-a-Porter and Moda Operandi on the product editorial team, where she gained an extensive understanding of the luxury market as it pertains to shopping and engaging customers in a digital space. Follow @theshelbyying on Instagram for shopping advice, sale updates, and tips for building a well-rounded wardrobe.