3 Reasons We Need To Be Checking For Samantha Black
When Samantha Black showed her Spring/Summer 2012 collection for her namesake line full of clothing and bathing suits, Sammy B, last September in New York during Fashion Week, you would have thought that was an established designer with years in the industry. She started her line after graduating from the Pratt Institute in 2005 where she majored in Fashion Design and interning at Jill Stuart, Michael Kors and even working in London at Alexander McQueen's design studio. With all of this experience she maintains that the road to becoming a household name hasn't been easy. And we love her for it. Here are three reasons why:
1. She's fighting against being labeled an 'urban' designer.
Not that this is anything wrong with being an urban designer, but she is working hard for people not to assume just because she is black that she is an urban designer.
2. She isn't discouraged by that old 'Black tax.'
Samantha told Essence.com, "I feel as though if I did a gold sequin piece exactly the same as a non-Black designer... mine would be consider urban and the other designer's luxurious. So it can be hard." But, she isn't discouraged. Which leads us to reason number three we need to be checking for Samantha.
3. Samantha's journey as a new designer has made her stronger.
Samantha isn't discouraged, in fact she's better for it. She doesn't get disappointed easy and is way better at picking herself up and moving forward. She's just grateful for the progression.
To further cement why we should be checking for Samantha Black and her line, Sammy B designs, below are some of her looks. You can shop the collection for yourself here.
- Channing Hargrove