Talk, sip and shop. Real Talk at NiLu with Mikalia Brown, PhD, Fashion Anthropology. The Common Thread Project, TCTP. Discussing the importance and relevancy of local designers; and how Harlem was and continues to be a place where fashion comes from.
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Mikaila Brown is a fashion anthropologist, who has a doctorate in Anthropology and Education from Columbia University. After working for designers like Oscar de la Renta, Pamela Roland and Betsey Johnson, she ran a socially conscious fashion line for 4 years. This has evolved into The Common Thread Project (TCTP), a travel and fashion brand which highlights the cultural diversities within the fashion industry by investigating the style trends of local communities. TCTP uses anthropological tools to unpacking the historical, cultural, and political roots behind the trends that locals wear. It looks specifically at the ways in which these communities use style choices to communicate who they are and what they value. She shares this knowledge with the public by offering cultural shopping tours through AirBnB’s new experiential arm. Her company also works with fashion brands to help them provide design options that are as cultural sensitive as they as are consumable.