Fashion and activism have always gone hand in hand, but we've never seen it on the level that Kerby Jean-Raymond has taken it with his label, Pyer Moss. The Brooklyn native launched the label in in 2013 and had arguably one of the most talked about Spring/Summer 2016 fashion shows, when he aired a documentary about Black Lives Matter and police brutality against people of color and reserved his front row seats for families of those victims, instead of the who's who and editors of most major fashion publications. Activism and quite frankly, Black culture, have been the inspiration behind most of Kerby's designs from a t-shirt called 'They Have Names' in 2016 to one of his more recent t-shirts that reads, "Stop calling 911 on the culture.""
In September 2018, Kerby again had a fashion show for the history books at Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, themed around the idea of Black American leisure. His signature t-shirts were mixed with suiting, crystal embellished dresses, and much more with Vogue Runway naming the show one of the best collections during New York Fashion Week. Just two months later, Kerby took home the coveted CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, and that was soon followed by the Footwear News Collaboration of the Year award for his work with Reebok. Many were looking forward to his next show in February, however, Kerby decided he wouldn't show at the most recent NYFW so now us, like many others can't wait to see what he comes up with next.