A Common Thread Awards $1 Million to Harlem’s Fashion Row’s Icon 360 Fund and $1 Million to Brands, Retailers, and Factories

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Since its launch earlier this spring, the CFDA and Vogue’s A Common Thread fund for American fashion has awarded $2.2 million to designers, retailers, factories, and other fashion professionals. Today, the fund is awarding another $2 million in grants: $1 million will be given to Harlem’s Fashion Row’s Icon 360 fund for Black and POC fashion companies impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Another $1,015,000 will be distributed across 36 fashion companies in the United States.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the generous donation from A Common Thread, the CFDA, and Vogue,” said Brandice Daniel, the CEO and Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row. “This donation will allow designers of color the relief to expand their vision for business during this critical time in fashion and history.” Last week, Daniel detailed the specific issues facing designers of color in the industry, expanding on why she started the Icon 360 fund on May 30: “It was always Harlem Fashion Row’s intent to start a nonprofit, but I had no plans to do it this year. I started getting emails from designers saying that they didn’t have the money to scale and were trying to pivot their business.” Designers can apply to the fund through Harlem’s Fashion Row.

The recipients of the A Common Thread direct grants include Alabama Chanin, Fe Noel, Glemaud, Alejandra Alonso Rojas, Merlette, Indigenous Designs Corporation, and Fabscrap, among others. “We are so grateful for all of the generous donations that have allowed us to distribute a second round of grants to businesses in need,” said Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor in chief, U.S. Artistic Director and Global Content Advisor, Condé Nast in a statement. “It is more vital than ever that the American fashion community come together to support one another with meaningful actions, and we’re thrilled to be able to support ICON 360, which does tremendous work to benefit designers of color that are navigating business challenges due to COVID-19.”

In addition, A Common Thread is receiving a $500,000 donation facilitated through the CFDA’s Fashion Manufacturing Initiative, Andrew Rosen, and Ralph Lauren for manufacturers specifically in New York City. The total sum of funds raised for A Common Thread is now $4.9 million.

See the full list of A Common Thread grant recipients below.

Fashion and Accessories Brands

Adam Lippes LLC


Alabama Chanin

Alejandra Alonso Rojas – Alonso USA Fashion LLC



Edie Parker

Fe Noel Inc.

Glemaud Industries INC.

Merlette International Inc.

Morgan Lane

Naeem Khan LTD.

Rebecca de Ravenel LLC

Reem Bridals LLC


Studio One Eighty Nine

Tabitha Simmons Accessories, Inc.

The Great Eros


Betty Lin


En Avance

Hero Shop

Indigenous Designs Corporation

Pink Lagoon, Inc.

Silver Lining Opticians



The Parliament on 3rd St

Winkler Sisters, LLC dba Penny

Zabayon, Inc.



Bear Fiber, Inc.

Circular Systems SPC

Final Finish, Inc.



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