BARBARA CLARKE RUIZ IS THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN DESIGNER TO PARTNER WITH KOHL’S

Barbara Clarke Ruiz
Barbara Clarke Ruiz
Barbara Clarke Ruiz

Because Of Them We Can
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By BOTWC Staff

This design expert is taking over Kohl’s athletics section with her new activewear collection.

Black designers and stylists are responsible for some of the hottest fashion trends today, and they’re paving the way for the youth. Take designer Naveah Woods, for example, who was discovered by Mattel at 9 years old, or Taofeek Abijako, who became the youngest fashion designer to present a collection at NYFW in 2018, or even Kheris Rogers, who became one of the youngest fashion designers ever

With over 20 years in the fashion industry, we can definitely consider Barbara Clarke Ruiz a pioneer in the fashion world. She’s a design expert who’s best known for working with brands such as Nike Europe, Adidas US/Germany, Fila US/Italy, New Balance US/ UK, Speedo UK, Hanes, Jockey, Asics Europe, Disney, Colosseum, and Zoggs International. Ruiz is also CEO and Creative Director of BCSWIRL, Inc, a fashion design consulting firm that specializes in the activewear/sportswear industry. She’s been featured in many publications and news outlets, such as CBS Sunday Morning, InStyle, Sports Illustrated, Shape, Elle, Jet, Town & Country, and Good Morning America. From a young age, she had a passion for fashion and after receiving her B.F.A from the Pratt Institute, she went on to work for Adidas, growing her love for activewear.

Ruiz told Black Enterprise, “Whenever I design collections, I hope that people will love them and with Kohl’s, it is no different! This collection will be a vehicle that will allow customers who haven’t shopped in Kohl’s before to visit the store and be introduced to some new fashion-forward items that could turn out to be wardrobe favorites.” 

Tek Gear x BCR collection is currently available in-store and online and is catering to everyone! Women can expect peek-a-boo cutouts and extra-long palazzo pants, men can enjoy graffiti prints and a twist to active streetwear classics while children can expect stylish yet functional clothing for the season. Not only are these clothes vibrant but they’re specifically designed to keep customers feeling “confident, stylish, and energized.” Ruiz’s main goal for this collection was ensuring all sizes were celebrated and that every customer feels comfortable wearing the threads. 

Ruiz spoke on her latest partnership stating, “I’m blessed to have had so many dreams come to life. I don’t take any of it for granted because I’ve had to put a lot of work to bring these dreams to fruition and that takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight, and every opportunity leads you to a bigger opportunity or a bigger door. I feel blessed to be granted this opportunity of being the first black female designer to partner with Kohl’s. This is bigger than I could have ever imagined!”

TEXAS TEEN HEADS TO PROM IN MICHAEL JACKSON INSPIRED DRESS

TEXAS TEEN HEADS TO PROM
TEXAS TEEN HEADS TO PROM
TEXAS TEEN HEADS TO PROM

Because Of Them We Can
https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com/
By BOTWC Staff

A Texas teen headed to prom in a Michael Jackson inspired dress.

Prom is a big thing for most high school students preparing to enter the next chapter of their lives. It’s like The Met Gala of the young adult world and parents spare no expense to send their children off in their best-looking outfits in grand fashion. From Black girl magic-themed dresses to custom gowns effortlessly designed by younger siblings, we’ve seen it all. Yet every year, there’s always at least one prom send-off that stands out above the rest. 

This year it’s Gabby Matsuoka, a self-proclaimed fashion model from Dallas, Texas. The teen hired popular Dallas prom designer “The Kiwe Prom” to make her a custom gown inspired by iconic pop singer, Michael Jackson. The dress was based on Jackson’s famous blue and gold bedazzled Grammy blazer, the Kiwe Kollection nailing many of the details, from color to shoulder pads to sparkle. Gabby even made sure to top off the outfit with two gold necklaces, an “M” and a “J.”

“The Iconic Blazer Michael Jackson wore to the Grammys…How did we do?,” the prom designer captioned a photo of Gabby’s dress next to a picture of the late superstar. 

Many took to the comments to congratulate her on a job well done. 

“This hits every single right note!!! Inspiration instead of imitation! WINNER!,” one user commented. 

“I Love this! For so many reasons. One she looks beautiful, two the respect given to an ICON, and the fact that she’s young & of this generation and can appreciate it…SHE LOOKS BEAUTIFUL,” another wrote. 

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Gabby also took to her social media to share images and footage from the big night, captioning the photos “do you remember the time?,” a nod to Jackson’s popular song. 

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It’s the iconic-ness of it all!

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