Black Boy Knits Wins 2022 DHL Logistics in Fashion Award in Partnership with CFDA – WWD
DHL and the Council of Fashion Designers of America have selected Black Boy Knits as the winner of the 2022 DHL Logistics in Fashion Award.
Black Boy Knits will receive a $15,000 grant to expand its international business and mentorship opportunities from both organizations.
Black Boy Knits is an independent design studio founded by Jacques Agbobly at the height of the pandemic in 2020. Their goal is to shine a light on black, queer and immigrant narratives and their cultural contributions through a globally focused lens. The studio focuses on creating one-of-a-kind bespoke pieces. Black Boy Knits was also a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund 2022 finalist.
“As an Afro-Indigenous queer immigrant, equity, diversity and empowerment are at the forefront of what I create,” said Agbobly, who was born in Togo and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. from the Parsons School of Design. “This recognition will not only allow me to grow my business, but also fulfill my mission to celebrate our culture and identity around the world through our unique and personalized fashion designs,” said Agbobly.
The DHL Logistics in Fashion award is part of a larger partnership with the CFDA to help fashion companies take advantage of expansion opportunities around the world. Last March, DHL Express US announced its return as the exclusive official logistics partner of the CFDA, a partnership aimed at helping fashion companies take advantage of growth opportunities around the world.
“We are thrilled to support emerging fashion designers, like Jacques, giving them the opportunity to reach new heights in the global marketplace,” said Cristian Vera, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at DHL Express. Americas. “Our partnership with CFDA and our expertise in international logistics have helped hundreds of companies in the fashion industry by enabling them to offer fast and reliable shipping to customers around the world.”
As part of their partnership, CFDA Members and Acting Members enjoy exclusive shipping rates and access to DHL office hours, where they can work directly with DHL shipping and logistics professionals. DHL and receive expert advice on their global supply chain.
“By facilitating the global supply chain, our partnership with DHL enables CFDA members and emerging brands to expand their business internationally. We look forward to seeing how BlackBoy Knits leverages this incredible opportunity to reach even more customers around the world,” said CFDA Managing Director Steven Kolb.