Macy’s recently teamed up with the Kasper Group to design a clothing line specifically aimed at Black sororities.
The idea was first pitched to the megastore by WyQuasia King-Thomas, a director and buyer of day dresses. Thomas is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. According to Bloomberg, the line is expected to hit $10 million in sales this year.
The Divine Nine sororities include the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.
Macy’s has been making an effort to become a more racially organization and offer more brands and clothing lines from Black designers.
“We come in a variety of shape, sizes, curves and I understand the challenges we face when shopping,” King-Thomas told the publication. “I know the need and the importance of this dress collection.”
Macy’s is not the only major fashion brand to partner with HBCUs.
In March, Ralph Laurenteamed up with Atlanta’s Spelman College, a historically Black college and university (HBCU), on its forthcoming collegiate-inspired collection.
Atlanta HBCU, Morehouse College, was also a part of the history-making project. The campaign features an all-Black crew—led by London-born fashion photographer Nadine Ijewere, who brought the campaign to life through her world-renowned lens.
“This collection expresses the spirited history, deep sense of community and legacy of timeless dressing at historically Black colleges and universities,” said Ralph Lauren, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Ralph Lauren Corporation.
“It’s so much more than a portrayal of a collegiate design sensibility. It’s about sharing a more complete and authentic portrait of American style and of the American dream – ensuring stories of Black life and experiences are embedded in the inspiration and aspiration of our brand.”