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All Quotes by author - Kerby Jean-Raymond
" All clothes are worn on the street, but 'streetwear' had once described T-shirt brands and skate-inspired brands, and now it's just a lazy innuendo used to describe clothing made by designers that the establishment deems 'less than.' "
" All it took was one conversation to know that Reebok was the right home for our team. "
" All my collections are based on something I like or something I'm dealing with. They are always deeply personal. "
" A lot of us who are creative and have all these great ideas just don't have the money to do it. "
" America is a flawed land but a great one indeed. "
" A president's power is limited. We need to vote down the ballot as well, from your councilman all the way up to your governors and congressman. "
" 'Bernie versus Bernie,' for me, is these two extremes of capitalism. It's Bernie Sanders, the ultimate socialist, and Bernie Madoff, the ultimate capitalist. "
" Financing is always the hard part, especially if you don't have friends or family to back you, which was my case and the case for most designers. "
" I came back from Standing Rock, and one of the things that struck me was their respect for elders. It was something that I felt like I needed to work on in my life. "
" I design for social media. My customer reads blogs, is on social media, so I design with contrast in mind. An all-black shirt looks good on the shelf but not online. "
" I don't know which was the first love - music or fashion. "
" I don't think the narrative I was stuck in - the 'black' designer category - was going to go away anytime soon. "
" If I'm going to be the black designer, I'm going to tell it my way. "
" If you put the collections together, whether it's Rick Owens, Alexander Wang, or whomever, sometimes they do streetwear, but they're never called that. They're always called 'sportswear' or 'high-end' or 'luxury.' I feel like I'm tossed into that streetwear category so that I don't exist in this space. "
" If you're on the fence about speaking your truth or sharing your world with a greater audience, don't be. We need each other badly. "
" I grew up in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. At the time I was growing up with my father - before it was gentrified - it was a very rough neighborhood. He felt that if I got into or started embracing the rap culture, I would be one step closer to being on the streets. "
" I grew up thinking my father was tacky. There was no color coordination. It was whatever was cool. 'These sweatpants are cool. I'll wear them with these shoes that are cool.' He had less inhibitions. I wasn't respectful of his swag then. "
" I hope that people who don't believe depression is a real thing will stop calling people crazy, because that's dismissive and not a medical diagnosis. "
" I'm desperately trying to unplug. The last thing I want is a watch that connects to my phone which connects to my iPad that connects to my computer that airplays to my TV. "
" In my shows, I always try to incorporate music because it's the most natural way to set a tone. So if I want to do a show about depression, I use the opera. If I want to do a show about greed, I use spoken word. If I want to do a show about the injustice that's taking place in the world, I might play Sam Cooke. "
" In September of 2015, I did the unthinkable: I used my second-ever runway show to bring awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do professionally. It was lonely. "
" I played baseball, was on the basketball team in high school, did crew at Hofstra, and randomly played ultimate frisbee, too. But none of the organized teams I was on were anywhere near as competitive as the games on the street. "
" Is the 'black designer' label there to warn everyone not to have the same level of expectations for me, or is it some type of prize? I just want to work in an even playing field where I can get press for my work and not just my race and my personal views on it. "
" I think that when you rally powerful voices around powerful issues, what you get are positive results. "
" I've always felt like an outcast. My aesthetic is very high-end, but I still get classified as streetwear. There's really no other reason for than other than my age, the way I look, and where I'm from. "
" I've never seen Ralph Lauren, Rick Owens, or Raf Simons described as white designers. They are just designers. "
" I wanted to be a sneaker designer since I was 10; it was my dream to work at Nike and design signature shoes for Michael Jordan and Penny Hardaway. When it was time to select high schools, I wanted to go to one that would help me get a jump-start on my dream. "
" I want to be fashion's Erykah Badu. What I admire about her is her timelessness and her fearless approach. "
" I was going to college on a full scholarship. I graduated summa cum laude. I was always on the dean's list. I was never a kid that started any kind of trouble. "
" Music has always been my first love, and I appreciate how a great musician can bring awareness to tough issues through their work. "
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