Gwen Bates. Image via website

Gwen Bates. Image via website


Fashion Week San Diego Announces Diversity Fund

During the last month, organizations and companies all over the United States have sought out meaningful ways to support creatives in the Black community and other underrepresented groups.

Fashion Week San Diego recently announced a program to support underrepresented designers. Gwen Bates, FWSD’s director, released a letter to the FWSD community encouraging donations to the group’s diversity fund.

“This is an effort to offer the much needed support to this demographic of creatives who would not showcase due to being socially and economically impacted,” she wrote.

The diversity fund will help underwrite the production of underrepresented designers’ runway shows and fashion events. For more information on making a donation to the group’s diversity fund or sponsoring a designer, Bates requested that those interested contact

Fashion Week San Diego focuses on emerging designers with a fashion week of runway shows in San Diego. It also produces fashion workshops and has produced events in New York City.