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Milan and New York, May 13th, 2021 – The Prada Group today announced a series of initiatives aimed at further deepening its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion within the Company and the fashion industry as a whole.
In an effort to increase representation within the industry, Prada Group has launched internship and mentorship programmes and has partnered with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to develop scholarships focused exclusively on aspiring fashion industry professionals and undergraduate students of colour in the United States and Africa. The Prada Group is working closely with UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, to develop an educational fashion module to promote gender equality in Africa, initially launching in Ghana and Kenya.
To elevate more emerging designers, the Group will collaborate with its Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Co-Chair, artist, social innovator, and Founder of Rebuild Foundation, Theaster Gates, to create a design lab for diverse designers and artists in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Taken together, these efforts reflect Prada’s comprehensive strategy that seeks to create a culture of inclusion. Also important to this strategy are ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion leadership trainings and workshops with key thought leaders.
“Prada Group is taking real and significant actions that will expand career and professional opportunities for people of colour in the fashion industry,” said Malika Savell, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer for Prada North America. “We recognise the barriers to entering the fashion industry and the importance of representation, so we want to develop many new programmes that will advance and mentor aspiring fashion professionals, while investing in the next generation of diverse talent.”
“We are extremely proud of these programmes, which reflect Prada Group’s commitment to cultivating, recruiting and retaining diverse talent and to creating an inclusive culture,” said Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group Head of Marketing and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility. “These initiatives mark real progress, and we look forward to building on this momentum to create more opportunities that increase diversity and representation both within Prada and in the fashion industry today and in the future.”
The programmes and initiatives announced today include: