The State of Colorism in Retail: Two Founders’ POV

Mar 17, 2022

10:00am – 11:00am CT

This session will offer a look at colorism in the fashion, beauty, and retail industries following 2020’s nationwide call for racial justice and the synthesis of initiatives such as the 15 Percent Pledge. Hear from Nude Barre Founder & CEO Erin Carpenter and Pressed Roots Founder & CEO Piersten Gaines on their firsthand experiences as Black founders, examining the state of different issues and the barriers that still need breaking. From shade inclusivity to retail representation, the panel will outline progress made to date and the critical next steps for these industries to take in the coming year.

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Piersten Gaines

Pressed Roots

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Isa Sesay

Nude Barre

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