SOLE DXB is in full swing with conferences, talks, screenings, happening all over Dubai Design District. It’s in the middle of it all that we briefly caught up with Kerby Jean-Raymond, the founder of menswear label Pyer Moss.
Haitian-American in NYC, KJB experienced his first major fashion moment back in 2016 when opening Pyer Moss’ Spring-Summer show with a documentary on the black community and police brutality.
Jean-Raymond has been featured on many prestigious lists such as the Forbes 30 under 30 , Elle’s 7 Most Wanted Designer’s list, and Crain’s 40 Under 40 list. He’s also won quite a few awards, notably the ADC Young Guns Award, the FGI Rising Star Award and the Ebony’s Future 15 Award. This past November, he was awarded the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. You said major?
Kerby Jean-Raymond (KJ-B): Yes it is
KJ-B: It’s a really really nice layout, it’s a beautiful space, I love the way the brands are laid out. It’s probably one of the most well thought-out conference situation I’ve ever been to.
KJ-B: Not yet because I’ve only been here for a night but from what I’m seeing…I mean, with what you hear overseas, people seem to have a misconception that Dubai is not really fashion-forward and not really progressive but it’s actually quite the opposite!
KJ-B: Keep your collections very tight and focused and market directly to your consumers and not to stores and not to magazines.