Mississippi Designer Takes Hoodvenchy to New York Fashion Week E! News UK

Mississippi designer takes Hoodvenchy to New York Fashion Week

Posted at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 18, 2022

Finding a niche in the fashion industry takes determination, dedication and, of course, an eye for design.

Just ask Vicksburg resident Raymond Banks, who just returned from the Big Apple where he was one of the fashion designers invited to attend New York Fashion Week.

Banks started designing bow ties, he said, and from there his love of fashion grew.

“I started designing in 2013. I made a bow tie for a Black History Month program at our church, and from that bow tie I was catapulted into the industry fashion,” Banks said.

People started asking who made the bow tie, Banks said, and where they could get one.

“I was just like, I made it,” he said.

Business took off for the young designer and for the next five years Banks made and designed unique bow ties.

In 2018, he launched his Hoodvenchy brand, which landed him a spot on the runway.

Banks said the Hoodvenchy concept started as a joke, inspired by the name of the luxury brand Givenchy.

“It wasn’t meant to be a brand at all,” he said.

But as it turns out, Banks’ parody on designer labels was well received.

“A friend from Jackson State asked me to do a fashion show with his modeling team and I thought, ‘I’ll do it,’ but I had to bring something different than what I usually do,” did he declare.

So, inspired by the luxury brand scandals that plagued the design world in 2018, Banks said, “You know what, I’m going to do something about it. I’ll laugh at them, so I’ll do Hoodvenchy.

“People loved the brand and they loved the name,” he added. “And from there, Hoodvenchy was born.”

One of the pieces Banks designed for the Hoodvenchy brand included a leather coat that featured a list of well-known fashion brands with their names crossed out.

“It started with Gucci and Prada, Louis Vuitton and Fendi. Those names were crossed out, but I wrote Hoodvenchy at the bottom and circled it,” Banks said, adding that the design was meant to convey the message. to “scratch and cancel” the best designers known worldwide and choose Hoodvenchy instead.

For the New York runway, Banks’ collection was titled “Fall Semester at Hoodvenchy University” and he described the 28-piece collection as streetwear including tracksuits, hoodies and puffer jackets.

The entire collection is androgynous, Banks said, and can be worn by both men and women.

“This line was all about comfort; nothing was restrictive and there was no edgy look there,” Banks said. “Everything was accessible to everyday objects.”

The Fashion Week event took place at the 99th Scott Studio in Brooklyn, New York.

Ahead of New York Fashion Week, Banks said that in March he attended Los Angeles Fashion Week.

And now that he’s back home, plans are to have a parade in Vicksburg.

“I gave my time in LA, I gave my time in New York. Now is the time for me to let the people of Vicksburg see these works up close. They can see a video – it’s good and they can see pictures, but I want to allow them to see the clothes for themselves,” he said.

Banks said he hoped to have the show in October.

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