Gucci’s Concrete Plan Towards More Diversity Involves Immediate Design Hires
After holding Gucci accountable for its controversial “blackface sweater,” Dapper Dan met with Gucci’s corporate team in Harlem this week, and following his announcement on Instagram, the luxury house responded with new, concrete plans towards more diversity on Friday. Gucci’s plan consists of multiple long-term initiatives. In addition, Alessandro Michele will be “personally involved” in selecting five new, immediate design hires in its Rome design studio. “The designers will be paired with an individual mentor to ensure a seamless integration within the department,” says the trade publication. Gucci is also adding a newly created role — global director for diversity and inclusion — within its executive management committee and based in its New York City headquarters. The director’s duties will focus on recruitment practices, Gucci’s education programs and the volunteering initiative Gucci Changemakers. As one of its initiatives, global and regional directors for diversity and inclusion will be hired in each of the house’s regions, all of whom will report to the global director. Read more at Fashionista.