The Makers

Melanin and Sustainable Style

Despite a 21st century claim to inclusiveness and ethical responsibility, the fashion industry still has a long way to go. Dominique Drakeford is determined to create a revolutionary change in the industry that has the capacity and profile to change lives by leading by example – but still has such a long way to go.

I was born into an affluent neighbourhood in Oakland, California, amongst an amazing Black tribe of caretakers and influencers. Growing up I was a refined nerd – I was an avid chess player and was very book smart, but I also loved fashion and was extremely social. I marvelled at the outdoors and worked with several organisations that aimed to help young people from underserved communities appreciate nature.

I received my undergraduate degree in Business: Environmental Management in California.

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