About Our Founder

Wevly Wilson

"This is a passion project for me. Because of my background in talent acquisition, footwear design, and teaching design students, I feel that this is the best way to give back to my community as well as help fashion companies achieve their diversity goals." - Wevly Wilson

Wevly Wilson Accessories Shoot
Wevly Wilson, Founder of Fashion Designers of Color

My journey began in a small southern town along the banks of the Mississippi River, where I dreamed of designing beautiful gowns for celebrities in New York City.  After going the more traditional route of earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree and subsequently leading the talent acquisition function in some of the most respected pharmaceutical and medical devices companies, I decided to uproot my life to move to New York to attend the world-renowned Parsons School of Design. 

 

While my interests evolved into shoe and accessories design, I spent a summer studying fashion design at Central Saint Martin’s School of Design in London, where notable alumni include Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.  I also studied the art of shoemaking from Cordwainers, where Jimmy Choo honed his skills.

After interning at both Donna Karan Collection, under Paul Andrew, and Calvin Klein Collection, I gained valuable experience designing footwear and accessories for Ann Taylor Loft, Lands' End Canvas, Joe Fresh, Ralph Lauren, and most recently Coach.  I also teach accessories and shoe design classes at Parsons.