HBCU Students Produce Fashion Collection Through Urban Outfitters Internship Program

International lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters has launched a historically Black college and university special capsule collection, with designs created with summer interns from several HBCUs. Students worked with the Urban Outfitters buying team to design a 24-piece apparel and lifestyle collection celebrating the culture and community of their respective schools called the UO Summer Class ’21 Collection. Students from Clark Atlanta University, Howard University, and North Carolina A&T State University participated in the 10-week summer internship program.

The apparel includes Champion sweats and long-sleeve shirts featuring original graphics by students. The collection is available for purchase exclusively through Urban Outfitters. Each purchase will produce a charitable donation to the students’ respective alma maters.

“Being able to share our resources with HBCU talent, and to work alongside these students creatively as they developed their own product, made Summer Class enriching not only for our students but for every UO employee who got to be a part of the program,” says Dalila Shannon, women’s divisional merchandising manager and summer class mentor at Urban Outfitters. 

The full collection may be accessed here.


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