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No one rocks the merch quite like the students and alumni of historically Black colleges and universities. Have you planned your Homecoming wardrobe?
Reese Blutstein started an Instagram account out of her Georgia State University dorm room in 2015 to share her outfits with the world. That account now has more than 351,000 followers and the 20-something has become known for her distinct style. Blutstein has parlayed that style into impressive business opportunities, the latest of which is a Target collaboration: Future Collective with Reese Blutstein, which launched this month.
“There’s a direct correlation between what you wear and how confident you feel,” says Jacqueline Dow of J. Dow Fitness. “Ensuring a woman feels beautiful and that her clothes are made for a body type like hers—I hope that inspires a journey to explore what a healthy lifestyle looks like.”
Like many entrepreneurs, Jennifer J. Matchett is a serial inventor. She’s sold vintage clothing and opened a macaron bakery. But it’s her wildly successful jewelry and accessories business, Machete, which she helms out of a Marietta studio, that has won national acclaim.
Quintin Williams is one of two instructors (Michael Mack, Williams’s SCAD mentor, is the other) leading a 10-week quarter in classes like Rapid Prototyping, Marketing and Distribution for Footwear, and Digital Sneaker Design, which uses Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headsets and 3-D printers more than pencils and pads.
GIVENCHY is the latest top luxury brand racing to open an Atlanta boutique, and they brought the home team with them. The store, which opened recently at Phipps Plaza, features a new collaboration with BSTROY, a brand cofounded by Atlanta natives Brick Owens and Dieter “Du” Grams.
In August, Airee Edwards, owner of Agora Vintage in Athens, had Covid—no problem: She just sold a red Hermès Birkin bag on Instagram Live for $9,900. The work-from-home era hasn’t stopped the growing demand for luxury preowned goods, especially in Atlanta, where you can now find a local “concierge” consignment boutique, Jerrimiah James, and a national luxury reseller, the RealReal, just steps away from Hermès itself in Buckhead.
With a mother who loves the arts and an exceedingly fashionable father, Alex Delotch Davis was certain to gravitate toward the beautiful things in life. A bold move away from a career in finance landed her as the manager of marketing and strategic partnerships at the High Museum of Art in 2019, where she leads the Driskell Prize and gala—the oldest national award celebrating Black art and artists.