Prabal Gurung

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Innovative and with a unique design perspective, Prabal Gurung has made his mark on the world of fashion as a truly artistic designer and visionary. Gurung was born in Singapore and raised in the Kingdom of Nepal's Kathmandu. It was in Delhi, India that his design career truly began to take off. While studying at New Delhi's National Institute of Fashion Technology, he apprenticed at several local production and fashion houses and designed with Manish Arora. Gurung's travels took him to Melbourne and London, where he assisted stylists for various fashion shows and international publications. His transcontinental crossings provided the perfect base for unique experiences in the industry's most eclectic fashion meccas. In 1999, after seven years of trotting the globe, Gurung moved to New York City. He began his career in New York interning for Donna Karen while attending the city's prestigious Parsons School of Design. In his first year, he was awarded the "Best Designer" title at the annual Parsons/Fit design competition. Soon after, he garnered rave reviews for his work in design from media outlets such as CBS News, Paper Magazine, and The New York Times. After Parsons, Gurung spent two years with Cynthia Rowley's design team, which allowed him to gain even more invaluable experience on both the design and business end of New York's highly competitive fashion scene. Soon after, he became the design director at Bill Blass. After five successful years, Gurung left his post at Blass to launch his own collection, PRABAL GURUNG.
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Thank you Washington Post and Define American! "Now is the time for action. We have to demand change, and demand that po...
06/05/2020
Perspective | Prabal Gurung: It’s time for Asian Americans to shed the ‘model minority’ myth and stand for George Floyd

Thank you Washington Post and Define American!

"Now is the time for action. We have to demand change, and demand that police brutality and the flagrant and systematic disregard for black lives stops. Humanity is not tied to one person, place, gender or race. Black Lives Matter; our liberation is bound together and we must turn our segregated oppression into a collective resistance."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/05/prabal-gurung-its-time-asian-americans-shed-model-minority-myth-stand-george-floyd/

Beyond simple divestment and rejection of our own trope, we must also actively combat anti-blackness — especially within the Asian community.

In support of the Black Lives Matter movement and in partnership with The Bail Project, Prabal Gurung will be donating 1...
06/03/2020

In support of the Black Lives Matter movement and in partnership with The Bail Project, Prabal Gurung will be donating 100% OF NET PROCEEDS from the limited edition re-release of its signature STRONGER IN COLOUR hoodies and t-shirts to The Bail Project, an organization dedicated to the liberation of Black lives from systemic, economic, political, and institutional oppression by combating mass incarceration and pretrial injustices.

Prabal Gurung stands in solidarity with, and in support of Black lives everywhere - and all those who are committed to combatting racism, oppression, inequality, and injustice. We have posted, donated, signed petitions, marched in protests, spoken on panels, and shared important resources - but this didn’t feel like enough. This is just one additional step, and we know there is still more we can do.

Prabal Gurung’s longtime ethos STRONGER IN COLOUR is the dream of a vibrant world of diverse culture and beauty, that turns on an axis of equality and achieves progress through unity. This ideal feels important as ever, as we currently face not only a global pandemic, but the crisis of humanity that is the systemic racism and structural inequity in the United States of America.

For too long, Black communities have been marginalized through racist policing and imprisonment, pretrial injustice, police brutality, cuts from state and federal funds, resources being stripped from them, unequal pay that contributing to socio-economic inequality, relaxed environmental regulations in their neighborhoods, and unfair hiring practices. This list goes on and it must end. These issues have always been vitally important, but as we walk through the streets alongside protests, and unified chants for justice are heard around the world, it feels as though we are on the precipice of true change as this movement barrels forward.

STRONGER IN COLOUR hoodies and t-shirts are available now at PrabalGurung.com from June 3rd - June 15th: https://prabalgurung.com/collections/stronger-in-colour

We have chosen not to hashtag this post to preserve that space on your feed for critical information to the Black Lives Matter movement.

06/02/2020

Prabal Gurung stands in solidarity with, and in support of Black women, men, children, and communities. Now is the time for action. It is our moment to have difficult conversations, to challenge ourselves, to ask hard questions, to resist, to get loud, to act outside our comfort zone, and to reach across the aisle. We have to consistently put in the work to be actively anti-racist not only in our messaging, but in our actions. We can no longer exercise our activism or use our voice when it is comfortable for us. In order to achieve real change, we must accomplish true solidarity by becoming allies and helping to build a global support system. There is power in our collective voice and resistance. For far too long, minority communities have been marginalized through racist policing and imprisonment, police brutality, state and federal funds and resources being cut from areas with large minority populations, unequal pay that contributes to socio-economic inequality, relaxed environmental regulations in minority areas, and the list goes on. Our leaders have sadly failed us in fixing this broken system, and so it is the responsibility of us, the citizens, to make it happen. So say #BlackLivesMatter, stand up, resist with love, call out injustice, support minority owned businesses, protect those around you, educate yourself, invest in your activism, donate - and remember that silence and inaction are the ultimate form of complicity. Humanity is not tied to one person, place, gender, or race. Our liberation is bound together, and we need to turn segregated oppression into a collective resistance. We have to demand change, and demand for the end of the flagrant and systematic disregard for Black lives.

#BlackLivesMatter

Thank you The Guardian“America is an idea: a confluence of different cultures, communities and dreams. When different mi...
05/20/2020
'We can't be silent' – how fashion is speaking up about Covid racism

Thank you The Guardian

“America is an idea: a confluence of different cultures, communities and dreams. When different minority groups stand up and stand together, there is an astounding level of support that can change the tides for a more equitable and peaceful future.”

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/may/20/we-cant-be-silent-how-fashion-is-speaking-up-about-covid-racism

Asian American designers such as Phillip Lim and Prabal Gurung are using their clothes to fight against the rising tide of corona-related xenophobia

Excited to announce #OURIDENTITY: Project Blue Marble in celebration of #AAPIHMJoin us for a massive livestream event fe...
05/18/2020
Kelly Hu, Ronny Chieng, Prabal Gurung and Andrew Yang Set for 8-Hour Livestream Event

Excited to announce #OURIDENTITY: Project Blue Marble in celebration of #AAPIHM

Join us for a massive livestream event featuring some of the most exciting names in music and beyond!

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kelly-hu-ronny-chieng-prabal-gurung-andrew-yang-set-8-hour-livestream-event-1294767

Timed to coincide with Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month, the event is designed to help "united Asian artists and leaders" in the fight against COVID-19 and xenophobia affecting Asian communities.

05/17/2020
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Prabal Gurung-Fashion Designer & Founding Member of Shikshya Foundation Nepal shares an inspiring video message with us on #IDAHOBIT 2020 & highlights the role of community in the #COVID19 pandemic & the importance of reaching out to show we care.

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Thank you Los Angeles TimesGurung is no stranger to speaking out on social and political issues ranging from immigration...
05/09/2020
'Chinese virus' and other COVID-19 racism have designers, stylists of Asian heritage pushing back

Thank you Los Angeles Times

Gurung is no stranger to speaking out on social and political issues ranging from immigration to LGBTQ rights. His spring 2020 runway collection examined what it means to be American, and the designer tapped journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas to consult on the presentation. A diverse cast of models wore traditional symbols of Americana, including cowboy boots and boiler suits, and took the finale walk in pageant sashes posing the question, “Who gets to be American?”

“America is not a country. It’s an idea that different people can coexist and it ignites invention, innovation and growth,” said the New York-based designer. “In that, the Asian community has been a huge contributor. America doesn’t get to celebrate without our contribution.”

https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-05-08/chinese-virus-covid-19-racism-designers-stylists-asian-heritage-pushing-back

Enough is enough, says a growing number of creatives from the fashion industry, including designer Kimora Lee Simmons, stylist Jeanne Yang and designer Prabal Gurung.

Thank you to Them for this thoughtful story! Gurung grew up in Nepal, which he believes played a large role in his rapid...
05/08/2020
Prabal Gurung Is Making Masks, Combatting Racism, and Instilling Hope

Thank you to Them for this thoughtful story!

Gurung grew up in Nepal, which he believes played a large role in his rapid response to concerns about the virus. Coming of age in a developing country, he never had the privilege to ignore the threat of potentially fatal dangers; there was no room for what he deems the “cavalier mentality” of many Americans. “When you see poverty in such close proximity, you know you are not immune,” he says. “Even as I live in New York now, I don’t have that kind of arrogance, like, ‘It's never going to happen in New York.’ I don't think like that.” Rather, he counters, “I'm like, ‘Actually, it can happen to anyone.’ It all depends on how perceptive your government is."

https://www.them.us/story/out-on-the-frontlines-prabal-gurung

The fashion designer is using his experience and connections to combat the worst effects of COVID-19.

05/05/2020

Join me & VOGUE India Editor-in-Chief Priya Tanna tomorrow at 10am EST for an #IGLive conversation on fashion, building a business, red carpet moments, and philanthropy!

https://www.instagram.com/vogueindia/?hl=en

TONIGHTThere’s no solidarity without healing. And no two communities need healing and solidarity in the era of coronavir...
05/05/2020

TONIGHT

There’s no solidarity without healing. And no two communities need healing and solidarity in the era of coronavirus more than Black and Asian communities. So, What does it look like when Asians and Black people show up for each other?

Join my fellow panelists Franklin Leonard, Nikole Hannah Jones, and Jon M. Chu, TONIGHT at 4 p.m. PST / 7 p.m. EST for the LIVE #BlackAndGold2020 Forum along with Define American, MACRO, Gold House, Color Of Change, and CAPE. Hear from highly influential Black and Asian pioneers and thinkers as we explore how we can foster support and solidarity between both communities.

www.defineamerican.com/black-and-gold

"Equally important to Gurung, the organization focuses on protecting underserved communities amid the pandemic. The mask...
04/30/2020
Prabal Gurung Donates 2,000 Face Masks To Hospitals And Launches ‘All Americans’ Collection Amid COVID-19

"Equally important to Gurung, the organization focuses on protecting underserved communities amid the pandemic. The masks were delivered to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, Metropolitan Hospital Center in East Harlem and Brooklyn Hospital.
“I chose them because these are hospitals in marginalized communities where access to great healthcare is limited,” says Gurung. “Oftentimes, it is these communities who are neglected and affected.”
Gurung says the 2,000 masks is just the start of his fashion house’s relief efforts.

“From attacks on the Asian American community to how black communities in Asia were being mistreated, it seemed like things were going out of whack on a global scale. So how do we make this message that we are all in this together?” He hopes to shine a light on how Asian Americans have played a huge part of the economic and cultural growth of the country. But the designer also hopes the Asian community finds its voice amid this crisis. “We as an Asian community don’t speak out enough,” he says. “We have a platform that our ancestors and forefathers who first immigrated to this country did not have, so it’s up to us as the second and third generation to speak up for ourselves, and, more important, speak up for other groups, be they black, Latinx, LGBTQ and so on. No one will speak up for us if we don’t speak up for others.”

The luxury designer is teaming up with The COVID Foundation and All Americans to support marginalized communities during the pandemic.

"The virus, we don't know who is going to get it, how it's going to affect us. That's how I look at my life: We all have...
04/29/2020
Prabal Gurung Is Trying to Find Certainty in This Uncertain Moment

"The virus, we don't know who is going to get it, how it's going to affect us. That's how I look at my life: We all have to go. Never has our impermanence been more clear than in this particular moment. In the midst of all this uncertainty, the thing I was certain was going to be my action, and that it was going to affect and impact as many people as it could.

As a creative person and person of color and a minority, we have to deal with the new reality of our own businesses and the things that have rapidly, rapidly changed how we do business and how we're going to function. We have to take care of our teams, our factories, people that we've worked with, our vendors. On top of that, right around when I started working on getting the masks and everything, I started hearing about the anti-Asian xenophobia and racism happening.

In 20 years, I've never felt like that. I've never felt afraid in New York, ever. This was the first time there was fear attached to my existence here in New York and that was really unnerving. As a minority, growing up feeling different, you go through all of that stuff, but once you become an adult, you come to America thinking this is the land of the misfits — especially New York. I never thought we would have to face this.

To see then the silence within our community — not everyone was speaking up. I understand, because part of the Asian culture, if I may grossly generalize, is that we're so used to keeping our heads down and assimilating and keeping quiet. Some of my friends were like, "Don't tweet about it, don't Instagram it, they just want attention, just ignore it." Then I realized why they were saying that — they were hoping that ignoring it would make it go away, when the reality was it would not. People who live in New York, people I know through social interactions, they were posting anti-Asian stuff. In the time of crisis and struggles, you truly see people's core.

Our ancestors came here as a first generation, put their heads down and worked their asses off so we could have a better life. And a better life and opportunity doesn't just mean make more money — it means having the voice that they never had. It becomes our responsibility that we speak up on their behalf and that we speak up for the next generation. This is an opportunity we have to show up and to reflect upon why as a community we often don't speak up for ourselves — and realizing why other communities weren't speaking up for us, because we don't really speak up for any other communities. It was a harsh realization, but a realization that struck all of us.

We started a campaign called All Americans with a simple idea that we are no different. It was not the idea of assimilation — we cannot [assimilate], because we look different — but it is a celebration of America and what America stands for, a celebration of differences. That's what makes this country incredibly amazing and diverse and complex. The biggest gift this country has given to all of us, despite all the challenges, is freedom of speech. It doesn't happen in many other countries, because you can be jailed for speaking up against administrations or leaders. We have the voices, we have the platform, we have the freedom of speech, so let's come together.

All Americans is an organization not just for Asian communities, but for any minority community, especially in a relief effort to bring together hardest-hit areas in the most marginalized communities, to help them out and have this conversation in cross-cultural groups. It's important that we learn now, and unlearn, and move on to new ways of being. We cannot exist without one another — it's as simple as that."

Thank you Fashionista.com and Tyler.

The designer discusses his donation of N95 masks to local hospitals and a new charity initiative to support minority communities.

Prabal Gurung is a proud launch partner of All Americans, a cross-cultural campaign seeking to unify Americans in suppor...
04/28/2020

Prabal Gurung is a proud launch partner of All Americans, a cross-cultural campaign seeking to unify Americans in support of marginalized communities most affected by COVID-19. As part of a special volunteer partnership, Gurung designed a limited edition t-shirt and hat inspired by the All Americans symbol, which represents equality and unity. Here, the symbol is imbued with the Prabal Gurung brand ethos of “Stronger in Colour” as a bold celebration of hope, and the audacious impossible dreamers; the real definition of America and the American spirit.

“Equal by definition. This ideal is what the America I know and love stands for. I am honoured to be a part of the #AllAmericans movement to support marginalized communities during the COVID-19 crisis. I believe that in order to emerge from this difficult time stronger than ever we must unite as a global community. We are now, and always will be stronger together.” – Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung for All Americans products are available for purchase at https://allamericans.us/collections/all-products/brand_prabal-gurung, net proceeds will go towards COVID-19 relief in affected communities, including medical supplies, curbing racism and violence, and economic stimulus for small and medium-sized businesses.

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