Kamala Harris poignantly wore a custom Pyer Moss coat during a COVID-19 memorial event in Washington D.C.

On Tuesday night, Kamala Harris wore a custom Pyer Moss coat that was met with praise by fans of Black designers. 

The images that captured Harris, the first female vice president of the United States in a design by Kerby Jean-Raymond during a COVID-19 memorial event were impactful. The fact that she chose to endorse Jean-Raymond the night ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration speaks volumes. 

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Harris breaks barriers as when she’s sworn in she’ll become the first Black and South Asian woman to hold the office. During those moments Pyer Moss received yet another well-earned co-sign. It sends a message that Harris and her stylist are paying attention to the messages that surround her wardrobe choices. Harris is rumored to be working with the celebrity stylist Karla Welch. 

Also worth mentioning is Harris’ choice to wear a blazer by Christopher John Rogers, another Black designer for her morning visit to the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Hudson’s vibrant designs are inspired by his Baton Rouge, New Orleans roots. His pieces have also been worn by former First Lady Michelle Obama, Gabrielle Union, Tessa Mae Thompson and countless other celebrities. Harris also donned Sergio Hudson, a Black designer from South Carolina.

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Not to be lost here is the notion of “everyday dressing” that Harris has brought to the forefront. She is often spotted wearing well-tailored pantsuits or blazers and jeans. For accessories, she typically wears Converse sneakers and a strand of delicate pearl necklaces naturally as she is a member of the oldest Black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha

Though she’s chosen to wear Carolina Herrera and European staples Valentino and Max Mara separately it’s refreshing to see her embrace Black talent who are often unsung heroes of fashion. We’re hoping we continue to see Harris’ endorsement of Black designers continue as that would present an opportunity for them to bust through the glass ceiling that often holds them back from mainstream success.

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