N Crowd: A fashion magazine and organization created by blacks and students.
The idea was brought to life by apparel and textile design juniors Takai Taggart and Daymond Hardwick. Taggart, who serves as president, said she wanted to create her own fashion organization focused on black students because previous fashion organizations at MSU didn’t have many opportunities to enter the space. With N Crowd, she wants to change that.
“My goal is to create a safe space for people of color interested in the arts — particularly fashion — and to inspire black students that careers in fashion are possible,” Taggart said.
Hardwick, who serves as the organization’s vice president, shares a similar perspective on the organization’s goals.
“We just want to give black students a platform to express their creativity,” Hardwick said. “I feel like I bring a lot of innovation to the company. Whether it’s fashion, art, photography or modeling, we’re looking to give people a platform.”
Information science sophomore Brandon Williams works as N Crowd’s photographer. He plans to use his photography skills to translate the organization’s message to audiences and share the creativity of fashion students at MSU.
“I want to incorporate all aspects of people and their stories into fashion,” Williams says. I had the idea to go to the state of Michigan and give people who have their own clothing line the opportunity to showcase their brand and tell them why they started it. “
Taggart said at first not everyone believed in her ideas
“When I changed my major, not everyone was super supportive and I didn’t see the vision until later,” Taggart said. I just want to inspire people.
As Taggart and Hardwick grew N Crowd, they both wanted to incorporate their own work into the organization.
Hardwick created the clothing label “Coutur3 Culture” last spring and plans to integrate her creations into the magazine. Taggart plans to create her own brand.
“I really want our content to be extremely unique and creative,” Taggart said. “I want it to really inspire students, so we plan to post every week and do interactive things for the organization.”
The N Crowd members shared what people can expect to see from them in the coming months, even though they are still in their early stages of development.
“We’re planning to put on a fashion show in November, in partnership with the Ladies Of Elevation … and all the black-owned brands on campus,” Taggart said. “I really want to create a place where black students can meet professionals, so I hope we have some guest speakers and panels.”
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