Posted on: February 7, 2024 Posted by: Dr. Courtney A Hammonds Comments: 0

As Black History Month unfolds, Neiman Marcus Atlanta takes center stage in honoring the remarkable contributions of Black individuals, particularly within the realm of fashion. Collaborating with renowned fashion authorities Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds, Senior Editor at Upscale magazine and founder of cahandco, and Dr. Dionne L. Boyd, iammarketingagency visionary founder, the luxury retailer proudly presents a month-long exhibition celebrating Black excellence.

At the heart of this commemorative event lies the eagerly anticipated Black History Panel, featuring three distinguished BIPOC designers: Derron Cherry, Jody Davis, and Elle Stovall. These trailblazing designers, each bringing a unique perspective and creative flair, epitomize innovation in the fashion industry.

Derron Cherry’s lineage of tailors fuels his success as a sought-after costume designer for Tyler Perry Studios, while Elle Stovall’s journey from South Korea to Chicago informs her eclectic style showcased at prestigious events like New York Fashion Week. Jody Davis, acclaimed for her stylish and functional dresses, garners praise from influential figures and media outlets alike.

Featured Designer, Derron Cherry
Featured Designer, Jody Davis
Featured Designer, Elle Stovall

The collaboration between Neiman Marcus Atlanta and these visionary designers underscores the significance of elevating Black talent in luxury retail spaces. Vice President General Manager Jamie Tankersley echoes this sentiment, expressing excitement about showcasing the designers’ remarkable work and celebrating their invaluable contributions.

With meticulous attention to detail, PR Manager Rebecca Brodnan-Smith, Visual Manager Dale Kiroff, and their dedicated team ensure that the exhibition honors the rich diversity and creativity inherent in Black design. Dr. Hammonds and Dr. Boyd, former employees of Neiman Marcus Atlanta, bring their wealth of experience and passion for diversity to co-curate this landmark exhibition.

Beeombi Dress by Derron Cherry, featured in Harper’s Bazaar Bulgaria.


A model showcases a bespoke creation by Jody Davis.

The Black History Panel offers a platform not only to celebrate the achievements of these talented designers but also to engage in meaningful discussions about the intersection of fashion, culture, and identity. Attendees can gain insight into the inspirations behind each designer’s work and the challenges they’ve overcome on their journey to success.

In addition to thought-provoking panel discussions, Neiman Marcus Atlanta extends an exclusive in-store shopping opportunity to the public on Saturday, February 24th, from 12-5pm. This event promises a unique chance for fashion enthusiasts to discover and support BIPOC-owned brands while indulging in the luxury synonymous with Neiman Marcus.

As we commemorate Black History Month, events like the Black History Panel serve as poignant reminders of the importance of celebrating diversity and fostering inclusivity in every facet of society, particularly within the fashion industry. Through initiatives like this, Neiman Marcus Atlanta continues to champion diversity and amplify underrepresented voices, ensuring a more inclusive and vibrant fashion landscape.

Dr. Dionne L. Boyd, founder of IAM Marketing Agency
Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds, founder of CAH & CO and senior fashion editor at Upscale Magazine.

We’re honored to spotlight BIPOC designers during Black History Month in collaboration with Neiman Marcus. This celebrates diversity in fashion and showcases Black creativity.” – Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds and Dr. Dionne L. Boyd

For more information on this and other initiatives, please follow Neiman Marcus Atlanta on social media at: stores.neimanmarcus


Fashionably yours, Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds Senior Fashion Editor, Upscale Magazine

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Cover Photo Credit: Courtesy of Derron Cherry

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