Crystal White launched her career in 1993, attending the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. She received the CFDA Award in 1997 while only a senior in college for promising/upcoming new talent. White was recruited out of college her senior year to work for popular brand Abercrombie & Fitch before graduation, quickly rising to senior management within 3 years. She has been in leadership roles in various successful brands in Menswear, Womenswear and Childrenswear including American Eagle Outfitters, Suitsupply, Ralph Lauren Club Monaco, Ali Ro, and Osh Kosh B’Gosh before landing a coveted position as a Design Director for Donna Karan/DKNY, where she is currently.
What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?
After 20 years in the industry, this year 2018, is the first time that any of the companies I’ve worked for have acknowledged and supported MLK Day. It’s significant to me that Donna Karan/DKNY now owned by GIII, recognized and honored this monumental day. It gave me pause and reflection... I felt acknowledged, appreciated and welcome. Recognizing and celebrating the lives of Blacks in American history is important for all Americans, not just minorities. It’s very easy to take for granted the rights that many people before us died to secure. Blacks in the Design industry are few and far between. I have found myself the only executive sitting at the table the majority of my career, but I feel blessed to be here. So to me it is essential to have an awareness of the past, so that we may truly value and appreciate the blessings we enjoy in the present.
Where Are You Finding Inspiration To Design This Year?
I am inspired by all things... fabric and texture, nature, music, pop culture, and other designers, but most inspired by contemporary art... I use it in my work. Our prints are original designs by different artists all over the world. Daily motivation is inherent... I had strong parents, it’s part of my make up. I am product of a strong talented black, powerful Southern family of God, but I also recognize that what I share with the world is a blessing and gift. My family and friends have supported me everyday since I was a young girl. My children inspire me to be my best self in all things...
To Learn More About Crystal Visit:
- Instagram: crystyled