Mo Glover is a veteran NYC based fashion designer experienced in working on department store and emerging women's wear brands. Becoming a parent to her son Zyem lead her to create her own brand, ZYEM NYC. She began honing her creative skills studying art at LaGuardia High School of Music & Performing Arts and Pratt Institute, earning a BFA in Fashion. Her unique point of view emerged from memories of growing up in Brooklyn, traveling to Europe, Hong Kong and India. Her style aesthetic includes influences of street-style culture old and new. Young models and style influencers wearing her brand are mentioned on RollingOut.com and Essence Magazine Street Style Block Party blogs. She has contributed costume design for Toddlewood's homages to the Met Gala, September 2018 diverse fashion magazine covers and Black Panther movie poster. She was inspired to create and present a Wakanda-inspired kidswear collection at Fashion Week Brooklyn in April 2018.
Glover has made it her personal mission to promote positivity in African-American culture and to inspire others of all ages to express their bold and artistic style.
What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?
Black culture is currently at the beginning stages of a new renaissance of some sort. Art is a reflection of society, and it is a significant time to be alive. We are part of a generation to have experienced the first Black president of the United States and at the same time living in a society overcome with the patriarchy and privilege our ancestors fought against. Our history did not start after the slave trade and more people of African descent are digging deeper to uncover traditions by visiting Africa. I look forward to my first visit to the Motherland. February is the official month to bring more awareness of a continued celebration of ourselves, our roots, and those that have contributed to breaking down barriers that we now can pass with ease. I'm proud and grateful to be a part of a culture that is rich with innovation, beauty and style.
Where Are You Finding Inspiration To Create This Year?
My inspiration this year is a combination of past movements that are reoccurring. The desire to help make the world become a better place with unapologetic strength, unity, love and beauty, even in adversity. Environmental sustainability is becoming a must, and I am researching ways to incorporate eco-friendly materials in my designs.