Randi Molofsky, cofounder of For Future Reference, the fine jewelry brand development agency in New York and Los Angeles, knows that the barrier to Sloth Cycling Team We Will Get There When We Get There Shirt entry in the industry is high: “BIPOC designers are historically underrepresented in the fine jewelry industry. Accessibility is the first step in making meaningful change: specifically education, ongoing mentorship initiatives, and financial assistance.” Take the story of Arthur George “Art” Smith, the legendary midcentury Black jewelry designer, as an example. As a student at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in the early 1920s, Smith was one of few Black students in his class. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds stacked against his success, he tapped into a network of mentors early on, including fellow Black jewelry designer, Winifred Mason. Those mentors encouraged him to apply to Cooper Union and supported his career as a jewelry designer.
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