NC A&T student designs and models clothing for Urban Outfitters

U’lia Hargrove, junior at NC A&T, designed and modeled for Urban Outfitters over the summer as part of a promotion for HBCU across the country.

GREENSBORO, NC – A North Carolina A&T University student is making a name for herself in the fashion industry, while promoting historically black colleges and universities, also known as HBCU.

U’lia Hargrove is a junior major in Fashion and Supply Chain Management in Henderson.

Over the summer she had the opportunity to do an internship in Philadelphia with Urban outfitters. It is a very popular and fashionable clothing company for teens and young adults.

For 10 weeks, she and students from other HBCUs, including Howard University and Clark University in Atlanta, designed clothes to represent their schools.

Hargrove designed sweatpants, sweatshirt, varsity jacket, tote bag, and playing cards.

All items are sold online on the Urban Outfitter website. The interns were even able to model their work!

Their clothes were then uploaded to the website on December 13..

“By 7 am I was already ready, I had all of my items in my basket,” Hargrove said. “So it was pretty amazing to see myself and all the other interns I’ve worked with. It’s very surreal, it’s pretty amazing.”

It was a dream come true for Hargrove. She said she started to take an interest in fashion in college.

“I started making my own clothes because growing up we really couldn’t afford the new styles,” said Hargrove.

She also said the experience was more about achieving her own goals, but promoting those of HBCU.

“It was pretty amazing to bring light to the HBCUs, and even for them to bring African Americans into the Urban Outfitters space to work for them. It was pretty amazing because you can’t see really a lot of representation within the fashion industry. I really appreciate that as well as having to go through that, ”said Hargrove.

This was the first summer course for HBCU students at Urban Outfitters. Hargrove said it all started with the company’s newly formed Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

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