Romeo Hunte has been making a name for himself in the fashion industry for years now. His brand, Romeo Hunte New York, has been recognized as one of the up-in-coming forces in fashion. As one of the few Black American designers in a largely white industry, he also recognizes the need for inclusion, in addition to style, in fashion. As such, he has partnered with fashion legend Tommy Hilfiger to help close some of the industry’s diversity gaps. We had the chance to speak with the designer about his fashion house, design aesthetic and work with Hilfiger.
How did you get your start in the fashion industry?
I was raised in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up surrounded by women whose creative approach to fashion inspired me from an early age. I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, and in 2014 launched my eponymous brand Romeo Hunte New York while also working full time as a personal shopper in luxury retail and in editorial styling. Through my experience working in the industry, I believe I strike the perfect balance between creativity and practicality, which plays a primary role in each collection I design.
How would you describe the Romeo Hunte aesthetic?
Romeo Hunte clothes make bold statements and challenge the status quo through fashion.