Christian Benner's Bethann Hardison One-Of-A-Kind Leather Jacket

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This is one of four one-of-a-kind leather jackets inspired by icons featured in the documentary THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM. 

Bethann Hardison, a Brooklyn native, has paved the way for the fashion and beauty industry in more ways than most are aware. From becoming the first Black salesperson in a showroom to being a tireless advocate for diversity in the modeling industry, Mrs. Hardison is a living legend. In 1973, Bethann's modeling career skyrocketed when she stole the show at the historical Battle of Versailles fashion show, which iconically helped the American designers win the competition against the French. The Battle of Versailles forever changed fashion by giving the industry a new perspective on style and beauty. 

After noticing unfair treatment behind the scenes, Hardison hung up her stilettos to become more active in diversifying the fashion industry. In 1984, Hardison left Click and formed Bethann Management Agency, where she continued challenging prevailing notions of beauty. The agency represented a vast group of models in different sections of the color spectrum. 

In 1988, Hardison co-founded the Black Girls Coalition with the iconic model, Iman. Along with other models that included Naomi Campbell, Roshumba, and Cynthia Bailey, the influencers quickly went into action to support Black models and raise awareness of racism in advertisements and runway shows.

Our friend and Seaport neighbor Christian Benner has taken the traditional black leather jacket and spun it into a tribute to Bethann. Washed with colors the jacket features quotes that reflect Bethann's style and passion.

A true one-of-a kind statement piece; the jacket is a MEDIUM.

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