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 this summer as part of a promotion for HBCUs across the country.

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

U’lia Hargrove is Henderson’s Junior Fashion and Supply Chain Management Major.

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

Over the course of 10 weeks, she worked with students from other HBCUs, including Howard University and Clark Atlanta University, to design clothes that represent their schools.

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

All items are sold online on Urban Outfitter’s website. The interns were even allowed to model their work!

Her clothes then went live on the website on December 13th.

“I was done by 7:00 am, with all of my items in my shopping cart,” said Hargrove. “So it was pretty amazing to see myself and all of the other interns I’ve worked with. it’s very surreal, it’s pretty amazing. “

A dream came true for Hargrove. She said she first became interested in fashion in middle school.

“I started making my own clothes because we really couldn’t afford the newer styles as teenagers,” said Hargrove.

She also said that experience was more about achieving her own goals than promoting HBCUs.

“It was pretty amazing to shed light on HBCUs, and even for them, to get African Americans into the Urban Outfitters area to work for them. That was pretty amazing because you don’t really see a lot of representation in the fashion industry. I really appreciate being there, too, “said Hargrove.

This was HBCU’s first summer course at Urban Outfitters. Hargrove said it all began thanks to the company’s newly created Inclusivity and Diversity Committee.

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