Celebrating Boston influencers positively changing the fashion standard.
October 1-6 Fashion Event
O2ex Boston Fashion Week celebrates local people and organizations doing extraordinary things in our community and positively influencing the fashion industry. See the amazing pioneers who've joined forces, dedicated to engaging, innovating and inspiring the local fashion community. Together, we can make change!
From an early age, Cheryl has defied all odds. Growing up in the rural south during the segregation era in a town governed by Jim Crow laws, Cheryl chose to rise never accepting the words ' You Can't'.
Cheryl grew up in the rural south. Petersburg, VA sat near the capital of confederacy, and was the very location where Robert E. Lee’s surrender ended the civil war. Her town was governed by Jim Crow laws and blatantly ruled by the Klu Klux Klan. All spaces, public and private were segregated. Schools, hospitals, stores, workplaces, pools and recreation centers remained separate for Blacks and Whites. During this dark period, Cheryl was born and raised, a flower growing beneath concrete.
Daily, during her childhood, bricks of degradation and doubt were stacked on top of that concrete. Every day, when she and her family were told they couldn't do something - her mother would always say "there is no such thing as can't". Cheryl's mother was inspired by her parents Elizabeth and Govan Worrell, who were business owners, ministers and community leaders. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. personally recruited her mother during his early years and registered her to join the movement.
Catie's Closet is O2Ex's non-profit partner. An idea rooted in love, carried out by a local family with the idea that when you give clothes, you give confidence.
O2ex Boston Fashion Week is the perfect opportunity for student and aspiring designers to display their talents! This year our theme is Innovation - Inspiration - Engagement how Empathy & Caring attitudes influence fashion on the runway and ultimately on racks in retail stores!
Be a part of a grassroots movement to bring positivity to the fashion industry and build awareness around the local innovation here in Boston.