Kerby Jean-Raymond was born in New York City and started his career at age 14, working directly under Kay Unger at Kay Unger New York while still attending the High School of Fashion Industries. At 16, he moved on to Marchesa when the fledgling label had been launching its first collection. Since then, he has worked for several houses such as Marc Jacobs, Victoria Keen and Theory. In 2013, Kerby created Pyer Moss, which is named after his late mother, Vania Moss Pierre and then launched the debut SS14 collection at Milk Studios to great acclaim.
WWD named Kerby an emerging designer to watch that same year. In 2014, he was named “the next big thing” by style.com and won the FGI award for Rising Star in the menswear category. Later Usher hired him to design the wardrobe for all of Usher’s live shows including the sold-out URX Tour. Kerby was also named on the 30 under 30 list on Forbes Magazine and the Ebony Power 100 List in 2015. Through the platform of Pyer Moss, Jean-Raymond fuses the past, present and future of the black American experience through personal storytelling and provocative showmanship.
Image: Kerby Jean-Raymond photographer in New York City 8 January 2020. Image by Michelle Sank, featured in New York Times_5 March 2020.
Text: ADC Global ‘Kerby Jean-Raymond’. Available at: http://adcglobal.org/awards/adc-young-guns/winners/kerby-jean-raymond/
Business of Fashion ‘Kerby Jean-Raymond: Biography’. Available at: https://www.businessoffashion.com/community/people/kerby-jean-raymond