Chic and In Charge: 10 African-American Fashion Executives

June 22, 2011  |  

Audrey Smaltz

There’s a lot of care that goes into pulling off a flawless fashion show Audrey Smaltz learned while travelling the country and coordinating Ebony Fashion Fair.  In 1977 employment gave way to entrepreneurship as she opened a firm to support designers in showcasing their work, doing everything from last-minute tailoring to hiring staff to stand-in for models.  Today The Ground Crew is a well-regarded name in fashion, counting Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Armani among its clientele.

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