New Jersey Native, Narciso Rodriguez

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Born and raised in New Jersey circa 1961, Narciso Rodriguez is the son of a Cuban longshoreman. The saying goes “the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree” however, interestingly enough (as most of you may know) Narciso Rodriguez studied at Parson’s School of Design in New York. Which means, he’s a long way from sea life.

On June 5 last year, the renowned designer was awarded CFDA’s 2018 Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. The Geoffrey Beene Foundation in conjunction with CFDA recognizes the outstanding contributions made to “American” fashion by individuals in the industry.

Prior to Narciso Rodriguez winning the above-mentioned award, it was Rick Owens and before him, Norma Kamali and before her, Betsy Johnson, then, Tom Ford, and then Vera Wang.

PSA: Still waiting on a winner with melanin đź—Ł Geoffrey Beene Foundation, as well as CFDA.