Monique Péan is recognized worldwide as the one of the hottest jewelry designers around. The Washington D.C. native’s environmentally and socially conscious jewelry is inspired by her travels all around the world, with fans including First Lady Michelle Obama.

Monique was just honored this morning with receiving the Tiffany & Co. Development Grant. Above, she is shown at the Fifth Avenue flagship store with CEO and chairman of Tiffany & Co. Michael Kowalski, the other winner jewelry designer Eddie Borgo, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and CFDA CEO Steven Kolb. The grant was created in partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue.

This is such an important step for Monique, as the $150,000 she received can go towards her business and aid in jewelry development. She is one of the only fine jewelry designers of color and this will surely give her a great boost, as well as helping her become more visible in the market. In order for more emerging black designers to achieve her level of success, funding like this grant will be needed all across the board. It is really the only way to add some diversity in the industry and give more black designers the chance to break into the high-end fashion and accessories markets.

Visit www.moniquepean.com for more information on her collection.

What do you think of Monique Péan and her jewelry collection? Who are some of your favorite black emerging designers?

-Faith Cummings

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